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A 22-year-old female asked:

How many days after intercourse can a pregnancy test be accurate? i am wondering how many days after intercourse i can take a pregnancy test. my periods are highly irregular so waiting to miss one really doesn't give me any answers.the last 4-5 days i hav

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Dr. Mary Engrav
Dr. Mary Engravanswered
Emergency Medicine 33 years experience
It : It would be reasonable to take a pregnancy test now based on your symptoms. It does make it hard when you have very irregular periods as you note. If your test is negative, but you still don't get your period, wait two days then re-take the test. If it is still negative you could see your doctor and possibly get a blood pregnancy test, which is more accurate. In general, the pregnancy test can become positive 10 days after pregnancy though every womans hormone level of pregnancy (HCG) can be a little different at different stages of the pregnancy.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 51 years experience
Agree with Dr. E: A blood test for HCG, at 3 weeks after the fruitful episode of sex is generally accurate.
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A 22-year-old female asked:

When can I take a pregnancy test and it be accurate? I am wondering how many days after intercourse i can take a pregnancy test. My periods are highly irregular so waiting to miss one really doesn't give me any answers.The last 4-5 days I have just been a

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Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 23 years experience
You : You can either take a home pregnancy test as long as it has been 5- 6 weeks since your last normal period (3-4 weeks since having unprotected sex), or you can go see your doctor and they can test you. A home pregnancy test is 97% accurate if taken a week or more after the missed period or 3-4 weeks after conception. A blood test can tell if you are pregnant as soon as 7 days after conception and a doctor's urine pregnancy test can tell if you are pregnant around when you next period should come.
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Last updated Dec 20, 2018

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