When To Take a Pregnancy Test

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Although the pregnancy test tool has become so familiar. When there is a need to determine if they and their partners are about to become parents, not everyone knows how to do the test properly. In fact, a lot of people use the pregnancy test tool shortly after sex which leads to false results. So to help you to have a proper pregnancy test result, here is our guide for when you should take a pregnancy test.

The Best Time to Take a Pregnancy Test

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For a pregnancy test result to be accurate, you should use the tool after about one week that you have a missed period. Although you are impatient to be pregnant and don’t want to wait until your period comes to know the result, at least wait patiently for a week or two after having sex to take the test. The reason for this is after successfully conceiving, your body will need some time to secrete the amount of hCG that can be detected by the pregnancy test.

Experts say at least 50 hCG units are needed in the urine for pregnancy tests to give a more accurate result. For some people, this amount of hCG can reach 50 units even before they find their periods are missing. Conversely, there will be cases where it takes more time for the body to generate enough amount of hCG. Therefore, If you take the pregnancy test early, you may get the wrong result. If the pregnancy test shows that you are not pregnant, but you have not yet had your period, you should try again after 3 days. Another important note is that you should use a pregnancy test in the morning because this is the time when hCG levels in urine are highest.

Signs Show that You Should Take a Pregnancy Test

Late Menstruation

Late menstruation is one of the earliest pregnancy symptoms you can easily spot. If you do not track your monthly menstrual routine, it may be more difficult to determine if you are really having a late period. Usually, you’d have a menstrual cycle of about 28 days, so you may want to consider using a pregnancy test one month after your last period.

In addition, you should also pay attention to the amount of blood during your period if you suspect you are pregnant. You may experience bleeding when your embryo moves and attaches to the wall of the uterus. Many people mistake this with a normal menstrual cycle. However, there are many other causes of delayed menstruation despite not being pregnant such as psychological stress, your diet, or doing different exercises. Therefore, you should review your overall health status before believing that missed periods are due to pregnancy.

You Feel Exhausted

If the conception happened, your body will produce more progesterone to prepare for your pregnancy period. This hormone raises your body temperature and makes you burn more energy. Your heart rate will also increase to ensure adequate oxygen supply to the ovaries. Furthermore, your body will have to work more than usual to supply nutrients to both you and your baby. As a result, you may feel tired in the first week of pregnancy. In addition, because your baby needs extra oxygen to develop, sometimes you will find it difficult to breathe. 

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You Have Cramps

The process of conception can cause a reaction in your body similar to the sensation of cramps during menstruation. At this stage, you may feel uncomfortable and think your period is coming. But then the period may come later than usual. This is one of the most noticeable signs of pregnancy, but it is often overlooked in the early stages of pregnancy. Take a pregnancy test if you notice this sign.

Your Breasts have some Changes

During pregnancy, the amount of hormones estrogen and progesterone will be produced more and the body will gradually appear to change to support baby nursing. One of the first changes you may notice is that your breasts may become more sensitive, tight, and increase in size due to increased blood flow in this area. The nipple may also become darker and the veins under the skin will become more prominent. If you notice these changes, you may want to take the pregnancy test to confirm.

Other Symptoms of Pregnancy

Morning sickness

Along with the symptoms of cramps, exhaustion, and tight breasts,  you may find other unusual symptoms show up if you are pregnant. These symptoms include nausea, losing appetite, and frequent urination. These symptoms may show up very early in the first 3 months of pregnancy. Normally you will start to experience nausea and lose your appetite in about 4 – 8 weeks of pregnancy. If you notice these symptoms appear more and more clearly, it will prove that your level of hCG is now enough for the pregnancy test.

Your Contraception Failed

Even if you use a condom or birth control pill, there is always a small percentage that you will get pregnant after having sex. Currently, no contraceptive method can completely prevent you from getting pregnant apart from sterilization. Therefore, if you find your body has the mentioned symptoms after a short time having sex, you should take a pregnancy test for reassurance.

There you go, now you know when you should take a pregnancy test. Remember that impatience can lead to false results. So wait a little bit and make sure that you follow the test instructions. Do you have any questions? Let us know in the comments!


Last modified: June 10, 2020

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