When a couple is trying to get pregnant, having to wait to find out whether or not you have conceived a child can be quite challenging. In fact, if you’re like most women, you would probably like to know the exact moment that conception occurs.
Unfortunately, accurately detecting a pregnancy takes time. There are many women who will take a test early hoping to get a positive determination that they are pregnant. However, this generally only leads to inaccurate and disappointing results. This is still the case even with the production of more highly sensitive early pregnancy tests.
The best time to take a pregnancy test will always be after you have missed your period. Regardless of what test you take at this point, you will always have more accurate results because you have given your body enough time to secrete high enough levels of human chorionic gonadotropin, or hCG, to make a positive determination.
So, while taking a test early is tempting, waiting is your best if you want accurate results. However, if you take a test early and it comes back negative, don’t lose hope. There is always a chance that you are pregnant and a test is just not showing it yet. The only point at which you can be absolutely positive that you aren’t pregnant is after period arrives.
How Long It Takes To Get A Positive Pregnancy Test Will Vary From Woman to Woman
One of the most important ideas to remember when you’re trying to get pregnant is that you’re unlike any other woman when it comes to your body and its processes. There are many common misconceptions regarding how soon you can detect pregnancy and there is a sizable number of women who fall victim to this notion.
After conception occurs, there is typically a 7 to 10 day period before the fertilized egg is firmly implanted in your uterus. At this point, your hCG levels will begin to increase which is essential for making a positive confirmation that you’re pregnant. As you can imagine, this entire process can be lengthy. However, it is the best way to see if you are actually pregnant.
hCG Levels and Getting Accurate Results with Pregnancy Tests
Of course, if you aren’t taking a pregnancy test properly, there is a high likelihood that you will receive inaccurate results as well. So, before you begin thinking about when to take your pregnancy test, it’s important to understand how it works.
Any pregnancy test that you take is measuring the level of hCG in your system. As your pregnancy continues, the level of hCG is expected to steadily increase. As a frame of reference, most women have an hCG measurement of 25 mIU 10 days after ovulation, 50 mIU once 12 days have passed since ovulation, and 100 mIU around two weeks after ovulation has occurred.
Of course, different tests and brands of tests will have different sensitivities to hCG levels within the body. So, if you take a test that requires a hCG concentration of 100 mIU and your body is only at a hCG measurement 75 mIU, you can expect a negative result although you might be pregnant. Therefore, it’s important to be aware of all of these factors prior to taking a pregnancy test.