The Right Time to Take a Pregnancy Test after Being on Birth Control Pills
Birth control pills are one of the most popular methods of contraception and birth control in the world. However, taking birth control pills does not guarantee 100 percent protection against pregnancy. Because of this, if you’ve had unprotected sex or if your birth control failed, it’s important to find out if you are pregnant as soon as possible. But how soon can you take a pregnancy test after taking birth control pills?
Timing of Taking Pregnancy Test
The timing of taking a pregnancy test depends on when and how you take your birth control pills. There are a few scenarios that you should consider when determining when to take a pregnancy test.
- If you have been taking your pills consistently, without any missed or late pills, and no unprotected intercourse, you can feel pretty safe in taking a pregnancy test seven days after your period was due.
- If you’ve missed 2 or more pills of the same packet, and had unprotected sex during this time, it’s best to take a pregnancy test 4 weeks after the unprotected intercourse took place.
- If you switch contraceptive pills, take a test 4 weeks after the unprotected intercourse.
- If you are already late for your period, and didn’t use any contraceptive methods, you should take a pregnancy test.
Types of Pregnancy Tests
When you take a pregnancy test, there are a few different types of tests available:
- Urine tests – These are the most commonly used tests and can be done in the form of home pregnancy tests or a laboratory test.
- Blood tests – These are a more accurate form of testing, as they measure the level of hormones in your blood. They are available in laboratories or your doctor’s office.
When it comes to taking a pregnancy test after taking birth control pills, timing is everything. If you take your birth control pills as prescribed and use contraception the right way, you should be able to take a test after seven days. However, if you’ve missed pills or had unprotected sex during this time, it’s best to wait at least four weeks before taking a pregnancy test. There are multiple types of pregnancy tests available, from urine tests to blood tests, so that you can take the one that’s best for you.
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