If you’ve been trying to conceive for any length of time, you’re probably pretty good at taking pregnancy tests by now. You know which ones are the easiest to read, which ones go on sale the most often, and which ones are hardest to hide in your purse if you buy it on your lunch break. What you may be less familiar with is the way they work, and how much science goes into that one little stick. You may always wait until you miss your period, but is that necessary? How soon can you get a positive pregnancy test result from a home pregnancy test?
Whether you’ve been timing ovulation or just want a general date to work with, there is a magic time period to get your positive pregnancy test — the first day of your missed period, according to the Mayo Clinic. By then, there should be enough human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), the pregnancy hormone, in your urine to be detected by most brands of pregnancy test, even the ones from the dollar store that require using a pipette and cup. However messy, they are likely just as accurate at that point.
I know — who wants to wait that long? But this timeline can save you some stress and confusion. The Mayo Clinic cautioned against testing too early as very early miscarriages, sometimes referred to as chemical pregnancies, often resolve themselves before you would miss your period, and then you bleed as you would normally. This…
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