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 

      4 days 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 

      5 days ago

      when is the best time to get pregnant

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      Jackie Grant 

      6 days ago from UK

      Hi Silda, I would never recommend to test any earlier than 4 days before your period is due because you could get a negative when you are in fact pregnant. This can still happen at 4 days before too so you could wait a bit longer. Also the white discharge and the blood may or may not be symptoms of pregnancy as they can happen either way.

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      Jackie Grant 

      6 days ago from UK

      Hi Ashley, it sounds like possibly one test was more sensitive than the others if maybe it is very early days. Maybe you could take one of the digital tests that have the words 'pregnant' or 'not pregnant' to give you some certainty. It certainly sounds like you have all the symptoms of being pregnant.

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      Silda 

      6 days ago

      Hello i have been having a white milky discharge after my evaluation and i have seen small amount of blood on sunday whn i take a bath and i never saw it again..my periods are due in 6 days can this be an early signs of pregnancy?i bought a clear blue pregnancy test can i test tomorrow?

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      Ashley 

      6 days ago

      Hello so I just took 4 test 1 positive the others negative, I’m not late on my period but my breast are killing me my back hurts, I’m so tired and I’m having horrible morning sickness with my last pregnancy I got results right away and I was not late either. Apt made for the 27th but it seems killing me to not know if I am pregnant or not husband and I Brennan trying for 2 months now.

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      Jackie Grant 

      7 days ago from UK

      Hi shelly, on a standard cycle and given no other circumstances I would go as far as saying you can't get pregnant on the 4th day of your cycle.

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      shelly 

      7 days ago

      i have a question me in my boyfriend had sex on my 4th day of my peroid.when is it a good time to take a test

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      Jackie Grant 

      7 days ago from UK

      Hi Hileni, I would say it is extremely uncommon.

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      Jackie Grant 

      8 days ago from UK

      Hi Jessica lynn, sometimes slightly rough sex can cause a bit of bleeding so it may have been that although obviously if your period was due it could have been that too.

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      Jackie Grant 

      8 days ago from UK

      Hi Lea, congrats. I would say that it is most likely that it was on the 21st as the test would probably have come back positive if it had been the 13th although that is not 100% certain.

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      Jessica lynn 

      8 days ago

      So after my boyfriend and I had sex and he finished me I was bleeding a little bir then at 11:49 pm tonight I start bleeding more and I think I just got my period? But idk if it’s my period or not?

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      Lea 

      9 days ago

      So I have irrigated periods. I sometimes miss a montn , my last period was June 2 -3 and very light , it only was 2 days long. I didn’t get a period for the month of July or August. I had unprotected sex on the july 13 but he never cam inside of me. I again had unprotected sex on the 21 of July and this time he did.. I took a home pregnancy test on the 29 of July and it was negative. On August 9 i again took a home test because I was having signs of pregnancy and it came back positive.. to confirm it I went to see a doctor and I am pregnant..I just don’t know how far along I would be.do you think I got pregnant from the 13 of July or on the 21 July?

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      Jackie Grant 

      10 days ago from UK

      Hi Autumn, yes, I would say that 4 positive tests are not lying! Congrats.

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      Autumn 

      10 days ago

      So I have taken for pregnancy test and they are all positive.... My husband and I have been trying and trying to have babies. I had a miscarriage about 2 years ago... I’m nervous does this mean I’m pregnant? We have had unprotected sex now for two months and I still haven’t had my period...

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      Jessie 

      11 days ago

      First time my boyfriend had cum in me was a few days after my period so I’m hoping that I’ll find out next week

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      Jackie Grant 

      11 days ago from UK

      Hi Kalia1987, assuming your period lasted for 4 or 5 days then you would have had sex on day 6 or 7 of your cycle. The only way you could get pregnant at this point is if your cycle was very short and by the sounds of things it isn't. Also have done a test 15 days after unprotected sex I would say it is extremely unlikely that you will have got pregnant from having sex on 22nd July.

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      Kalia1987 

      11 days ago

      Hello,

      I had unprotected sex on July 22nd. I had ended my last period July20th. I tested using E.P.T. on August 6th (15 days after having unprotected sex) and it was negative. However, was that too early to test? I plan to test again but now I am more nervous...I am hoping for a negative but do you think the last test was accurate enough? I don't actually expect to start my next period for another 8/9 days...and I can't wait that long... Thanks...

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      Jackie Grant 

      11 days ago from UK

      Hi Tajkiya, firstly, I'm sorry you had to go through a D&C. After this procedure it is likely to take your body a few months to get back to normal cycles. You should also take advice from your doctor as to whether you should wait for any period of time before you try to get pregnant again (so that your lining can get back to normal levels) Regardless of that it is possible to get pregnant, but because you can't expect your period to come at a normal time it is hard to know when you might ovulate and hence when you should test. If you are showing signs of pregnancy or you think you might be pregnant then it might be worth testing once a week until either you get a positive result or your period returns.

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      Tajkiya 

      11 days ago

      I had a d&c on 10th June my last period was June 28 I had unprotected sex on July 25 I missed my period I tested on August 7 and it was negative is it possible to be pregnant? what should I do?

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      Jackie Grant 

      11 days ago from UK

      Hi blondiemoni, if the light bleeding that started on August 3rd was your period then that would have given you a cycle of 23 days, which is possible, but it could also have been spotting in which case it is probably worth taking another test just to be sure in a couple of days time.

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      blondiemoni 

      11 days ago

      i do have a question. so my period stared on july 12th or 13th and i had unprotected sex on july 28th and on august 3rd i started lightly bleeding for about 4 days. should i still take a pregnancy test in about 2 days? i took a pregnancy test about 2 days ago and it was negative.

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      Jackie Grant 

      13 days ago from UK

      Hi Joyce, it really depends on how long your cycle is. If you have a standard cycle of 28 days then you are likely to ovulate on day 14 which would be 1st August, but if your cycle is longer or shorter then the date is likely to be different. To be sure it is worth using some ovulation tests to see.

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      Jackie Grant 

      13 days ago from UK

      Hi J, if you take a test 3 weeks after you LAST had unprotected sex then that should give an accurate result but to be sure yes take a test when you miss your period if that is later.

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      Joyce 

      13 days ago

      Pls I need help,am confuse about my ovulation period and I really want to get pregnant...I had my mensuration on 19 of July and stopped on 23 July pls when exactly suppose to be my ovulation period.my frd told me 30 is ovulation.i had unprotected sex 27,29 and 30 which was my ovulation period do I stand any chance of getting pregnant?pls I'm waiting for response

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      13 days ago

      Okay so I took the test yesterday morning and it said I’m not pregnant and it’s been 3 weeks maybe I should take the pregnancy test again when I miss my period? If I even do miss it?

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      Jackie Grant 

      2 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Patricia, you can certainly have some light bleeding in the early stages of pregnancy that could be confused with a light period. So if your last real period was June 28th then you would be about 5w4d along. Congrats!

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      Patricia 

      2 weeks ago

      I took ou my Inplanoon in June 17 then had a normal cycle june 28 in july My fertile days were July 5-11 ovulation the 10th according to my app. then I had a very light cicle the 24th few days before my actual due date. I though it was weird to be light but this past days i been cramping and spotting and pregnancy test is positive. Not really sure how far i am since i dont think you can have a cycle while pregnant correct?

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      Jackie Grant 

      2 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Hileni, there are reasons why you may get mid-cycle bleeding and you should consult your doctor if you are worried about it or it continues. As I am not a doctor it is not possible for me to know what is going on. It is generally possible to get pregnant if you have unprotected sex while ovulating but you will need to wait at least 10 days to take a pregnancy test to tell.

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      Hileni 

      2 weeks ago

      It happen to me I ovulate on the 2to 3 august I pray unsafe sex on 3till 5 august late time my period are coming bt no sign for it as usually ad thy are low flw is that posiblr to get pregnant

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      Jackie Grant 

      2 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Hileni, no you can't have your period while you are ovulating but some people do get some spotting around ovulation.

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      Hileni 

      2 weeks ago

      Hi Jackie cn I get period during my ovulation time same time I pray unsafe sex

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      Jackie Grant 

      2 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Bella, I'm not sure you will be able to get a definitive answer without a DNA test. However, I would say that if your cycles are regularly 28 days then it is more likely to be your man. If they are slightly longer (29/30) days then it equally could be either of them. Also the fainter the test was on 31st July then the more likely it would be your boyfriend. If the test was close to the colour of the comparison line then it may be more likely it is your man. But obviously everyone is different and tests come out at different strengths. As an example see this image https://imageserve.babycenter.com/6/000/145/L4IeD3... - it depends on which tests you are using but if your test looks more like the 14dpo one then it could be your man but if it's more like the 12dpo one then your boyfriend. But again this is not exact so you really will never know for sure until the baby is born.

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      Bella 

      2 weeks ago

      My last period was july 4th, i had sex with my man on the 17th , on the 19th i slept with my boyf and by 31st july pregnancy test is positive ,

      Please who is likely responsible?

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      Jackie Grant 

      2 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Grace, although it is extremely unlikely, it is possible to get pregnant from dry humping as semen can soak through underwear.

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      Jackie Grant 

      2 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Charlene, some people can get symptoms within 4 or 5 days but not usually any sooner than that. You should ideally wait at least 10 days but better 14 days after you had unprotected sex, which should be around the time your period is due, before you test.

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      Jackie Grant 

      2 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Jess, yes peeing a lot and abdominal cramps can be signs of pregnancy. If it is over 2 weeks since you had unprotected sex then you should be Ok to take the test now (that assumes that your period may now be a bit late). Good luck.

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      Grace 

      2 weeks ago

      Hi, am 21 my boyfriend was wearing cloths while i waz not and we dry humped, a week after my

      period, can i get pregnant?

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      Charlene 

      2 weeks ago

      Okay I had sex and my boyfriend came inside me and a couple days later I been feeling weird how long does it take to for you to find out if you are

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      Jess 

      2 weeks ago

      Iv had lower stomach pains for a few days now so I’m not really sure if that’s another sign besides peeing constantly I’m hoping to be pregnant and not sure if I could take the test Saturday or Sunday if I should wait till end of next week

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      Jackie Grant 

      2 weeks ago from UK

      You should be able to test now for sure.

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      Jess 

      2 weeks ago

      Hi I’m 20, and I haven’t had any signs yet of pregnancy but I’m not sure if peeing a lot for 45 min now is a sign.? and I’m not sure if I should take the pregnancy test early this week it’s been almost 3 weeks now. I’m not sure how early I can take it. It’s been over two weeks going on three..

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      Kelly 

      2 weeks ago

      I was due for my birth control shot on July 5th. I missed it and had unprotected sex the morning of the 6th. I went in and got my shot on July 9th. Is it too soon to test or should I wait longer. It’s been 27 days since sex.

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      Jackie Grant 

      2 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Lola yes that is totally possible - stress can for sure make your period late. I would take another test and check - it may be worth taking a digital that says 'pregnant' or 'not pregnant' so that you can get a clearer idea.

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      Lola Scanlon 

      2 weeks ago

      Hey, I’m 16 and I had unprotected sex this month and my periods are irregular and I skipped months before. I took a test two days ago (I would be 4/5 days late) I got a negative and I know about the time frame and you can’t look after 10 minutes but I saw a positive and I still think I’m pregnant, I have no symptoms or I don’t “feel” pregnant. Could I be stressing too much which is causing my period to be late ?

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      Jackie Grant 

      2 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Tayla, I'm not sure I totally understand the question sorry, but yes sperm can survive for a few days so you need to be careful if you have sex for 4-5 days before you ovulate but the egg only survives for about a day so if you miss the egg then you can't get pregnant from sex a few days after ovulation. Obviously you need to know when you are ovulating!

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      Tayla 

      2 weeks ago

      Hey im Tayla , 16 and i had unprotected sex last week i got scared about getting pregnant and i was waiting for two weeks to take a test. i started bleeding today and i searched up what it could have been (spotting) but found out it was just my period . i was wondering if when i had sex That's because sperm can live up to five days if its possible the sperm got trapped in fertile cervical mucus.

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      Jackie Grant 

      2 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Jessica, if you think you might be pregnant then you could take a test about the time that your period is due or if you are not sure then 2 weeks after you had unprotected sex.

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      Jessica hanstine 

      2 weeks ago

      hi so two weeks ago or so on a Tuesday-Friday or til Saturday was when my period started and ended then on Sunday my boyfriend had cum a lot inside me more than once then last Sunday my boyfriend had cum in me more than 2 times but there was a lot and I’m not sure when or if I’ll get my period or if I’m pregnant and I just don’t know it yet...I’m notsure because it’s heen almost 3 weeks already

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      Jackie Grant 

      2 weeks ago from UK

      Hi M, the digital tests that say 'Pregnant' or 'Not pregnant' are 99% accurate I believe so it is very unlikely to be a false positive. Congrats! it is quite early to get a positive but entirely possible.

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      Jackie Grant 

      2 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Maria, detecting ovulation is a tricky thing so it really depends on how accurate the method you used was. If you had unprotected sex around your ovulation time then by all means take a test now, if it is at least 14 days since ovulation was detected.

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      Jackie Grant 

      2 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Zully, yes you should be able to get an accurate test result if you take a test now.

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      2 weeks ago

      My last period was July 6 stoped on the 9. My ovulation day was on the 23. I took a pregnancy test today July 31 and it said positive. It was the clear blue digital. Could this be a gals positive?

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      Maria 

      2 weeks ago

      Hey my last period it was on July 4th. I get my period irregular. I did ovulation test but it showed i am still ovulating. Is it correct or wrong. Should I do pregnancy test.

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      Zully 

      2 weeks ago

      Hey my last my period it’s jun 28,and this month I need to get my period I haven’t got it yet it’s be 4day already should I take a test

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      Jackie Grant 

      2 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Susie, it is unusual to get a negative pregnancy test 14 days after unprotected sex, but there could still be a slight chance of being pregnant (or obviously more of a chance if you had unprotected sex again after that date).

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      Susie 

      2 weeks ago

      Hi I have pcos so have no idea when my period is due my last period was 24 June but can be anything from 28 to 40 days I had unprotected sex 14 days ago pregnancy test today was negative could I still be pregnant? Xx

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      Jackie Grant 

      2 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Tina, if you are not totally sure when your period is going to arrive then I always to test 14 days after you have had unprotected sex because if that was in your fertile time you should be able to get a positive test by then.

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      Tina 

      2 weeks ago

      Hi Jackie , I was supposed to get my period two days ago.. Had intercourse two days before and again while I shouh've had my period.. So because I missed my period and had Intercourse .. when can I do a test? knowing that I did one just a day ago and it came out Negative.. I think because it's eary even tho my period skipped ?

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      Kel probert 

      3 weeks ago

      Thank you

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      Jackie Grant 

      3 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Kel, yes you will generally get an accurate result if you test after your period is due but of course that all depends on how accurate your estimations are! If you had unprotected sex 8 days before your period was due then it is highly unlikely you will get pregnant. However, as I assume your period has not arrived yet then maybe your expected date is wrong and you could be pregnant, in which case you can still expect an accurate result now as it is over 2 weeks since you had unprotected sex.

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      Kel probert 

      3 weeks ago

      Hi, i had my last period on 23rd june, i had unprotected sex on 14th july, my period was due 22nd july will i get an accurate result now?

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      Jackie Grant 

      3 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Diana, yes - if you took a test on July 29th that is still quite early and you could take another test maybe in 3-4 days time to be sure.

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      Diana 

      3 weeks ago

      My period was July 6th-8th I was ovulated July 15th-20th and I had unprotected sex July 19th. I took 2 pregnancy test July 29th and they both came out negative. My next period is August 4th. Can I still be pregnant?

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      Jackie Grant 

      3 weeks ago from UK

      Yes you could be pregnant - it is quite common to have 'spotting' at the beginning of a pregnancy so it is worth taking a test to see. Having said that, it seems that you had sex quite late in your cycle - if you do have a 28 day cycle then it is more likely you will ovulate around day 14 (although a few days later is not impossible).

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      lanre 

      3 weeks ago

      My last period started 30th june till 5th of july. I had unprotected sex on the days of my ovulation period (16,17,18 and 23rd july). Now, I should start my period on 27th/28th july but I just got stains for two days. could I be pregnant?

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      Jackie Grant 

      3 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Supriya, periods can still be only 2 days with a low flow occasionally and it doesn't necessarily mean anything. If you have not got your period yet though it is probably worth testing now, especially if you confirmed ovulation at the end of June.

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      Supriya 

      3 weeks ago

      I had did protected sex on 30th June during the first day of my ovulation and in 22 June I received my periods but it was not normal period asusual.the blood flow is in low amount and only last for 2 days. Can I get pregnant or is something else?

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      Jackie Grant 

      4 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Hailey, in theory if you are on the pill then the chances of being pregnant are pretty minimal. I would wait until your period is due to take a test to get an accurate result.

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      Hailey 

      4 weeks ago

      My last period was very light which is not normal and was dark blood and only lasted a few days. I’m on the pill though. And I just now had spottyness. My period is suppose to start in 8 days. Should I wait to take a test or take it now?

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      Hileni 

      5 weeks ago

      Thanks for ur assumption jackie wil try

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      Jackie Grant 

      5 weeks ago from UK

      @Hilen I would recommend reading this article https://hubpages.com/health/When-Will-I-Ovulate - you are likely to be fertile from about day 10 to possibly day 14 (4-7 July). If your bf has a low sperm count it may be better to only have sex every other day so that it has time to replenish. You might also want to read this one - https://hubpages.com/health/Men-Trying-To-Conceive... You can test his sperm count at home with a test like this: https://amzn.to/2m6HCXC

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      Jackie Grant 

      5 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Melissa, assuming your dates are right and that is the only time you had unprotected sex then no you can't.

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      Melissa 

      5 weeks ago

      Hi, I had unprotected sex the night before my period, can I get pregnant?

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      Jackie Grant 

      6 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Lei0708 I would say if your cycles are irregular then it is probably best to wait until 14 days after unprotected sex to take a test.

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      Lei0708 

      6 weeks ago

      Hi Jackie, what if my menstruation is irregular? I had an unprotected sex on June 27,the guy did withdrawal. Can I use prenancy test as early as now?

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      Jackie Grant 

      6 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Sara, you should find some answers to those questions in this article: https://hubpages.com/health/Things-To-Help-You-Con...

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      Jackie Grant 

      7 weeks ago from UK

      If you have no idea of where you are in your cycle then I would say to wait until 14 days after you had unprotected sex before you test. If that comes out as negative then wait until a week later to take another one.

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      Idk 

      7 weeks ago

      Hey idk when I get my period it’s been a while it’s really random Bc my diet but yesterday I had unprotected sex and I have 3 tests idk When I should take them I’m really worried

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      Jackie Grant 

      7 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Unknown, it is not uncommon for periods to be a couple of days late for no particular reason and they could be lighter, so it doesn't necessarily mean anything. I'm not sure what you mean by the six day of ovulation as you only ovulate on one day.

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      Jackie Grant 

      7 weeks ago from UK

      @JMR if it was Sunday then Wednesday is 3 days after but you can still take it I believe after that time (although not sure what part of the world you are as it's only Wednesday morning here...)

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      Unknown 

      7 weeks ago

      I made love the six day of ouvlation June 11 2018. My period came two days late. My period was supposed to happen June 22 but it came two days late. My period was not heavy at all. What does that mean?

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      JMR 

      7 weeks ago

      Well this morning would have been the 3 day mark :(

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      Jackie Grant 

      7 weeks ago from UK

      Hi JMR, apparently Plan B can still be taken 3 days after unprotected sex so it might be worth looking into that as soon as possible.

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      JMR 

      7 weeks ago

      Hello,

      I recently had unprotected sex, but am unsure if a climax was reached. this was Sunday 6/24. i just realized that it may have coincided with my 1st day of ovulation. I am unsure if i still have time for Plan B or if i should just wait and take a test later in my cycle. any advise would be extremely helpful as children are not a healthy option for me at this point in my life.

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      Jackie Grant 

      7 weeks ago from UK

      You may just be having a longer cycle than normal which can happen (particularly as you get older) or else you could have some kind of hormone imbalance, or it could be caused by stress or worry. It might be worth testing again in another week but if you are worried about missing a period then you could go and see your doctor.

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      Anonymously 

      8 weeks ago

      Had my period on 17th may normally last 5days but lasted 8days then two weeks after had pinkish brown spotting on & off for about 5days, still no sign of coming on my period took a pregnancy test but negative what could this mean??

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      Jackie Grant 

      8 weeks ago from UK

      There are a few reasons why your period may be late and you are not pregnant - it may be due to hormonal imbalances, stress, thyroid issues, or other health conditions. It can also be related to being under or overweight. It is worth seeing your doctor to check why you are missing periods if you are not pregnant. Alternatively it might be worth testing again in another week just in case.

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      Lee montebon 

      8 weeks ago

      Im 8 days late and im tracking my cycle my last date of my first period was 16/052018 and it only lasted for 2 days very light and now i still dont have it i tried taking pt just tonight but it gives me a negative result.

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      Taylor 

      8 weeks ago

      Hello. I've been off of depo for 3 months now but I've been having egg white cm which means possibly ovulation but my period still havent returned and I have been having unprotected sex my last days being June 15th and June 22nd is there anyway I couldve conceived ? Can anybody help please I'm 17 years old ??

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      Jackie Grant 

      8 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Jasmine, you would need to take ovulation tests to figure out when you are ovulating.

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      Jackie Grant 

      8 weeks ago from UK

      Hi emilywatts1, if you only had unprotected sex on day 1 of your cycle then that would not result in a pregnancy. You would need to have unprotected sex around ovulation (you don't say whether that was the case or not). if you did have sex around ovulation then you could certainly test now.

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      Jackie Grant 

      8 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Diane, you can get pregnant as soon as you start ovulating after you come off birth control, which can be pretty quickly.

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      Jackie Grant 

      8 weeks ago from UK

      Hi Charity, I am not a doctor so can't tell you if there is anything wrong but you might want to check out with your doctor why you would have a 19 day cycle.

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      Charity 

      2 months ago

      My last period was on the 11th May my cycle is 26 or 27 on the 29th may of may I had sex then the following day I started feeling cramps and I started my period which on lasted for 3day but I normally last 5 days my mouth has a metallic taste since but my test is still showing negative what could be wrong?

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      Diane 

      2 months ago

      Ya I just got off birth control about a week ago ? Can I conceive yet ?

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      emilywatts1 

      2 months ago

      hi i have a question! i had sex on the first day of getting my period may 7 and he finished inside of me, i started ovulating June 3 and was spotting lightly with a brown discharge(more of a light pink not really red spotting) it lasted about 3 days then completely stopped like normal, I missed my period it’s been 2 days what are your thoughts on when to take a test? And if the spotting/Brown discharge was implantation bleeding?

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      Jasmine 

      2 months ago

      I have irregular periods, my last menstrual cycle was on april 19th through the 25th. How do I know when I ovulate ?

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      Jackie Grant 

      2 months ago from UK

      Hi Dee, with a 21 day cycle or less I would suggest you see your doctor if you are trying to get pregnant to figure out why your cycle is so short x

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      Dee 

      2 months ago

      When would you be ovulating with a 21 day cycle or less?

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