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Can You Take a Pregnancy Test While on Your Period? In Short: Yes – Here’s Why

Has your period arrived but you’re experiencing pregnancy symptoms?

Due to the similarity between PMS and some pregnancy symptoms, many women mistake one for the other. That’s where pregnancy tests come in very handy: they help determine whether or not you are pregnant by detecting hCG in your urine, if any.

The question is, can you take a pregnancy test while on your period? This has been asked many times – and here’s what you need to know about this.

Can You Take a Pregnancy Test on Your Period?

Yes.
During your period, estrogen levels increase substantially, but this doesn’t interfere with the accuracy of the test results? Why? Because pregnancy tests don’t use estrogen to determine if you’re pregnant or not; instead, they measure the amount of hCG in your urine, and hence the results will be accurate even if you take the test while on period.

Has your period arrived but you’re experiencing pregnancy symptoms?

Due to the similarity between PMS and some pregnancy symptoms, many women mistake one for the other. That’s where pregnancy tests come in very handy: they help determine whether or not you are pregnant by detecting hCG in your urine, if any.

The question is, can you take a pregnancy test while on your period? This has been asked many times – and here’s what you need to know about this.

Can You Take a Pregnancy Test on Your Period?

Yes.
During your period, estrogen levels increase substantially, but this doesn’t interfere with the accuracy of the test results? Why? Because pregnancy tests don’t use estrogen to determine if you’re pregnant or not; instead, they measure the amount of hCG in your urine, and hence the results will be accurate even if you take the test while on period.

If I’m on My Period, Can I Still Be Pregnant?

Yes.
Most of the time, taking a pregnancy test while on your period may seem unnecessary given that your period means that you’re not actually pregnant. However, if the hormones that control your period aren’t produced in sufficient amounts for your body to stop it, then you may still get your AF even if you’re actually pregnant. Many women have reported getting their period during the first 1-3 months of pregnancy; some have said they got their period during the entire course of their pregnancy without affecting the development of the baby.

Is It Really Your Period?

A reader has recently contacted us in regard to a potential pregnancy. She explained that she was experiencing many pregnancy symptoms, but got her period regardless. According to her, the blood flow was unusually light, and occurred faster than it was due to arrive. She asked, “Can u take a pregnancy test while on your period? Also, is there some kind of irregular period pregnancy test you can take?”

Before you ask this, have you ever asked yourself if the blood you’re seeing is your period? While you may get your AF even if you’re pregnant, the odds are minimal. However, the blood may be due to implantation bleeding instead, which occurs when the fertilized egg attaches to the endometrium (inner wall of the uterus). If this is your case, the bleeding will be light, lasting from a few minutes to 1-2 day. However, the flow won’t be continuous like when you’re on your period. Instead, it will come in very small gushes, and you’ll probably see only a few spots on your underwear or tampon.
Implantation bleeding occurs sooner than your period, so if you’re experiencing this about 7-9 days before your period is due to come, then you’re probably pregnant.

If Pregnancy Test Results Are Positive…

If you take a missed period pregnancy test, and the results are positive, wait another 3-4 days and retake it. If it’s positive again, contact your doctor or midwife to confirm the pregnancy with a blood test since it will be more accurate.

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