When you’re having trouble trying to conceive, you want to use every tool that’s available to you. For example, you might chart your basal body temperature (BBT) or use ovulation test strips to help you figure out when the best time to try to conceive is. Charting your temperature will help you determine when you have already ovulated. Charting for several months, in a row, will help understand your cycle better and allow you to predict when you ovulate. Ovulation test strips will let you know in advance when to expect ovulation. If you have had a couple of unsuccessful cycles, you will have discovered that getting pregnant isn’t about random timing of sex. You will learn that you need to have sex as close as possible to ovulation as possible because you can only get pregnant after you have ovulated. Having sex just before you ovulate or while you’re ovulating will give you the best chances at getting pregnant.

Can I Take A Pregnancy Test Now?

Waiting is hard. You KNOW you have timed everything perfectly and your ovulation tests let you know that ovulation was right around the corner. You want to take that first pregnancy test within a day or two after ovulation, but don’t do it. If you did manage to conceive this cycle, you need to give your body time to do what it needs to in order for you to get the positive result on your pregnancy test. While patience is not easily had in the two week wait, waiting is all you can do. Testing right away will leave you disheartened with less money in your wallet.

When CAN I Test??

As a general rule of thumb, you’ll want to wait until the time when your period would normally have started. That’s the best time to take a pregnancy test – once you have actually missed a period.

If you are like most women who are trying to get pregnant, waiting until you are late is just too much to take. You know that you want to test as soon a possible and don’t want to wait. For the impatient TTCers, you can test earlier, but not as early as you would hope. Many of the currently available pregnancy tests are extremely sensitive and can pick up the pregnancy hormone at a very low level. You will want to wait until, at very least, 4 days before your period is due to take a pregnancy test. This is a vital point to remember. If you are testing before your period due date, you can not assume that you are not pregnant if you get a negative test. Your body could have taken longer than average to start producing hCG, the pregnancy hormone. When this happens, you won’t get a positive result until closer to your period due date and sometimes even after that date has passed.

If you can hold out, you’ll face less anxiety. Once you’ve tested for ovulation and know ovulation will happen within the next day or two, have sex several times over those few days. After the first couple days of when your period would normally occur passes, go ahead and take a pregnancy test. If it is negative, wait another five days to one week and test again.