The best time to take a pregnancy test depends on several things, like the type of pregnancy test you are using and the consistency of your period. Most over-the-counter tests detect the pregnancy hormone hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) in urine.
Here are some general rules:
1. Missed period: If you have a regular menstrual cycle and you missed your period, it’s the best time to take a pregnancy test. At this point, hCG levels are usually high enough to be detected by most home pregnancy tests.
Side note, to learn more about hCG, click HERE to read what Cleveland Clinic has to say about it.
2. Early detection tests: Some pregnancy tests claim to give results even before your missed period. However, keep in mind that the accuracy of these early detection tests increases as you get closer to the expected start date of your period.
3. Follow the test instructions: Always follow the instructions given with the pregnancy test kit. Each brand has specific guidelines on when and how to use the test correctly to get the most accurate results.
4. If you suspect pregnancy: If you have reason to suspect you might be pregnant, you can take a test a few days before your expected period. Remember, you might not get accurate results.
5. Repeat if necessary: If you get a negative result but still haven’t gotten your period and continue to experience pregnancy symptoms, it’s best to wait a few days and then retest. If you prefer, we offer confidential pregnancy tests with a registered nurse. She’ll talk you through what your results could mean if the test is still negative.
Remember that even the most accurate pregnancy tests are not foolproof, and false negatives can happen, especially if you test too early. If you think you might be unexpectedly pregnant, schedule your zero cost appointment with us HERE