For majority of women, the decision when to take a pregnancy test is the main cause of anxiety while you wait to hear the news. If you think that you may be pregnant, you would want to check it as soon as possible. But it is essential to know how these pregnancy tests work.
When you are pregnant
In the initial days of the pregnancy, fetus produces a hormone Human Chorionic Gondotrophin normally called hCG. This hormone can be detected in your blood and urine if you are pregnant. As the pregnancy progresses, the levels of hCG increases. It peaks around 8-11 weeks before it drops to a lower level during the 12-16 weeks. You may notice some red discharge during early pregnancy, this can be normal but still talk to your doctor and ask. According to study some pregnancy tests seem to have a poor detection limit for hCG than others. Therefore it is suggested for best results to take the pregnancy test early in the morning as hCG levels are at their highest at that time and after a night of sleeping the urine is more concentrated.
You need to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully that come with the test. This is required as the procedures could vary and affect your result. Excessive fluid intake could dilute hCG that could make the result difficult to read.
Best Time to Take a Pregnancy test
Sometimes you may feel like taking a test early because you feel the signs that you might have conceived. The most popular first pregnancy signs are cramps, tender breasts, nausea, food aversions, exhaustion, frequent urination and missed period. Even if you feel one or several of these signs, the best time to take a pregnancy test is after your period is late. This assists you from getting false negative or false positive results.
A number of home pregnancy tests claim to provide 99% accuracy on pregnancy results on the first day after you have missed your period. But research shows that most home pregnancy tests do not spot pregnancy that early. Even if they do, results tend to be almost nonexistent or so faint it can be misunderstood easily. And according to research and medical experts, it is recommended to wait until a week to get the optimal results.
Waiting for seven days after you have missed your period gives you the best pregnancy result. If you can wait a week after missing your period, most of the pregnancy tests will give you an accurate answer.