How Soon After Conception Can I Take A Pregnancy Test?



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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 can only happen so soon after conception. 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 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 shot at receiving accurate results. However, if you take a test 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.

Understand That Detecting Pregnancy 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 sizeable 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.

Understand How a Pregnancy Test Works to Guarantee Accurate Results

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.

  • dxudiva

    I don’t understand why it’s important to wait past the period due date? If you conceive but your period isn’t for another 2 weeks, cant you still get accurate results before a period is missed due to the hormone increasing over those weeks?

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    You can take the tests earlier. For the most accurate results, waiting for when your period is due is best. Many of the tests on the market today advertise that you can accurately (so they say) test about 4 days before your period is due.

  • Chelle

    I think and hoping I’m pregnant, so I took a pregnancy test today but my period isn’t for another two weeks and so it came out negative. Mind, I did this before reading about the “too early or else” facts. I have hope now that I am and have too be patience for my next hpt

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    You definitely took it too early. Actually, two weeks before is when you would normally be ovulating and having sex to get pregnant. It sounds like your timing could be off.

  • delfina

    I tries the famous thing our obgyn tell us to do to get pregnant . Have intercouse the three days after two week of the first day of your period I took a pregnancy test today one day before my missed period . And it came out negative do you think I should wait like my dr. Told me to after two weeks of my missed period is when I should take a pregnancy test.

  • Kijafa Kabore

    Try using a menstration and ovulation app. They helped me get pregnant

  • acenitec

    I think people are confused because you used “ovulation” rather than conception regarding HCG levels to rise. Ladies do a preg. test every two weeks if u can afford it then see if you miss your period. If u miss your period it is likely that you will be devorced within 1 year!

  • Ally

    You can only get pregnant in a small window during your cycle, when you ovulate, and (assuming your body is prepared to carry a pregnancy) that can be as little as ten or as much as 16 days before your period. So if your period isn’t due for another two weeks, you have either only just ovulated or you haven’t ovulated yet, and no fertilized egg (if there is one) has had a chance to implant, so even if you do conceive this cycle, your body is not producing the hormone yet that a pregnancy test looks for.

  • Goodgrief

    If you can’t add please don’t multiply

  • Klyne

    I keep track of my periods very well and have consistently had my period around the same time every month. However this month I had a little bit of faint pink spotting one day about a week before my period I took a pregnancy test three days before my period normally would have been and it was negative. However I am now a week past my period due date and have had no spotting or cramping of any sort. should I take another test? Or could it still be too soon

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    If you are relatively regular and you are late by your record keeping, I’d say a pregnancy test is definitely in order :)

  • Rachel

    I found out that i was pregnant 3 months but i only missed a period once.For the two months i had a normal period.Is it possible to have a period during pregnancy.Am totally confused.

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    Did you ask your doctor about this? I do know that some women apparently bleed, like a period for a good part of their pregnancy so maybe that is what is going on with you. Congratulations on the pregnancy!

  • Julia Price’Banks

    Look. We had sex on the 1st and 2nd tryingto concieve. My period is due on the 14th and im feeling very strong nausea. Is it too early cause we really wanna knoe.the 14

  • Courtney

    I took a pregnancy test 5 days before my missed period, and it came out positive! Should I take another one in a few days anyway to make sure?

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    It’s possible. You can start testing with a pregnancy test on the 10th or the 11th.

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    The pregnancy tests on the market today typically can pick up pregnancies about the time you got your positive result. :) Congratulations!

  • Lord help us all

    Dear God I hope your kids have better grammar!

  • hockey06

    Bless you and I hope you are. As far the other two of you that replied, you should be ashamed of yourself. I am sure you are not perfect.

  • Jackie

    I had intercourse the day before my period was supposed to come and now, a week later, I still have not gotten my period. It usually comes pretty regularly. Is it possible I can be pregnant? Is it too soon to take a test?

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    You would not have gotten pregnant if you has sex right before your period was due. If you had unprotected sex at other times of the month, they might have caused you to get pregnant.

  • sierra

    You can get pregnant at ANY time during your cycle.

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    Well if you have a normal 28 day cycle, that typically does not happen. You are only fertile when you ovulate which usually only happens once a month, usually around day 14 of you cycle. Yes there are exceptions to that, but they are not the norm.

  • Heather Upton

    What if your period is super irregular? How will you know when to take the test in the appropriate time after conception?

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    It is really hard to do that unfortunately. The only way you could be sure is to use ovulation tests, as long as needed, to figure out when you are ovulating. Once you know that, you know how to time sex and then you can do a pregnancy test about 2 weeks later.

  • shirlz

    my periods usually comes regularly every month. I was due to have mines on the 14.10,14 today it still didn’t come through. im getting excited but waiting patiently until it will be a week to take the test. I have 2 beautiful children and is hoping to expand my little family, Patience is the key <3

  • Sarah

    I am a nursing mother to a beautiful seven month old who has been eating real food for theist two months. I just had my first cycle since baby 44 days ago. I had a hard timing getting pregnant and I believe it’s due to my irregular periods. I started keeping track though just to see. Well on my 38th day after my first day of my last missed period I had spotting but not much at all and it was a little over a day. I had unprotected intercourse the day prior to the spotting and 8 days prior. I read about implantation and was hoping it could be that. I took a pregnancy test today which came up negative but the spotting only happened six days ago. Could I have been to excited and should I wait a period of time before taking the test or could my nursing baby be just picking up his nursing ways a little more then usual and that’s throughing off me having a full cycle due to mine always last six to seven days?

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    If your period is late (which it looks like based on what you said above) you should be able to take a pregnancy test and find out if you are pregnant :)

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    The the sex at 8 days prior to the spotting could have been implantation bleeding. If it was implantation bleeding you should end up with a positive pregnancy test about 10 to 14 days after that point :) Unfortunately, as you are aware, breastfeeding can cause irregular cycles so that could also play into the spotting as your hormones try and regulate.

  • manou82

    my period started on September

    21 and ended on 27th, had unprotected intercourse on October 3 and October 7, could I get pregnant ? please help

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    If you have a regular 28 day cycle, yes there is a possibility that you could have gotten pregnant.

  • Crystal

    I stopped taking birth control pills last month after my last period on Sept 11th. We started unprotected sex in beginning of Oct. but I only remember some of the dates we had sex without using a condom. Oct. 4th, 7th and 20th. But ever since the first day we had unprotected sex on Oct. 4th I began to feel extremely tired and very high sex drive the following week after that. I started taking home pregnancy test on Oct. 15th and I’ve been testing every other day following that but all came out negative. I do not keep track of my cycles so I’m not sure when I ovulate or if I did ovulate this month but my body felt hot (like fever) on Oct. 14th and 18th. Until today I still feel extremely tired, some pregnancy symptoms here and there and still no period. I’m not sure if this is REAL pregnancy symptoms or just post-pills symptoms. Please help!

  • Sarah

    I have got off the pill my last period which was 24 September , i then had unprotected sex on the 19 October (2 days before my period is due) my period is now a day late and is never late… Could i be pregnant or is my period irregular because I got off he pill? Please help! Xx


Last modified: March 7, 2014