(Closed) How soon can you take an HPT?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
1835 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I waited until I was a week late (it’s usually never an entire week late)… but I’d totally have tested earlier if I thought something was up! I say test!

Post # 4
2313 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

You can test now. If it says not pregnant and you’re still not convinced, try again in a day or two. They are more reliable the longer you are late. Though, obviously, if it says positive, you can stop testing since you won’t get that answer unless you ARE pregnant. Just get one of the ones that can detect early- they will say on the package how soon you can test reliably. 

Post # 6
681 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

You can take one now. Most of the new hpts can detect a positive up to 5 days before a missed period. I got a faint positive the day before my missed period. Of course, the longer you wait the more accurate it is, but if you already think you may be late it can’t hurt to try! good thing is that most tests come in a pack of 2 or 3 these days, so if you don’t trust the result you can always retest in a few days 🙂

Post # 7
111 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Took me 18 days (todayy :))after missed period to get a positive! I tried 5 dif brands and tested almost every 2-3 days (yea i kno, crazy) even the ones that were supposedto tell 6 days before missed period said negative. So i guess everyone is different but it could take a while for u to get a correct result. Good luck!!!

Post # 8
4001 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think you should be safe taking one now.  I waited a week… and kept taking tests for the next couple weeks until my doc appointment because I just couldn’t believe it!   I think the reason people are cautioned not to take the test too early, is to avoid a false positive caused by what they call a chemical pregnancy.

Post # 9
2207 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

yeah you should take one now, and if its negative try again in a day or two.  I tested 5 days early and got a BFP, but like @mSmartins10:, it took several days AFTER AF was due.  Go ahead and test and let us know!

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