How Soon Can I Take a Pregnancy Test?

If you’ve been trying to conceive, then you understand all too well the anxiety and anticipation of the very long two-week wait. This is the period of time between your pregnancy attempt and the day you receive your pregnancy results—whether from a natural try at home or a medically-assisted attempt at a fertility center.

Most over-the-counter pregnancy tests recommend waiting until the day after your first missed period. This helps ensure you’re getting the most accurate result.

Understanding the two-week wait

An OB/GYN or reproductive endocrinologist will be able to confirm whether or not you are pregnant approximately 12 days following ovulation or your fertility procedure (e.g., intrauterine insemination or egg transfer). Once the egg has successfully implanted, your body begins to secret a hormone called HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin).

What is HCG?

HCG, also known as the pregnancy hormone, is a hormone made by cells formed in the placenta. These hormones nourish the egg after it has been fertilized and becomes attached to the uterine wall. HCG is an important measurement in early pregnancy, particularly for women who have gone through IVF or other fertility treatments. Generally, a woman’s HCG level doubles every 72 hours and reaches its peak between 8-11 weeks of pregnancy.

As tempting as it is, fertility patients are advised not take home pregnancy tests. During fertility treatments, HCG levels are medically manipulated to trigger ovulation and may remain in the blood or urine for some time. This can result in false positives and false negatives. A false negative might occur because the level of HCG may be too low to be detected by a home test.

If you suspect you are pregnant or are planning to start a family, quality, effective delivery and fertility services in Huron are close to home. Call The Women’s Wellness Center at 605-554-1020 or use our easy online form to schedule your appointment. We look forward to serving your healthcare needs throughout every stage of your life.