How Soon After Conception Can I Take A Pregnancy Test?

Waiting for Pregnancy Test Results

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 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.

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.

  • 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?

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • Vickie B.

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

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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?

  • 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 :)

  • 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

  • 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

  • Vickie B.

    Pregnancy is possible if you had unprotected sex. Based on when you had sex it isn’t likely that you are pregnant. With a normal cycle, you get pregnant about 2 weeks before your period arrives. My guess is that your period is late due to stopping birth control.

  • Vickie B.

    Without knowing when you ovulated, there is no way of telling if you tested too soon. As your body is trying to get back to normal hormonally, all that you are experiencing is typical of a shift in hormones. Chance of pregnancy is there as you had unprotected sex, but most likely your symptoms are due to your body trying to regain hormone balance.

  • kitty

    Hi. I had my last period on the 6th of October my next period is due around the first or second of November. I used ovulation strips and they were positive for at least four days, I think I ovulated around the 19th/ 20th we had Sex the day after my period and near everyday since except.for about 3 weeks since I come of my period. When would be best to do a test as I’m so impatient

  • kitty

    Except for about 3 days since my last period

  • Tionne

    My period ended 10/15 && we had unprotected sex the next day. Today is the 29th && I’ve been moody, sleepy, nauseous(but I haven’t thrown up, my stomach will just hurt really bad), I’m bloated && I had a thick white discharge…is it too soon to take a pregnancy test??

  • Vickie B.

    Sounds like you timed everything right. Did you get a positive test? You could have tested when you posted this message and should have gotten accurate results.

  • Vickie B.

    I can’t say when you can take a pregnancy test with the information you provided. I would need to know when your period started for two months in a row in order to figure out your cycle length. If you have a normal cycle (around 28 days between periods) you can typically test about 24 days after your period first started.

  • Kristinam

    Hi I used the ovulation strips and it came up positive about a week after my period. But I only had sex on the first day that my test was positive. It’s been 11 days since I had sex and I took a pregnancy test and it came up negative. Is it too soon?

  • Vickie B.

    It could be a little early as a positive on the ovulation test means you will ovulate in 24 to 36 hours. It may be a little early to get reliable results. Test again in a day or two. Good luck!

  • wondering

    I haven’t had my period since September. Before that since July I got it every month. In my pass im usually irregular. October I didn’t get my period. The whole month of October I was sexually active. And still haven’t received my period. My nipples usually hurt when I know its coming so far nothing. Now my abdominal hurts like craps for the last two days. Could I be getting my period? Or am I pregnant?

  • Vickie B.

    Did you take a pregnancy test?

  • wondering

    Not yet im hoping my period going to come in three days. At least that’s what the app said. But I skipped October so it could be off.

  • wondering

    Or could I be ovulating

  • Vickie B.

    First step should be take the pregnancy test. That will either give you a definitive answer or rule out one of the options. Considering you have been known to be irregular, the lack of period could just be a sign of that. You might want to talk with your doctor to see if they can do some testing to rule of PCOS ( ) or some other hormonal imbalance.

  • DJ

    Hi, my last period was on September 23-27, we had intercourse on October 18 and 19. My period cycle is usually 35-40 days. I had taken Deviry tablet on October 31 and Nov 1. Still waiting for the period. Are there any chances of getting pregnancy? Also, what is the maximum time to wait for a pregnancy test? (I already checked once, which showed as negative).

    Please advise.

  • sharls

    hey vickie, i’m super excited. after a year of being married and trying to conceive, I have my first real symptoms of being pregnant. Please advise: last period started 20-oct-14, prior to that my period started on the 25-sep-14. my husband and i had sex on the 31-oct-14 and by about the 6-Nov-14 my breast began to feel sore. today is the 10-Nov-14 and I feel rather tired and sleepy even though i slept for 10 hours last night. could i be pregnant? when should test?

  • msqueenb

    I had my mirena (iud) removed on october 27th we had sex tht day and quite a few times there after been spotting/bleeding on and off feel very bloated boobs tender swollen and been beyond exhausted.. think its too soon to feel preggers?

  • Shawna

    My period was due 11/8/14 I still haven’t got it is it still to early to test me and my husband have been try to conceive for over a year now I’m hoping please let me no if you think that it’s to early or not

  • don’t judge!

    Don’t put someone down because you speak better english, she’s trying to ask a question just help her out and be done with it!!

  • manou82

    I had one time intercourse the same day my Ovulation Test was positive . is there any chance to get pregnant ?

  • waitingtolisten

    if you are late on your period, you should take a pregnancy test.

  • Vickie B.

    You timed intercourse perfectly it would seem. Our ovulation calculator shows the following:

    Monday 20th October 2014 – First day of your cycle

    Tuesday 28th October 2014 – A little bit fertile

    Wednesday 29th October 2014 – Fertile

    Thursday 30th October 2014 – VERY fertile

    Friday 31st October 2014 – Time to ovulate

    Monday 10th November 2014 – A home pregnancy test may work now.

    Looks like you can already test! Did you test?

  • Vickie B.

    Unfortunately, as you seem to have a medical issue surrounding your reproductive system, (having to take Deviry) it is really hard to say. If your cycle was 35 days, you would have had sex too late, but if it was going to be closer to 40 it might have been timed right. You could test about 3 or 4 days before your period is due to arrive, but not knowing really when your period is due to arrive will result in many test being used too early for accurate results.

  • Vickie B.

    Most likely. The symptoms you are feeling are also similar to what your body will go through as it tries to regain it’s hormonal balance. The only way to make a guess is if you knew if you were ovulating when you were having unprotected sex.

  • Vickie B.

    Yes there is. Sperm can survive up to 5 days after ejaculation. A positive ovulation test means you will ovulate in 24 to 36 hours. You can use a pregnancy test to see if you are pregnant about 12 days after you got the positive ovulation test.

  • dee

    I stopped my period november 1 .i had intercourse everyday since then. And i spotted twice sense ive been off my period. My next period is due december second. I have had cramping and bloating . Headaches. Could i be pregnant and is it still to early to take a test

  • bree_

    How soon should you take a pregnancy test if you had sex days before your cycle starts and you are 19 days late? The pregnancy test was negative

  • Vickie B.

    Considering you posted this over a week again, you should be able to test to find out if you are pregnant now.

  • Vickie B.

    If you are already late, you should get accurate results from a pregnancy test already. If it is still negative, something else, besides pregnancy, has most likely caused your cycle to be off.

  • Hana

    I had sex November 25th and it was the last day of my period but over the past few days I have felt as if I am pregnant. I have already been pregnant once before but it was a miscarriage. Today is December 6th, so 11 days after we had sex. I never have regular periods but my last one started November 19th. Do you think I can test now or need to wait? I am going to the dentist Tuesday the 9th of this month and they plan on removing teeth soon and I dont want to be pregnant and the teeth removal cause me to miscarry again.

  • lovely

    I took a pregnancy test two weeks ago It was negative. I’m a day late today. I just had a miscarriage in September. Can I be pregnant that soon

  • KB

    I had unprotected sex a day before / or on my first day of my period. He did cum inside of me. My period just stopped after two days and then got brown discharge… After that I got bleed (just wiped) for a few hours before it stopped. Am I getting a pregnant? I am wondering how long should I wait to get a pregnancy test.. Just 7 days or 14 days or wait after my next period…?

  • bugg

    Me and my boyfriene had sex while I qas bleeding, I haven’t bled since its about about two or three days. Is the fact that I stopped bleeding a sign I’m pregnant? When can I test /:

  • Vickie B.

    Unfortunately, I didn’t get to this post in time. What did you decide to do? If you had a regular cycle, I would say that the chances of you being pregnant would have been small. If you have typically longer cycles the chances would have been even smaller.

  • Vickie B.

    Yes you could be pregnant. If your period was due recently, you took the pregnancy test way too soon. They are only accurate about 4 days before your period is due. Test again now.

  • Vickie B.

    You will need to wait until about 4 days before your period is due to arrive to be sure you get accurate results with a pregnancy test. Testing now will most definitely show a negative.

  • Vickie B.

    If you have regular 28 day cycles, you will need to wait about 23 days to use a pregnancy test.

  • Ashe

    My last period was 11.20.14. We had intercourse 11.4.14 the day I was ovulating. What do you think my chances of being pregnant are?

  • sonam

    me and my girlfen had a sex for almost 2months… im bit worry tht for this month she missed her period……bt of-focus we did quick test the result was negative……….still her period have not come yet for this month…..

  • sonam

    is she pregnant?

  • Sarahjane

    I have a regular 28 day cycle, my last period was November 10th, I had intercourse on November 27, I am now 5 days late. I have taken a peeve an y test which shows negative. Is it still possible for me to be pregnant and how much longer should I wait to re-test?

  • Sarahjane

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  • Sarahjane

    I have a regular 28 day cycle my last period was November 10th. I had inter course on November 27, I am now 5 days late. I have taken a pregnancy test which showed a negative result. Is it possible that I am pregnant and if so how long should I wait to re-test?

  • Sarahjane

    I have a 28 day cycle my last period was November 10th, my period lasted 3 days longer than usual. I had intercourse on November 28th. I am now 5 days late. I have taken a pregnancy test which showed negative results. Did I test too soon, is it still a possibility for me to be pregnant, and if so how much longer should I wait to re-test?

  • Sarahjane

    I have a 28 day cycle my last period was November 10th, my period lasted 3 days longer than usual. I had intercourse on November 28th. I am now 5 days late. I have taken a pregnancy test which showed negative results. Did I test too soon, is it still a possibility for me to be pregnant, and if so how much longer should I wait to re-test?

  • Vickie B.

    I am guessing you meant 12/4 and not 11/4? If that’s the case, and you know for sure that you were ovulating on the date, you do have a chance to be pregnant. I’d say you could go ahead and test today 12/16 to see if you were successful!

  • Vickie B.

    The only way to tell is by getting a positive pregnancy test, or have the doctor determine if she is pregnant. If she hasn’t gotten her period, there is a possibility that she is pregnant.

  • Vickie B.

    You should have gotten your period by now if you have a 28 day cycle. Any time after your period is due is okay for taking a pregnancy test. There are many reasons why your period might be late and you can read up on them here:

  • Andra

    I don’t have a normal cycle.. I don’t have my period every month. My last period date was October 21,2014.. I had unprotected sex a week ago. Today I went to the bathroom n there Was blood when I wiped. I thought it was my period but it wasn’t because it didn’t come. I did a pregnancy test and it came out negative… Should I wait and do another one…(I really wanna get pregnant.. I av been trying for so long)

  • Vickie B.

    I’d wait about a week and try again. As you don’t know when/if you ovulated, waiting a week would give you about two weeks since conception if you are pregnant. At that point, if you are pregnant the hcg should be large enough to detect with a pregnancy test.

  • manou82

    I ve been TTC after 2 miscarriages in June and August 2014, had my period on 29 Nov till 6 December and intercourse from 8 till 14 dec almost daily. Had a progesterone test of 14.7 and really want to get pregnant. Please any advice ? Thx

  • Vickie B.

    Do the doctors know why you are having miscarriages? It could be due to your hormones being out of balance. You might want to look at the fertility supplements that we carry like FertilAid for Women, FertileCM and Ovaboost. They all help improve your chances of getting pregnant.

  • manou82

    Thanks for the feedback, all tests are normal and dr told me we start to worry after the 3rd miscarriage. Recently, she asked me for a progesterone test 14.7 in day 18 of my cycle. Had active intercourse till ovulation. Is this test related to pregnancy. I’m soo stressed

  • Vickie B.

    It sounds like your doctor is on top of the miscarriage issue. Checking the progesterone levels will show if your system is working as it should in order to support a viable pregnancy. As I am not a doctor, I can’t say what your result means but have hope that your doctor will be able to help you get pregnant based on what is discovered.

  • manou82

    Thanks for your support.

  • Jas2014

    Hey the last time I had sex was dec 5th n I felt cramping about 10 days after…my boobs are fuller n somewhat sore…today makes 16 days since I think I conceived n I feel tighten at the bottom of my stomach could I b pregnant n is it too early to test???

  • Charris

    I had sex three days ago and was supposed to start my period this week but in place of that was terrible cramps and brownish discharge but no blood, I’ve read that could be first signs of pregnancy but not sure. Any help?

  • Vickie B.

    If you had unprotected sex, yes it is possible you are pregnant. If you ovulated on the 5th or around there, you should be able to test now.

  • Vickie B.

    Chances are if you only had sex at that point in your cycle, you wouldn’t be pregnant. If you had unprotected sex earlier, there is a chance though. Did you take a pregnancy test?

  • vanessa ramos

    I had sex on november 18th and got my period on novrmber 24th.. I got a positive test. Did i get pregnant from thr 18th to the 24th.. Is that possible.?

  • Vickie B.

    Well, when did you take the pregnancy test that showed you were pregnant?

  • AnxiouslyAwaiting

    Hi! The first day of my last period was 12/5. I don’t have regular periods but took ovulation test 12/20 and was positive, sex 12/21 and 12/22. My breasts are SO swollen and sore all ready. Is it too soon to take a pregnancy test? Anxiously awaiting results!!!

  • Vickie B.

    It’s definitely too early to take a test. I’d wait until at very least Sunday to take a test. Good Luck!

  • sweetpea

    I have missed my period this month.. it’s now January the first is it to early to take a test ?? I had my period last month on the 24 I went off.. could I be pregnant??

  • Vickie B.

    Well, if you normally have your period about every 28 days, then you could definitely take a test now.

  • xxbreakinxx

    I am so confused at this point. I dont remember when i had my period last month and the month before I bled for 16 days. My partner and I had intercourse on the 29th 31st and the 1st. I have been pregnant twice (last with twins however they didnt make it). I am so nauseated, have horrbile heart burn and wicked headaches. Am I crazy or could I have concieved on one of those days? If I did, when can I test?

  • marissa

    I had sex on the 28th of December and my period was due on the 1st. When should I test?

  • Cici

    I think you have missed your chance for that cycle. You should be having sex about 2 weeks before your period is due(depending on your cycle). Having sex only a few days before would miss ovulation as your body would be getting ready for your period

  • Josie

    I had intercourse the 24,25,27 &28 my most fertile days, is it possible to be pregnant even if I got my period jan 1?

  • Vickie B.

    You are technically late. Did you have unprotected sex earlier in the month?

  • Vickie B.

    I don’ think your dates are right. You are most fertile around ovulation, which is typically 14 days before your period arrived. If you got your period, no, you most likely are not pregnant.

  • Landa

    The first day off my last period was Dec 11th. We had sex the entire week of Christmas. Is it too soon to take a test?

  • Vickie B.

    You should be able to test now. When is your period due? Typically you can test 3 or 4 days prior to when your period is due.

  • nadine

    I had my last period on December 13th my ovulation was from Dec. 21-29 I had sex on January 1st wen can I take a test ??

  • Cat

    Why would they be getting a divorce? What does that have to do with anything?

  • Vickie B.

    If you did ovulate on one of those days, the chances of you getting pregnant are slim as you missed when the egg would have been available to get fertilized. You should be able to test now though if you haven’t gotten your period yet.

  • haymay

    I had sex 12-19-14 and haven’t had my period yet. My period was like the first week or second week in December. Its usually not the same every month. I feel like I’m pregnant. My breasts are sore, I have to pee all the time, back pain. I took a pregnancy test yesterday and it was negative. Did I test too soon?

  • leigha

    I start my period around the 18th to 25th of every month, my last period was december 25th. I had sex january 4th, 9th, 10th, and 11th and he came inside me everytime. I’ve been feeling a little sick for the past few days, have been bloated, I have slight cramps, and I’ve been super tired. Is there a chance that I’m pregnant? If so, how soon can I take a test?

  • Vickie B.

    If your period was in the second week of December, it could be that you are just a little late this month. Based on what you said, it doesn’t seem too early, but if you are totally sure when your period started last month, it might be.

  • Vickie B.

    It’s possible that you got pregnant this cycle. You can probably take a test around January 20th to see if you are pregnant.

  • Mandi Dodson

    Hi, my iud came out on the 6th and i tooks a hpt on the 13th and it was negative. My period isn’t do until the 26th, was the test taken too soon to tell??

  • Vickie B.

    If you have normal 28 day cycles, and your period started at the end of December last month, the earliest you would want to test is the 23rd of this month. You definitely tested too early.

  • Mandi Dodson

    Thanks I thought so my dr wanted to test when I came in and they told me that it was still possible

  • Marylin Gomez

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    Hi my last menstrual period was on December 15 2014 n it lasted 1 week up until December 22 2014. How long do I have to wait to take a home pregnancy test to come out positive. Please help need an answer quickly thank you

  • Marylin Gomez

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    Hi my last menstrual period was on December 15 2014 n it lasted 1 week up until December 22 2014. How long do I have to wait to take a home pregnancy test to come out positive. Please help need an answer quickly thank you

  • nikkiS

    Hi Vickie, my menstrual was due Jan 13 and its now Jan 16, I took a test this morning and it was negative. How long should I wait before possibly taking another test or waiting for my period?

  • Regina Philange

    my last period started on December 26th, i had unprotected sex on January 1st and 2nd. i believe i started ovulating on January 9th.. I’ve read that sperm can live inside you for 7 days… Is it possible that the sperm stayed viable inside me until fertilization during my ovulation?

    I am supposed to start my next period in a week but i’m dying to take a test. is it too soon to tell?

  • kim

    Hello Vicky im glad i found this site who has someone always answering the post questions here.So my problem goes like this.My last period was last Deccember 6 2014 ended up last December 10 and we had sex December 13.Obviously i am so much delayed with my period,January 11 ,12 i took home pregnancy test but its negative,3rd attempt january 12 very early in the morning and i didnt drink water so the urine is not so diluted.And january 15 i went to the doctor for my blood test and its showed up negative again.I dont know what’s wrong with me im also scared especially when i read some forum telling that even they got negative result at the end they got positive.Im so paranoid and scared to get pregnant.And by the way i last december i engage my self into running and yoga,The yoga is only once a week and its very rough for me.Do you think this is the reason?and another thing when i am so worried about what i read fro what other woman said i also feel like im having a pregnancy symptoms but if im not thinking too much i feel so normal,what’s wrong with me,,pls help,This past 11 days of my life was sooo stresful because of this im so scared :( PLEASE help me tto enlighten my mind ..Thank you so much

  • Mimi

    My period is 13 days late and I’m not sure what to do I want to be pregnant sooo bad but I don’t want to get my hopes up and I don’t know when I should take a test… Is it too soon could I be pregnant.. I just don’t know

  • Vickie B.

    If you have normal 28 day periods, you should be able to test now.

  • Vickie B.

    If your period hasn’t arrived by now, test again to see if you are pregnant.

  • Vickie B.

    Sperm can only survive a maximum of 5 days so the chances of you getting pregnant from that sexual encounter is pretty slim. The earliest I would test would be on January 23rd.

  • Vickie B.

    As you have changed your exercise status, you could definitely affect your period. It can take a while for your body to get back to regularity. As long as you are not extremely under or over weight, you should be fine.

  • Vickie B.

    If you are 13 days late, you definitely can take a test now.

  • val

    My last period was December 12th and we had a lot of sex between the 22nd & 29th, my period is a week late but I took 2 pregnancy tests both saying negative. Im wondering if maybe i am pregnant but my “levels” aren’t high enough to give me a positive result..any advice please?

  • Cathleen Powell

    My last period day was the 24th of desember we had sex the 1st and 2nd of January i have taken a pregnancy test today but it is negative is it posible that i am pregnant and if so when should i take a pregnancy test . My period is due on the 23rd. Please help me .

  • Kim

    I had sex unprotected sex on day 13 of my cycle usually my cycle is 28 days what are chances of pregnantcy

  • supermom

    Hello ladies, I am trying to find answers, its hard for me to conceive. I had my period January 7th, it ended Jan 10th. I had sex the day after which is the 11th, 13th, 18th. My ovulation started on the 18th. Ive been feeling pretty beat up, body aches, everyday headaches. Im not sure when to test. Can someone help me or am i trying to hard to conceive?

  • bea

    I had sex on Jan 3rd, my menstrual cycle should have been here on Jan 14th I had sex again on the 18th. I took 2 tests on Jan 19th 5 days after I should have started and both tests came out Negative… Knowing that I had un-protected sex on the 18th I took the Plan B pill on the 19th since both pregnancy tests came out with a negative result … My period is still not here … Could I be pregnant? Could the Plan B pill have something to do with my period not coming at all???

  • Vickie B.

    Testing now should let you know if you are pregnant.

  • Vickie B.

    Chances are, you are not pregnant. There are many reasons that can cause a late period and you can read about them here:

  • Vickie B.

    Well, considering sperm can survive up to 5 days, and for a 28 day cycle, ovulation occurs around day 14, there is a possibility that you will get pregnant.

  • Vickie B.

    When you say ovulation “started” on the 18th, do you mean your fertile period? Technically you only ovulate at one time and in your case it would likely have been around the 21st. It’s possible you got pregnant from the sex on the 18th. If your period is due on the 4th, I would wait to test until the 1st or 2nd of Feb.

  • Vickie B.

    The planb could have disrupted your hormonal balance which would have made your period late to arrive.

  • aarellano22

    I have a quesiton, my period is irregular so it is really difficult for me to tell exactly when my period starts. a few months ago it would start around the 14th, and recently its been in the 20ths. I am trying to get pregnant this month however idk when to test! we had sex the days before and after ovulation (which was from 3rd-8th of Jan.). so when should i test??? I’m so desperate to know

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  • Vickie B.

    Actually, if you were already late, there is no telling what is going on with your system. If your period hasn’t arrived yet and the tests are still negative, you might want to visit your doctor to find out what is going on.

  • Vickie B.

    It’s hard to say, but if you know for sure that you ovulated on or around the 8th you should be able to test now to see if you are pregnant. If you are actively trying to conceive, you should be tracking when your period comes and possibly consider taking herbal supplements to help regulate your cycle.

  • tricia

    i last had my menses on 26/12/2014 and i had sex on the 15/01/2015. unfortunately the condom burst though i took 4 microgynon as ECP within 48hrs and i repeated another four after 12hrs. my cycle is 28days and my due date for the next period was 23/01/2015 but i missed and i took a pregnancy test on the 24/Jan but showed negative. what are the chances that i am pregnant?

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