How Soon Can I Take a Pregnancy Test?

Updated on May 16, 2018
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I spent over two years trying to conceive, used a lot of pregnancy tests, and also researched how all the tests worked.

If you are trying to get pregnant (or even if you just think there is a chance you might be pregnant after having unprotected sex), and you are wondering about the earliest date that you can take a pregnancy test, then there are a number of factors that you need to take into account before you can decide the answer to this.

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How Quickly Can I Take a Pregnancy Test and Get an Accurate Result?

Firstly, if your period is already a week late, then you can already take any of the home pregnancy tests that are on the market. You should get an accurate result. I say you "should get"' because obviously there are always exceptions to the rule, and it may depend on how regular your cycles are. The reason most doctors and sources, including AmericanPregnancy.org, recommend waiting until you miss your period is because your body needs time to build human chorionic gonadotropin, more commonly referred to as hCG. HCG is only present in the body when you're pregnant, and that's what most tests test for.

Also, you really need to have regular periods to know when your period is a week late!

So let's look at the factors you need to take into account.

Do You Know When You Last Ovulated?

If you are monitoring your cycles because you are trying to get pregnant, then you may well know the answer to this question—but if you are not necessarily trying to get pregnant or just not trying and not preventing, then you may well not be aware of when you ovulated.

If you do not know when you ovulated, then you can calculate your estimated ovulation date using your period—although it may not be that accurate! If you have regular-length cycles, then it is reasonably common to ovulate 14 days before the first day of your period, so you could take that as a rough guess. This may only cover 2/3 of the population though, so may not be that accurate.

So if you think that your period is due on the 20th of the month, then the most common time of ovulation would be around the 6th of the month.

If this sounds a bit confusing and overwhelming, FirstResponse (who produces one of the most sensitive and accurate pregnancy tests) made this handy calculator that helps you estimate when you may have gotten pregnant.

How Soon After Sex Can I Take a Pregnancy Test?

Can and should are two very different verbs here. You can take a test whenever you like. However, if you want accurate results, it's best to take the test at least eight days after you've ovulated. Waiting until 14 days after ovulation is a much better time frame. That means that taking a test immediately after sex won't give you any viable results. Here's why you want to wait:

  • Pregnancy Isn't Immediate: Pregnancy doesn't start the moment after you have sex. It can take up to six days for the sperm and egg to join.
  • Chemical Pregnancies: According to this study by J. Clin Med Res, "[o]ne of the possible outcomes of the pregnancy test is a biochemical pregnancy; where the initial pregnancy test is positive but does not progress into a clinical pregnancy." A chemical pregnancy is where the sperm and egg meet, but the body naturally miscarries before the person knows they are pregnant. The same study goes on to note that "between 50% and 60% of all first-time pregnancies are thought to end in miscarriage—a large majority of which can be attributed to biochemical pregnancies."
  • Test Sensitivity: Not all tests are created equal. Some are much more sensitive (meaning they can register lower amounts of hCG) than others. So, you potentially will get a false positive if you use an insensitive test early when your body hasn't had time to build up hCG. Waiting reduces the chances of this—but doesn't eliminate the chances entirely.

Which Pregnancy Test Is the Most Sensitive?

FirstResponse seems to be the most sensitive according to many clinical tests, including Clin Chem Lab Med's study of the product's efficacy.

There are different pregnancy tests available that pick up the pregnancy hormone, hCG, at different strengths. The most sensitive test picks up hCG levels of about 10 in your urine. Other tests pick up hCG at levels of 20, 25 or 50. So the higher the level of hCG is picked up by the tests, the later you will be able to use that test as the hCG builds up in your system.

That said, not all tests are created equal. J. Am Pharm Assoc. researched the sensitivity and accuracy of over-the-counter pregnancy tests, concluding that "First Response Early Result had an analytical sensitivity of 6.3 mIU/mL, which was estimated to detect greater than 95% of pregnancies on the day of missed period. The sensitivity of Clearblue Easy Earliest Results was 25 mIU/mL, which indicated detection of 80% of pregnancies."

I used the One Step pregnancy tests because they balanced price and accuracy, in my experience. Everyone on a forum I used to frequent would recommend these test strips because they were so cheap, showed a positive test pretty early on, and were really sensitive (10mlU). For some reason though, they didn't seem to sell these ones in the shops. They only seemed to be available online, so I would stock up on them so I could use them the next month. The cheapest ones I could find in the shops were much more expensive than these, so it was worth ordering them online. I also learned somewhere along the way that these are the ones that are used by doctors and hospitals. I don't know how true this is, as I don't have any evidence to prove this.

Cheap pregnancy test strips can show a positive from 10 DPO
Cheap pregnancy test strips can show a positive from 10 DPO

When Can I Test?

So, the question is, how soon can you use each type of pregnancy test strip? Well, your body would have had to built up certain levels of hCG for the test to show a positive line. The standard levels of hCG differ according to where you look, but wikipedia reports the following levels:

HCG Levels Timeline

Weeks Since Last Missed Period
HCG Level
3
5 - 50 miU
4
5 - 426 miU
5
18 - 7,340 miU
6
1,080 - 56,500 miU

If you break this down to a more detailed level—based on the pregnancies that I have observed through many friends on a pregnancy forum (not scientific, but you see a lot of stats on there over a year or so)—then you can generally expect tests to show positive according to these levels:

  • 10 days past ovulation - should see a faint line on a 10 miU test strip
  • 12 days past ovulation - you may see a faint line on a 20 or 25 miU test
  • 14 days past ovulation - you may see a positive on a 50 miU test

So this is where it is more important that you know which day you ovulated on last, as there can be a big discrepancy in whether you see a positive or not. Also, of course, some people have a later implantation (the time when the hCG starts to build up), so their levels will not rise until later. Also, bizarrely, there are some people who do not show a positive on a pregnancy test until 6 weeks or later.

So the basic answer is that a lot of pregnancies will show a faint positive (on the right test) between 10-14 days after you ovulated, which would be up to four days before your period is due.

What If My Period Is Already Late?

If your period is already late, then you should be able to test with pretty much any home pregnancy test these days. The most accurate ones are the digital tests that show you a "pregnant" or "not pregnant" in the window to avoid any doubt.

If you get a "not pregnant" or other negative result (but still believe that you might be), wait a week and test again. Or at least wait a few days, especially if you have irregular cycles because that could mean that your ovulation date may be later than you thought.

Also, stress can make your period late (even underlying stress that you don't realize you have), so there is always the chance that worrying about being pregnant is the reason your period has not turned up yet.

Does it automatically mean I'm pregnant if I miss my period?

Not necessarily. There's a litany of reasons why you might miss your period or why it might be a few days late. Dr. Mark Trolice weighs in on the subject, giving understandable, helpful advice.

Ensuring That You Don't Get a False-Positive

What is a false-positive pregnancy test?

A false-positive pregnancy test is exactly what it sounds like: a test gives you a positive result when you're not actually pregnant. False-positives can happen for a number of reasons, including:

  • letting the test sit too long before checking it
  • an expired test
  • being on medications that effect your hCG levels
  • experiencing a chemical pregnancy (where you are technically pregnant because implantation has happened but miscarry shortly thereafter)
  • a recent miscarriage or abortion (hCG levels take quite some time to dissipate)
  • a user error (some test's indicators are not quite clear and/or have confusing instructions)

How common are false-positives?

There doesn't seem to be a lot of research answering this question, so I don't have a clear answer. In "Strips of Hope: Accuracy of Home Pregnancy Tests and New Developments," a study by C. Gnoth and S. Johnson, they found that at-home pregnancy tests were generally far less sensitive than they claimed to be. It perhaps stands to reason then that false-positives wouldn't be all that common. There's not evidence that I could find to back up my claim one way or another.

What should I do if I think I got a false-positive?

  • Test again: Try a different brand of test or a different type, and see if you get the same results.
  • See a doctor: A doctor's second opinion could help you get more information. Your doctor also might be able to help you explore any other factors that might have led to a false positive.

Some tests will say 'Pregnant' or 'Not Pregnant' just to make things really clear.
Some tests will say 'Pregnant' or 'Not Pregnant' just to make things really clear.

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    • Butterfly67 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Grant 

      8 days ago from UK

      Hi Anne, taking the emergency contraceptive can mess with your cycle a bit so likely that bleeding was your period (3 days is not uncommon). It has a very high success rate and it sounds like the negative test should be correct for that timescale.

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      Anne Beauty 

      8 days ago

      Hello everyone.

      I just want to make sure. We had an accident last Sept 11, and my first day of my last period was Aug 20. After 3 days, I took Emergency contraceptive since we are not ready yet. I don't know if it is period or not, but I bled for 3 just days, (Sept 22), almost 1 week delayed. My first day was very heavy then just short coming for another days. We took test in October 3 and I had negative. Is that possible that I took test too early? Should I worry and take another test? Please help me.

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      Jackie Grant 

      10 days ago from UK

      Hi Emma, it is really difficult to know when your periods are irregular so if you are having regular unprotected sex then you may want to test periodically to make sure. It's cheap enough with the little test strips!

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      Emma2434 

      10 days ago

      Hi I came off the contraceptive injection a year ago to start trying for a baby, I started having my periods back in May but they have been irregular. My last period started 25/08-1/09 and I haven't had one since, this is the longest it's been without one. I have taken 3 test and all have said negative. Should I assume not pregnant?

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      Jackie Grant 

      13 days ago from UK

      Hi Marina, if you want a definitive result I would wait until a couple of days after your period is due.

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      Jackie Grant 

      13 days ago from UK

      Hi Tajkiya Tasrin, I would say it is unlikely to have pregnancy signs 2-3 days after ovulation, the earliest is normally 4-5 days and even that is rare.

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      Jackie Grant 

      13 days ago from UK

      Hi Kara, I'd say no, assuming that was your period arriving on time.

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      Jackie Grant 

      13 days ago from UK

      Hi Jai, you don't say when your period is due so I would say take it a few days afterwards.

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      Marina 

      13 days ago

      hiii..... My first day of last period is 14th sep nd my cycle length is 28 days. I had unprotected sex with my partner on 27th sep. When should i take the test for better results ?

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      Tajkiya Tasrin 

      13 days ago

      My last period date was 14 september and i am trying to conceive since 2-3 days i feel slight leg and hand cramps, hot flushes all time sometimes it increases is it possible to get pregnancy symptom as early

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      Kara 

      2 weeks ago

      If I had unprotected sex on the 29th of September and got my period on October 2, is there still a chance I could be pregnant?

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      Jai 

      2 weeks ago

      I had unprotected sex 9/2, 9/8, 9/15 my periods have been regular for 3.5 yrs and i missed it for the month of September. I took a hpt like 9/28 but it was negative. Should i test again? When?

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      Jackie Grant 

      2 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Louise, I'd say if you ovulated around the 14th then it's unlikely but if your ovulation was maybe 3 days later then there could be a very slim chance.

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      Louise 

      2 weeks ago

      Hey had sex 14th September, tested today 3rd October which was negative is there still a chance I could be pregnant?? Thanks

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      Jackie Grant 

      2 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Lucy, if your periods are generally always 28 days then it would be unlikely and your period may just be a day or 2 late which is not unusual.

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      Lucy 

      2 weeks ago

      Hi am lucy i had my periods on 2 of september and on 21 i had unprotected sex my circle is 28 days ... I did a test today n it turned negative and my periods are late could i be pregnant?

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      Jackie Grant 

      2 weeks ago from UK

      Ohm - yes!

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      Ohm 

      3 weeks ago

      I had sex on 11sept and 12th which was my ovulation period, now I am five days late from my period..my period was due on 24th sept...Should I take pregnancy test..???

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      Jackie Grant 

      3 weeks ago from UK

      Hi reya, if taken correctly the i-pill is over 99% effective so that bleeding was likely your period. However, your cycle is likely to change given the added hormones.

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      reya 

      3 weeks ago

      Had unprotected sex on 27th day of my cycle and took an i-pill on 3rd day (within 72 hours) after sex (i-pill was taken for the first time in life). On 6th day after sex, bleeding started. Bleeding is very light (in flow as well as in color) compared to my previous periods. Is it my periods or implantation bleeding by any chance? Also is it likely that I am pregnant even though I took pills?

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      Jackie Grant 

      3 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Help, I would say that if you took the i-pills as per the instructions that it is very unlikely. It does not sound like you had sex during your fertile window in any case but probably better to be safe. Any pills that involve hormones will likely mess up your cycle. The instructions will likely tell you the amount of time before you should expect your period and if not to contact your doctor.

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      Jackie Grant 

      3 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Dina, if the only day you had unprotected sex was the 15th and you definitely know you ovulated on 21st then you shouldn't get pregnant. I say shouldn't because it isn't really possible to actually confirm exactly when you ovulate so if it was say early on the 20th and you had sex late on the 15th then that might feasibly get you pregnant. So in that case I would say to take a test around the 4th October.

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      Help 

      3 weeks ago

      My period track since last 3 months goes as: July 2, July 27, August 24. This September 19, I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend. Since then, little whitish sticky fluids are coming out of my vagina. On September 21, I got mild bleeding from my vagina as well which quickly stopped in an hour or so. On September 22, I took I-pills. I still have not got my period and the whitish substance continue to flow out of vagina. What are the chances I am pregnant?

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      Dina 

      3 weeks ago

      Hi i had sex 15 sept we had unprotected sex so can i be pregant ?

      And when can i take a test and my ovualtion day is 21 ?

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      Jackie Grant 

      3 weeks ago from UK

      Hi sage. Firstly sperm is not anywhere near big enough to be seen with the naked eye. It really depends on how long your cycle is and how long your period lasted for as to whether there is any chance of you being pregnant. It is extremely unlikely to get pregnant say on anything earlier than day 6 of your cycle but if your cycle is short (say 24 days) and you maybe ovulate on day 10, then day 6 or 7 of your cycle then becomes possible for pregnancy. In any case you would really need to wait until at least 10 days after ovulation to test, but better to wait until 14 days after ovulation (i.e. usually when your period is due). Good luck x

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      sage 

      3 weeks ago

      hi everyone , i only just finished my period on the 21st of september and had unprotective sex with my boyfriend on the same night.. we also had unprotective sex on the 22nd of september and he said he made sure he pulled out . Im kind of getting a bit nerous cause on the 22nd / 23nd of september and still am getting mild cramps and bad headaches also nusea but didnt vomited ... and when i go to the toliet i can see little white things that looked a little like sperm ... idk what to do any help ? cause its been 3 days ( thats how long sperm can last up to in your body ) but i still have the same symptoms ... ? any advice ? x

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      Jackie Grant 

      3 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Katie, yes it is still possible. Some people do get bleeding early on in pregnancy. You might want to go and see your doctor to get a blood test or scan (depending on how far you think you were along) to see if there is still a pregnancy. Best of luck.

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      Katie 

      3 weeks ago

      I had 7 positive pregnancy tests saying pregnant and then I had my period came late can possibly be pregnant

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      Jackie Grant 

      4 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Pinky, that really depends on when your period was/is due. If your period was due before today then it is likely that this test result is correct (as long as it is an early result test and you did the test correctly). If you still don't get your period in a week then it would be worth taking another test.

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      Jackie Grant 

      4 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Julie, are you saying that you got your period 4 days after you took the test? If so then it is possible that either this was early pregnancy bleeding which can happen or else you may have suffered a chemical pregnancy which is essentially a very early miscarriage. You may want to speak to your doctor and do another test.

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      Pinky 

      4 weeks ago

      Hi i had done my Pregnancy test today it got negative result.Actually my last period was on Aug 17th.Is my result crt am i not pregnant r Do i have the chances of conceiving.Hw much days aftr should i test again?

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      Jackie Grant 

      4 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Vanessa, feeling nauseous could be down to any number of reasons but it is very unlikely to be a pregnancy symptom one day after having sex.

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      Jackie Grant 

      4 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Jen, yes there is a chance that you could get pregnant but if you don't know when your period is due I would wait until 3 weeks after you have had unprotected sex.

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      Vanessa. 

      4 weeks ago

      Thank you another question is it normal to feel nauseous afterwards?

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      Jen 

      4 weeks ago

      Hi there, after going off the pill a few months ago my period has been all out of wack. My last period was july 6th, and even then it barely came. I have had unprotected sex within the last 24 hours, should I test? And when can I test?

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      Jackie Grant 

      4 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Vanessa, that really depends on when your period is due but I would say if you are unsure of when that will be then take a test 2-3 weeks after you had unprotected sex. If you know you are ovulating now, I would say 2 weeks, but if you don't know when I would say leave it 3 weeks just in case you ovulate in 3-4 days time (as the sperm can live that long). Otherwise test when your period is due (or late).

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      Jackie Grant 

      4 weeks ago from UK

      Hi mercedes and congratulations

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      Vanessa. 

      4 weeks ago

      Quick question I had unprotected sex last night, how soon would I be able to take a pregnancy test?

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      Jackie Grant 

      4 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Goodness, you need to read all of the information that came with the medication to see what are the chances of getting pregnant if it is taken correctly. As I understand it, it is not 100% effective but can come quite close.

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      Goodness 

      4 weeks ago

      My last period was on 31 August, and on 14th of this month i had unprotected sex and i was ovulating, i took morning after pill the following day. Can i be pregnant by any chance?

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      Jackie Grant 

      4 weeks ago from UK

      Hi jane, I assume you mean August 20th and then 15th September? So it depends on the length of your cycles really. Your dates mean that you would have had to ovulate on day 27 of your cycle or later, which would only be likely if your cycle was around 40 days or more, or if you ovulated later than usual for some reason. If your cycle is around the standard 28 days then it would be unlikely for you to get pregnant with those dates.

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      Jackie Grant 

      4 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Madison, as I am not a doctor I don't really think I can give you an answer on that but if your body is starting to get back to normal then it may be possible that ovulation will start again so it may be worth testing if you had unprotected sex 3 weeks ago. Best wishes in your recovery.

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      jane 

      4 weeks ago

      please I had my period on 20, and I had unprotected sex on 15, can I get pregnant????

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      Madison 

      4 weeks ago

      So my situation is a little confusing.. I am currently recovering from an eating disorder going on four months in recovery now. I haven't had a period since January but the last couple of months I was having more discharge and signs of it truing to come back. A little over three weeks ago my ex and I had unprotected sex...The last week especially I've been having a lot of white discharge, very tender boobs and nipples, heat flashes, mood swings, and lower back and neck pain..not sure if I should test or expect pregnancy or if these are abnormal hormonal responses from recovery?

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      Jackie Grant 

      4 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Jane, taken correctly the morning after pill has a very high success rate so hopefully it has done the job it is meant for. If you had unprotected sex 3 weeks ago then you should be able to take a test now for sure.

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      Jane 

      4 weeks ago

      Hello Jackie! Thanks for all the information. I had an unprotected sex 3 weeks ago but i took a morning pill after. 1 week after taking the pill I got a heavy bleeding. Tomorrow will be my 30th day from my original cycle but still didnt get my period. I am just curios if i have to count from original date of my cycle or I have to follow the date when i got another period after i took the pill.

      Also this will be very difficult for me to track sometimes as i have irregular periods.

      When do you think i should take a pregnancy test?

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      Jackie Grant 

      5 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Curious, yes I think it may be too early. I wouldn't test until it has been 4 weeks if I were you as you don't know when you ovulated. Also, it is probably worth trying every other day as this will still give you a really good chance and also it gives the sperm reserves a chance to build up to a decent level again.

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      Curious 

      5 weeks ago

      Ive been ttc, i have irregular periods and dont know when i ovulate. We try everyday just to try on my good day. Its been 23 days since last period do u think its too early?..

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      Jackie Grant 

      5 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Romi, yes, I assume that your period may be due already (or around now) then? In which case yes it should be fine to take a test now.

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      Romi 

      5 weeks ago

      My period cycle is 28 days and I had unprotected sex on 24th of Aug. Can I take pregnancy test now for the better result ?

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      Jackie Grant 

      5 weeks ago from UK

      Jlh - if you are serious about getting pregnant then it might be a good idea to track your cycles and do some ovulation tests in the middle of your cycle - this will give you a much better idea of when is the best time to have sex. If you are ill then that may cause issues that you may think are pregnancy symptoms so it is probably only worth testing if you have not had a period for 5 weeks or so (assuming that is unusual for you).

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      Jlh 

      5 weeks ago

      I’m having lower stomach pain, back pain, and I’m a little drowsy. Today o found out that i have strep and something else at the doctors so that might be why I have those kinda of pains. But I’m not sure what that would mean? I don’t know when I’m ovulating and I’m not sure when or how many days my Cycle is??

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      Jackie Grant 

      5 weeks ago from UK

      Hi J h - see my reply to you below.

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      J h 

      5 weeks ago

      after my boyfriend and I had sex he came inside me a big load but then we had sex Friday-Sunday last week and came inside me a lot without any lube but I’m worried about getting my period again. but by boyfriend and I are trying to see if I’ll get pregnant. Or if we did it right this time.? What should I do?

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      Jackie Grant 

      6 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Jessie h - Do you know when you ovulated? On a standard cycle of 28 days you are likely to ovulate on day 14 of your cycle, which would have been around 24th August. So I'm not sure if you are saying you had sex 14 days after your period started or ended. You are right not to use any lube as this can actually kill the sperm. So if your cycle is a standard one then your period would be due on around 8th September so I would probably wait until then to test to get an accurate result. Not everyone gets pregnancy symptoms so if you are pregnant then they may or may not show up for you!

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      Jessie h 

      6 weeks ago

      My boyfriend and I had sex after 14days after my period and this time he didn’t use anything to lube up except put it in and there were pretty big loads. Had my period aug 11th or 12th ended on the 16th. So I’m not sure how early the signs will show up or if I’ll even get pregnant this time?

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      Jackie Grant 

      6 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Refentse , if you got your 2nd shot on time then you should be protected straight away.

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      Refentse 

      6 weeks ago

      Hey ..

      I got my Second shot of Depo on the 17th of June and had unprotected sex on the 22June ..

      Can I be pregnant

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      Jackie Grant 

      6 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Nicole, yes if you just had some spotting then you could be pregnant and if your period is already due then you can definitely take a test now to see.

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      Nicole 

      6 weeks ago

      Hi i had unprotected sex so many times with my boyfriemd n july got my period on the 4th n august 1st i got my period my period always last 5 days i was suppose to come on my period on the 28th of august but it never showed on the 29th i spotted pink n it stopped the same day could i be pregnant n how soon to take a test?

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      Jackie Grant 

      6 weeks ago from UK

      Hi T, that really depends on when you ovulated so unless you know that I can't really tell you. As that is on day 19 of your cycle, there is more of a chance if your cycle is usually 33 days or more. So I would wait to see if your period comes when expected and if not take a test then.

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      6 weeks ago

      I had my period on aug 7 n had unprotected sex on the 25 any chance I could be pregnant ? Or when do I take a test .

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      Jackie Grant 

      6 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Daniella - not everyone shows signs of ovulation so that is not uncommon. It depends on what kind of discharge you were having as to what part of your cycle that would indicate you were in. You would probably need to wait another week or so to take a pregnancy test.

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      Jackie Grant 

      6 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Sabrina, well you can definitely test again now I would say.I'm not sure what you mean about your parents having symptoms! If your period was due that long ago then you should get a definite answer, good luck.

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      Sabrina 

      6 weeks ago

      I was supposed to start my period on the 19th of August, but I have not started yet. I tested on the 22nd and it was negative.. However both of our parents have been having symtoms and I have been nauseated at nighttime the past 3 days..What do yall think??? I don't want to test and get disappointed agin..

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      Jackie Grant 

      6 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Mariana, I would say no, it is not too early.

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      Jackie Grant 

      6 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Rhoma, yes it should be possible to get pregnant as long as you have no hormone issues affecting your cycles. I would probably wait to test until your period is due as your cycles are quite short.

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      Mariana 

      6 weeks ago

      The last time I got my period was last month I had unprotected sex on the 11th. Today is the 30th. Is it too early to take a pregnancy test?

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      Rhoma 

      6 weeks ago

      I got my last period on 12th Aug. my periods are 23-25 days average. I am trying for a baby and had unprotected sex on day 8,10 and 12th day of cycle. is it possible to get pregnant? when should I take pregnancy test?

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      Jackie Grant 

      6 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Jessica L, if you got your period on 11th August then you would now be on day 20 of your cycle so unless your cycles are 34 days or more then it would probably be too late to conceive this month. For those with regular cycles of 28 days, you are likely to be fertile between days 12 and 14. You coud check out this article for when is the best time to get pregnant: https://wehavekids.com/having-baby/When-is-the-Bes...

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      Jackie Grant 

      6 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Lebokgang, if you really think you may be pregnant then the only way to confirm that is to get your doctor to do a blood test or a scan. It can be perfectly normal to have very light periods like that though.

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      Jessica L 

      6 weeks ago

      Okay so I checked the last time I got my period and it was the 11th or 12th and ended on the 16th of August. It’s been 14 days so would it be the right time to get pregnant?

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      Lebokgang 

      6 weeks ago

      I think am pregnant n now is 4 months but all the preg test say negative n my period its spotting it is not normal it just happen one in hour n it take 2-3 days

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      Jackie Grant 

      6 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Sabrina, if you want a definite answer then I would wait until your period is due, otherwise you could take a test 2 weeks after unprotected sex.

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      Jackie Grant 

      6 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Briana Loza, that really depends when you had unprotected sex and when your period was/is due. But yes you can get pregnant that way, even if there is less of a chance.

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      Jackie Grant 

      6 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Joan, yes it is possible so it might be worth taking a test in the next couple of days.

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      Sabrina 

      7 weeks ago

      If i had unprotected sex on sunday an he cummed in me when should i check if im pregnant

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      Briana Loza 

      7 weeks ago

      hi I had unprotected sex my partner didn't cum inside me tho and I just took a pregnancy test on Sunday it was a negative id just like to know if I should be concern

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      Joan 

      7 weeks ago

      My last period started on the 5th of this month and i had unprotected sex on 15th. Please is it possible for me to be two weeks pregnant? And if so what can i do because i dont want to have a baby now. I haven't seen my period yet tho.

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      Jackie Grant 

      7 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Rani, yes you can get some minor bleeding in early pregnancy for sure.

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      Rani 

      7 weeks ago

      I have bleeding but not like period.it could happen for only two days.is there possibility of pregnancy?Plz tell

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      Jackie Grant 

      7 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Akintoye Olaoluwa oluwamayowa, you need to test when your period is due (I'm not sure if you tested too early), that is assuming you had unprotected sex for a few days after that as well.

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      Akintoye Olaoluwa oluwamayowa 

      7 weeks ago

      i started having unprotected sex the day my period ends and i do a pregnant test fifteen days after and it show Négative pls what can i do ? and the rate am eating Is high n my body do hot than before.

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      Jackie Grant 

      7 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Holly, no it would be too early to test - if your period still hasn't arrived by 7th September I would test then.

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      Jackie Grant 

      7 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Jasmine Rod - those thing you mention an either be symptoms of pregnancy or of your period coming so it is difficult to tell and also if your periods are not regular then it is difficult to know when to test. So i would test either 28 days after your last period or else 14 days after you last had unprotected sex.

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      Jackie Grant 

      7 weeks ago from UK

      Hi mackenzie, day 8 of your cycle is very early to get pregnant but not impossible, particularly if you have short cycles. But you will likely need to wait at least another 4-5 days before you even think of testing (and even then that may be too early).

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      Jackie Grant 

      7 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Noname, yes for sure you should be able to test now.

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      Holly 

      7 weeks ago

      My period was supose to come on the 26th. I had sex 2 days before that and my period didnt come on? Could i take a test already or is it posible thag i could be pregnant?

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      Jasmine Rod 

      7 weeks ago

      My boyfriend and I always have unprotected sex and I’m very abnormal, either I don’t have my period all month or I spot all month. And well I’ve been very odd. When i eat I never get full, my lower back hurts, I feel bloated, and my breast are my biggest concern. Their like swollen, tender, heavy, sore, and bigger.

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      mackenzie 

      7 weeks ago

      Hi my name is mackenzie my last menstrual period was august 15th on the 22 of august my boyfriend and I had unprotected sex since then i have headaches which are normal to me but have been very nauseous and very tired as well cramping in my abdomen and pelvis on both sides i have been using the bathroom at least four times a day which isn't really normal for me I have lower back pain as well I also get like a fluttery feeling in my stomach every now and then could I be pregnant and when should I test

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      Noname 

      7 weeks ago

      I had my period july 29th—august 2 i had sex on the 4th 7th 10th 14th but i have been nauseous with back pain and breast tenderness is it to early to take a pregnacy test or should i just wait for My period

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      Jackie Grant 

      7 weeks ago from UK

      Hi J lynn. I'm not sure exactly what you are asking but if you want to know when the best time to get pregnant is you could check out this article: http://hub.me/amdc0

      If you just want to know when you should test then I would say 14 days after you last had unprotected sex.

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      J lynn 

      7 weeks ago

      So last night I went to go visit my boyfriend and I haven’t seen a week and while him and I had really great sex he had came in me and last time I thought I was pregnant I wasn’t and I’m not sure when exactly or if I’ll get pregnant. What should I do?

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      Jackie Grant 

      7 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Sulie, if it was a genuine period then no, there should not be a chance of pregnancy that close to it.

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      Sulie 

      7 weeks ago

      My situation is unique I haven’t had my period all summer but I had sex on the 13th I already felt my period coming and it did come on the 16th is there still any chance of pregnancy ? Also should I wait to take a test on the 28th since it’ll be two weeks?

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      Jackie Grant 

      8 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Sarah, it would probably be worth testing 2 weeks after you had unprotected sex if you think that is around the time you ovulated, so that would be around today. If your period still doesn't arrive and the test is negative then maybe wait a week (if you can!) and test again then.

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      Sarah 

      8 weeks ago

      I had unprotected sex on August 5th, 7th and 9th my husband did not pull out. My period was due on August 18-20th and I have no had any sign of it. I’m usually pretty regular there for I’m about 3-5 days late but with my period being so close to the last time I had unprotected sex when should I test? I took one about yesterday on August 21st and it was negative how accurate do you think these results are? Should I wait and test again?

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      Jackie Grant 

      8 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Leopoldine, if you want to get a definite answer then you will need to get a blood test done. Otherwise, if you are not testing too early then you might want to get the tests that say 'pregnant' or 'not pregnant'.

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      Jackie Grant 

      2 months ago from UK

      Hi umukoro loveth, that really depends on how long your cycle is but you are generally fertile for around 6 days in your cycle, 5 days before ovulation and the day of ovulation. You can find out when you might ovulate by checking this article: https://hubpages.com/health/When-Will-I-Ovulate

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      umukoro loveth 

      2 months ago

      when is the best time to get pregnant

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