If you are in the two week wait then you are probably torturing yourself about whether to pee on that stick. Perhaps it will show up early or perhaps you should wait a few days to be sure? Arrgh no wonder we go crazy! Well relax because this article will help you decide when to take a pregnancy test so that you’ll get the best results.
First let’s take a look at how pregnancy tests work. At home tests use urine to determine the level of hCG (human chorionic gonadoropin) in the body. This hormone is produced by the placenta pretty soon after the embryo embeds itself into the lining of your uterus. It builds up pretty quickly often doubling every few days. This hormone is also responsible for any pregnancy symptoms that you are likely to have. We have many more Pregnancy Help Articles Now Available.
So if you test too early you might be pregnant but not have a great enough level of hCG to show up and so your test will show a negative.
Fertilityfriend recently did a study on the best DPO (day post ovulation) that women who were pregnant got their first positive pregnancy test and the average day was 13.6 DPO. In fact only 10% of pregnancy charts showed a positive by testing at 10 DPO or less which means that 90% of women who tested early had a false negative. Since HPT’s are usually expensive it not only makes sense to wait to at least day 13 for the cost of the tests but also for your sanity because it can take an emotional toll when seeing a negative test if you are trying to conceive.
When you take your test you’ll need to read the instructions on the box as some HPT’s involve collecting your urine in a cup and either dipping the testing strip into it or placing a drop of your urine on the strip using a dropper. The more modern tests involve peeing on the stick as you try to get your urine on the indicator stick (and not on your hand).
Then it’s just a matter of waiting the specified time limit to see if you get a positive or negative result while you sit with your fingers crossed hoping to see the result you desire. So hang in there wait until at least 13 or 14 DPO before you test and you’ll see a much better indication if whether you are actually pregnant or not. We have many more Pregnancy Help Articles Now Available.