You’re staring down at the results of a home pregnancy test, and your heart stops. It can all feel so surreal at the moment, and it can be hard to believe the results. You may have second thoughts about the results.
Or maybe you are just beginning after missing a period unexpectedly. Before thinking too far into the future, get answers about your potential pregnancy.
Why Timing Affects the Results
Timing matters because it can directly affect the results of your home pregnancy test. Though taking a test right away could be tempting, it’s important to wait to get the most accurate test results.
When To Take A Pregnancy Test
According to the Mayo Clinic, wait until at least a day after your first missed period to take a pregnancy test for the most accurate results. Waiting a bit longer will give the pregnancy hormone time to rise to a detectable level if you are indeed pregnant.
If you still think you’re potentially pregnant after receiving a negative pregnancy test, take another one a week after your period for the most accurate results.
Do You Have Irregular Periods?
It’s difficult to know for sure if you are pregnant or if you are just experiencing another late period. Some women deal with irregular periods often. So when should you take a test if this happens frequently?
According to the FDA, most pregnancy tests can detect the pregnancy hormone, hCG, in urine 12-15 days after ovulation for women with 28-day cycles. Testing three weeks after sex or four weeks after your last period should be adequate time for accurate pregnancy test results.
Follow-Up with Pregnancy Testing
Getting tested by a medical professional can give you the clarity of mind you need to move forward with your journey. We offer free and confidential pregnancy testing and can help you determine your next steps.