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 

      25 hours ago from UK

      Hi Rianmay13, although it is unlikely that you would get pregnant on day 19 of your cycle if you have a 28 day cycle, it is possible that your ovulation may have been delayed for some reason which means that you could have got pregnant. If you did ovulate on day 19 then your period would still be 3 days late now so you could certainly take a test to see if you are pregnant. Otherwise there could be other reasons for your period to be late e.g. stress, worry etc

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      Rianmay13 

      34 hours ago

      Hi, I had my period started Nov 6 ended on Nov 10

      Then I had unprotected sex on Nov 24 but it only last like 5 mins. Then I had unprotected sex on Nov 28 and Nov 30 but he never cum inside of me. I was supposed to get my period on Dec 4 but I was already 7 days late now Could I be pregnant?

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      Jackie Grant 

      37 hours ago from UK

      Hi Asabea, according to the manufacturers " If you don't have your menstrual period within 7 days of when it is expected, you should have a pregnancy test done." as there is a slim chance that it has not worked for you.

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      Asabea 

      42 hours ago

      Hi I had my period on 7 last month n had sex in 13 I took levon2 as preventive measures, it 10 this month n I haven't had my period

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      Jackie Grant 

      5 days ago from UK

      Hi Hileni, you need to wait until at least 10 days after you ovulated (preferably a bit longer) to take a test. So if your cycle is 27-28 days then you will most likely ovulate on day 13-14. So you should test no sooner than 24 days after your period started (not sure when that was) - although if you have not had your period by now then it is probably worth testing again if you have not done recently.

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      Hileni 

      6 days ago

      I test after 4days

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      Hileni 

      7 days ago

      Hi Jack

      My cycle is 27-28 my period was end up on 21-22oct l play on 23-25 oct on 29i take pregnant test by it was negatively after 5days I feel cramping white spotting breast pain is it possible to hve pregnant within those day I play or mayb next period on way

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      libra_24 

      2 weeks ago

      jackie grant_thank you..

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      Jackie Grant 

      2 weeks ago from UK

      Hi purple love, if you are worried you should see a doctor.

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      Purple love 

      2 weeks ago

      I also get headaches.

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      Purple love 

      2 weeks ago

      Okay, so period like cramping and feeling sick is normal even though your not due for your period yet?

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      Jackie Grant 

      2 weeks ago from UK

      Hi libra_24 - you have obviously given yourself a good chance to get pregnant. With the most sensitive tests you can test 4 days before your period is due

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      Jackie Grant 

      2 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Purple love - your cycle will likely change after having a baby and cramping and feeling sick can be normal when not pregnant.

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      Purple love 

      2 weeks ago

      Question!!

      I had my baby the beginning of September. Had intercourse on October 3rd. Got my period October 9th for a week. Got my period again November 9th for 5 days (I wouldn’t say it was light but it wasn’t heavy) - after that period I’ve been experiencing cramping since then. I’ve taken numerous of pregnancy tests and I even got a blood test on November 15th and it was negative. However not sure why I’m cramping and feel sick sometimes. Help!

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      Jackie Grant 

      2 weeks ago from UK

      Hi jennifer0321, if the most recent test is negative (and was taken recently) then it is possible you are having what is termed as a chemical pregnancy which is basically a very early miscarriage. You can find out more info here https://wehavekids.com/having-baby/Chemical-Pregna...

      If you have not tested recently then it is worth testing again now to see if you get a positive.

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      jennifer0321 

      2 weeks ago

      Had unprotected sex on October 28th during my ovulation. Period was due on the 11th of novemeber. I had spotting start on the 8th. I know it wasn't my period because I had none of my usual horrific cramps, I lost my appetite and usually I'm eating non stop plus it wasnt a heavy flow. I took a equate test comparable to first response and got a faint positive. Got a faint positive with a dollar test as well. Took a clearblue test and it was negative. Am I just testing too soon?? I'm just so impatient.

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      Jackie Grant 

      2 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Isa, the morning after pill can mess with your cycles so, if you took it correctly, it is extremely unlikely that you are pregnant.

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      Jackie Grant 

      2 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Googy, there are some reasons why your period could be late and you are not pregnant, stress and worrying about being pregnant is one reason! But it is unlikely that tests would come out negative a month after unprotected sex if that were not the correct result. Missing periods or just spotting can be due to hormone changes, weight loss/gain etc. You could get checked out with your doctor if you are worried.

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      Isa 

      2 weeks ago

      I had unprotected sex over a month ago and I took the morning after pill, after that my period came 3days early and very light than usual only lasted two days and this Monday my period was supposed to start but it's been three days now and nothing did the home test twice and it was negative, have period cramping but no period, could I be pregnant

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      Googy 

      2 weeks ago

      Hi, I had unprotected sex on 20th October. He pulled out so didn't think anything of it. I was due on my period around the 9th November, but instead I have only had a few days of spotting which came on 4th November. I took tests on 8th Nov, then again on 13th Nov, 16th November and again on Monday 19th Nov. They were all negative and I used Clear blue.

      I don't want to be pregnant, so I am very stressed about the situation. I feel like I have bloating and tender breasts. Could there be any other explanation?

      Should I take another test. Thanks

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      Jackie Grant 

      2 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Vicky that depends on whether 29th October was the beginning or end of your menses. It also depends on how long your cycle is. However, as it has been 16 days you should be able to test now and find out.

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      Vicky 

      3 weeks ago

      Hi my last mens was on October 29 and had unprotected decir on the 5 of November what is the chance of being pregnant

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      Jackie Grant 

      3 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Crystal, yes for sure stress can definitely cause your period to be late so that may well be the reason. The tests should be pretty accurate as you took them more than 2 weeks after unprotected sex so it is unlikely that you are pregnant but if your period has not arrived in another week it may be worth taking another test.

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      Crystal 

      3 weeks ago

      I had unprotected sex Oct 31. My period was due on Nov 16th but it still hasn’t come yet. I’ve been feeling crampy and bloated but still no period. I took a first response test on the 16th and 17th and both were negative. What are the odds I’m pregnant? I’ve been super worried about getting pregnant from this and also very stressed from work so maybe that’s why it’s late.

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      Reyna Mua 

      3 weeks ago

      No I only had unprotected sex oct 20th and oct 26th that was it tho . I took a pregnancy test 3 days ago and said negative .. I just hope I’m not pregnant .

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      Jackie Grant 

      3 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Reyna Mua, you can take a pregnancy test any time. it sounds unlikely that you will get a positive test (unless you have had unprotected sex since 26th October) as you have had a period and a negative blood test.

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      Reyna Mua 

      3 weeks ago

      Hello if I had unprotected oct 20th and October 26th .. I took plan b October 26th about an hour of unprotected sex .. I bled November 2nd through November 6th . I also got a blood test done November 2nd and came out negative . I’m just wondering when I can take a pregnancy test and he pulled out those both times as well I also have a 27 day cycle

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      Jackie Grant 

      3 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Hileni, the egg will only survive for about 24 hours after ovulation so once this time is passed it is not possible to get pregnant.

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      Hileni 

      3 weeks ago

      Hi Jack is it possible to get pregnant after ovulation after a week to period

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      Jackie Grant 

      4 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Shinaya, if you take a test any time after your period is due then it should be a pretty accurate result. I would give it maybe 3 more days and then test again to make sure.

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      Shinaya 

      4 weeks ago

      My first day of last period is 12 of oct nd my cycle length is 28 days...when will i can take pregnancy test ? As my other dates of period were 16 aug then it was 14th sep nd last were 12th of oct... So i was expecting that my period on 10th of this month so i take pregnancy test at morning of 12th but it shows negative result...i am not sure that i am pregnant or not. So when i can pregnancy test for the accurate results ?

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      Jackie Grant 

      4 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Jessie lynn, congrats. I'm not sure what you mean when you say it wasn't really your period on 10-13th. If you ovulated on 24th then that would be about right and you would be classed as being pregnant since the first day of your last period - so that would be just over 4 weeks if that was your period on 10-13th October.

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      Jessie lynn 

      4 weeks ago

      Hi so when I got my period on the 10-13th it really wasn’t my period I waited and my ovulation was I’m guessing on the 24 of oct. the my period missed on the seventh.. so then last night I bought the pregnancy test double pack and it said I was pregnant and I took one this morning it said I was positive so both of them were.. I didn’t know I was pregnant till lastnight/this morning. I’m not sure how many weeks I’ve been pregnant for..

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      Jackie Grant 

      4 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Purple love I would never categorically say that you won't get a positive test because it is impossible for me to know your circumstances and in any case I am not a doctor :-) But if you ONLY had unprotected sex more than a month ago and the tests are showing up negative now I would be EXTREMELY shocked if it were to turn out that you were pregnant from sex on that occasion. The only way to categorically know is to get a blood test from your doctor if they are prepared to do one.

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      Purple love 

      4 weeks ago

      So there’s no possible way a test would show up positive right now? Right? Just making sure

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      Jackie Grant 

      4 weeks ago from UK

      Sounds like you should be off the hook then!

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      Purple love 

      4 weeks ago

      Okay! The only unprotected sex I had was on October 3rd and to this very day, the tests are negative

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      Jackie Grant 

      4 weeks ago from UK

      Yes I guess you have a right to be paranoid! Yes periods will be irregular after having a baby so it is difficult to know when to expect them. If you have had a period after having unprotected sex then in theory you should be OK. If you are still worried then maybe take a test a week after the last one. If it gets to 3 weeks after you have had unprotected sex and you are still getting negative on the tests then you really should be clear.

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      Purple love 

      4 weeks ago

      Hi Jackie, I guess I’m just extremely paranoid because I just had a baby. I still haven’t gotten my period for this month (in which it’s still early and I also heard after having a baby periods can be irregular)?

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      Jackie Grant 

      4 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Purple love - if you got your period and the tests are negative is there something that makes you think you might be pregnant?

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      Purple love 

      4 weeks ago

      So I had my baby the beginning of September. I had sex October 3rd and I got my period October 9th. I’ve taken several tests, they are all negative. Could I be pregnant?

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      Jackie Grant 

      4 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Jessiel, having unprotected sex does not guarantee that you will become pregnant, there are a lot of other factors involved. But if your period is already due then you can certainly check to see.

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      Jessiel 

      5 weeks ago

      hi so today as the first day that I missed my period and I’m not really sure if I have conceived and since my boyfriend and I always have unprotected sex does that mean I’ll be pregnant? how many days should I wait and see if I have pregnancy signs?

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      Jackie Grant 

      5 weeks ago from UK

      Hi lavanya, if you are breastfeeding then that is likely why you are not getting your periods. Although breastfeeding is thought of as a natural form of contraception, it is still possible to get pregnant (although nowhere near as likely).

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      Jackie Grant 

      5 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Jessica, I'm not sure what you mean about 'ovulation week' - you only ovulate on one day and you can get pregnant by having sex up to 5 days before, or on the day of ovulation. If you ahve sex after ovulation then you have missed your chance for that month. However, it is very difficult to know exactly when you ovulate so if you did have sex around that time then there is a chance. You can test when your period is due for sure.

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      Jackie Grant 

      5 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Jessie L, it is not unusual for it to take up to a year to get pregnant so don't panic! If you have been trying for that long then you can go to your doctor to get some tests done. You can test when your period is due and that should give you an accurate result. You could check out this article if you are having trouble getting pregnant https://wehavekids.com/having-baby/why-cant-i-get-...

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      Jackie Grant 

      5 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Diana, although the withdrawal method is not 100% safe, the fact that you have had a negative test would indicate that you are not pregnant. Pregnancy tests, when used correctly, are pretty accurate. Having said that, it may be worth testing again in a week to make sure.

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      Jessica 

      5 weeks ago

      Hi, me and my partner had unprotected sex one day after my ovulation week, on oct 24 , my period was due Nov 4 ... could i be pregnant? Is it too early to test?

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      Jessie L 

      5 weeks ago

      So for the past few days I felt nauseous I got sick in my mouth a little bit but haven’t throw up and I don’t get my period until the 7th of November so I’m not sure if I’ll be pregnant or not.. I’m just scared that it’s going to take forever to get pregnant or that I won’t be able to have kids.. But my boyfriend and I are really trying hard. He’s cum inside me all the time and never pulled out and I haven’t taking any birth control until I know that I can be pregnant? Idk if we did it right this time but we’ve been trying for months. How could I tell if I’m pregnant?

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      Diana 

      5 weeks ago

      Hello. I do have a question. My Period is supposed to come on the last week of October, but it did not come I had a contact on October 14 and 31. Using the Withdrawal method. I haven't got my period yet for the month of October and still waiting for the month of November. I use PT today and it turns out negative. Could I be pregnant?

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      Roseey 

      5 weeks ago

      its been 2 weeks since i missed my periods,the pregnancy tests are negative

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      Jackie Grant 

      5 weeks ago from UK

      Hi J.L. if you came off birth control on 9th October and then had a period it may be that you will only have ovulated around 2 weeks after that. I would also only expect your period to be due around 7th November and that is if you have gone straight into a regular cycle (and it is quite possible that you won't) so unless you get any symptoms I would try and hold off testing until maybe after 7th November.

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      J.L 

      5 weeks ago

      So I got my period on September 30th -5th of October then I got it again on the 10th -13th. But I was taking birth control at the time and I haven’t taken it since October 9th because it messed up my cycle and my boyfriend and I are really trying to get pregnant. my boyfriend and I has always had unprotected sex and came inside me all the time, so I don’t know if I will be getting pregnant since we haven’t had sex in a couple days. I tracked down my cycle and it’s 28 days so I might be getting my period in 2 days?? Should I take the test or should I wait till it’s been a few days past and see if I will get the pregnancy signs??

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      Jackie Grant 

      5 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Jackie, when your periods are irregular it can be difficult to know when to test. Also it may be better to use ovulation tests than a tracker (if that only takes account of the length of your cycle). they will test your hormone levels. If you think you may be pregnant then I would say don't test until at least a month after your last period started and then only test every week after that. Yes a blood test can tell if you are pregnant if your doctor will do one for you.

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      Jackie 

      5 weeks ago

      Hey,

      I have two period trackers on my phone that tell me my ovulation date are different. My cycle started on the 3rd but because it’s irregular it’s been on and off since 19th. The 20th till now it’s been no cycle but my partner and I have had sex last week and this week. Could it be a chance that I’m possibly pregnant? And when would be a good time to take a test? I took one today and it says I’m not but is it too early? Should i visit my doctor to do a blood test would they be able to tell? I haven’t been feeling like myself lately . I’ve been having headaches and nausea kind of constant. Please help.

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      Jackie Grant 

      6 weeks ago from UK

      Jayla I wouldn't say it is normal but there are a number of reasons why it can happen. If you are concerned it is best to see your doctor.

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      Jayla Brown 

      6 weeks ago

      Okay and is it normal to not have a cycle for a whole month ?

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      Jackie Grant 

      6 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Jayla, I would probably test again in a weeks time to be sure if your period has not arrived by then.

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      Jackie Grant 

      6 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Chelsy, well that really depends on what time in your cycle it was. There is a period of about 6 days when you can get pregnant so if it was within that time then yes, you could be pregnant.

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      Jayla Brown 

      6 weeks ago

      Hey I had unprotected sex around the 16 of this month and my cycle is 5 days late and this month is basically over I took two pregnancy test they came out negative am I testing to early or am I not pregnant ?

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      Jackie Grant 

      6 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Acturnbull, that is a tricky one but I would say take a test 4 weeks after you came off the pill if you have not had a period by then.

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      Acturnbull 

      6 weeks ago

      Hi, I’ve been on the pill and stopped taking it around the 16th, I had unprotected sex on the 21st (and 3 times since) as we are ttc. I never had a period on the pill so I’ve no idea when I should test. Help?

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      Jackie Grant 

      6 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Riley, yes if it has been 2 weeks since you had sex you should be OK to take a pregnancy test.

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      Jackie Grant 

      6 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Sandra, it is extremely unlikely as the injection is very effective.

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      Jackie Grant 

      6 weeks ago from UK

      Hi SD Tun, it is not possible to get pregnant 6 days before your period starts which means that either a) your cycle is late this month and you could have got pregnant or b) your cycle is later this month and you are not pregnant or c) there are other issues delaying your cycle like stress or hormone imbalances. I'm not sure that is very helpful but I would say that you could test now to check!

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      Riley 

      6 weeks ago

      I had the implant put In around 2 and a half weeks ago but they told me not to have unprotected sex for 7 days because the implant won’t work but I did have unprotected sex and it’ll be 2 weeks tomorow can I do a pregnancy test ? Yet my period is due on the 29th of October I’ve been throwing up in the mornings and been constipated I dont know what to do

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      Sandra 

      6 weeks ago

      Hi, am on three month contraceptive injection for only two weeks now and i had unprotected sex with my partner it is possible for me to get pregnant.

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      SD Tun 

      6 weeks ago

      Hi, I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend on Oct 13th-14th my period was due Oct 19th I am now 6 days late. Last month I spotted a week before my period I started my period on the day I expected. Before Oct 13th we has sex on but before my period came but now this month I’m late and the only time we had sex was the 13th is it possible I’m pregnant? How soon should I test?

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      Jackie Grant 

      6 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Michelle, that really depends on how long your period lasts and when you ovulate. Sperm an survive for 4-5 days prior to ovulation so if you ovulate on day 12 say and your period lasts 5 days then there is a small chance you could become pregnant if you have sex on day 7. However, you probably won't be able to test until at least 10 days after ovulation, if not later and it is advisable to wait until your period is due to test.

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      Michelle 

      7 weeks ago

      Can you become pregnant 2days after your period? And if so can you take a pregnancy test asap?

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      Jackie Grant 

      7 weeks ago from UK

      Yes you can take a test now Tajkiya!

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      Tajkiya 

      7 weeks ago

      My period date was 14 october i am 8 days late can i take a test tomorrow? or when i should take a test for accurate result?

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      Jackie Grant 

      7 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Daisyvega, I would wait as Plan B is supposed to be 99% effective when taken correctly.

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      Daisyvega 

      7 weeks ago

      Ima 11weeks postpartum and I got my last period on sep 5th had unprotected sex on oct 14 drank plan b on oct 15 my period app says I should be getting my period today should I take a pregnancy test or just wait about one more week to see if I get my period

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      Jackie Grant 

      2 months 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 

      2 months 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 

      2 months 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 

      2 months 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 

      2 months 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 

      2 months 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 

      2 months ago from UK

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

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      Jackie Grant 

      2 months 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 

      2 months 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 

      2 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months ago from UK

      Ohm - yes!

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      Ohm 

      2 months 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 

      2 months 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 

      2 months 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 

      2 months 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 

      2 months 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 

      2 months 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 

      2 months 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 

      2 months 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 

      2 months 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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