How Soon can I Take a Pregnant Test?

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Taking a pregnancy test is extremely exciting. However, in order to get the right results, it is important to take the test correctly. This means following a few certain rules regarding when to take the test and how long to wait after you ovulate to take the test. Here is some information to help you answer these questions.

How Does a Pregnancy Test Work?

When you take a pregnancy test, it looks for a certain hormone in your body, hCG. hCG is a hormone that is only present when you are pregnant. The body begins producing the hormone immediately after the embryo implants on the uterine lining.

However, it takes some time before the hormone builds up in the body enough to register on a pregnancy test. This is the reason that the closer you are to the date of your missed period, the more accurate your test will become.

If you do happen to take a test too early, make sure you wait a few days and take another one. This is especially true if you are experiencing pregnancy like symptoms. Just make sure you have already missed the start of your period in order to get the best results.

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When Should I take the Test?

Implantation usually occurs a few days after you ovulate. During this time, you may experience a little bit of bleeding and cramping. After the embryo has implanted, your hTC levels will begin increasing. However, it will still be a week or so before you will have enough in your system to register positive on a pregnancy test.

All in all, you will need to wait at least a couple of weeks after you have ovulated before taking a pregnancy test. While you can take one sooner, you will not have as good of results if you do. In fact, it is possible that you will receive either a false positive or negative when you take a test extremely early. Instead, wait until the day you expect your period to begin before taking the test.

When you do take your pregnancy test, it is best to take it first thing in the morning. Avoid eating or drinking anything before you take your test because this could affect the results of it. Instead, take the test the moment you wake up. This is something that will offer you the most accurate results.

Waiting to take a pregnancy test is stressful. However, by waiting you will guarantee yourself to get the best results possible. If you receive a negative test and still believe you are pregnant, make sure to take a second test a few days later. Your doctor may also need to take a blood test in order to find the most accurate results in some situations.

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