How Early Can You Take a Pregnancy Test?

How Early Can You Take a Pregnancy Test?

How Early Can You Take a Pregnancy Test?

For a woman who is now trying to conceive a baby, the most frequently asked question maybe is this: How early can I take a pregnancy test? Sometimes they really wanted to know immediately if they are pregnant or not and would not really desire to wait for their missed period. Nowadays, because of the technological advancement in health it is possible to identify if you are pregnant using home pregnancy kits.  How early can you take still depends on the pregnancy kit you have bought and with the levels of hCG or human chorionic gonadotropin in your body.

Usually pregnancy tests work by detecting the amount of the hormone hCG in your urine (if you are using a home pregnancy kit) or blood (if you are having a blood test in a laboratory). There are various types of tests that can be completed in the laboratory like blood test to detect hCG, but there are also hospitals that use home pregnancy test instead because they only require urine and thus painless.

Pregnancy tests usually have a substance that causes color alteration once it detects hCG. Blood test is more accurate because it determines the precise level of the hormone hCG produced in the blood while urine tests only determine if enough hCG is present to detect pregnancy. A positive pregnancy test is confirmed when there is five mIU/L hCG or above detected in the blood or urine.

The hCG or human chorionic gonadotropin is produced in the early stages of pregnancy. The main purpose of hCG is to sustain the developing fetus and it also stimulates the production of the hormones progesterone and estrogen.

The pregnancy all starts with the meeting of the female’s egg and the male’s sperm or medically known as the fertilization. Once the egg and the sperm unite it is now called the zygote or the fertilized egg. The zygote will now divide very quickly and from then it will start to form an external layer called the trophoblast. The trophoblast is the one responsible for the secretion of hCG during the early stage of pregnancy. The production of hCG usually begins when the baby embed into the uterine wall during implantation. The process of ovulation and fertilization usually happens halfway through the menstrual cycle, normally around 14 days after the beginning of menstruation. If there is fertilization or meeting of the egg cell and sperm cell, the zygote or the fertilized egg will now go down by means of the fallopian tube towards the uterine wall. After the fertilization, it will take around seven to nine days before the zygote reaches the uterine wall and begin the process of implantation. Before the implantation no hCG is produced so even if there is a fertilized egg the result of the pregnancy test will be negative. Once the developing fetus is implanted in the uterus that would be the perfect time to get the pregnancy home kit and test your urine because your body is already producing hCG.

The newer version of pregnancy home kits can already detect hCG even in very small amounts as low as the normal range of five mIU/L. This newer pregnancy test is very sensitive compared to others and it is possible to have a positive result as early as seven days after ovulation. It is still necessary to be reminded that the process of implantation happens anywhere from seven to ten days after ovulation and women differ in producing levels of hCG. The production of hCG usually doubles the amount every two to three days. Therefore, the earliest possible is as early as seven days after ovulation. However, you can still have a negative result if implantation does not happen yet or the hCG is not high enough. It is still best that if you have a negative result repeat the test after you have missed your period or wait for 14 days after your ovulation.

Author Bio – Dr.Alapati is part time blogger, writer, SEO, link builder. He advises people on “side effects free liposuction”. Read his health articles at ehealthwall.com

 

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