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If you miss your period there are over the counter (OTC) tests available that can tell you as early as 1 to 3 days late, these can get pricey. I don't know how accurate they are but by 1 week late most OTC tests can pick up the hcg in urine. The best way is to go to your local health department. They don't charge for urine testing and it is still confidential. Also, your family doctor can do urine tests or order a blood test which is the best and most reliable way of detecting pregnancy.

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Q: How long do you have to wait until after you miss your period to take a pregnancy test and get an accurate result?
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What is the earliest time a pregnancy be detected and when can a urine test detect the pregnancy?

I think about 3 or 4 days before your expected period, however, you can get a more accurate result if you wait until you have actually missed your period.

Can you take pregnancy test to see before next period is due how long?

You can take a pregnancy test whenever you want but it will not be accurate until your period is about 5 days late. Used earlier may give you a false negative result.

Can you get accurate pregnancy test results a few days before you are supposed to start your period?

It's possible especially with certain brands of tests, but if you wait until you are a day or two late, you will get a more accurate result.

How late into pregnancy can a pregnancy test work?

At least 10-12 days after ovulation. It is best to wait until your missed period to get an accurate result. I tested with the early pregnancy test (5 days before missed period) and I got a negative. Then I took a test 3 days after my late period and got a positive.

Will taking a pregnancy test in the process of missing a period by accurate?

If it's positive, it 's accurate. If it's negative, you can't trust it until your period is a week or so late.

Can a pregnancy test give an accurate result a week after sex?

No. You need to wait until 3 weeks after sex to get an accurate result. It cannot be detected until after implantation. This results in false negatives if the test is performed during the very early stages of pregnancy. (1st or 2nd week).

Could you still be pregnant if a pregnancy test came out neg and there are still 3-4 days to come on my period?

Yes there is a chance you could be pregnant. It depends on the type of pregnancy test you take but some of the cheaper tests do not take an accurate reading until the day of your missed period or a few days after you have missed it. The closer it is until your period due date and the longer it is since you missed your period contribute to your result. If it has been a few days since you were due your period then there's more chance that the result will be more accurate but if you are in any doubt you should contact your doctor.

Do pregnancy tests always detect if you are pregnant?

nope..sometimes the pregnancy test can't detect...but if you wait until your missed period, they are more accurate. A blood test done at the doctors are very accurate.

You took a pregnancy test that came out negative now two days later iam spotting your period is not due for 7 days could you be pregnant?

I would wait until your period is late, and then do another test to get a more accurate result.

Can you take a pregnancy test the day before your period and will it be accurate?

An EPT is very accurate, if the hormones hCG is present it will tell you so, if it is not high enough to show pregnancy it will be negative until the level rises. If it is positive you are pregnant, if it is negative wait until your period is 7 days late then try again.

Can a pregnancy test be accurate only one week after intercourse and a few days before your next period?

No, it wont be accurate until 14 days after intercourse.

When is it too early to determine pregnancy?

pregnancy test until the week after your missed period for the most accurate result.

Can I take a home pregnancy test and not have missed a period yet?

Some home pregnancy tests can give you an accurate answer up to 5 days before your missed period. The later you wait the more accurate the results. Save your money and just wait until you are late to test.

Can a pregnancy test be accruate the day after?

No the hCG is not present until the embryo implants in the uterus, it becomes accurate about the time your period is late.

How can you tell you are pregnant after ovulation?

Take a pregnancy test. Wait until you have missed your period because you need the hormones to be present to have the test be accurate.

Would a home pregnancy test be accurate if you're not due to get your period for another two weeks?

It would probably not be accurate since it is testing for the hormone HCG and you should wait until your period is due in anther 2 weeks to test again for accurate results

I'm 17 and you think you might be pregnant you have 8 days till im pose to start your period When can you take a test?

Some home pregnancy tests can detect pregnancy a few days before your period is due... but it's best to wait until you're late a couple of days. At that point the result you get is 99% likely to be accurate.

Could you still be pregnant if your period is due in about 12 days but you're spotting and a pregnancy test was negative?

Most pregnancy tests are not accurate until you are at least 3 days late with your period. The pregnancy hormone could be too weak to be detected. Retake a test if you have not gotten your period on time. Good luck.

Is it accurate if you started your period and a home pregnancy test came out negative?

Usually having your period is a sign you arent pregnant, but just to be sure wait until a few weeks after your period and take another test.

How long after your missed period should you take a home pregnancy test?

As soon as you miss the first period a pregnancy test should show positive if you are in fact pregnant. There are some tests on the market that you can take 5 day prior to your expected period and get an accurate result. In my run ins with pregnancy tests, I've always tested the day after I expected my period to make sure that it wasn't coming and the results were positive. It all depends on your hcg levels too, if it's low you can get a false negative, even if you miss a period. A blood test can usually pick it up but you may have to wait until your second missed period to get a more accurate hpt.

If you take a pregnancy test a week after conception how accurate will the results be if you take the digital clearblue pregnancy test which is supposed to detect 4 days before missed period?

A week after having sex is too soon to take a test. Although the test says you can use it 4 days before a period is due, it will be more accurate (and cheaper) if you wait until your period is late.

How many days should you wait until take a pregnancy test?

It depends which brand you buy. It tells you on the label which day after your period it will be most accurate from. A good test SHOULD be able to give you accurate results around 5 days after your period was due.

Can you be pregent and not test positive?

That's why it's best to wait to use a home pregnancy test until the day you expect your period, if not later. Your best chance of getting an accurate result is to test at least one week after your missed period. "You can reliably expect hCG in the urine by that time," Ricciotti says.

When to take pregnancy test?

The most accurate way to test for pregnancy is to wait until after your period is due. All pregnancy tests on the market will show a positive result, a higher percentage of the time, if you wait until this point.Most women, who are trying to get pregnant, will want to know as soon as possible and don't really don't want to wait until they are late to test.The considerations below will help you decide when is the best time to take a pregnancy test.If you believe yourself to potentially be pregnant, it is occasionally reassuring to take a pregnancy test. Which test you should take depends on how long after your last period it is, as some are only effective within specific time frames of the potentially inseminating sex and or period.

How long after conception can you find out if you are pregnant?

I found out at 13 dpo. with a faint positive hpt. But doctor say to wait until your missed period or 8 days after your missed period. According to the ClearBlue pregnancy test accuracy results they are: 4 days before expected period= 51% accurate 3 days before expected period= 82% accurate 2 days before expected period= 90% accurate 1 day before expected period =95% accurate the day of expected period =99% accurate