Pregnancy Test – When Should I Take It?

If you’re trying to get pregnant then a pregnancy test is always going to be a big moment. I know exactly how it feels when you’re desperate to take that test – especially if you keep asking yourself why can’t I get pregnant?! But sometimes patience can be the key, and it can help to save you stress in the long run.

How Long Does A Test Take to Work?

First things first, you should know that the pregnancy test is based on levels of hCG hormones in your body. The most sensitive tests can detect levels of this hormone as quickly as 7 days after ovulation, but you have to give time for implantation which could take 6-12 days after ovulation.

I know the feeling – I would always get out the test as soon as I could, just a few days after ovulation, and I’d end up disappointed. But, looking back, I think that doing the test so often was not how to get pregnant! After all, it just makes you stressed, and stress does NOT help getting pregnant at all.

So, you should try to wait at least 12 days after ovulation, but if you have symptoms sooner and want to take a test – make sure it’s a very sensitive one. If it’s negative at this early stage, you could still be pregnant!

What About A Faint Line on the Test?

What if you see a faint line on the pregnancy test? This happened to me and I am pleased to say it was because I wasn’t as far as long as I thought I was. All I did was wait a few days and the test came out a lot stronger than the first time!

The bottom line? If you keep asking yourself ‘why can’t I get pregnant’, then try to relax a little about the test. Don’t stress by taking tests every single day, as this is not how to get pregnant! Instead, take them when you’ve given your body the time it needs. If it’s negative, just keep trying and stay positive.

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