Post # 1
So I have a ‘q’ about at-home pregnancy test…
I always see on the box that it says “can find out if your pregnant for upto FIVE days before your period!”
And then I see contradictory things on T.V. where people just pee on it ‘whenever’ to do a test.
So which one is it ladies? Do we HAVE to use the test close to our expected period? Or can we use it anytime get the same result?
And what is the reason it is best used closer to expected period? If you are pregnant, wouldn’t your body have preggo hormones inside it regardless of WHEN you test?
Post # 3
@Sasha2011: Well, yes the hormones would be there, but as you might expect, there is a gradual build up of hormones as your pregnancy progresses. So there is going to be little to no hormone at the time of conception, versus closer to your period when you’re about 5 weeks along. The test will be more accurate / easier to read closer to your missed period because of the hormones getting stronger.
Post # 4
PS: What TV are you watching that you got the “test whenever” vibe from? If it’s some kind of a sitcom or something, they of course have artistic license to do that sort of thing. Besides, it’s not really entertaining for the character involved to discuss when she expects / expected her period. That’s implied that she probably missed it, or is TTC from the start. I wouldn’t base life around TV. I’d stick with the instructions in the box.
Post # 5
Here is what I learned during my research trying to conceive:
You are not actually pregnant at the time the sperm fertilizes the egg. The fertilized egg has to travel and implant in your uterus and that takes 6-12 days. Something like 30% of fertilized eggs fail to implant and then no pregnancy results, although you did conceive. Once the egg implants, your body starts producing the pregnancy hormone and that is what urine and blood tests look for. This takes a few additional days for the hormone to be strong enough to be detected. So, if your egg implants very quickly, you could know as early as 5 days before your period, but if it takes a long time, you could also be pregnant, miss your period, and still test negative.
If you look at those boxes that are 5 days prior to period, there is usually a chart showing how accurate the test results are. I think if you test 5 days early and are pregnant, the odds of you getting a positive are only like 55%. Whereas if you wait until you have missed a period, your odds of getting a positive are like 99%.
Post # 6
@Tatum: oOOOooh… cool. makes sense! That’s exactly what I was looking for.
@StuporDuck: T.V. as in commercials about preggo tests. Just try it and ‘voila’!’ That sort of thing. Not exactly sitcoms but yes, I can see myself getting confused from that too.