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How Long After Intercourse Can I Take a Pregnancy Test?

by Anne Sommers, LM
30 Comments


I am just starting to try and get pregnant-how soon after intercourse will home pregnancy tests work?

Approximately four days after fertilization, the egg will start to produce a pregnancy hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hGC). A pregnancy test will detect this hormone about one week after fertilization.

Most women tend to wait to take a pregnancy test until after they have missed one menstrual period. If you take a pregnancy test one week after you were supposed to get your period, the result will be about 95% accurate. If you take it too soon after fertilization, it may show up negative when in fact you really are pregnant

Pregnancy test are meant to be considered screening tests. If your test comes up negative, but you are experiencing symptoms of pregnancy you should call your doctor. If it does come up positive you should call your doctor and set up an appointment for your first prenatal visit.

Anne Sommers, LM is a Licensed Midwife in Southern California and founder of Agape Perinatal Consultation & Birthing Services. Anne has attended and personally delivered hundreds of beautiful bouncing babies in some very wonderful and natural settings -- like in the water! She has appeared on various Southern California radio and cable television shows, talked to birth organizations, was editor for several child birth publications and was the owner, editor and publisher of "Mom" Magazine, a quarterly publication in circulation for over seven years. She completed Seattle Midwifery School's Challenge Process and the NARM exam (supervised by the California Medical Board) qualifying her for midwifery licensure. Anne actually made history as noted in the Orange County Register for being one of Southern California's first Licensed Midwives. She is also the mother of two children, born at home, with the attendance of midwives.

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Guest Oct 23, 2013 03:44:13 AM ET

I had a unprotected sex on the 2nd of august and my ovulation day was around the 7th of august.i am pregnant but i don't know how many weeks now?

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lucy Sep 1, 2013 02:13:34 PM ET

Someone help please. my last period was 27.7. i had a negative test on the 13.8. 4 positive test on 22nd august how pregnant am i..??

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sarag Aug 26, 2013 02:13:29 PM ET

Hi! i last had my period on 24 then on the 05 & 06 agst my husband came in me. i took pregnant text it gv me neg.how many days did i have to wait before taking one again? please help pls pls help me

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Paulina Aug 19, 2013 04:20:10 PM ET

Ok i took a. lear lie ovulation test august 11-13 and it was p i had sex 11,12 could i be pregnant?

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pink Aug 16, 2013 09:51:22 AM ET

I want to ask my situation im just confused. i had sex to my ex boyfriend december 31, 2012 but i got my period by first week of january like january 4,2013 and its normal period... it is possible to get pregnant?

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jeni Aug 15, 2013 12:23:48 PM ET

I have ha sex with my boyfriend one year ago my periods are late evey month but my late period date is 26 june i have no period yet any body plz tell i am pregnent or not because i have sex one year befor and i have late period every month plz rep soon

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amanda Aug 13, 2013 06:13:21 PM ET

Positive ovulation test on july 2nd and 3rd. had sex on june 30th, july 3rd and 4th was to get period on july 18th. didn't get positive test till july 22nd. how far along am i?

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din Aug 4, 2013 01:19:08 PM ET

Hi! i last had my period on 21 july 2013 then on the 02 & 03 agst my husband came in me. i hve been feeling the burning on my tummy and back pain since then. could i be preg?

scared Aug 6, 2013 04:41:51 AM ET

Same here, my dates are same.......but i dont want to be preg

marlo Aug 6, 2013 10:46:57 PM ET

I am having the same signs as well i'm only 20 though the man i have been with for going on four years. always used the pull out method. but he can in me once and then twice the second day.

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April Aug 1, 2013 12:58:03 PM ET

Last month i totally messed up my pill, i kept forgetting to take it . i got my periods early as a result an got them for 7 days. i totally came off the pill to give myself a break an start fresh next month but now i am 5 days late i did have unprotected sex with my partner on the 18th of july and was due the 28 of july . i am also very accurate with my menís real cycle i can nearly count it down to the hour i get them so i am never late. i did take a pregnancy test yesterday and it came out neg. now iím totally confused to what is going on with my body .

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Guest Jun 28, 2013 02:10:04 AM ET

Well my cycle is very irregular up untill november 2012 i started to get my cycle monthly . on may 27 i started my period which for the 1st time since nov i bleed for about 3 wks. dr told me there wasnt anything wrong. that it was do to weight loss. and my husband and i have been tryin to convinced for 2 yrs already. i finish my cycle on the 11 of june and we had unprotected sex 3 time within a wk. i have been feeling a little tried and light headed. also very nassa. plus i have been throwing up mucus everyday about 3 tkmes a day since last monday. can i get pregnant within that time frame?

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