As you encroach upon the dreaded two-week wait, the time when you impatiently wait for aunt flow to show (or not), you are probably wondering if it is too soon to take an at-home pregnancy test, right? It is stressful wondering if testing 10-days past ovulation is okay or should you wait until the date of when your period is due.
When Should You Take a Pregnancy Test
Most doctors will recommend a woman waits to test for pregnancy a day or two after her missed period (American Pregnancy Association). But let’s be honest, who actually wants to wait that long? I know that I didn’t.
As I mentioned in this post, tracking your menstrual cycles and testing for ovulation is important when you are trying to conceive and for knowing when to take an at-home pregnancy test. Knowing when you’ve ovulated and did “the do”, you will know the best day to test. Because 10-14 days later the embryo should have implanted into the uterine lining, triggering the body to produce hCG, which at-home pregnancy tests look for in the urine for a positive pregnancy test.
Which Pregnancy Test To Use For Early Testing
The First Response™ Triple Check Pregnancy Test provides three ways to test for pregnancy for added assurance. I like the fact that I have three individual tests in one kit that give me options to test for pregnancy as soon as 6-days before my missed period the old fashioned way or digitally. If waiting is your thing, there is a test that you can use to test the day of your missed period, too. It is truly convenient in that you don’t have to run to the store to buy multiple tests to check for whether you are pregnant or not.
- Early Result Test (Pink Foil) – Test as early as 6 days before the day of your missed period (5 days before the day of expected period). Read your result after 3 minutes.
- Double Check with Digital Test (White foil) – Test again before the day of your missed period (up to 5 days before the day of expected period). Read your result after 3 minutes.
- Triple Check with Rapid Result Test (Teal foil) – Test on the day of your missed period. Read your result after 60 seconds.
You Tested Early & Got A Negative Result
There is a reason women are asked to wait to test for pregnancy after their missed periods. This is because some pregnant women may not have detectable amounts of the pregnancy hormone in their urine on the day they use the test. The amount of pregnancy hormone increases as pregnancy progresses. So don’t be discouraged if you don’t see a positive result on any of the early tests because it just may be too early to check. Thankfully, the First Response™ Triple Check Pregnancy Test comes with three tests.
If you are truly unsure of when you should test for pregnancy, First Response™ has an online tool to help you figure it out. All you need to know is the date of your last period and the length of your menstrual cycle.