After getting busy during ovulation, it’s normal to be champing at the bit to take a test, but if you test too early, it could be misleading. So, how soon can you get an accurate result?
You can test once hCG can be detected
After the egg is fertilised, it travels to the uterus and implants itself in the uterine wall. At this stage, tiny amounts of the pregnancy hormone, hCG, start to appear in your urine. hCG is the hormone that all home pregnancy tests detect. Certain pregnancy tests like the Clearblue Early Detection Pregnancy Test can detect hCG in the urine up to 6 days before a missed period (which is 5 days before the expected period).1
The benefits of testing early
Ovia can help you determine when you’re approaching the right time to test and from then on, you’re free to test whenever your heart desires. Finding out you’re pregnant early is a huge plus for several reasons. You can quell those “Am I pregnant?” jitters, start preparing to try again, or get a head start on pregnancy preparations.
The neural tube, which forms the basis of babies’ brain and spinal cord, develops in the first four weeks of pregnancy, before many women know they’re even pregnant. The sooner you detect a pregnancy, the sooner you can make sure you’re nourishing your body with the right nutrients for a baby’s development.
Finding a pregnancy test that works for you
It’s important that you choose a pregnancy test that you feel confident in. No matter when you test, you can be confident in the accuracy of a “Pregnant” result with any Clearblue Pregnancy Test. If you’re testing early, you should be aware that even if your result is “Not Pregnant,” you may still be pregnant.
This is because levels of hCG can vary and there may not yet be enough hormone for the test to give a positive result. However, hCG levels rise rapidly in early pregnancy, meaning that if you test again on the day you expect your period, your result (whether positive or negative) will be over 99% accurate.
So if you’re thinking of testing before your missed period, try a Clearblue Early Detection Pregnancy Test. In laboratory studies it detected 79% of pregnancies 6 days before the missed period, 96% of pregnancies 5 days before, and over 99% of pregnancies from 4 days before the missed period. In just 3 minutes read your result – two lines for pregnant, one line for not pregnant.
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1Missed period is the day after you expect your period. In laboratory testing 79% of pregnancies were detected 6 days early.