Many women often wonder how long before you can take a pregnancy test. It can be a real test of patience waiting to know whether or not you are pregnant. You maybe a woman who has been eagerly waiting to get pregnant or you may be someone who wasn’t expecting to become pregnant. Whichever you are, you’ll have to have a daunting waiting time before you can actually know the results.
The earliest you can test is once you have missed your period. If you attempt to test before this, then the result will most certainly be negative, even if you had conceived. The reason for this is because the pregnancy hormone, known as “HCG” will not yet be prevalent in your urine and blood, and as a result will not be picked up by the pregnancy test kit.
Having said that, there are two ways of testing to see if you’re pregnant. The first is to take a home pregnancy test which will essentially be testing the HCG levels in the urine, and the second method is to have a blood test taken at your surgery to test for the presence of the hormone. Although the blood test is always more accurate than a home pregnancy test kit, and can often pick up the pregnancy hormone earlier than a home pregnancy test kit, you will have to wait for the blood to be tested and wait for your results to return.
So with two different types of tests, you might be wondering how long before a pregnancy test. Well, regardless of which test you decide to take, generally, the earliest you can take a test is after you have missed your period, and of course, the longer you wait to take the test, the more accurate the results will be as the hormone levels will be increasing rapidly on a daily basis as your pregnancy progresses, thereby producing a more accurate result.
Some women decide to take both pregnancy tests to ensure that the result is as accurate as can be, and will take a pregnancy test at home, and then have a blood test taken at their surgery just to confirm the results. If your home test kit comes back positive, you need to call your GP to let him or her know and book an appointment to see your doctor who will then take a blood test to confirm the results.