(Closed) How to most effectively take a pregnancy test?

posted 5 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

How do you know you haven’t ovulated, are you tracking? The best day to test is the day after your period is due. Testing early can produce false negatives and all kinds of stress.

Post # 3
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Busy bee

So you are assuming you skipped your March period?  Are you taking ovulation monitors or tracking your cm and such to predict ovulation? How do you know you have not ovulated. 

I’d say generally speaking you can start testing as early as 10 DPO but could still get a new a few days after that. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

When was your March period due? If it’s already been and gone then I would test. If not, wait until after 8th April 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

If you haven’t ovulated, your period can’t be “due”

Ovulaton can be influenced by a lot of factors, but once you ovulate, your luteal phase is usually pretty consistent each cycle. Since you haven’t ovulated, you haven’t had a luteal phase yet, so you don’t know how long yours tend to be. But normally it’s 10-14 days.

I agree with PP that 10DPO is about as early as you should test. If you’re asking what would be most effective – I guess waiting until 16DPO should put you in a safe place so that you don’t get a false negative from testing too early. Use first morning urine so that the pregnancy hormone is more concentrated.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

You could take one tomorrow morning just to see.

If you aren’t pregnant and you’re right that you didn’t ovulate last cycle – I highly recommend charting if it fits into your schedule. You just take your temperature every morning by mouth right when you wake up. You need a special thermometer but you can get one for like $7 at a pharmacy. Most of us on wedding bee use this site: http://www.fertilityfriend.com/ to track our cycles. If you sign up, they will start sending you email lessons on how to chart and how it works. You can learn so much about your body! It’s awesome! We are also big fans of a book called Taking Charge of your Fertility if you’re a reader. I’m not, so I haven’t read it, but I figured I’d pass the info along.

It takes some people a few months for their cycles to regulate after coming off BCP. Don’t fret.

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