If you and you partner are planning for a child (or if it is unexpected), you’re probably wondering how soon you can take a pregnancy test.
The different types of tests:
There are 2 different types of pregnancy test, the well known pee on a stick test (officially called a “urine test”) and a blood test.
The pregnancy tests test if you are producing a so called “pregnancy” hormone (hCG – human chorionic gonadotropin). You start producing this hormone when an egg is implanted in the uterus.
You can do the urine test at home, but for the blood test you will have to go to a doctors office.
Now days most women find out that they are pregnant using the urine test, they are inexpensive, private and easy to use. It gives you the result very quickly, so you’re not anxiously waiting for your test results to come back from a lab.
What test is faster?
The blood test will be able to detect if you are pregnant earlier (8 days after you ovulate) than a urine test. You will have to wait for the results to come back, this can take anywhere between 1 to 5 days depending on how fast the lab checks your blood.
The urine test will give you a result much faster, once you’ve used it, you will get your answer within minutes.
How accurate are the urine test?
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So how soon can I take a pregnancy test?
I’m going to guess that you will opt for a urine test (like 99% of women). They’re already accurate if you’ve missed your period by 1 day, but it is recommended that you wait at least 1 week after you’ve missed your period.
Opt for a blood test if you can’t wait that long.
Does anything interfere with the test results?
Most medicines will not affect the test result, maybe some fertility medicines (containing hCG) can give you a false-positive.
Alcohol (and illegal drugs) will not affect the results either in case you were wondering.
What do I do if I’m pregnant?
Contact your doctor as soon as possible, your doctor will do a pelvic exam and some more sensitive tests to verify that you really are pregnant. Also, seeing your doctor in the early stages of your pregnancy will help you and your baby stay healthy.