(Closed) when to test for pregnancy?

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
3571 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

  • You should wait until at least 12 days past ovulation to test. If you’re not charting your temps – then you should wait about 2 weeks from when you think you had sex during your fertile window. It’s possible to get a faint positive earlier, but it’s much more likely you’d get a false negative. Do not test before 9DPO or so because it takes about a week for the fertilized egg to implant in your uterus and give off the necessary hormones. 
  • So no – you’ll never be pregnant right after you BD… Figuratively or literally. You won’t get a positive (that’s not how hormones work), but literally, the zygote/embryo won’t implant to be a “baby” for a week. 
  • The only way to know for sure when you ovulate is charting temps – to see a clear sustained temp rise. Just inputting your periods will not tell you one way or the other. Charting CP or cervical fluid can help you be more precise though!
  • Sperm lives inside your body for about 3-4 days on average, but ONLY during your fertile times, i.e. when cervical fluid is the correct consistency to keep them alive. Otherwise, they’ll die in a few hours to a day. 
  • More importantly, your egg is only good for about 12-24 hours TOPS once you ovulate. So this is why it’s so important to BD before you ovulate or see the temp shift. By the time you get a shift, it’s pretty much too late. 
  • Totally exciting and terrifying! That’s ok. 
  • You’d probably live. It’s not the end of the world. Have you ever been on a cruise before? The only times in my life I’ve ever gotten seasick were on huge cruiseships. Some people are totally fine on them though. 
  • Morning sickness – I hear it starts around 6-8 weeks, if you get it. So it depends on you, when you would have conceived, and when the cruise is. You can always try to wear those bracelet things though. I think they help a little bit, weirdly.

Have you read Taking Charge of Your Fertility? You might like it. It answers a lot of the questions you asked here.

Good luck!

Post # 5
4575 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@material_girlxx:  It is recommended to test once AF is late, but a lot of ladies here, including myself, test as early as 7dpo and if you temp and you see that your temp is high longer than usual, then that is a hint/sign to start testing. 

P.S.:  I wish we knew right after BD…that would be AWESOME!!! hee hee

Post # 7
1141 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

@material_girlxx:  I went on a cruise when I was 7 weeks pregnany and I got an anti-nausea prescription just in case. However, I didn’t get real morning sickness until week 9, but everyone is different. 

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