If you think you might be pregnant, you know the anxiousness of the wait until you know for sure. It’s particularly difficult when a possible pregnancy is unplanned. You question every symptom, wondering if it’s due to pregnancy or premenstrual hormones. And you wonder how soon you can take a pregnancy test so you don’t have to wait any longer for the answer.
At Avail NYC, we can help you sort through your next steps in a caring environment to help ease this stressful time.
Home Pregnancy Tests
After a fertilized egg implants into the uterine wall, a woman’s body starts producing a pregnancy hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). A home pregnancy test detects the hCG hormone in a woman’s urine.
Sometimes, you can take a home pregnancy test, and the results are confusing. Your mind feels like it’s playing tricks on you. Is that a faint line? Or are you imagining a faint line? You might question the reliability of the test.
There are claims that home pregnancy tests are 99% accurate, but it’s important to know the percentage of accuracy is not that high when the test is taken right at the time of a missed period.
Now you might be wondering how soon you can take a home pregnancy test and still get an accurate result.
How Many Days After Conception Can I Take a Pregnancy Test?
Conception occurs the moment an egg is fertilized. It takes about 4-5 days for the fertilized egg to travel through the fallopian tube to the uterus. So, implantation into the uterine lining occurs about 4-5 days after conception or about 7-10 days after ovulation.
As soon as the fertilized egg implants into the uterine wall, the hCG pregnancy hormone is produced. This means a high-quality pregnancy test could detect a pregnancy in as little as 5 days after conception.
However, according to Mayo Clinic, it is advisable to take a pregnancy test after the first day of your missed period to reduce the chances of getting a false negative result.
False Pregnancy Test Results
False-negative results are much more common than false-positive results. A false negative result usually occurs because the pregnancy test was taken too early to detect the pregnancy. If you get a negative result, but you still think you could be pregnant, take another test in a few days.
False-negative results can occur for other reasons such as using urine that is too diluted and failing to follow the directions precisely. A false-negative result can also come about from an ectopic pregnancy. This is a serious condition that requires immediate medical treatment.
No-Cost Services Available
Make an appointment today at Avail NYC for a no-cost self-administered pregnancy test. Our compassionate advocates will answer your questions with unbiased and accurate information. We empower you and walk with you each step of the way, so you can examine your options and make an informed decision about your unexpected pregnancy.
Avail exists to be a safe haven for women and men facing an unexpected pregnancy or seeking support after an abortion. We are not a medical provider.