How Soon Should I Take a Pregnancy Test after an Ovulation Test?



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.

  • wishful thinkin

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  • nonita

    I mis my period 7 days now but no sign period comes or pregnant I was actives decal the month of August test is negative please can you guys tell me why this happen in 44 years old anyway. Thanks.

  • ayani

    my period schedule 20/24 last 5 months Sep 20 I get 2 days light bleeding & stop. It’s. Gone Sep 25/ 29 I tested pergnat but. Come negative did I tested early. Or. What

  • Vickie B.

    I’m not exactly sure what is going on. It sounds like you got a light period when you were supposed to. If you were pregnant, you should have gotten a positive pregnancy test when you tested. You should probably go see a doctor if you are concerned about why you cycle is behaving oddly.

  • autumn

    Well I take hcg test and it came back 2 lines and I have not had a mothy at all

  • Vickie B.

    Sound like you are pregnant :)

  • emani

    I had sex October 10 i was supposed to get my period October 22 i didn’t come what should i do

  • shugniqua pressley

    my cycles are 24 days when can I have sex

  • Monique Eller

    I have had no period since July i went to the doctor and found out i was eight weeks how accurate is they test then a first response

  • Vickie B.

    Take a pregnancy test.

  • Vickie B.

    You didn’t give remotely enough information to give you an answer.

  • Vickie B.

    If the doctor confirmed your pregnancy, then you are pregnant. An ultrasound should show how far along in your pregnancy your are.

  • hannah

    I started my period after a day it completely stopped and has not came back. And my stomach feels hard and my boobs are like a cup size bigger then normal. What should i do . Is this a sign of pregnancy ? Should I take a test?

  • Vickie B.

    You could have been having early pregnancy bleeding instead of your period starting. If you had unprotected sex in the last month, yes, you should test.

  • dolker

    Hi can u pliz reply urgently
    My LMP is on 27 September still now I didnt got my periods I checked twice pregnancy test it shows negative today it is 5th nov
    I dont know whether I m pregnant or not
    I am having white discharge and frequency of urine

  • Vickie B.

    If the tests are not positive, and you have normal 28 day cycles, you are most likely not pregnant. If you are concerned you should probably talk to your doctor.

  • Beba

    I am hyperthyroid,, I ovulated last month,,, I didn’t get a period when I was suppose,, which was 10/24 due period,,, it is 11/7 I took a pregnacy test on october,, it came back negative,, so what should I do,, today is 11/07 and am having some discomfort like cramping pushing or something,, I squeezed my nipples and a lil milk came out… What should I do???

  • Vickie B.

    Considering you have other medical issues, you should probably bring this issue up with your doctor. It could be thyroid related.

  • elissa

    I had sex a lot before and on the day I ovulated. I was supposed to have my period yesterday amd I haven’t gotten it. I tested today and it was negative. Can I still be pregnant?

  • paris

    I have just taken a test it came out positve then 5 mins later went negative what does this mean?

  • Star Davis

    well you can’t have sex allot bc the sperm has to form in his balls if you have sex allot he shoots blanks when sperm is really thick its to long of a wait it has to be thick but not to thick use preseed

  • Star Davis

    get the app on your phone

  • Star Davis

    I’m so ready for the 17th so I can take my test i used preseed after getting a positive ovulation test

  • Vickie B.

    Until you get your period it is possible that you are pregnant even if you got a negative pregnancy test result.

  • Vickie B.

    It means you should have taken another one and seen if the positive appeared sooner.

  • Vickie B.

    Is the 17th the day your period is supposed to arrive, or are you testing a couple of days before your period is due to arrive?

  • sarah

    My last period was the first week of nov, my husband and i didnt use any birth control when we had sex, ive not yet had my period because i normally start around the first of the month. I have some symptoms. Also we had sex again and my period is a week away, could i still get pregnant?

  • Zolwandle

    Hey i last to see ma period on 27 October so now. Am stressed when. I had. A pregnant test the control line is faint

  • A

    Did you read the package? The tests are only accurate if read during a certain time window (usually 2 minutes). It will tell you “do not read result after 5 minutes” (or something along those lines) because it will be an inaccurate result

  • Vickie B.

    If you were having unprotected sex around when you were ovulating, you have a chance of being pregnant. Your period should have arrived, were you pregnant?

  • Vickie B.

    Retake a pregnancy test. A faint control line could mean the test was faulty or didn’t have enough urine on it.

  • Sarah

    I am 3week late on my period

  • Vickie B.

    Did you take a pregnancy test?

  • molly

    Had a tubal ligation last sept. So there is not need for the preventitives I thought…. Past month I’ve felt diff, mood swings heart burn which is rare unless I’m prego , fatigue and tired. Thought maybe I had even felt flutters but, I don’t think there is a way that I could be. So I even took a ovulation test to see if I’m even able to, and it was positive?

  • Vickie B.

    Did you mean ovulation test or pregnancy test? If ovulation test, then that would be okay that it was positive. A tubal stops the egg from getting to the uterus but does not stop ovulation. If you got a positive pregnancy test, you really need to go and see your doctor about that.

  • Justine

    I have a cycle of every 36 days and having sex twice a week my period due today but it’s negative so people say that spunked last in a women 3 to 4 days

  • Vickie B.

    Well, you have two different issues here. The pregnancy test is showing a negative right now, the day your period is due. If that’s the case, you are probably not pregnant. Sperm does survive up to 5 days after ejacultion, but it can only make you pregnant when you ovulate about 2 weeks before your period is due.

  • winnie

    after how long should i test pregnancy….i took clomid tablets for 5 days after my 5th day of periods that is on 1st december.. and on 16th dec i tested the pregnancy and was negative…what can be the problem why i dont concieve… or when should i take that pregnancy again….winnie

  • Vickie B.

    As you are taking clomid, you should probably as your doctor about why you are having a difficult time getting pregnant. To be safe, you should use a pregnancy test at about 27 days after your period had started the last time. That’s assuming you have a period every month and your cycles are about 28 days long.

  • aya

    ihad my period last month 19th November it supposed to be on the 18th December but it didnt so i run a home pregnency test on 21th december and got a negative result so i made blood test on 22th december and still negative result ihave a regular period each 29 days and now has been 6 days late and no period but ihave pain at my lower back what should i do am i pregnent ? and the blood test is wrong ?

  • Vickie B.

    No way to tell if the tests are wrong or not. Usually the tests are very accurate so I would guess that you are not pregnant. You may want to ask the doctor to explain why your cycle can be off and why you are having back pains.

  • irish

    Its been 2weeks since my last period,, now I feel always tired,, when I do sex there is blood I’m confused ! Am I pregnant? Can I do pregnancy test?

  • CK

    I am on clomid, did an insemination (doing AI) on the 2nd of December, was told by my Dr that there is no way to accurately test before 28 days post ovulation. Seems like everything I read says less. I still haven’t had a period, but I have multiple pregnancy symptoms, including a change in facial hair growth, which is a symptom of PCOS. I have taken a few pregnancy tests over the last few weeks, all of which have been negative. My Dr just reassures me that it will be regardless until after 28 days. I am supposed to get a blood test tomorrow, the wait is killing me. I am trying so hard to prepare for the worst. Any thoughts? Has anybody else been in this situation? Especially with the PCOS and facial hair issue. That is the only thing giving me real hope that I could be pregnant.

  • Vickie B.

    Sorry, I can’t really help. It would seem like you should be able to get results earlier but I’d listen to what your doctor says. How long until you get the results of the blood test back? Good Luck!

  • shameka

    how soon can you take a pregnancy test I am 8 days past o day but I have taken three test and they all look negative accept one look really really faint it look like I see something but than look negative when should I test again

  • Vickie B.

    You are testing too early. You should wait until about 4 days before your period is supposed to start to test. Wait a couple of days and test again to get more accurate results.

  • Nik

    Hey I had sex all throughy ovulation days every other day. I had sex the day before I ovulated the day I ovulated and the day after could I be pregnant
    NY dot is expected in two days should I wait to test or just do it now??

  • december

    I haven’t got my period but have took a pregnancy test every week and sometimes twice a day all of them has been been negative.

  • As

    I also have PCOS and just finished taking clomid. I am smack dab in the middle of ovulation period and am having lots and lots of sex. I haven’t seen a difference in PCOS because of the clomid. However, a year prior to starting clomid, I was prescribed metformen/glucofage to help relieve a lot of the symptoms that PCOS can bring. I’ve experienced more regular cycles, less acne, less facial hair growth and a loss in weight.

  • Vickie B.

    You should have started your period by now, based on what you have said here. Were you pregnant?

  • Vickie B.

    You can only get accurate results from a pregnancy test about 3 or 4 days before your period is due. Sounds like you were testing too early.

  • simba

    i never had a period and im 18yrs old and i had sex friday and took plan b pill 1 hour after sex and now its going to be 6 days and can i be pregnant ? i took a pregnancy test today ? came out negative.

  • Vickie B.

    If you have never had a period, there is something not right going on with your system. If you had unprotected sex, the possibility of pregnancy is there but unlikely in your case due to the plan b pill. You’d do best to wait 2 weeks after having sex to take a pregnancy test. The one test you did take would not have been positive at 6 days after having sex.

  • hopelesslove

    hey im old enough to track my ovulation days. my calander predict other days but i have taken one a day last 5 days all positive… is ovulation more than 5 days ?

  • ana

    I need advice

  • ana

    Me and my partner inseminated on Jan 14 and Jan 16 . I tracked my ovulation and I ovulated on the Jan14 . I have been gassy and soo hungry , I’m cramping on my right side like crasy . I should be starting my period on Feb2 its now jan21 , is it to early for symptoms?

  • Vickie B.

    Are you sure you are using the ovulation test correctly? A positive result with ovulation tests is both lines being the same color and darkness or the test line being darker than the control line on the test. You only ovulate on a single day but you are fertile for several.

  • Vickie B.

    Are you sure you are using the ovulation test correctly? A positive result with ovulation tests is both lines being the same color and darkness or the test line being darker than the control line on the test. You only ovulate on a single day but you are fertile for several.

  • Vickie B.

    Not really. If you are pregnant, your body will start producing different hormones that can create odd symptoms. You should be able to test on the 29th or 30th to find out if you were successful. Good Luck!

  • zachodylo

    I had the implant removed on the 6th of Jan had unprotected sex (ttc:) ) on the 10th 3 days later had a small amount of spotting then headaches, nausea, cramp y feeling but not period like, really tender breasts. its been almost 3 weeks since removal and still no period. is this normal?

  • kemeisha

    I miss my period last month an I still do c it yet , I take 2 pregnancy test an they all said negative ,is it possible that am pregnant

  • seen1

    Can you get pregnant while having sex at the end of your period

  • Vickie B.

    Yes, it’s possible but it really depends. You can read this article for more information –

  • Vickie B.

    Probably, yes it is normal because when you stop hormonal birth control, your body will react to the shifting hormones until it gets back to it’s natural level. It may take a month or two for things to calm down for you.

  • lace

    I ovulated jan 28th and i took 2 peg tests today feb 6 and they both came up positive

  • Isha

    I had sex during ovulation, ovulation was positive for 3 days contnious, i had sex before and during ovulation. After three days I took ovulation test just for fun ut was negetive . Does it mean I am not pregnant? I gave heard ovulation is positive duribg pregnancy.

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  • Vickie B.

    Well, ovulation tests don’t stay positive. Around the time when your period is due, an ovulation test *may* show up positive if you are pregnant, but it doesn’t always happen. Test 3 or 4 days before your period is due with a pregnancy test to find out if you are pregnant.

  • Ingrid

    I am trying to conceive and have checked my ovulation period will b from 15th February to the 20th of February. I am not staying with my boyfriend will be seeing him on the 18th of February we’ve planned the night. Now I have read that u need to have sex before your ovulation and day of ovulation and that chances a slim to be pregnant on your ovulation day.

    Please help me on that and clarify for me

  • Vickie B.

    Based on the dates you listed, you will ovulate on the 20th but will be fertile the days before that. Seeing him on the 18th will be timed well if you are trying to get pregnant. Having said that, your chances are the greatest the closer you are to the day you ovulate.

  • t

    I had a period on the January 30th and it last for 3 or 4 days n i have sex on the 5th and on ovalution day which is the 13th can i be pregnant? When should I take a pregnancy test

  • Vickie B.

    It’s not likely if you ovulated on the 13th. Sperm only survives up to 5 days max in your system. It would have died by the time you ovulated.

  • Jen

    I’ve been trying to get pregnant I got my period on the 7th of this month and lasted till the 11th after having sex from the 12th till now I have been leaking a pink water from vagina and being sick ect but tests are negitive what’s going on I know I haven’t missed a period yet but surely the bleeding pink stuf isn’t normal :/

  • maylay

    I had my iud removed tuesday, january 27th, my ob doctor said we could start trying right away so we started trying the next day…it is now february 24th. I just took a test and it came out negative. Should I just go with i’m not pregnant? I’ve always had irregular periods so I have no idea when my period should come or when I should expect it to come.

  • lana

    Hi i ovulatef yesterday had sex 6 days before and the day before got stomach cramps and bad back but ive also jst cime off the pill chd this be signs of pregnancy or periods im confused

  • lana

    Hi ive just come off the pill ovulated yesterday had sex 5 days and day before could i be pregnant or is it period related im.confused

  • amber

    I got off the pill Jan 24th. Had a period Jan 28th (4 days). Had sex a few times the week of 9th. Have a lot symptoms. Tested today cause I should have gotten my period yesterday/today neg. Is it too early?

  • Yvettet29

    Hi! First day of my last period was Feb. 9th. Using a fertility monitor it showed high fertility from Feb. 18-23 and then peak fertility on Feb. 25th. My husband and I dtd on feb. 16&17 and again from Feb. 20-23. My husband is now out of town. Is it possible for me to get pregnant although we were intimate 2-3 days before ovulation?

  • Vickie B.

    It doesn’t sound normal to me either. If you are still having that happen, a visit to the doctor might be in order.

  • Vickie B.

    If your cycles are irregular, then it is hard to say. I would guess that you aren’t pregnant if the test came back negative. Maybe you should try a fertility supplement to see if you can get your cycle back on track.

  • Vickie B.

    How do you know you ovulated? Typically it takes your body a little bit to get back to normal hormonally speaking after you stop taking birth control pills. I’d think that the chances of you being pregnancy are on the slim side.

  • Vickie B.

    If your period was supposed to start already, then it isn’t too early to take a pregnancy test. If the pregnancy test keeps coming back negative, your cycle could be a little off due to coming off birth control.

  • Vickie B.

    Yes it is possible.

  • Alen

    Hi my partner has had 7 positive ovulation tests in 1 week had unprotected sex only on the day of the first positive she has irregular periods is their a chance she could be pregnant?

  • Vickie B.

    Hmmm… Unfortunately, it is hard to figure out when she ovulated, but I would guess that it would be closer to the last positive. If that is what happened, the chances of getting pregnant from having sex during the first day of positive ovulation test is pretty slim. Sperm can only survive up to 5 days after ejaculation. The sperm would be dead by the time time ovulation actually occurred.

  • kerry

    Hi I recently had a mc on the 20th of Feb with my twins had my d&c on the 26th this was miscarriage number 15 for me, myself and my fiance decided to start trying again straight away ovulation test was positive so we had sex twice on the 29th Feb Had another positive ovulation test on the 11th of march so we had sex again I’ve still not had a period since my mc so unsure as to when to test ? or when I would be due my period in the first place ? the last few days I’ve been feeling extremely tired head aches constipation sore boobs a little crampy and a metalic taste in my mouth and certain things and smells are making me feel sick again did another ovulation test today and it’s positive still is this normal to have positive ovulation tests for 3 weeks in a row ?
    Any help 9 advice wud be very much appreciated x

  • vicki

    hello, i had sex everyday during my fertile window. my period was suppose to start last wednesday, it is now a week late. on wednesday i had light pink spotting but it went away. my symptoms are back pain, nausea, vomitting, tender nipples, lower abdominal cramps and of course no period. im ttc.

  • Vickie B.

    Have you taken any pregnancy tests?

  • Vickie B.

    Have you taken a pregnancy test?

  • kerry

    Yeah I took one it was negative

  • kerry

    Yes but it was negative I’ve now got a really strong metalic taste it’s getting worse instead of better

  • jessica

    its normal after a misscariage your body needs time to heal you should atleast wait 6 months after your mc so your body can heal and then you should try again with that many amount of misccariages your doc should have already sent you to get professionally checked for any other problems causing the mc

  • kerry

    Yeah I’ve been tested I’ve been diagnosed with Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) which causes recurring miscarriages I have to take asprin and injections everyday if I fall pregnant again for my full pregnancy

  • kerry

    Yeah I’ve been tested I’ve been diagnosed with Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) which causes recurring miscarriages I have to take asprin and injections everyday if I fall pregnant again for my full pregnancy

  • Vickie B.

    You really should go and see your doctor to find out why you are having the metallic taste. Maybe there is something else, not pregnancy related, going on.

  • Vickie B.

    If you have a 28 day cycle, you should be able to test about 12 to 14 days after ovulation to see if you are pregnant.

  • Kat

    I had sex the 12th multiple times trying to conceive but my periods are irregular last month I didn’t get my period until the 29 and lasted until the 4th when should I test?

  • Kat

    April 12th to clarify

  • hoping2bmom

    I had sex and ovulation on 5th of April 2015, today on 19th April I have a upt that came out negative. I feel very mild pain in lower abdomen sometimes for last 2-3 days. My heart beats have been increased to about 80-82 from 72. Is there a chance that I am pregnant?

  • Vickie B.

    It is hard to say due to your irregularity. If you happened to catch ovulation, you would probably get a positive pregnancy test now.

  • Vickie B.

    The 19th may have been a little early to test. You should know by now if you got pregnant. Did you get a positive test?

  • rui

    Hi, I’m 40 yrs old. Is it still possible to get pregnant at age of 40?

  • rui

    Can a 40 yr old can still concieve? Had sex 3 days before O and the day of O.

  • priya

    iam priya.. i have completed only 25 days, i have some of symptoms like breast pain, back pain and also under stomach.If there is possible to get pregnant. and i have a pain under the virgin because of body heat. if there is any problem regarding this.

  • Vickie B.

    If you are still having a regular period, it should still be possible to get pregnant.

  • Vickie B.

    Yes, it is possible.

  • Danielle Delaney

    I have a friend that had a tubal ligation in 2006 and has been having gas problems,back pain, sore breasts, nauseated, want salty stuff, tired all the time , stomach cramps could she be pregnant.

  • Vickie B.

    It’s not likely but it is possible. She needs to go and see her doctor to see what is going on.

  • mukta mishra

    Hi… I had my ovulation day on 4may and now im having all the symptoms as like as pregnancy but the tests showed negative result …. I had period lasts on 24 April … What to do ??

  • Vickie B.

    When is your period due?

  • mukta mishra

    According to my calendar it should be on 17 may …
    Nd yes i have the all the symptoms of pregnancy but test showed negative results
    I have been suffering from nausea past 1 week …

  • Trayb

    I took a opk on the 18cd and got a pos. was having sex every other day b4 and after the pos. test and took a prego test today cd 30 I have a irregular period btw and I got a neg test could I still be prego

  • Vickie B.

    Wait a couple more days and take another pregnancy test with your first morning urine. If it is still negative, go and see your doctor to see if they can figure out what is going on.

  • Vickie B.

    You will typically get your period about 14 days after you ovulate. You could have conceivably taken the test too early. Wait a couple of days and take another pregnancy test with your first morning urine if your period hasn’t started.

  • lafaye

    Ok I need help I had sex with my partner on May 9 and we was planning on having a baby, he ejaculated inside me multiple times and 2-3 days later I was scared and went on ahead and took the depo povera shot knowing that it would possibly stop me from getting pregnant I need help knowing that if I went take the depo shot 2-3 days before I had sex could the depo shot stop the pregnancy or am I pregnant I need help!!!!!

  • Kavitha

    Hi, I had a sex on 15th of May. My last month period date is 15th. Still i didn’t get my period. Usually i will get period on every 28th cycle. From May 15 , once again i got sex on 17 & 19 2 times per day. When i need to take pregnancy test ? Is it good time ? Did chance is there to get pregnent

  • seemapukhrambam

    Hi Dr, we are trying to get pragnant

  • Seema12345

    Hi Dr, we are trying to get pragnant last 6 months. Did ovulation test at Ultrasound centre and ovulated on 23rd day of my period. As suggested by Dr, we had intercourse for 3 days. Also taken PCT test, it came as normal.

    Now am 4 days post my period missed and taken Home Pragnancy test, but a very very faint looks like false line seen,but it again evaporated after 1 hr.
    Please suggest when to take the test and what is the best thing to follow to get pragnant.

    Thanks A lot

  • Vickie B.

    Unfortunately, this is a question you should ask your doctor as I am not a medical person and really have no medical knowledge of the depo shot.

  • Vickie B.

    I’d suggest you test again in the morning with first morning urine and make sure you read the test within the timeframe stated in the instructions.

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