3 Signs You Should Take a Pregnancy Test
Updated: Mar 15
Approximately 44% of women with infertility have sought medical assistance. Of those who seek medical intervention, approximately 65% give birth. But regardless of whether or not you've received medical treatment from a womens health care professional, knowing when it's time to take a pregnancy test is of the utmost importance. Here are just a few things to know when considering whether or not you should take a pregnancy test.
It's not uncommon for your period to have the same exact cycle every single month, so if you're more than a few days late, you should take a pregnancy test. For the most accurate result, wait until the week after your period was expected.
"If you don’t want to wait until you’ve missed your period, you should wait at least one to two weeks after you had sex. If you are pregnant, your body needs time to develop detectable levels of HCG. This typically takes seven to 12 days after successful implantation of an egg. You may receive an inaccurate result if the test is taken too early in your cycle," writes Ashley Marcin on Healthline.
If you've recently had unprotected sex and experience frequent urination in the following weeks, it may be grounds to see your womens health care specialist, experts say. Even if you're not pregnant, you may have developed another medical condition, many of which require a professional to diagnose and treat. Start by taking a pregnancy test. If it's positive, see your health care provider, and if it's negative but the problem persists, it's also grounds to make an appointment.
Vomiting and Nausea
If you start to experience nausea and/or vomiting regularly, you may want to consider taking a pregnancy test as well. Pregnant women typically go through something called 'morning sickness' in the early stage of pregnancy, but it can happen at any time of the day. Start to keep an eye on your level of nausea, and if the problem persists even though a test showed negative results, see your health care professional.
Ultimately, a womens health care professional can provide more insight into your fertility and pregnancy options. For more information about OBGYN specialists, contact WomanCare PC.