When Can I Take a Pregnancy Test After a Positive Ovulation Test?

Most women who are trying to get pregnant know that as soon as they have had a positive ovulation test they will need to have intercourse within 24 hours in order to increase their chances of becoming pregnant. There is a large temptation in cases like these to take a pregnancy test straight after intercourse in order to find out whether or not the sperm has fertilized the egg successfully. Unfortunately, fertilization and implantation do not happen immediately and there is a waiting period of at least a week to two weeks, before a pregnancy test can be relied upon. There are a number of questions which need to be answered before one can ascertain when it is safe to take a pregnancy test after a positive ovulation test and intercourse.

Ovulation and Pregnancy Tests

A woman who is trying to fall pregnant will normally be using some sort of ovulation test, such as an ovulation predictor kit or a saliva test. It usually takes between four and twelve days for the fertilized egg to get to the fallopian tube and discover the best place to get comfortable within the rich lining of the uterus. Then the soon-to-be placenta begins creating hCG which is sent out into the rest of the body to tell it that there is no need to menstruate. As soon as the hCG has been distributed into the blood, it will take a little bit more time for the kidneys to begin filtering it – this is when the hCG starts to present itself in the blood. After about two or three days of the hCG beginning to show its presence in the blood, a lot of women are able to find a positive result in a home pregnancy test.


How Long Should I Wait Before Taking A Pregnancy Test?

For many couples who have been trying to fall pregnant for some time the waiting period often feels like sheer agony. Unfortunately, the standard advice is that this agony needs to last for as long as two weeks and is thus infamously known as the “Two Week Wait.” The American Pregnancy Association recommends waiting until the first day of the missed period before taking a home pregnancy test.

There are pregnancy tests that allow for testing before a menstrual cycle is scheduled to start, but although these can be accurate, medical experts advise waiting until after the menstrual cycle start date has come and gone. For those who simply cannot wait, there are a number of pregnancy tests that are extremely sensitive and can be taken daily. Medical experts tend to agree that patience during the waiting period is better as these tests have been known to sometimes give false positives and therefore, false hope.

The majority of the pregnancy tests on the market today are able to detect an hCG range between 20 mIU and 50 mIU. The hCG in your urine, if you are pregnant, will typically be 25 mIU around 4 days prior to your period start date, which is roughly 11 days after your positive ovulation test. However, this is all dependent on when your fertilized egg actually implanted. To test at this time, the pregnancy test will need to be sensitive to at least 25 mIU. If money is no concern, then starting 8 days after your positive ovulation test, you could start taking a daily pregnancy test. You can continue until you either get a positive result or if you period comes. There are inexpensive dip strip pregnancy tests that can be easily bought online with discreet shipping so that you can test with spending a lot of money at the drugstore.

Waiting until a menstrual period has been missed is generally seen as the most successful way of determining pregnancy in a woman. Depending on the woman’s cycle, this could mean anything from four weeks after her last menstruation, to as long as eight weeks, if she has irregular periods.

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  • No, you would do best to wait until the end of the first week in November before you test.

  • keshia

    I had my cycle jan 2nd we had sex jan19th unprotected he butted in me my period hasn’t came yet for Feb witch it should have already.. Will it be to early for my text to read positive if i am? I have a lot of symptoms. Sore breast , no bleeding , hungry a lot , pee a lot & sleep. What do y’all think?

    • If you have normal 28 day cycles, it isn’t too early for you to test because your period would be late already.

  • Rebecca

    I got my positive ovulation test on 16 march and my period hasn’t came yet…n today is 1 april…as i hv heard luteal phase is about 14 days….so when did i ovulate and still no periods..when should i take pregnancy test?? Am i pregnant???

  • Rebecca

    Plz reply me….asap…i cant wait!!!

  • Rebecca

    I got my positive ovulation test on 16 march and my period hasn’t came yet…n today is 1 april…as i hv heard luteal phase is about 14 days….so when did i ovulate and still no periods..when should i take pregnancy test?? Am i pregnant???

    • If you haven’t done so already, you can take a pregnancy test now if your period hasn’t arrived.

  • mee_me

    I just took my ovulation test and it was positive.. So now I have to wait till my next period.. Me and my hubby been trying for two years now.. I’m so anxious.. I just want to know if me and my man have sex all day of my ovulation will that increases my chance

    • Have sex when you get a positive ovulation test and for the next 24 to 36 hours will increase your chances of getting pregnant as long as your partner doesn’t have low sperm count or other sperm health issue.

      • mee_me

        Ok thanks Vickie.b

  • Hope

    I took the ovulation test on 9 July positive… now am 11 dpo when should I start taking a pregnancy test?

  • Shelby Nellist

    i have taken a ovulation test 3 days in a row all come up positive and i am late my last cycle being 5TH August ive just started losing some brown stuff but only on wiping pregnancy test negative ovulation test positive

  • Charlisia Thomas

    I have took several ovulation test for abt 2 weeks and they all came up positive and now im 3 days late of missing my period and i took a pregnancy test and it came back negative but i took another ovulation test and it was positive so what does that mean?

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