Pregnancy test after one week of intercourse

Pregnancy Tests

Signs of Pregnancy

There are many signs of pregnancy, but the earliest signs of pregnancy often are the same as pre-menstrual symptoms. This can be very frustrating for couples that are trying to conceive. Pregnancy signs such as nausea and cravings generally do not develop until about the eighth week of pregnancy, long after a home pregnancy test would have yielded a positive. However, the most agonizing pregnancy period may be the two weeks following ovulation but before a predictable result can be obtained with a urine pregnancy test. This period is often when women will meticulously track their symptoms and compare them with others who have already confirmed their pregnancies.

July 1st, 2010 | Comments Off on Signs of Pregnancy

Morning Sickness

Morning sickness generally begins around the 8th week of pregnancy and ends around the 13th week of pregnancy. For this reason, the first trimester is considered the most trying and difficult period of pregnancy whereas the second trimester is often the easiest and most fun because your energy has returned and you are not yet carrying a very large fetus.

Morning sickness is believed to be caused by high levels of circulating HCG, and indeed women who are carrying multiples (and thus have higher circulating HCG) typically experiencing more severe morning sickness. Another hypothesis is that morning sickness is a manifestation of the worries of a new mother, although this hypothesis does not have any scientific backing. Anecdotal reports suggest that women often have less or no morning sickness in subsequent pregnancies after having morning sickness during their first.

June 16th, 2010 | Comments Off on Morning Sickness


Timing intercourse to maximize conception can be difficult unless you have some idea of your fertile signs on your date of ovulation. The process of conception occurs when an egg is fertilized by a single sperm cell somewhere in the fallopian tube. The egg only survives for about 24 hours after ovulation, so it is necessary to ensure intercourse occurs early enough before ovulation that egg viability is not lost.

The fertile secretions released via the cervix give a rough indication of a woman’s fertility. Immediately following menstruation, there are typically a few days of a dry sensation during which little or new fluids are expelled through the cervix. These are considered infertile days. Following that period, the cervical fluid begins to become more abundant, starting first as a sticky or rubbery secretion and increasing in abundance and stretchiness until it roughly resembles the consistency of semen, which itself is highly nutritive to sperm. The spectrum of cervical fluid continues to a consistency that no only nourishes and sustains sperm but also is less fibrous and impenetrable to sperm than typical less fertile secretions or dryness.

May 20th, 2010 | Comments Off on Conception

Cost of Pregnancy Tests

The cost of pregnancy tests is often bemoaned by women who have been trying to conceive for many months and have spent hundreds on disappointing, negative pregnancy tests. The good news is that you can purchase a pregnancy test for as little as a few cents per test (about $6 for 25 on, but if you are not willing to handle your own urine, you might find yourself purchasing a single test for $3 – 10 dollars depending on whether you are choosing a digital version.

The most expensive drugstore brands typically include 2 or more tests per pack and no option to purchase single-use pregnancy tests. This increases the total cost of pregnancy tests, and if you are very likely to be pregnancy (e.g., if you have already missed your period), you probably do not need more than one test. However, the cost of pregnancy tests can be alleviated by purchasing your tests online in bulk and perhaps by splitting the costs with a friend.

April 9th, 2010 | Comments Off on Cost of Pregnancy Tests

Get Pregnant

While many women may avoid pregnancy for years, the desire to get pregnant often comes on quickly and couples may want to get pregnant within the first month of trying. In fact, with random intercourse, a fertile couple has about a 25% chance of becoming pregnant any single cycle, and for women with longer cycles, this can translate to a long period of waiting to get pregnant.

One way to increase your chances of getting pregnant is to engage in fertility-focused intercourse. This is the process of charting your fertility signs and targeting intercourse to the 5 or so fertile days preceding ovulation. The increase in cervical fluid, which can easily be observed on toilet paper after using the bathroom, is the single best sign of fertility. As you reach your fertility peak, cervical fluid will go from being sticky and the consistency of rubber cement to a more lotiony consistency and finally to the consistency of raw egg white. Depending on their age, this egg white period may last anywhere from 1 to 5 days.

March 27th, 2010 | Comments Off on Get Pregnant

Determining the date of ovulation can be very straightforward if you are one of the majority of women who have relatively regular cycles, and if you are willing to chart your fertility signs and/or use some other ovulation predictor kit. If you are less regular, have anovulatory cycles, and/or are peri-menstrual or peri-menopausal, it may be much more difficult to pinpoint the day of ovulation, although you can generally predict it within about 5 days.

Ovulation is the process when an egg is expelled from an ovary in response to hormonal changes that encourage egg maturation and release. The egg then is captured by a fallopian tube and either becomes fertilized within 24 hours of ovulation, or dies and is expelled in the menstrual fluid approximately 2 weeks after ovulation occurs.

February 11th, 2010 | Comments Off on Ovulation

Cheapest Pregnancy Test

Pregnancy tests can range from pennies per test to $10 per test. With such a wide range of prices, it can be difficult to identify the cheapest pregnancy tests that still are accurate. As it turns out, even tests purchased in dollar stores measure the same hormone, HCG, and usually at the same concentration as the much more costly tests. Effectively all of these tests consist of antibody test strips that react with HCG in the urine and yield a positive result either with a pink or blue line or with a digital readout of Yes/No or Pregnant/Not Pregnant.

The cheapest pregnancy tests I have found can be purchased on for as little as $6.06 for 25 tests with free shipping to the continental United States. At such a low price, even the dollar store brands seem expensive, but certainly the $10/test First Response Digital Gold pregnancy test seems outrageous. What is the cause of the wide range in tests? It is mainly marketing, but also includes a little bit of added convenience.

January 9th, 2010 | Comments Off on Cheapest Pregnancy Test

Pregnancy Test at Implantation

Women who are actively charting their fertility signs or are otherwise very excited and hopeful about becoming pregnant might want to take a pregnancy test as early as implantation. The at-home tests of your urine cannot detect the HCG that occurs immediately following implantation because it first enters your blood stream and then is filtered into your urine. Therefore, a pregnancy test at implantation would render a negative result, even if you are carrying a fertilized egg. Within about 3 – 4 days after implantation, you will most likely be able to obtain a positive pregnancy test from your first morning urine, assuming you are using a sufficiently sensitive test.

How Can I Tell If Implantation has Occurred?

The signs of implantation can be difficult to identify even if you are charting because they may occur in pregnant and non-pregnant charts and can only be considered retrospectively. In a minority of women, some amount of implantation spotting may occur, although if you are not charting, it is possible to mistake this for mid-cycle, ovulatory spotting. Other signs of implantation include a dip in the generally higher, post-ovulatory basal body temperatures between 6 and 8 days post-ovulation, although this “implantation dip” may also occur in non-pregnant charts as a result of normal daily temperature fluctuations. Implantation cramping has also been reported, although again, this may be mistaken as ovulatory cramping if you are unsure where you are in your menstrual cycle.

How Soon After Implantation Can I Accurately Take a Pregnancy Test?

January 2nd, 2010 | Comments Off on Pregnancy Test at Implantation

Negative Pregnancy Test

If, at 4 days late, you obtain a negative pregnancy test, you may have to consider whether your cycle was aberrant this month owing to stress, medication, etc. The typical woman’s luteal (post-ovulatory) phase is almost invariantly 12 – 16 days, and if the phase extends to 18 days or greater, the woman is almost certainly pregnant. However, it is possible that you ovulated late or not at all this cycle, which could contribute to a late period and a negative pregnancy test at 4 days late.

December 11th, 2009 | Comments Off on Negative Pregnancy Test

First Response Home Pregnancy Tests

The category of First Response home pregnancy tests includes some of the most accurate, sensitive, and reliable tests on the market today. These tests are mid-stream urine tests that either develop as pink lines on a viewing strip or as a digital “YES+” or “NO-” response.

Non-Digital First Response Home Pregnancy Tests

The goal of First Response home pregnancy tests has been to offer the earliest positive results. The target market of this brand are women who are trying to conceive and want to know if there efforts are successful as soon as possible. Although these tests also work perfectly well for women who have an unplanned pregnancy, of course, they tend to be more expensive than most other brands because of the sensitive technology they employ (and because of good marketing).

November 29th, 2009 | Comments Off on First Response Home Pregnancy Tests

Unplanned Pregnancy

Even if you are using oral birth control pills, barrier methods of birth control, or an intra-uterine device, you may still experience an unplanned pregnancy if you are not abstaining from intercourse. If you find yourself in this situation, there are a huge number of factors to consider.

  • Are you in a stable relationship, both financially and emotionally, that is capable of supporting a pregnancy and a child? Do you have health insurance with a sufficient maternity rider? If not, do you have a way to obtain insurance with maternity benefits? The immense costs of prenatal care, including monthly (and later weekly) visit; tests for hypertension, preeclampsia, iron deficiency, gestational diabetes, and fetal defects; and the costs of delivery and a hospital stay can make even the most financially secure person’s stomach turn. Even a typical, uncomplicated birth can cost thousands in hospital bills, particularly if you opt for anesthesia. In any case, maternity insurance is virtually essential.
  • Read the rest of this entry »

November 11th, 2009 | Comments Off on Unplanned Pregnancy

Help Getting Pregnant

Couples who have been trying to conceive for months or even years without success may begin to look to message boards, books, or even medical intervention for help getting pregnant. Even a couple with normal fertility may only have a 25% chance of pregnancy following random intercourse in any given cycle. This is because the woman is only fertile for approximately 6 days per cycle, whereas the man is fertile during the entire cycle. If intercourse is not timed during the correct fertile window, pregnancy will not be achieved, and a couple may begin to wonder if one or both of them is infertile.

There are countless websites offering help getting pregnant using various herbal remedies, lifestyle changes, and alternative techniques such as acupuncture. Although these may increase your fertility—particularly if you quit smoking or drug use or attain a healthy weight, for instance—poor timing of intercourse still will prevent pregnancy achievement. As months go by without a pregnancy, stress between a couple can mount. Although stress will not prevent a pregnancy per se, it can delay ovulation and make it more difficult to time intercourse, thereby affecting pregnancy indirectly. Therefore, it is important for a couple to relax and learn the best tips for help getting pregnant.

November 1st, 2009 | Comments Off on Help Getting Pregnant

Ovulation Detection

There are a few different ways to detect ovulation. Although the ovulation detector kit is probably the most widely used method, it is not necessarily the most accurate method.

The Ovulation Detector Kit

Many of the companies that make and market home pregnancy tests also manufacture ovulation detector kits that use the same basic technology but a different antibody. Ovulation detection is achieved by trying to pinpoint the surge in LH (lutenizing hormone), which is the last hormone to peak before ovulation occurs. A positive result from an ovulation detector strip is obtained when the test line is equal to or greater in intensity compared to the control line. This point is crucial, because as compared to pregnancy tests that are positive even if the test line is very faint, ovulation detector strips are considered negative if the test line is absent or faint. A positive result on an ovulation detector strip suggests that ovulation is imminent and will occur within 12 – 48 hours. In most women, ovulation occurs by 36 hours.

October 30th, 2009 | Comments Off on Ovulation Detection

Fertility Home Tests

One of the most important indicators of female fertility is the “ovarian reserve,” which can be estimated from the FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) level in the woman’s urine. A fertility home test measures urine FSH and provides an indication of fertility.

Each woman is born with all the eggs she will ever have, and as such, the number of eggs are depleted with each menstrual cycle as a woman ages. With each cycle, one or more eggs are released via ovulation, and depending on the length of your cycle, your ovarian reserve may be reduced by 24 eggs every year.

October 11th, 2009 | Comments Off on Fertility Home Tests


Infertility is one of modern medicine’s greatest struggles, and it continues to be a source of frustration and heartache for many couples. It is equally possible for either the female or the male to be the cause of a couple’s inability to get pregnant, therefore, it is very important to consider the types of infertility that you may experience and what therapies are available to you.

Female Infertility – Using Charting to Identify Infertility

September 22nd, 2009 | Comments Off on Infertility

DNA Testing During Pregnancy

If a women finds herself pregnant after intercourse with more than one partner in her fertile period, she may elect to have a paternity test at birth. However, it is also possible to conduct DNA testing during pregnancy, which may be important if a paternity suit is ongoing or if the woman had an affair and needs to know which partner fathered her child.

Although it is generally safe to perform a paternity test during pregnancy, there is a small risk of miscarriage because the process involves sampling the amniotic fluid or the chorionic villi to determine the genetic makeup of the fetus. Any time the fetal milieu is invaded, it is possible for the pregnancy to abort, and this must be carefully considered before one elects for DNA testing during pregnancy.

September 5th, 2009 | Comments Off on DNA Testing During Pregnancy

False Negative Pregnancy Test

False negative pregnancy tests can be very common for women who insist on testing their urine for HCG extremely early in the luteal phase. Following ovulation, at least 6 days must elapse for implantation to occur, maybe more. After that, the fertilized egg begins to output HCG, but it cannot immediately be detected in the urine because it needs to reach sufficient concentration first. Finally, depending on the sensitivity of the test, it may be necessary to wait for a missed period to avoid a false negative pregnancy test.

Because of today’s marketing that encourages women to test for pregnancy as early as physiologically possible, the prevalence of false negative pregnancy tests is on the rise. Although home pregnancy tests are now more sensitive than they were 20 years ago, there is still a minority of the female population that still would obtain a false negative pregnancy test even with a very sensitive test. This is because implantation does not occur on the same day for all women, and in some cases, it may be almost 2 weeks until HCG is produced, even at undetectable levels.

August 15th, 2009 | Comments Off on False Negative Pregnancy Test

Home Pregnancy Test

For couples who are trying to conceive and want to test for pregnancy in the comfort of their bathrooms, the home pregnancy test is ideal. Although a blood pregnancy test in a clinician’s office could deliver accurate results a few days earlier, a home pregnancy test can be taken any time of day from home and without the pain of a needle prick.

How Does a Home Pregnancy Test Work?

August 2nd, 2009 | Comments Off on Home Pregnancy Test

Earliest Pregnancy Test

What Is the Earliest Pregnancy Test?

Following implantation of a fertilized egg into the uterine lining, the hormone HCG is released into the bloodstream. It can be detected in the blood within 4 days of implantation, which usually occurs about a week after ovulation. As HCG circulates in the blood, and the blood is filtered by the kidneys, this hormone begins to build up in the urine stream. About 4 days after HCG can be detected in the blood, it can be detected in the urine. This corresponds approximately to the day the menstrual period would be expected. Therefore, the earliest pregnancy test is a sensitive blood test, which can detect HCG even before it reaches detectable concentrations in the urine.

Earliest Pregnancy Test for Urine

July 18th, 2009 | Comments Off on Earliest Pregnancy Test

Early Pregnancy Tests

Who Uses Early Pregnancy Tests?

With many women waiting until their 30s or later to conceive, there is a greater demand for an early pregnancy test that provides accurate results almost as soon as implantation could occur. The desire for an early pregnancy test stems from many months of trying to conceive while charting fertility signs, such as basal body temperature and cervical fluid. Women who are charting can determine their day of ovulation rather precisely, and these women often have a harder time waiting for their menstrual period to be late; they would rather get the result of an early pregnancy test to confirm within one week of ovulation whether their pregnancy attempts were successful.

How Do Early Pregnancy Tests Work?

July 1st, 2009 | Comments Off on Early Pregnancy Tests


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How Soon Can I Take a Pregnancy Test?

Marissa is the writer of ThePracticalMommy and owner of Mommy Knows What’s Best. She is a stay-at-home mom to four and was a teacher.

How Early Can I Take a Pregnancy Test?

When Can I Take a Pregnancy Test?

“Am I pregnant? What are the pregnancy symptoms? When can I take a pregnancy test?”

When you are trying to conceive and have a baby, you might constantly imagine you’re experiencing pregnancy symptoms. You start to feel the best-known pregnancy symptoms first: nausea, bloated belly, bigger breasts, the urge to use the bathroom every 5 minutes, etc. You may even develop cravings for certain foods. You might look in the mirror and know, just know, that a baby is growing inside.

Truth is, it might be all in your head.

You won’t know for sure until you take a pregnancy test. When you’re trying to conceive, one of the hardest things is waiting to take the home pregnancy test (HPT) and see a positive result, but you must wait 2 or 3 weeks from the time of ovulation. This can seem like forever, especially if you have been trying for awhile.

Below, I’ve gathered some facts and figures to give you something to do while you’re waiting. Here, you will learn:

  • how early you can expect to take a pregnancy test,
  • how pregnancy tests work,
  • and when you can expect accurate results based on your menstrual cycles.

How Early Can I Take a Pregnancy Test?

Ovulation Cycle

When Will I Ovulate?

In order to know when you ovulate, you must know how long your menstrual cycle is. The average cycle lasts about 28 days but of course, there’s a wide range of normal (anywhere from 23 to 35 days), so you can find out how long your cycle is by counting from the first day of one period to the first day of the next period.

Most women with regular periods ovulate sometime between the 11th and 16th day of their cycle. That means they may ovulate anywhere between 11 to 16 days after their last period started.

Starting about 4 or 5 days before ovulation, a woman‘s peak fertile time lasts about 5-7 days although there are only 1 or 2 days when she is most likely to become pregnant: the day prior to and the day of ovulation. But since the egg might be viable for 12-24 hours and sperm can live in the woman’s body for 3-5 days, her most fertile time is considered to be about 5-7 days. Most ovulation charts stop at ovulation but you should continue trying to fertilize that egg for up to 24 hours after it’s been released.

But still, if you’re trying to get pregnant, these numbers provide quite a wide and imprecise time frame. Plus, for many women who do not have regular periods, trying to figure out the dates of ovulation can be frustrating. What can you do?

  • Take and chart your basal body temperature
  • Take careful records of the length of your menstrual cycles
  • Track your cervical mucus changes
  • Use ovulation urine tests available at many stores to identify the LH surge

Do You Track Your Cycles?

Free Android Apps for Tracking Ovulation and Periods

  • My Days–Period & Ovulation (Christian Albert Mueller) (this is the one I use)
  • Period Tracker (GP International LLC)
  • Pink Pad Free (Alt12 Apps)
  • Period and Ovulation Tracker (Tom Gustafson)

I Have an Irregular Cycle! Now What?

If you have an irregular cycle, you may need to use an ovulation kit to determine when your best chances for conception are. You can also speak with your doctor about how to determine your ovulation dates and how to help get your cycles on track.

When Is the Best Time to Get Pregnant?

Once you’ve narrowed down your time of ovulation (see above), then you have a better idea of when your egg is viable and ready to be fertilized by the sperm.

To better your chances of becoming pregnant, it is recommended that you have intercourse every other day around your time of ovulation. (If instead of using the other ovulation tests mentioned above you’re relying on just your calendar records to figure out when you’re fertile, that means after day 11 of your cycle you should have intercourse every other day, up until the 17 th day.)

Why every other day? Why not every day for everyone? Once the sperm is released during intercourse, it takes nearly a full day for the man’s body to replenish the sperm supply. If you have intercourse every day, it decreases the chances that there will be enough quality sperm that will be strong enough to reach the egg. This is not true for all, of course, but it should be considered.

Early Pregnancy Symptoms

How Soon Can I Take a Pregnancy Test?

How long did you wait to take a home pregnancy test?

How Soon Can I Take a Pregnancy Test?

After intercourse, many women want to take the pregnancy test immediately. They may even feel all the symptoms I mentioned above, hoping they have a little bun in the oven.

Unfortunately, it is not that easy or quick. Let’s consider the cycle again. You probably ovulated sometime around day 11-16, so that means it will be about two weeks until your next expected period. Two weeks of waiting, wishing, and hoping…

When can you/should you take the test? Here’s the kicker: not for another two to three weeks.

Three weeks? You ask. When did it change to three. If you miss your period after waiting two weeks for it to appear, that’s great because the missed period is usually the first sign of pregnancy. Many women, though, who test on that very day will get a negative result on their ever-so-glorious pee stick, a.k.a the home pregnancy test.

What Hormone Do Pregnancy Tests Detect? What are mLUs?

Pregnancy tests detect the hormone hCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin. It is measured in mLus.

An mLu is a measurement of the hormone hCG as it is in urine. It stands for mili International Units. It is the standard way to measure hCG per milliliter of urine. Simply put, it is a measure of the concentration of hCG in the urine.

How Does a Pregnancy Test Work?

Home pregnancy tests, HPTs, rely on one thing: the hormone hCG. HCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin, is the hormone used to detect a pregnancy. It is emitted by an embryo (a ball of cells that becomes a baby) after it attaches or implants itself to the uterine wall (where the baby will grow inside of you). When does that happen? Approximately 6-12 days after the date of conception.

So let’s look at our calendar again. 6 to 12 days after conception, which happened around the date of ovulation, hCG is emitted from the embryo, which should be the date of your expected period. So why wouldn’t you get a positive result on that day?

HCG is emitted in small increments which increase as the embryo and its placenta grows. At first, right after conception, these increments of the hormone are so tiny that they will not be detected by a HPT. The amount of hCG grows more and more as days and weeks pass, but still may still not be enough to detect on the day of (or a few days before, as some tests proclaim) your expected period.

HPTs vary in the amount of hCG that can be detected. Some tests boast that they can detect as little as 10mlu of hCG to 25mlu of hCG, which means they might be able to detect a pregnancy as early as 7-10 days after conception. Those tests tend to be the ‘early response’ brands—ones you can use before an expected period—that cost a bit more than the average test. Other tests detect 25mlu-50mlu or more. These tests are better at detecting a pregnancy after a missed period.

So why is it better to wait three weeks to use a HPT? You are more likely to get a positive result from the test if you are indeed pregnant since your hCG levels will be higher.

If you test before your period and it’s negative but you still miss a period, you’ll retest again in a few days, using another test. What is that going to cost? Well, it depends on the brand, type of test, and how they are packaged. For one generic test at a dollar store, you’ll spend—you guessed it—a dollar. For one generic test at a supermarket, pharmacy, or a Target/Walmart, you’ll spend up to $3-$4. For name brand tests, you’ll spend around $5-$6. Sometimes, generic and name brand tests are packaged in twos and threes and cost anywhere from $10-$15. There are even some packages with four or five tests in them, costing upwards of $20-$25. Of course the manufacturers don’t mind if you buy more tests so they can make more money.

Bottom line, if you start testing too soon, you’ll go through at least two tests, if not more. Just remember: don’t be obsessive about taking the tests. If you test negative one day, wait a few days and then retest, which will give your body time to build up the hCG if you are pregnant. If you insist on testing every day, you might end up spending a lot of money and causing yourself a lot of unnecessary confusion.

Early Result Pregnancy Tests

These were my favorite tests to take. They are easy to use, compared to some of the cheaper tests out there, and have clear results. I was able to test three days before my expected period with these and got accurate results. Note that it won’t be the case for everyone. (affiliate link)

What to Do While Waiting to Take a Pregnancy Test

If you’re trying to conceive, waiting to take the test can seem like a lifetime. But there are some things you can do in the meantime. Until three weeks have passed, act as if you are already pregnant: get plenty of sleep, stay hydrated, take your vitamins (especially those with folic acid), stop taking harmful medications (i.e. ibuprofen, etc.), and refrain from drinking alcohol and smoking.

How Many Weeks Do You Have to Wait to Get a Positive Result?

If you’ve been reading, you’ll know that you may not be able to get a positive pregnancy result until you have missed your period. At that point, you may be considered four weeks pregnant, since pregnancy is dated from the first day of your last menstrual period, which is usually four weeks prior.

Some women may not get a positive pregnancy result until after their fourth week or later, depending on how the hCG builds up in their bodies.

Reading a Pregnancy Test

Doctor’s Advice on Pregnancy Tests

What if the pregnancy test is false?

False negatives are common with home pregnancy tests, so you should prepare yourself for an incorrect result. If you feel like the result is not accurate, wait a day or so and test again.

My Positive Pregnancy Test

Faint Positive Pregnancy Test

When Can I Get a Positive Pregnancy Test?

Here’s where I can be pleasantly vague and say it’s different for every woman and it’s different with every pregnancy. Knowing when the best time for you to test depends on a few factors:

  • Do you have a regular period and have you been tracking everything—periods, ovulation, intercourse—on a calendar? If this is you, you can probably, potentially test the day of your next expected period and get a positive result if you are pregnant. With my first pregnancy, I had been very, very regular with my menstrual cycles—always 25 days for 13+ years—and I had been tracking everything so I knew the day I missed my period that I was pregnant without even having any other symptoms. The moment I used the HPT, I saw a positive result. With my fourth pregnancy, I tested three days early and got a positive result. Is it like that for everybody? No, but it is possible.
  • Do you have fairly regular periods but have not been very faithful about tracking everything? If this is you, I would wait until a few days after your missed period to take the test. If you’re not sure exactly when you might expect your period, go back to the last time you had your period and count about 30 days. If it has been more than 30 days, go ahead and take a HPT.
  • Do you have irregular cycles? This is a tricky one, since there’s no regular pattern to guide you. If this is you, I would suggest waiting for at least 35 days or more after your last period to take a HPT. Why so long? Sometimes women with irregular periods can have longer menstrual cycles, just as they can have really short cycles.
  • Have you already taken a test after waiting a week after your missed period, but it’s negative? This is where it might get frustrating for women. If you have missed your period (assuming it’s at least fairly regular) and waited a week but still get a negative result, you may have to wait even longer. Sometimes, it takes longer for the hCG to build up. I know and have read about women who didn’t get positive results until after they were two months along or even further! I myself experienced this with my second pregnancy. I missed my period, took a test after a week, and was disappointed when it was negative. More than two weeks later, still having no period, I took another test, and lo and behold, I was indeed pregnant. At that point, I was nearly two and a half months along!
  • Did you get your period but you still feel as if you may be pregnant? It does happen, believe it or not, that some women will experience bleeding in the first few weeks (or months!) of their pregnancy and still be pregnant. The bleeding isn’t actually a period; it is often the result of implantation or some other bleeding not directly related to the pregnancy. This may be a judgment call for you. You have to decide whether or not the ‘symptoms’ you are experiencing are from a pregnancy, regular pre-period fun, or just a bug. If the symptoms seem more like you are just sick and pass after two-three days, you’re probably suffering from a stomach bug or virus. If the symptoms persist more than a few days and you do not get a period, you may be pregnant. Your best bet? Wait until the absence of a period, and go from there. Or if you can’t wait, take a test. If it is negative but you still feel as if you might be pregnant, contact your doctor.

Other Reasons for a Missed Period

On the other hand, you may have missed a period or are experiencing a delayed period for other reasons: stress, increased amounts of exercise, an illness, hormonal imbalance, change in birth control, etc. This happened to me after stopping birth control, so I know how frustrating it can be! If you continue to get negative results but have still missed a period after 45 days, contact your doctor. He/she may want to see you for an exam and do blood work to see what is going on.

Much of this information comes from my own experiences, but I also did my homework. Here’s a list of the books I read when I was trying to conceive my kids:

Your Pregnancy Week by Week by Glade Curtis

What to Expect When You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff

Your Pregnancy and Childbirth Month to Month by the American College of Gynecologists

Please note I am not a medical expert and can only give educated answers to any questions you have. Please seek proper advice and treatment from your doctor.

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