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A 20-year-old female asked:

how long should i wait before i take a pregnancy test after my missed period?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
5 days.: At five days after missed period the test should be very reliable.
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 24 years experience
Don't have to: Home pregnancy test will usually show (+) 10 days after conception. Ovulation usually mid-cycle, so at most, might want to wait a week, but might show (+) already, depending on when you ovulated and had intercourse.

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How long after a missed period can I take a pregnancy test?

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Immediately: If you have regular monthly cycles, a pregnancy test will be positive by the time your period is due. A pregnancy test is positive as early as ten days after conception - and conception occurs within 24 hours of ovulation. Since you ovulate about 14 days before your period, a pregnancy test could be positive about 4 days before your period is due.
A 19-year-old member asked:

Is it true that sometimes pregnancy test don't show positive until a week after your missed period?

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Dr. James Mirabile
Gynecology 33 years experience
Urine pregnancy test: A urine pregnancy test may become positive either a few days prior to your expected cycle or even a few days after depending on the sensitivity of the specific test. If you are concerned, i recommend you contact your physician and order a blood test.
A 18-year-old member asked:

How soon before a missed period can you take a pregnancy test?

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Dr. David Nelson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
No set time: Usually, the test will turn positive 7-10 day after conception. Be sure to test your first urine of the day. It is more concentrated and contain more of the HCG hormone.
A 31-year-old female asked:

If you take a pregnancy test before a missed period and it is positive is it accurate?

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Dr. Christopher Duggar
Obstetrics and Gynecology 27 years experience
Probably: Home pregnancy tests are very sensitive and can turn positive before missed period... Reccomend follow-up with md for verification...
A 46-year-old member asked:

How long do you have to wait after your missed period to take a pregnancy test?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
1 week late: Home pregnancy tests generally become positive when you're about 1 week late with respect to your period. If it's negative, repeat in 1 week.

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