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



Ovulation

 

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

    what can you take to help your progesterone levels

  • Poda

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  • Poda

    NOOOONGAAA

  • Poda

    Ecstasy

  • 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

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ 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

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ 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

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    Take a pregnancy test.

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

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

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ 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?

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ 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

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ 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???

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ 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

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

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

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

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

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ 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

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ 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?

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ 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

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ 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?

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ 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

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ 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

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ 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 ?

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ 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.

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ 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

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ 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.

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

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

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ 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.

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ 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?

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ 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.

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ 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.

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ 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

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    Yes, it’s possible but it really depends. You can read this article for more information – http://www.babyhopes.com/articles/pregnantduringperiod.html

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ 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.
    Isha

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    Congratulations!

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ 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

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ 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

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ 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


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