The pregnancy test cannot be done on the day of the relationship or in the first few days afterward. However, it is necessary to wait for the cycle to approach.
Women looking for a pregnancy live the expectation of the menstrual cycle as a period made of extreme anxiety and a thousand expectations.
Any disorder or symptom perceived as “different from the usual”, creates in them the strong hope that a child can finally arrive in their lives. The question they ask themselves is: When to take the best pregnancy test?
What is the best time to take a test?
It can be taken from the fourth-fifth day of delay for those with an irregular cycle. If you have a regular cycle of 28 days, you can do it from the first day of delay.
Not all women, however, can wait that long. And generally, most perform the test before the alleged delay with the risk of running into false negatives. This is the negative test result when it would actually be positive. This is because the test was carried out too early than at the time of conception.
WHEN TO DO THE PREGNANCY TEST: MORNING OR EVENING?
When is it best to take the pregnancy test: morning or evening? The test should be done in the morning as soon as you get up, on an empty stomach, with the first urine, without having drunk during the night.
At this time of day, the urine contains a higher concentration of the hormone beta hCG, the so-called “pregnancy hormone”, whose production begins after conception.
WHEN TO TAKE THE EARLY PREGNANCY TEST
Taking an early pregnancy test without waiting for a delay of at least 4-5 days (when the cycle is irregular) could lead the woman to a false result. However, if impatience takes over, you can confirm or rule out pregnancy before menstrual delay through the early pregnancy test, which can be done 5 days before the expected date of menstruation.
These are very normal pregnancy sticks, but with the characteristic of being very sensitive to human chorionic gonadotropin, HCG, the hormone produced by the placenta after fertilization. Thanks to this aspect, early pregnancy tests allow detecting the low concentration in the urine before the delay of the cycle. Please note that accuracy is 75-80%!
For this reason, they differ from the classic pregnancy tests, which instead detect the presence of the hormone HCG immediately after fertilization and which are usually done from the first day of delay.
WHEN TO DO THE TEST WITH AN IRREGULAR CYCLE
If you have a regular cycle of 28 days, then the pregnancy test for domestic use can be carried out from the first day of late menstruation, i.e. about 7 days after the nesting of the fertilized egg and 14 days after the presumed conception. These instruments are generally able to identify beta-HCG 8 to 11 days after ovulation.
WHEN TO DO A BLOOD PREGNANCY TEST
Based on the same principle as the pregnancy tests, the blood test also detects the presence of the hormone HCG, the human chorionic gonadotropin. A hormone, the HCG, which allows the continuation of pregnancy, creating an environment appropriate to the development of the embryo and preventing menstruation. The difference is that this presence is found in the woman’s blood and not in the urine, as in the case of tests. The blood test to determine if a pregnancy is in progress can be done 7-10 days after the presumed conception.
You should know that blood tests to find out if you are pregnant can be carried out in specific cases, namely: when you want to have confirmation of the result of the pregnancy test done at home, if the doctor recommends doing the blood test to know if the conception took place before the alleged arrival of the menstrual cycle, in case you suspect an extrauterine pregnancy.
Through the analysis of the maternal blood, the Beta HCG dosage allows identifying the pregnancy a few days before the missed menstruation (5-7 days.) with high reliability.
INTRAUTERINE INSEMINATION WHEN TO DO THE TEST
It is called Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) one of the simplest methods of assisted reproduction. The pregnancy test can be done from day 14 post-IUI. It is perfectly useless to perform the test if at least 10 days have not yet passed since insemination.