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A 36-year-old member asked:

How soon after a missed period can i take a home pregnancy test for an accurate result?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Up to 2 weeks: It generally takes several days for your urinary levels of HCG to get elevated enough to be detected, but it can take as much as 2 wks. Over-the-counter tests aren't always as sensitive as tests at your doctor's office, but even those usually take at least a few days after you're late to turn positive. Recheck a week or two later if you're late for your period & suspect you might be pregnant.
Dr. Parul Krishnamurthy
Obstetrics & Gynecology 34 years experience
May do the test one week after a missed period and repeat it a week later if still no period. The test can be positive even before your period is missed
Jun 4, 2015

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