What If The Result Is Positive
A positive result generally means that you are pregnant. You should make an appointment to see your GP to confirm the pregnancy and to sign up for antenatal care.
If you are not sure you want to be pregnant it is good idea to make an appointment with your GP to discuss your options.
Your GP will listen and will not judge you.
Free advice may also be available from a family planning clinic.
Sometimes counselling can help you to work through your feelings about the pregnancy. It may help you make a decision on what is the right choice for you.
www.myoptions.ie has details of the support services available to you.
What Kind Of Preparation Is Needed
If you are planning to have a baby, you should start noting down your menstrual periods. If they are regular, it is quite easy to detect a missed period. But if the periods are irregular, you need to note down the dates for a few months.
Also, know when you can take a pregnancy test with irregular periods and how it can be done. In irregular cycles, it is recommended that you should get the urine HCG test 36 days after her last period or 4 weeks after the sexual intercourse. There are urine HCG test kits, which are available to buy. Initially, you should read and understand the instructions mentioned in the kit.
There is a specific duration of time to wait before reading the result. This duration might vary among different brands. It is recommended to use an early morning urine sample. Or at least she should not have voided urine for 4 hours duration. Dont drink too much fluids to increase the amount of urine, because it may dilute the concentration of HCG present in urine. Dip the kit/strip in urine and wait for sometime as mentioned in the instructions. You will find a control showing what a negative test result will look like.
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If You Have An Irregular Cycle
If you donât know when your period is going to come, and the difference between your longest cycle and shortest cycle is more than 7â9 daysââthat is, if the timing your period is highly variableâââthen unprotected sex or exposure of sperm on your genitals at most times represents a higher risk because itâs harder to estimate when you were exposed.
You can take a pregnancy test about two weeks after your last unprotected sexual encounter, though waiting a few days longer will help improve the accuracy of the results.
Some variability in your cycle length is normal.
If you are using an active form of natural birth control or are tracking fertility signs for body literacy, you will have a better idea of your timing of ovulation and can use that to assess your risk of pregnancy.
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How Many Days After Missed Period Did You Get A Positive Test
We’ve been TTC for 10 months and now my period is late, but I’ve done two pregnancy tests and both have been negative. I’m trying really hard not to get my hopes up, but if I am pregnant is it possible the tests just aren’t showing as positive yet? I’ve also been eating fewer calories and exercising more recently, so I’m conscious that could be the reason for the delayed period. But, I’ve only cut down to 1500 calories a day with a 30 minute work out 5 days a week, a 60 minute workout 1 day a week and a rest day so nothing excessive.
Hi All women on here say youre not out until she arrives so maybe test again in a couple of days if shes still not here. I got my first 2 positives 12dpo and then much stronger once I had missed AF. Every woman is different though. Some women dont get positives for weeks x
Hey I’m the same 16dpo / 3 days late and no sign of AF yet. Multiple BFNs normally I’m regular so this is unusual for me. How many days late are you? Just want AF to start now so I can get in with my new cycle!
Hi, I’m in a similar situation and it’s all very confusing. I actually had 4 days in a row of faint lines on frer, so when period was late I tested with a normal test and it couldn’t have been any more negative . Deep down I know it’s probably a chemical pregnancy but trying to hold onto some hope . Hoping for good news for you too!
When Should I Take A Pregnancy Test
If you think you could be pregnant, its a good idea to take a test and make sure. If you are pregnant, you will need to begin prenatal care. Home pregnancy tests can differ in how early theyll detect a pregnancy. In many cases, you might get a positive from an at-home test as early as 10 days after conception. For a more accurate result, wait until after youve missed your period to take a test. Remember, if you take a test too soon it could be negative even if you are pregnant. If you get a negative test and then miss your period, take another test or contact your healthcare provider.
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What Are The First Signs Of Pregnancy
When you need to take a pregnancy test, waiting around for your missed period can feel like an eternity. It’s natural to look for other signs that could give you a clue about whether you’re pregnant or not. A few symptoms that some women experience in early pregnancy include swollen or tender breasts, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and an increase in how often you have to urinate.
Other symptoms include light spotting , bloating, cramping, and changes in mood or food preferences. It’s possible that some of these signs may start before your missed period and, therefore, before you’d test positive on a home pregnancy test.
However, pregnancy symptoms are different for everybody, and an hCG test is the most reliable way to know for sure if you’re pregnant.
If You Have A Regular Menstrual Cycle
Sperm exposure poses the highest risk of pregnancy from around the middle of the cycle to about 2 weeks before your anticipated period, because this is when most people ovulate. This is only true in general, and it might not be reflective of any given cycle, so you shouldnât rely on this rough estimate for pregnancy prevention.
Sperm exposure towards the beginning or the end of the cycle in general poses less risk of pregnancy, because itâs less likely that a person ovulated close to or during those times.
You should take a pregnancy test or contact your healthcare provider if your period is more than 9 days late.
Track the timing of your periods and sexual activity in Clue.
If your cycle tends to be quite “regular” and you want to take a pregnancy test sooner, itâs generally recommended you wait at least two weeks after your estimated ovulation day, or around when you expect to get your period. Some pregnancy tests advertise that you can take them earlier than that, but there can be a higher likelihood of a false negative . To avoid a false negative, itâs best to wait a few days after your expected period. Itâs up to you if you want to take it sooner.
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Testing When You Feel Pregnant
You may decide to take a pregnancy test because youre having early pregnancy symptoms, including:
- Breast tenderness
- Mood swings
- Slight morning nausea
Depending on whether a positive pregnancy test would be good or bad news, symptoms like these may fill you with dread or excitement. But heres the good news: pregnancy symptoms dont mean youre pregnant. In fact, you can feel pregnant and not be pregnant, or not feel pregnant and be expecting.
The same hormones that cause pregnancy symptoms are present every month between ovulation and your period.
Many symptoms similar to pregnancy symptoms can be caused by other things, like a cold, the flu, or even a few nights of poor sleep.
Taking A Home Pregnancy Test Too Soon
Another reason for a false negative pregnancy test may simply be that you took the test too early. Pregnancy tests vary in how soon they can detect hCG in your urine. It is possible that although an egg may be fertilized, your body has not started secreting enough hCG to register as positive on a test. Your body needs time for the hormone to rise to a high enough level to be detected. Most brands instruct you to wait until the first day of your missed period to test. Remember, hCG rises differently in each woman. If you suspect you are pregnant, even though the test is negative, the test should be repeated in one week.
If you are trying to conceive and your period is more than one week late with a negative pregnancy test, you should consider consultation with a fertility doctor so that you can be properly evaluated and treated, if necessary.
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/5when Is The Right Time To Take The Test
The best time to take the pregnancy test is after your period is late. You can take the test from the first day of your missed period. Some test kits show positive as early as 4 or 5 days before your period is due. Taking the test after a missed period can help you avoid false negatives and the false positives of very early miscarriages. If your menstrual cycle is irregular then wait for 35 to 40 days before taking the test for an accurate result.
Blood Pregnancy Tests Used By Doctors
Your doctor can give you a blood pregnancy test as early as 1114 days after ovulation. To perform a blood pregnancy test, the doctor draws blood from a vein in your arm. This blood is sent to a laboratory for testing. The results of most blood pregnancy tests take at least a couple of days. The laboratory then advises the doctor of the result.Blood test results are about 99 per cent accurate and can detect lower amounts of hCG than urine pregnancy tests. The two main types of blood pregnancy test include:
- Quantitative blood test measures the exact amount of hCG in the blood and can give you an estimate of how far along the pregnancy has progressed.
- Qualitative blood test only checks for the presence of hCG. Since this test doesnt measure the exact levels of hCG, it cant offer an estimate of gestation.
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When In Doubt Test
Sexually active women in their reproductive years have a chance of pregnancy every month, even when using protection. There are certain signals your body might send that should prompt you to take a pregnancy test.
For the best results, take the test after you think youve missed your period. Test during your first morning bathroom visit, or hold it for several hours to increase the concentration of the HCG hormone that the test measures.
Testing early helps to ensure that you get proper care for yourself and, if applicable, prenatal care for your baby. In the event of a positive result, contact your doctor as soon as possible to discuss your options and potential next steps.
What Is A Chemical Pregnancy
A chemical pregnancy refers to a miscarriage happening even before implantation. A pregnancy test may turn positive because of the hormones present in the body.
A missed period may follow, but in the real sense, there is no evidence of pregnancy as per the ultrasound. A chemical pregnancy bleeding will then occur almost the same time as your period which may confuse you.
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How Many Days After Missed Period Can Period Pregnancy Test Be Positive
Pregnancy tests check if you blood or urine has the human chorionic gonadotropin hormone which is released after a fertilized egg is implanted on the wall of the uterus. This process takes six days after fertilization in most cases. The level of hCG continues to increase throughout pregnancy and doubles after 2-3 days. To get a positive pregnancy test, most women will have to wait 5-10 days after their period was due. Some may detect pregnancy earlier becuase hCG accumulates at different rates for different women. The two major pregnancy tests are discussed below.
1. Urine Test
A woman can take a urine test at home or at her doctor’s office. She can take a home test a week after missing her period and then conduct another test with the doctor to confirm the results. The advantage of home pregnancy tests is that they are convenient, easy, quick and private. Urine test products come with clear instructions that any woman can follow. Following those instructions carefully gives accurate results. Here’s how to do a urine test:
- Place the test’s stick in the urine stream
- Dip the test’s stick in a cup full of urine
- Use a dropper to transfer urine from a cup to another container.
After a few minutes you will see a “+” or “” symbol, one or two lines or color depending on the kit. Digital urine tests give “pregnant” or “not pregnant” results. Consult your doctor or the number given on the kit if you are unsure about the results.
2. Blood Test
Why Should You Wait To Take A Pregnancy Test
Thinking about how your body works is important to understand why to wait to take a pregnancy test. When it says we are pregnant it detects, both from the urine and through a blood analysis, the presence of a hormone called hCG, which is produced by the placenta and occurs during pregnancy in order to ensure adequate levels of estrogen and progestin, fundamental hormones during pregnancy.
This hormone begins to be secreted by our body 15 days after the egg is fertilized and not before. What does this mean? It means that if you take a pregnancy test before those 15 days are up, you run the risk of getting a false negative and when it comes to pregnancy, it is best not to risk it and be 100% certain. Take a look at how to use a pregnancy test if you have never taken one.
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