Knowing when to take a pregnancy test can be difficult. Even women who have had children before may not be sure if or when to take a pregnancy test before they make an appointment with their doctor. Making this determination may revolve around several factors, including how regular a woman’s cycle is and whether or not she is taking birth control. Even so, many doctors agree that if a woman is more than two months late on her period, she should take a test to determine if she is or is not pregnant.
Women who are not on birth control and have regular cycles may be able to tell if they are pregnant even before they take a test. Once they miss their first day of their scheduled period, they know that they should take a test to see if they are for sure pregnant or if something else might be amiss with their health. If your own cycle is regular and you have been sexually active in the preceding two weeks before missing your period, you may do well to use a home pregnancy test. If you test a day or two after your missed period, you may get a clear enough indication to be confident in the test’s results.
If your cycle is not regular, but you have not had a period in over two months, you may do well to take a test, especially if you have had unprotected sex during the last six to eight weeks. Even if you are only a few weeks along in your pregnancy, the test should pick up on enough hCG, or pregnancy hormones, to determine if you are pregnant or simply very late on having a period. Once you have your test results, you can then decide what step to take next in getting prenatal care. You may make an appointment with your gynecologist for a blood test or an ultrasound to confirm your pregnancy.
When Is The Best Time To Take A Pregnancy Test?
Once you have decided to take a home pregnancy test, you may then wonder when to take a pregnancy test on that particular day. Most home pregnancy test instructions advise women to take their tests first thing in the morning. A woman’s urine in the morning is more concentrated and may contain higher levels of hCG, making the test results more reliable. The test also may provide a faster result instead of taking several minutes or even up to a half hour to give a clear enough indication of pregnancy.
If a woman cannot take the test first thing in the morning, it is generally advised that she hold off taking it until she has accumulated enough urine for a quality sample. Home pregnancy tests need high quality samples in order to give clear results. If a woman’s urine is too watered down or contains too much caffeine in it from her drinking coffee or soda, the test may not work properly. She should wait a few hours before using the bathroom and taking the test so that her body has enough time to build up a good sample. Ideally, however, if she can take the test in the morning, preferably right when she gets out of bed, she has the best chance of getting the fastest and best results possible for a home pregnancy test.
She should also make sure that she has plenty of time to use the test properly and to wait for its results if necessary. As speedy as many tests are, it is always a good idea to let the urine sample soak completely into the test strip for the most accurate result. She also should spend a few moments washing her hands to make sure the testing strip remains free from contaminants. If she is rushed in the morning, she may wait until she has more time to devote to taking the test properly.
When To Take A Pregnancy Test On Birth Control?
Even the most reliable forms of birth control can fail and allow conception to occur. If you are on birth control and believe that you may be pregnant, you may wonder if or when to take a pregnancy test to tell for sure. When you are on birth control, you may not have a period by which to gauge your reproductive cycle. However, your body will still react in other ways to indicate that you could be pregnant. When you experience these symptoms, you should take a test immediately, even if you are on birth control.
For example, women who use birth control, but still get pregnant often still experience nausea. Morning sickness has long been recognized as a tell-tale sign of pregnancy. If you wake up in the morning feeling nauseated for no reason, such as the stomach flu or eating spicy food, you may have fair reason to suspect that you are pregnant, especially if you have had sex recently.
Likewise, if your breasts and abdomen are changing, you may suspect that you are pregnant. Pregnant women experience pain or tingling in their breasts and sometimes also develop dark blue vein lines in the tops of their breasts. They also may develop a darkened line that runs vertical from their mid-abdomen down to their pelvic region. Of course, they also notice that their stomachs are becoming rounder and harder. If you develop these symptoms, you should take a test, even while on birth control, to find out if you are pregnant.