How Soon Can You Take A Pregnancy Test?

How Soon Can You Take A Pregnancy Test?

If you’re trying for a baby or suspect you may be pregnant, you may be wondering how soon you can take a pregnancy test.

There are pregnancy tests on the market promising very early results, which are both a good and a bad thing.

Good, because it’s pretty exciting to find out that you’re pregnant. The sooner the better, right?

But here’s the bad – if you have a very early miscarriage (before your period would have been due), it may mislead you. You could be getting your hopes up when you wouldn’t have otherwise.

It’s possible for the egg and sperm to fertilise, but before you get your period, a miscarriage can occur. These early tests are designed to detect lower levels of hCG, but may leave you disappointed if you start bleeding and/or experience a miscarriage you wouldn’t otherwise known about.

So, How Soon Can You Take A Pregnancy Test?

As mentioned in our detailed pregnancy test article, the best time to test for pregnancy is the first day of your missed period.

If you’re unsure when your last period occurred, you can try and work it out based on the standard cycle formula that doctors and midwives use. On average, a woman’s cycle is around 28 days — but this does vary from woman to woman. As does when she ovulates. So count back the days and see if that works for you. If you are pregnant, a dating scan may be offered. In early pregnancy, this requires an internal ultrasound. It’s important to minimise ultrasounds where you can, so only have one if you really need it.

Testing your urine first thing in the morning — especially during early pregnancy — can give you a stronger result. This is due to the stronger concentration of urine when you wake up.

It can be really hard waiting, especially when you’re so eager to hear if you’re pregnant. But the feeling of excitement shortly followed by a feeling of disappointment is no fun for anyone.

Hold off and wait for that day of your missed period – distract yourself any way you can! You might like to read our fun article on the Two Week Wait. The author writes some humourous suggestions to help you get through the two week wait, which is the two weeks from ovulation to the first day of the (hoped) missed period.

All the best for a positive result!

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Kelly Winder is the creator of, a writer, doula (trained in 2005), and a mother of three awesome children. She's passionate about informing and educating fellow thinking parents and parents-to-be, especially about all the things she wishes she knew before she had her firstborn. Kelly is also passionate about travel, tea, travel, and animal rights and welfare. And travel.


  1. Please help am experiencing light and dark brown bleeding for 4days now and my period is next week my breast where big and painful when I was bleeding but not they not as painful as they where i only feel pain when am jumping or running could I be pregnant

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