When to take a Pregnancy Test

Best way to test your pregnancy is to wait and see if your period won’t happen. Tests you can use to determine whether you are pregnant or not can help you find this out even sooner if that’s what you want. Still, before you rush and get some tests, it’s important to know some things about these tests and early pregnancy in general. To start with, you need to understand that every woman is different and there is a different amount of time needed for the fertilized egg to nest and start growing. The most common confusion is that implantation happens up to 7 days after conceiving, but researches have proven that this can take up to 12 days. If your test shows a negative result, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you are not pregnant. Perhaps you ovulated a bit later or the process of implantation is taking a little while.

Sensitivity of Pregnancy Tests

Sensitivity of modern pregnancy tests can vary a lot. The more sensitive of a test you get, the higher the chance is that you will discover an early pregnancy. Sensitivity of a pregnancy test means that it can detect the least amount of HCG hormone, which is always present in case of a pregnancy. A test which is sensitive to 20 mIU of the hormone HCG will develop pregnancy 6-8 days after ovulation, but only a small percentage of women can get a positive result so early down the line. This percentage of women rises with women who did the test 9 or 10 days after ovulating.

Cons of Sensitive Pregnancy Tests

So obviously, it’s really important to know when to take a pregnancy test. Sensitive tests which are rated up to 25 mIU will allow you to detect pregnancy early so that you can receive proper medical care as soon as possible, but there is a bad side to these tests as well. Unfortunately, 25% of all pregnancy ends up in abortion, a lot of which happen in a very early stage of pregnancy. If you are using a sensitive pregnancy test and do it before you should get your period, you could easily have a positive result and still get your period because you experienced a spontaneous abortion. If you wait until the day when you’re supposed to get your period, you won’t even know that this happened. Some women are having a tough time facing this situation and can be really emotionally discouraged.

If you know your menstrual cycle well and can deal with early abortions mentally, you can use the test 9 or 10 days after ovulation, when a big percentage of women get positive pregnancy results. Always leave your body to do its work first before trying to analyze the possibility of a pregnancy, because by doing so you can get much more reliable results. With these you will definitely have a less dramatic experience as you’re simply doing things right, nothing more, nothing less – and it does work in practice.

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Rani Vyas

Rani Vyas

I'm a Medical Consultant Doctor with a keen interest in Medical bioinformatics and genuinely intriguing way of presenting boring medical knowledge in an enchanting and eye catching way.

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