When to Test For Pregnancy

Many couples who have been trying to conceive know the importance of having sex before ovulation has occurred, what they don’t know is when to test for pregnancy. While it is true that some pregnancy tests may predict pregnancy earlier, experts recommend waiting for at least 14 days after ovulation to avoid getting false negatives.

When to Test For Pregnancy – Human Chorionic Gondotrophin Hormone (hCG)

A pregnancy test must be able to detect sufficient amounts of the pregnancy hormone, also known as HCG, to give positive results. The hCG hormone is present in a pregnant woman’s urine and its levels continue to increase as the pregnancy grows, but will drop once the pregnancy reaches 12-16 weeks.

For some women, it takes around seven days for the body to produce sufficient amounts of the hCG hormone, in such cases; these women are very likely to get a positive result as early as seven days after ovulation. However, there are women whose bodies will only produce sufficient amounts of this hormone after 14 days or so after ovulation, these women will therefore get a false negative if they tested earlier than 14 days.

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When to Test For Pregnancy – Why You Should Take Your Pregnancy Test Early In the Morning

The hCG hormone (pregnancy hormone) is always at its highest levels or amount early in the morning before a pregnant woman has taken any fluids. This is therefore the best time for you to take a pregnancy test, especially if you are less than 14 days into your pregnancy. Taking a lot of fluids a few hours before taking the test might dilute the pregnancy hormone and prompt the pregnant test to give you a false negative.

When to Test For Pregnancy – Will Medication Affect Pregnancy Results?

Fortunately, common medication such as antibiotics, contraceptive pills, and painkillers will not affect the results of a pregnancy test. However, if you are currently on any fertility medication that has hCG, you are likely to receive a false positive, and you should therefore talk to your health provider for advice on when to test for pregnancy, and what kind of pregnancy test is best for you.

When to Test For Pregnancy – Symptoms That May Predict Pregnancy Earlier

If you are lucky, you may notice some early pregnancy symptoms as early as six days after ovulation. One of the earliest sign you may notice is implantation bleeding, where you will have minor vaginal bleeding or spotting as your fertilized egg implants on the wall of the uterus.

You may also notice that your breasts have gotten bigger and are quite painful to the touch. Your nipples might grow larger and your areola (dark area surrounding your nipples) might grow bigger. Frequent headaches can also be a sign of early pregnancy, especially if you did not experience them before.

All in all, the best time to test for pregnancy according to experts is 14 days after ovulation, or better still, at least one week after a missed period.

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