Home pregnancy test – timing

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

They tell you to take it in the morning since that is usually the longest you’ve gone without peeing – and thus the pregnancy hormone the test is measuring will be at its highest concentration then. If your hormone levels are high enough, it won’t matter, but early in pregnancy, they are low and harder to test for. They keep doubling over time, making it easier. If you are trying to test earlier, i’d take the test in the morning.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I took mine a day or two after my missed period and took it in the afternoon.  I think by that point if you are pregnant you are pregnant and there isn’t much getting around that. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

All of my friends that are pregnant took them in the afternoon/evening and it told them immediately.  Like @SecretName said, if you’re pregnant you’re pregnant.

I’ve always heard the digital ones are more sensitive.  Check the number on the box of what miU it measures and the lower the number, the more sensitive it is.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

The most accurate result will be in the morning first things. If you are taking it before your missed period and don’t test in the am, you might get a negative test but actually be pregnant, because the test can’t read the lower level of hormones. If you are passed your missed period, it shouldn’t matter what time you take it. If you get a negative though, I’d advise taking another test the next morning.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I took it with first pee in the morning after missing my period for 3 days. It was positive. (It was the Clear Blue ‘pee on stick’ kind.) Just to be damn sure, I also booked a blood test in the next 2 days and the the results came out the third day as also positive.

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

there is a good comparison chart here.  In my and my friends experience, First Response non digital (the kind with the pink lines) have always told the earliest.

http://www.babyhopes.com/pregnancy-test-sensitivity-comparison.html

They say to take it in the am, but I took my first one at about 5pm after work 4 days before my period was due and got a very faint positive (i hadnt peed in about 4 hours, sorry if Too Much Information but…).  Took another one the next am and it was darker. 

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Not sure why my last comment got moderated (something about being sure it wasnt spam) but wanted to let you know.  There is a link on babyhopes dot com about which preg tests are the most sensitive.  If you google “pregnancy test sensitivity chart 2010”, it is the first link. 

For me and for several of my friends, the one that told the earliest was the First Response non-digital with two pink lines.  I got a positive at 4 days pre-expected period at about 5pm.  It was a VERY faint line (I hadnt peed in about 4 hours) so I tested again the next am and it was more pronounced.  If you have missed your period, its prob safe to do any time, but first morning pee is the best.

 

 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - MacLean Park

I bought the online tests, I believe it’s from early-pregnancy-tests.com. They’re sensitive to 20 ml of HCG, which is twice as sensitive as most drugstore tests. They’re also a ton cheaper. I ordered a 20 pack for less than $20, which is about the price for a handful of drugstore ones. I took one 4 days after my missed period, and got a super-faint positive that I didn’t notice (I threw the test away too early, didn’t realize you need to wait 5 minutes, but I was SURE I wasn’t pregnant, look how wrong I was!). I didn’t get a faint positive until about 6 days late, which was a Saturday. Since the dr’s office was closed, I took another one on Sunday to see if it got darker (it did) and another one on Monday before I trekked over to her office (still a bit darker). Took one today at 5 weeks, 5 days, just for fun (and to see if my HCG levels are still rising, which means a lessend chance of a miscarriage) and it showed up before the control line, and they’re equally dark now. This is 14 days late. Hope that helps!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I’m with sand dollar – I ordered the cheap pregnancy strips from amazon.com and they are supposed to be more sensitive than drugstore tests- they are basically what doctor’s offices use. I got a pack of 40 opks and 10 pregnancy test strips for $4.99! i definitely recommend them. i got a faint bfp the night before my missed period, but it was a little darker the next morning. it continued to get darker each day. if you’re pregnant enough you’ll test positive no matter what time of day, but early on to avoid false negatives, i’d say try to test in the a.m. if you can 🙂

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I took one in the afternoon and it came out positive immediately.  I took 2 more later the same night and got the same positive result just as quickly.  I couldn’t hold my pee for more than a few hours at the time, so it’s not like a test in the morning would have been any more accurate since I was getting up to pee in the middle of the night.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I took my first test in early afternoon and the other ones a few hours later…all positive!

Good luck 🙂

Post # 13
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I missed my period 2days ago. Today I am taking a test in the afternoon (2pm) & it was negative. Should I take this again tomorrow? Or some days later? I am very confused, please give me some advice.. Thank you..

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