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Scientists agree that women have no way of knowing the precise moment they become pregnant. However, they can find out whether or not they have conceived relatively quickly if they know how their own bodies work. The typical menstrual cycle lasts from three to five days; most women ovulate anywhere from 10 to 14 days after the first day of their previous period. When women can pinpoint the time of month that they are most likely to ovulate, they in turn can determine when to have intercourse and thus during what time frame they are most likely to get pregnant.
Once a woman ovulates and conceives, she then typically must wait at least six to eight days before testing. In fact, early pregnancy testing kits can now pick up the faintest traces of human chorionic gonadotropin, or hCG, the hormone that a developing pregnancy’s placenta releases into the woman’s bloodstream. A woman can use one of these kits as soon as six to eight days after possibly conceiving. Unlike the pregnancy tests of yesteryear, these early testing kits can be used before a woman is scheduled to start her next period.
Women who are in tune with their bodies may be able to tell whether or not they are pregnant even before they can use an early pregnancy testing kit. When women conceive, their bodies start preparing immediately for the growing baby. The veins in their breasts may become more prominent and take on a dark blue color. They likewise may develop a dark tan or brown line down the center of their abdomens. Some women develop what is called a raccoon’s mask, that is dark circles around their eyes. Some expectant mothers also begin to suffer from morning sickness and fatigue even before they can use a test and get a positive result on the test strip. These physical hallmarks of early pregnancy help women find out as soon as possible that they are expecting a baby.
After How Many Days Pregnancy Can Be Confirmed By Urine Test?
You can take a pregnancy test as soon as six to eight days after you ovulate and potentially receive an accurate answer of whether or not you are pregnant. Early testing kits are designed to pick up on the faintest levels of hCG in your urine. If the test strips detects even the most minute amount of the pregnancy hormone, it will give you a positive result.
However, if you get a negative result, it does not necessarily mean that you are not pregnant. A negative result on an early pregnancy testing kit can mean that you simply tested too early and in fact need to wait another day or two before taking another test. It also could mean that you miscalculated when you conceived and are actually too early in the pregnancy to test and get a positive result. Every pregnancy is different, which is why you may have been able to test early with a previous pregnancy but cannot get a positive result with an early pregnancy test with subsequent pregnancies. The amount of hCG produced during each pregnancy will vary, making it difficult to know exactly when you should early test.
You also may have gotten a negative result with an early testing kit because something is wrong with the pregnancy itself. Studies have shown that close to 80 percent of all pregnancies end before the 20th week. Of those 80 percent, more than 50 percent end before the 12th week. If you believe that you are pregnant but get a negative response with an early urine test kit, you actually may be at risk of miscarrying and not bringing the pregnancy to term. The impending miscarriage explains why the test cannot pick up on the traces of hCG in your bloodstream and urine.
How Many Days Do You Have To Wait For A Pregnancy Test?
The amount of time you have to wait to test for pregnancy largely depends on what kind of test you prefer to use. If you use one of the less expensive test kits available, you may have to wait two to four days, or perhaps even as long as a week, after missing the first day of your period to test. These test kits are not able to pick up on faint traces of hCG in your urine. They will almost always give you a false negative result if you use them before you miss your period. They also can give you a false negative if you test too soon after missing the first day of your cycle. Depending on the type of kit you are using, you may even have to wait 10 to 14 days after the scheduled start of your period.
If you use an early pregnancy testing kit, you may be able to test and get a positive result even before you miss the first day of your next period. These tests can be used as early as four to six days before you are expected to start your next menstrual cycle. They can pick up on faint hCG traces in your urine; however, these test kits also tend to cost a bit more because of their sensitivity. Still, when you want to know as quickly as possible whether or not you are pregnant, you may consider these tests to be a better investment than those that require you to wait longer before getting a reliable, positive result.
If you continue to get a false result despite missing your period or using a sensitive early pregnancy testing kit, you can always ask your doctor to do a blood test to determine if you are genuinely pregnant. Unlike over-the-counter pregnancy testing kits, blood tests are nearly 100 percent accurate in their ability to tell whether or not you have conceived. They can also accurately tell you how far along you are in your pregnancy based on how much hCG is found in your bloodstream.