How Early Can I Take a Home Pregnancy Test?
Couples trying to conceive wait eagerly for the time when they can finally take the pregnancy test and get the good news. Usually we hear that home pregnancy tests can be taken any time after you miss your first period but the truth is that there may be fluctuation in the results that you see even if you take the pregnancy test with the least gaps in between. So what exactly is the right time to take a home pregnancy test?
First and foremost, it depends largely on the home-pregnancy test that you are using. One common thing that all pregnancy tests do is to measure the amount of hCG i.e. Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin in the body. This is the pregnancy hormone which shows if a woman is pregnant or not. When you are using a home- pregnancy test, the kit is used to detect the presence of hCG in your urine.
More about hCG: hCG is the pregnancy hormone the presence of which gives the confirmation of pregnancy. The presence of hCG can be determined by either taking a home- pregnancy test which determines its presence in urine or by taking a blood test. hCG is composed of the cells that form the lining of the uterus, known as Placenta. Placenta provides nourishment to the egg after fertilization.
In most of the cases, the best time to take a home pregnancy test is few days after you miss your first period. For hCG to be detected in your body, it is necessary for its level to reach to a certain amount. If you take the pregnancy test too early i.e. in a day or two after missing your period, there are increased chances that you will get a negative result because the level of hCG has not yet reached the point where it can get detected in a test. In other cases, if you take the test too early, it is possible that the amount of hCG is far too high than what it is required to show a positive pregnancy and hence it can cause unwanted anxiety and worries.
What is the best time to take a home pregnancy test?
The answer to this question is definitely a few days after your period is due. This is because some pregnancy test kits are more sensitive than others. The more sensitive the test is, the earlier it can detect if you are pregnant or not. Generally a sensitive pregnancy test is capable of detecting very low levels of hCG as early as 4-5 days before you even miss your period or as soon as 7 days after you have already missed the first period.
If you are using a sensitive test and taking the test too early in your pregnancy, it is possible for you to get negative result because the low level of hCG in your urine is left undetected in this case. In this case, you may be pregnant but due to taking the test too early, you will get negative results.
Some early signs of pregnancy
- Getting exhausted very easily
- Tender and sore breasts
- Heightened sense of smell
- Unusual cravings
- Urinating more frequently
The best time to take a pregnancy test is when your period is still due i.e. around 2 weeks after you ovulate. You may also seek the help of a physician and get a blood test done in order to get better results but staying as calm and patient as you can is the best way to deal with something as sensitive as a pregnancy test.