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How long does it take after your first missed period for over-the-counter pregnancy tests to give an accurate result?

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Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
Family Medicine
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Home pregnancy tests can show positive as early as 3-4 days after implantation.
Implantation generally occurs 6-12 days after ovulation. So if the egg was fertilized right at ovulation and you used the most sensitive home test it could be positive at 9 days. On average it is 13-14 days after fertilization/ovulation when it is positive. So, we recommend about 5-6 days after your period is missed.

In brief: See Below

Home pregnancy tests can show positive as early as 3-4 days after implantation.
Implantation generally occurs 6-12 days after ovulation. So if the egg was fertilized right at ovulation and you used the most sensitive home test it could be positive at 9 days. On average it is 13-14 days after fertilization/ovulation when it is positive. So, we recommend about 5-6 days after your period is missed.
Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
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Dr. Carrie Cannon
Family Medicine

In brief: It depends.

It depends on the type of test.
Most are accurate at 10-11 days after the first missed period, but sometimes even with first AM urine, a false negative result can occur. Best to check after 2 weeks in that case.

In brief: It depends.

It depends on the type of test.
Most are accurate at 10-11 days after the first missed period, but sometimes even with first AM urine, a false negative result can occur. Best to check after 2 weeks in that case.
Dr. Carrie Cannon
Dr. Carrie Cannon
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Dr. Carrie Cannon
Agree with colleague who recommends 5-6 days for first testing. 10-11 days is for the least accurate tests of those available, which are probably being phased out by better technology.
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