How Long After Ovulation Can You Take A Pregnancy Test?

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You are tracking your cycle and you know when you ovulated. You timed the baby making sex perfectly. You’ve got all fingers and toes crossed that this time will be THE time. Now comes the torturous wait to take the pregnancy test.

Yes, you’ve heard from all the sources that it is always best to wait until you’ve actually missed your period to take a pregnancy test, but you also know that most of the tests on the market say you can test before that point and you NEED to know right now!

Many women start testing way too early in their eagerness to know. Doing that can line you up for disappointment and false negative results. You will have to spend more money and endure more stress when you have to test again.


Don’t Take a Pregnancy Test Too Soon

It is important to remember that it takes time for your fertilized egg to become implanted in your uterine wall. The time frame varies from woman to woman, but research shows that 85% of pregnancies start producing hCG between 8 and 10 days after ovulation. The pregnancy hormone (hCG) level will start out very low after implantation and will double every 2 to 3 days.

For example:

Let’s say your fertilized egg implanted at 8 days past ovulation (dpo). If you have a normal 28 day cycle, that will be 6 days before your period is due. Maybe by the end of the day, your hCG level is at 5 mIU.

If you wait two days (4 days before your period), your hCG level should be around 10 mIU. Depending on the sensitivity of the pregnancy test you are using, you might be able to get a very light positive result at this point. It’s not likely, but it is possible.

If you were able to wait two more days (2 days before your period), your hCG levels would be around 20 mIU. Your chances of getting a distinct positive result is much better at this point. Most of the pregnancy tests available today are able to detect at around 20 – 25 mIU of hCG.

Not every woman will get results this early. If you happen to have a slow moving fertilized egg that doesn’t implant until 10 DPO, you will not get a positive result until closer to when your period is due.

Also, the doubling rate of the hCG is a variable. The hCG typically doubles every 2 to 3 days. If your hCG is doubling more slowly, a positive result will not show up until later.

So, When Should I Take A Pregnancy Test?

Unless you are a glutton for punishment and have a large disposable income, waiting until 2 or 3 days before your period is due or 11 or 12 days past ovulation to test would be a good option. But know, a negative result at that point does not mean you are not pregnant. It could be that you are still testing too early based on when your baby implanted and how fast the hCG is doubling.

If you can hold out and wait until AFTER your period was supposed to start, you will get the most reliable results at this point.

Blood Based Pregnancy Tests

If you just can’t wait, you might be able to get quicker results by visiting your doctor for a blood test. Blood tests will measure the hCG in your blood so it bypasses the possibility that your urine is not as concentrated as it needs to be to produce a positive pregnancy test result. That morning coffee and other liquids may contribute to false negative results very early on in your pregnancy.

Depending on the lab, a positive result will be between 5 mIU and 25 mIU of hCG in the blood sample. If the result is at the lower end of a positive result, you will likely have to go back and get another blood test just to make sure the amount is going up.

The accuracy is variable though depending on the lab your doctor uses and what level of hCG is considered a positive result.

  • Momma wannabe

    My husband and I are actively trying to get pregnant. I have been using ovulation tests to track my ovalulation. I got a positive ovulation last wednesday, which means I ovulated on day 19-21 of my cycle. I had some light brown spotting today. If I successfully conceived it would have been last Wed or Thursday. Could this be implantation bleeding and when should I plan to tale a home pregnancy test? Thank you in advance for any advice!

  • KeepinBlitzesAway

    This information seems very old, and is inaccurate. You can get home tests that will detect as low as 10miu. This lower threshold for miu allows you to test MUCH sooner, getting an accurate result as early as 8dpo (though some women don’t build up to 10miu until day 10 or later, so if you want to test early and get a negative, I’d retest to be safe, since they are cheap!).
    They are INEXPENSIVE (I got 10 tests for under $14), so you can start testing on day 8, and don’t feel bad about testing everyday for the next week in case you are anxious.

    Wondfo pregnancy test 10 miu, I got mine on Amazon.

  • Vickie B.

    Wondfo tests are not 10miu. They are 25miu. There are 10miu tests but our experience has shown them to be variable in results.

  • KeepinBlitzesAway

    Wondfo offers both 10miu AND 25miu.
    Would love links to any info you have on clinical trials. thanks!

  • Vickie B.

    What’s the url to an amazon listing where Wondfo sells the 10miu? We sell the wondfo brand on this website and they didn’t have 10miu when we ordered wholesale from them. We used to sell the 10miu tests and we received way too many complaints about them not working as they should have – negative results when people are definitely pregnant. They did work for the majority but we were never able to really figure out why the results were not consistent across all users.

  • wanttobemommie

    My window of ovulation was the 4-6 of oct. Which I stopped bc the period before. I have had cramps headaches.peeing more. Moody and 6 days late on my period. But I took a hpt and it came out neg today.(18days after intercorse) could I be pregnant or. Is the neg test probly righr?

  • Vickie B.

    It’s hard to say, unfortunately. The first months of coming off hormonal birth control can really mess with what was originally a normally occurring cycle.

  • wanttobemommie

    I was on the nuva ring. Which does jot go thru your blood system. So I was told there would be no with draw symptoms. And it been about 3 weeks and my boobs are hurting more and more. Im peeing more and more. And I been cramping 3 weeks now. Took 3 test one each week and all neg. But I have pcos and thyroid problems. So idk is a pee test would work at onlt 3 weeks

  • Samantha H

    My period was sept 12 and we had unprotected sex randomly all month. That was my first period off of my iud. Took two pg tests today and neg. waiting til my period decides to show up or not. Thinking about testing in a week again, do you think I could be preggers? I’m hoping so!

  • Vickie B.

    The nuvaring can cause hormonal imbalances when you stop using it. It can take your system a little while to get back to normal. The only way to know if you are pregnant or not is for a positive pregnancy test or for your period to come.

  • Vickie B.

    It really depends on the type of iud you were using. Some IUD’s use low dose hormones which alter your hormonal imbalance. If you were using one of those it can take a while your your system to get back to normal.

  • Samantha H

    Thank you for getting back to me:) I’m not pregnant this month and you are right! I went to my dr and she said the same thing to me about the iud. It took me about three months to get pregnant with my son after we took out my first iud.

  • Gemma

    Hi I have PCOS and been trying for a baby for a few years, dont have regular cycles but have come on 35-37 last 2months. we have had clomid treatment once in December and blood tests showed I ovulated..was unable to make next appointment so done a home ovulation test day 21 and came back positive. Anyone know how reliable these are with PCOS or was I likely to have a false positive ovulation result? Or with PCOS could it say im ovulating but im not actually producing a suitable egg? Any help please?

  • Hopeful, but Anxious!

    Hi! I have been TTC for over 2 years and have just finished my first cycle of Clomid this month. I took it on days 5-9, which was the 9th-13th. I used the opk’s up through the 23rd (stopped only because I ran out, and understood ovulation was to occur generally between the 5th and 10th days after last dose). Ultimately, I didn’t have a positive kit result at all, but assumed that maybe I missed the window because I only tested twice a day over a couple of days, and in the past I’ve had very short windows where the hormones show up (using the opk’s). I’m wondering if its at all possible to ovulate much later during one’s cycle on clomid? I typically ovulate between the 11th and 13th day of my 28-day cycle. I’m wondering because I’ve been super dry-no detectable cervical mucus until a couple of days ago, and today (Feb 28th) was the first day it was very slippery/eggwhite consistency (sorry about possible TMI!). The last time we tried was on Sunday (the 23rd, and 10th day after finishing Clomid). Now I’m wondering if its at all possible to be just ovulating now, with the husband gone all day?! Ugh…so anxious!

  • sherniece

    hi i ouvlation on the 9th of may 2014 but i have sex on the 7th i was at my high poirt… is there a changes i could get pregnant or be pregnant

  • Kay86

    I’m in the same boat as you are,I ovulated on the 4th of May and I also had intercourse that very same evening,could I have a chance of being pregnant,can someone please help us out with that,when should I test

  • Amy Lyrock

    I had my copper based iud taken out last month and we had sex 2 weeks straight through ovulation and everything. I have sore breasts, nausea, every symptom from my prior pregnancies except a positive test. I am not suppose to start until Wednesday I feel pregnant. What do you think my chances are? I have never had a problem conceiving before.

  • curious mind

    Please help me …
    I took to pregnancy test the sametime just now. One digital and one with the lines …. the digital one said no and the one with the lines had 2 line but one was very faint but i can see it ….. my period suppose to come one the 17th …. but i have every pregnancy symptom so thats y i checked. But which test is accurate

  • curious mind

    Should i take another test?

  • Vickie B.

    It could be that you have a low level of hcg in your system and the digital test did not pick up on it. Test again in a day or two, first thing in the morning before drinking anything. If you are pregnant, you should get a darker, more prominent test line.

  • Vickie B.

    See reply below :)

  • sammy

    hi momma wannabe , was it a positive test when u tested hun , my hubby and I are planning

  • nikki

    Hi I am 44 and going through menopause and it been 2yrs since I had my period can I still get pregnant

  • Vickie B.

    If you haven’t had a period for that long, chances are you are menopausal which means you will not be able to get pregnant. To be sure though, you should talk to your doctor and have them test your hormones. They will be able to say whether or not you are truly menopausal.

  • mommy12

    if i had sex the same day i ovulated how long do i wait ro take a pregnancy test

  • Kimberlee

    I had the same and had it removed may 16 2013 still no luck, I go in 2 weeks to see if it messed me up :(

  • Guest

    My husband and I trying to get pregnant, and we had sex 8 days after my period so now I’m feeling dizzy every times and I lose some weight, I took 2 pregnancy test 3 days before my miss period they are negative and my breasts are very sore and tender do you guys can help me cause I’m very stressful

  • Vickie B.

    Until your period arrives, there is a chance that you are pregnant. If your period does not arrive and the tests keep coming back negative, you might want to contact your doctor to find out what is going on.

  • idontunderstand

    I don’t understand why my test why my test was negitive. I had intercorse three times during my fertile days last time was 2 days before ovulating. We didn’t use protection and he didn’t pull out all three times(trying to conceive) but I took a clear blue 4days before period test, I took the test two days before expected period. But I did my research so we could conceive makes no sense that I’m not pregnant. Help !! Why would my test be negitive I am 23 too so healthy age

  • Vickie B.

    You have to realize that even with perfect timing, it can take time. It is a game of percentages:

    30 percent get pregnant within the first cycle (about one month)

    59 percent get pregnant within three cycles (about three months)

    80 percent get pregnant within six cycles (about six months)

    85 percent get pregnant within 12 cycles (about one year)

    If you drink, smoke, use drugs, are over/under weight, then you will be negatively impacting your chances of getting pregnant as well. Are you using ovulation tests to confirm that you are actually ovulating when you think you are?

  • Veincy

    Hii Vickie..m from India,HV posted here fr d first tym,m 26 n planning to concieve since 4 yrs,I Neva gt pregnant.. HV pcos and got laparoscopy done in Oct ,hv not ovulated after Oct at all my periods r irregular and m on obimet sr 50mg,I found out on google DAT vitex is helpful but I don’t think gyno over here will prescribe me dat wat shld I do I feel lyk all d doors r closed fr me

  • Tasia Boo

    I have a question? If my period usually come on the ninth of every month but in febuary it came on febuary 4 i had un protected sex on feb 13 feb 16 febuary 21th febuary 25
    And so on i been feel nausea tired stomach pain when could i take a pregnant test again cause all of the test saying negative i feel very strange…

  • Vickie B.

    You could probably test in a day or two and get accurate results.

  • Vickie B.

    Vitex is an herb. Not something your doctor needs to prescribe. You can typically get it at a health food store. (At least you do in the United States. I am not sure how you would get it living in India.)

  • dee

    I need help ! I ovulated March 9, 2015 thru March 13, 2015. My husband and I had intercourse all week with hopes of conceiving. Only 2 days later I’m nauceous have painful headaches, my husband has been throwing up as well, could it b possible to have these symptoms so soon? Also we had intercourse during my last cycle through ovulation. Someone pls help me

  • Vickie B.

    If your husband is throwing up, I would guess that you two have some sort of virus. You should be able to test about 3 days before your period is due to find out if you got pregnant this month.

  • Leanne

    Hi. Hubby and I did the deed on 5 March 2015, my cycle tracker says I was fertile 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 March and Ovulated 8 March, we only did it that once as we are not trying nor are we preventing… Is there a high chance I can get pregnant from that one time and when should I test? I’m expecting my period to start on Sunday 22 March 2015…but just can’t wait lol

  • Reyna Perez

    I had unprotected sex and he came in me, on March 27th and I ovulated on the 29th. I took a blood pregnancy test 5 days after I ovulated on April 3rd, and on April 7th the results came back negative. I’ve honestly been feeling different. Was it to soon to test? I need someone to please answer back. Thank you.

  • Vickie B.

    As healthy sperm can survive up to 5 days after ejaculation, you timed it well for pregnancy. :) You might want to wait until the 20th to test as most tests on the market will give you accurate results if you are pregnant at that point.

  • Vickie B.

    Whoops! I just noticed that is was an older post. Sorry for not replying before now. Did you get a positive pregnancy test?

  • Vickie B.

    Yes it was early. A pregnancy test will give you accurate results about 2 days before your period is due.

  • Leanne

    No :(

  • Vickie B.

    I am sorry to hear that. I hope you have success soon!

  • Tanya Wells

    Is it possible to get pregnant even when he has low sperm count I would like to know

  • brandi

    @amylyrock:disqus @earthsmagic:disqus hi im brandi , so im 7dpo . my last mp was 03/22 a week later I notice the egg white from 4/2 -4/6 my ovulation date was 04/05 me and my partner sexed 6/5/4/3/ I been feeling bloated , dull cramps , seen a SINGLE dot of blood yesterday 4/12 the day of my implantion date . . I haven’t realy seen no discharge now im on the “waiting train” my next expected period is 4/19 im hoping she don’t come but I just need a lil advise should I be excited .

  • Angielou123

    I ovulated yesterday and had sex 3/4 days ago. Shall I still have sex today or tomoro or will that be too late?

  • Angielou123

    I ovulated yesterday and had sex 3/4 days ago. Shall I still have sex today or tomoro or will that be too late?

  • brandi

    yes it might be to late to late the day of and the day after best result

  • Kayla Jackson

    So I’m trying to get pregnant I ovulated April 16 we had intercourse on the 15&16 when should I take a test? I’m not sure if it’s me or my bf because I have a 6 year old and I don’t know why it’s taking so long for me to get pregnant again.:(

  • Vickie B.

    it is possible, but it is harder.

  • Vickie B.

    Did your period come?

  • Vickie B.

    You can take a test a day or two before your period is due.

  • Kayla Jackson

    Okay well I haven’t taken a test yet and I am two days late my boyfriend’s mom said to wait for a week if my period still doesn’t start test I just want to know now how soon should I test?

  • Kayla Jackson

    I went to my dr and tooj a urine test I am 4 days late now the results were negative tho they said if I don’t start in a week to go back.

  • Christine

    I don’t normally track my ovulation. I have not been on birth control for years but I know I’m very fertile since I have 5 kids already. But I do track my periods. My friend told me about this period app for your phone. So I downloaded it the other night. i am a little worried now. I had sex around 1 am may 2 Without protection and this app said my fertile window Starts may 2 and my ovulation day is may 7th. I know sperm can stay in ur system for upto 5 days. Should I be concerned. My husband was always a heavy weed smoker for years But he quit smoking for 2 months prior to this. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

  • Christine

    I heard smoking Marijuana lowers sperm count. What if u smoked heavy for years but quit 2 months prior to having unprotected sex with a girl 5 days before her ovulation day.

  • brandi

    yes im still trying

  • Vickie B.

    You should be able to test as soon as you miss your period, but the longer you wait the higher the concentration of hcg will be. When you do decide to test, make sure you use your first morning urine as the hcg is most concentrated before you eat or drink anything.

  • Vickie B.

    Unfortunately, it is hard to say if pregnancy could happen. It would be a pretty small chance because you do have a longer time frame to wait for ovulation. Most of the sperm will die a couple of days before you actually ovulate.

  • Kayla Jackson

    I just had the blood test done today I should know by this afternoon I will let you guys know I am now 12 days late from my period so we will see(:

  • Shyegrl81

    Ok so I have been reading all of these different forums like its my job & going crazy. Finally I am deciding to get some input as to what the heck to do or what to think…..Ok, here it goes, I had the nexplanon implant removed on 4/10/15. Still have not had a period, however, I am 99% sure I ovulated on 4/30/15. Not to give tmi but I had the “egg white” cm for 2 days before that date & the most on that date. My fiance & I had sex the couple days before & all the way through that following weekend not missing many days in between. After that, starting the weekend of 5/8/15 I started having symptoms such as mood swings, nausea, severe fatigue, slight cramping. I have no idea how long my cycles are, I didn’t get a period while on nexplanon or for the 5yrs prior while using the mirena. On 5/12/15-5/14/15 I had really bad cramping. If I were to calculate based on the day that I ovulated I was figuring my period would show up around 5/14/15, and with the cramping I figured it had to be on its way. Well today is 5/15/15 & still no period & still keep getting negative pregnancy tests. Without getting a period, without knowing how many days my cycle is how am I possibly supposed to know when to test & if I have tested & gotten negatives up until yesterday (5/14/15) should I just give up? Thank you in advance for your advice.

  • Kayla Jackson

    So when I took the blood test the results came out negative idk what’s going on im keeping faith I am now 17 days late so by Friday I will take another test.

  • Vickie B.

    While the egg white cervical mucus is a good sign of ovulation, it doesn’t necessarily mean you ovulated. Your body will be trying to get back to normal after your years on hormonal birth control so you will see signs of things coming back over the coming months. Having said that, some women return to fertility pretty quickly. If you were to have gotten pregnant this month it should be showing a positive result now or very soon.

  • Kayla Jackson

    I read online that before you ovulate you should have sex 1-2 days before ovulation and also on ovulation if you are trying to get pregnant.

    Hope this helps(:

  • Kayla Jackson

    It was most likely to early to test.

    Have you tried testing again?

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