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.

  • wishful thinkin

    what can you take to help your progesterone levels

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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.

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