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 use ovulation test strips or even an ovulation test kit to help you know when the best time will be to try to conceive. These tools will help you have a good indication when you are ovulating. As you’re well aware, ovulation is the only time during the month when you can get pregnant, so you need to know when it happens. Having sex just before you ovulate or while you’re ovulating will give you the best chances at getting pregnant.

It’s tempting, then, to take that first pregnancy test within a day or two after you’ve ovulated and tried to conceive. You know from the ovulation test strip or the ovulation test kit that it was the right time to try to conceive. It can be frustrating while you wait to find out whether your plan worked, and whether you’re going to have a baby. This is especially frustrating if you’ve been trying to conceive for a while.

Still, you do need to wait a while before taking that pregnancy 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.

To be sure, some pregnancy tests may work sooner than that. That’s just the optimal time for you to tell if you’re pregnant.

There are also high-sensitivity pregnancy tests that can sometimes detect a pregnancy earlier than the other tests. Understand, of course, that a negative result may still read on the pregnancy test if you’re simply taking it too early.

If you can hold out, you’ll face less anxiety. Once you’ve tested for ovulation and know it’s time that you’re going to ovulate, 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.


Last modified: February 10, 2013