How Long After Getting Pregnant Does A Pregnancy Test Work?
When trying to determine if you are pregnant, taking a pregnancy test is one of the quickest and easiest ways to find out. Even so, it is research to know when a pregnancy test will be the most accurate.
When is the Best Time to Take a Pregnancy Test?
The timing of when to take the pregnancy test is based mostly on the type of test you’re using. Typically, the best time to take a pregnancy test is after the first day of your missed period. In most cases, this means the test will be accurate about two weeks after you had sexual intercourse that resulted in conception.
Types of Pregnancy Tests
The best way to determine the most accurate time to take a pregnancy test depends largely on your choice of test.
- Urine Tests: Most simple and easy to use, these tests detect a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) which is only present in your body if you are pregnant. One downside to this type of test is that hCG levels may take some time to rise high enough to be detected. It is best to wait until the first day of your missed period before taking a urine test.
- Blood Tests: Typically more accurate than a urine test, this type of test measures the exact amount of hCG hormone in your system. Most blood tests can detect pregnancy as early as one week after conception.
False Pregnancy Test Results
It is important to remember, even if you follow all the guidelines for the most accurate testing, you can still get a false negative result if you take the test too early. This means you took the test before the test could detect the hCG hormone in your blood. On the other hand, you can also get a false positive test if you take the test after you’ve already had a miscarriage or implantation bleeding.
Overall, the best time to take a pregnancy test is after the first day of your missed period in order to ensure you get the most accurate result. With the right timing, you can know if you’re pregnant within minutes of taking the pregnancy test.
|Type of Test||Best Time to Take|
|Urine Test||First day of missed period|
|Blood Test||One week after conception|
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