When to Take a Pregnancy Test

The best way to know that you are pregnant is to wait for your period when it is overdue. When you use a pregnancy test on this period, it would definitely give you a positive result.

Women who want to be pregnant cannot wait for their period and they want to know the good news as soon as possible.

The fertilization process
Fertilization differs for each woman. The time that the fertilized egg reach the uterus and implant itself also vary from woman to woman. We know that the eggs reach the uterus after 7 days from conception. Studies show that it is not a standard 7 days, as the first appearances of the pregnancy hormone usually occur from 6-12 days after ovulation. In most cases eggs reach the uterus on 8-10 days after ovulation. If you have a negative pregnancy test, it doesn’t mean that you are not pregnant, the egg reached the uterus longer than usual.

Sensitivity of the pregnancy test
You can take pregnancy tests that are available in the market today. Each has its own level of sensitivity. The higher sensitivity a pregnancy test has, the greater chance it detects that you are pregnant before your period is due. The lower HCG picked up may mean that the test is more sensitive. An Aimstrip pregnancy test can detect 20 mIU of HCG compared to Fact plus Pregnancy test that can detect 150-250 mIU. The Aimstick brand can give you a result that is positive much sooner than the latter.

A pregnancy test with the sensitivity of 20 mIU can detect pregnancy on 6-8 days from ovulation but the number of women who got a positive result this early is low compared to the test conducted on 9-10 days after ovulation.

Early pregnancy leading to Miscarriage
These sensitive pregnancy tests will let you know that you are pregnant in an early stage. With this, you can easily get medical attention but there is a downside to these sensitive tests.

25 percent of all pregnancies may end up in miscarriage and most of these are from early pregnancies. When you take a pregnancy test before your period is due, you can have an early miscarriage. Wait for your period to be over before having a sensitive test, that way you won’t even know that you had a miscarriage. It is difficult to deal with the emotional effects it can give.