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Early Pregnancy Tests, Pregnancy Tests after Miscarriage and Pregnancy Symptoms before a Positive Test

Pregnancy tests are designed to be fool-proof, but you would be surprised at how often an anxious woman will misread the directions and will misread the test results.  Most women want to know as early as possible if they are pregnant so they want the earliest possible pregnancy test.

What is the earliest possible Pregnancy test?

There are many modern brands of pregnancy tests out there that will tell you whether or not you are pregnant before you actually miss a period.  Tests like the EPT test will give you results within 5 days before missing your period.  These tests will give you very early results, especially if you are carrying twins because twin pregnancies tend to have higher HCG levels when compared to singleton pregnancies.  Remember, you may have no pregnancy symptoms and a positive pregnancy test if you use one of these early tests.

Pregnancy tests are designed to be fool-proof, but you would be surprised at how often an anxious woman will misread the directions and will misread the test results.  Most women want to know as early as possible if they are pregnant so they want the earliest possible pregnancy test.

What is the earliest possible Pregnancy test?

There are many modern brands of pregnancy tests out there that will tell you whether or not you are pregnant before you actually miss a period.  Tests like the EPT test will give you results within 5 days before missing your period.  These tests will give you very early results, especially if you are carrying twins because twin pregnancies tend to have higher HCG levels when compared to singleton pregnancies.  Remember, you may have no pregnancy symptoms and a positive pregnancy test if you use one of these early tests.

How early can you get a positive pregnancy test?

In other words, how early will a pregnancy test show positive? Most early pregnancy tests will be able to give you a positive pregnancy test within 5 days of missing your menstrual period.  The HCG levels will be very low at that time but these tests are ultra-sensitive.

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How early can a pregnancy test be positive? 

An answer to the question, “How early can I get a positive pregnancy test?” is not as simple as it may seem.  Some pregnancies will have high levels of HCG early on in the pregnancy, while others will have lower levels of HCG. This means that even tests designed to tell if you are pregnant five days before your missed period might yield a false negative test.  When in doubt, take another test in a few days or have your doctor do a quantitative blood HCG level.  This will give you the earliest possible opportunity to know if you are pregnant.

Can you get a positive pregnancy test after miscarriage?

You can get a positive pregnancy test after a miscarriage or after abortion because the HCG levels haven’t returned to normal yet.  It may take several days or a week to have the pregnancy test become negative.  In most cases, the pregnancy test will not be positive until after implantation because the embryo/zygote needs to mesh with the maternal circulation in order for HCG to be detectable.  You can even get a positive pregnancy test after tubal ligation, if it was just done after the delivery of an infant so that HCG is still around or if the tubal ligation failed and you became pregnant anyway.  Women who have reproductive technologies can find out fairly early after IVF if they are pregnant and don’t have to wait until after the period is missed.  The blood tests for pregnancy are ultra-sensitive and will offer you the earliest opportunity to know that implantation has occurred and that the pregnancy is viable.  Remember that you ca get implantation bleeding, which is bleeding that occurs when the two circulations (embryonic and maternal circulations) mesh together.  This type of bleeding will show up as spotting or light bleeding and will not mean that anything at all is wrong with the pregnancy.

What to do after getting a positive pregnancy test

If you get a positive pregnancy test, it probably means you are definitely pregnant.  This means that you must stop drinking alcohol and taking any illicit drugs.  If you take any medications, talk to your doctor about which medications are safe to take in pregnancy.  Start taking a prenatal vitamin with folate in order to have the best possible nutrient milieu for the growing fetus.  Neural tube defects can occur if you are folate deficient so you must take a prenatal vitamin that includes the recommended amount of folate in pregnancy.

Getting a Positive Pregnancy Test before a missed Period

There still are pregnancy tests out there that require you to wait until you have missed your period but the most modern versions of these tests will detect HCG levels before you have any signs of pregnancy, including nausea, having morning sickness, cramping, and sore breasts. These tests will often tell you that you are pregnant even before a missed period—up to five days before.  Many women wonder, “Can you get a positive pregnancy test before implantation?”  The answer to this question is “probably no”.  The implantation process mixes the fetal circulatory system with the maternal circulatory system, allowing for HCG from the placenta to leach into the maternal circulatory system, leading to a positive pregnancy test.

Pregnancy Symptoms before a Positive Test

Can you have pregnancy symptoms before a positive test? This would be very uncommon because it is the hormones of pregnancy that lead to a positive test and that lead to the presence of pregnancy symptoms.  The only pregnancy symptom you might get before a positive pregnancy test is an increase in vaginal secretions. This is a very early, yet non-specific sign of pregnancy and it is very difficult to assess whether or not the vaginal secretions are that much more increased from the baseline.

Other pregnancy symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, morning sickness, cramping, and sore breasts usually don’t happen until the pregnancy has reached about the sixth week of gestation.  By then, a pregnancy test will definitely be positive and you will have known you are pregnant for at least a couple of weeks by then.

After a missed period

If you don’t have a positive pregnancy test after a missed period, you may be off on your date of ovulation.  Not every woman ovulates at exactly the fourteenth day of her menstrual cycle, which will make the length of the cycle longer and the period seemingly missed.  If you are prone to irregular cycles, especially if they are long cycles, you probably are a woman who ovulates late on a regular basis.  When this happens, you may have a hard time determining your date of ovulation without using an ovulation test kit, which detects the LH surge at the time of ovulation.  These tests are available over the counter and can accurately tell you that you have ovulated so you know when to have sex if you want to get pregnant.

 

 

 

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