How early can you test?

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

LilLis:  Did you stop the pill in the middle of the pack or at the end?  (It’s better to complete the whole pack because a new cycle starts once you have your period.)

Since you haven’t had your first period off the pill yet it’s really difficult to say when you can start testing.  The average cycle is 28 days so if you came off the pill 10 days ago you probably shouldn’t test for at least another 18 days.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

You can probably start testing 28 days after your last period.  But I wouldn’t get worried if your period is a few weeks late, even if you keep getting negative pregnancy tests.  That’s perfectly normally for the first cycle off the pill.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I agree that probably the earliest you would want to start testing would be 28 days or so after your last pill. But I’ll also agree that you shouldn’t expect to regulate quickly, although some do! I think it took me about 3 months after getting off the pill to regulate my cycles (I got a period each time but weird flow and timing) and to be confident I was actually ovulating. 

Good luck! 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I disagree with the previous posters.

If you stopped your pills, you could ovulate at any time, you don’t necessarily need to have your period first, as periods on the pill are just breakthrough bleeding. So if you ovulated within a few days/week of stopping the pill & got pregnant, then you could really test within 2-3 weeks of stopping the pill.

Now, honestly, the above scenario isn’t super common, but it does happen. Unfortunately, when you go off the pill, your cycle can be so wonky, that it’s hard to know when to test and have an accurate result. Some people will ovulate after missing one pill, for others, it takes multiple cycles.

 

Good luck!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I wouldn’t test until 28 days off the pill. I would also consider charting. I got off the pill and immediately started ttc and charted. I didn’t ovulate the first cycle off of the pill and my cycle was 31 days. Then I got pregnant the 2nd cycle off the pill. I ovulated on cycle day 15. Most people won’t ovulate until at least 10 days or so after stopping the pill. It’s really rare to ovulate so quickly off the pill. You can always use opks starting now to see if you ovulate if you want to give yourself peace of mind. 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2006

I agree with urchin. While it would be uncommon for you to have ovulated within the first 10 days of being off BCP, it’s still possible. If you’re concerned, you can consider yourself in the TWW and test in about 12-14 days. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2006

Tomato22:  I second the charting. I think everyone should chart for at least a few cycles in their life. You learn SO much about your body. Namely, I learned that mine sucks. 

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