When to take a pregnancy test?

When to take a pregnancy test?
August 31 08:24 2016

Do you think there is a chance you might be pregnant? Would you like to know exactly how likely that is? This is the aim of our article. We have written this article to help you know when you should take a pregnancy test.

Statistically speaking, without knowing you, I can say you have a 20 percent chance of being pregnant if you are around the age of 30. This is the likelihood that any woman at that age would get pregnant each month. This is true even for those using one form of birth control or the other. There are millions of sperm cells released during intercourse and it takes only one to fertilize an egg. So there is always a chance you might be pregnant if you had unprotected sex or your birth control method failed. It is therefore a good thing that pregnancy test kits are available over the counter.


Testing for Pregnancy

How effective is the pregnancy test strip? Well, statistics say that on the average these tests are 99 percent effective when taken after a missed period. Another reason it is advisable to take this test is that they are generally inexpensive and can be taken from the comfort of your home. It is also quite easy to use, you simply place the strip in your urine or in the flow of your urine and wait for a minute or two to view the result.


Effectiveness of Urine Test

Many people have concerns about how effective these self-administered tests are. The doubt is so much that some are still worried after taking the test. The truth is that the tests are generally reliable although some false results sometimes occur. For examples, if test is taken too early in the cycle, there is the possibility of reading a false positive. Unlike false negatives, false positives are very rare and most likely means the test strip is defective. Thus it is safe to conclude that you are pregnant if the test strip says you are. However, if the test result is negative, you might want to take it again in one or two weeks and then you can safely conclude that you are not pregnant if still negative.

There are a few signs you would observe to alert you to the possibility that you have become pregnant. Here are a few of those signs:

  1. Missed Period:

This is probably the oldest and most definitive sign that you may be pregnant. However this only works if you know your cycle well. This entails having properly tracked the time of your period for a few months. This is how you would be able to know if you are one or two weeks late. Since most women are on a 28 days cycle, you should take a test if it has been over a month since your last period.

It is important to note that it is not all the time a missed period occurs that a woman is pregnant. This is because you could also miss your period due to stress, diet and reactions to some medicine you may have taken.

Your flow could also give signs that you are pregnant. For instance, if you experience light bleeding or spotting, it might be indicative that it is time to take a pregnancy test. You may also observe difference is texture, color or quantity of your flow.


What Do I Do If A Test Says Am Pregnant?

We have mentioned the signs of pregnancy and when to take a test. The next question might be what to do if this test says you are pregnant. For a start, you should contact your doctor. This way you can verify the result of the test and if positive you can plan that vital next step.

  1. Cramps

Apart from the usual menstrual cramps, you should note that implantation of the egg during fertilization could also result in a feeling best described as menstrual cramps. This means you might feel a discomfort which take to mean your period is on the way only to find that the period never comes. If this is your situation, then it is time to take a pregnancy test to be sure.

  1. Breast Pains

Is your breast hurting? This is a sign you might be pregnant and you should take a test especially if you are also experiencing cramps or your period is late. If your breast hurts, it might be due to the production of estrogen and progesterone during early pregnancy, these hormones are known to cause changes in your body in preparation for baby growth and this is the primary reason for the slight pain in the breast during pregnancy.

In addition, you could also observe that your breast begin to feel tender or appear bigger, this is caused by increased blood flow in pregnant women. It might also come with hurting nipples with the veins under your skin looking a bit darker. Unfortunately, many women interpret these signs to mean their period is about to start so you should be mindful of this. Generally, if after a few days of these signs and others listed above with your period still not in sight then it is certainly time to take a pregnancy test.


  1. Other Signs

We should not underplay the value of intuition. Some women will intuitively know when they are pregnant although many are just scared, especially when they have their first sexual experience. To check if you are just being scared unnecessarily, you should check for the following signs:

Are you nauseous?

Do you have food aversions?

Do you feel exhausted frequently?

In there an increase in the frequency of your urination?

These are pregnancy signs especially when accompanied by cramps or sore breasts. If you are indeed pregnant you can expect these symptoms to get stronger due to increasing HCG levels until the end of the first trimester. So if you are experiencing these changes in your body, it might be time to take a pregnancy test,

Are your concerned that you are pregnant? Taking a test early is the best option as you can then obtain proper medical care for yourself and your baby if you are truly pregnant.




  Article "tagged" as: