The 14 days of waiting time to take a pregnancy test will feel like the most boring time of your life while you are trying to get pregnant. It probably looks like an unimaginable amount of time for 2 whole weeks, with minutes and seconds moving slower than you ever felt possible.

You would like to know how soon you may take a test, either way, so here’s what to anticipate from early tests. So what is the quickest way to administer a paternity test? But what’s the soonest you can take a pregnancy test?

How Soon Will A Pregnancy Test Read Positive

You can have a positive pregnancy test six days after you ovulate. This is attributed to the assumption that the fertilized egg would take that long to complete its path from the fallopian tube to the uterus, implant it into the uterus, and then start knocking out enough hCG to eventually be measurable in the urine of a woman.

In addition, a 2008 Human Reproduction report clarified that it can potentially take as long as 2 weeks for hCG to be detectable in the urine of a woman. So six days tend to appear a little early given all that needs to happen just right for the egg to be fertilized, to make it to the womb, and implant.

To make it much more confusing, the six-day mark suggests that you had sex before you ovulated so that the sperm was primed and waiting for your egg to fertilize as soon as you ovulated. Since sperm can survive for up to 7 or even 10 days (some sources believe they can survive for as long as two weeks) and it’s very hard to determine the day of ovulation.

How accurate is an early pregnancy test?

Many at-home pregnancy tests come with guidelines that list the test’s reliability, with some promising to predict pregnancy faster than others, but at-home pregnancy tests can differ significantly, as one study found. With a relatively low amount of hCG, some may yield a positive result, while others need a much higher level than hCG to really generate a positive result. Your safest choice is to pick a test strip (avoid the digital, since it has more error potential) with a low hCG threshold when considering an at-home pregnancy test to take early.

Should you take an early pregnancy test?

No, you should not. In any way possible, it is in your favor to wait as long as possible for the planned day of your time to come before testing so it would really be the most accurate. And though, until some days after missing a cycle, certain women do not test positive.

Some other complicated part of early pregnancy testing is that there is a risk that you might have what is considered a chemical pregnancy if you have an early positive pregnancy test. Chemical pregnancy indicates that you have a fertilized egg that is able to produce enough hormones to be collected by a test, but it is not a viable pregnancy.

Having an early positive pregnancy test will signal extra days of concern for women who have miscarried.

How Many Days After Conception Can I Take A Pregnancy Test?

American Pregnancy Association suggests that you can take a pregnancy test 11 after conception. However, it would be still better to wait 12–14 days before taking a urine test in order to avoid getting inaccurate results.