When Should I Take a Pregnancy Test?

Positive-Pregnancy-Test"Am I Pregnant? Is that even possible?" If you just had unprotected sex, or missed your period, you might be asking yourself these questions. If you're not sure if you should take a test yet, it might help to try our free online pregnancy quiz now. 

A pregnancy test is usually a simple urine test that can show you if you are pregnant. It is recommended you take a test after the first day of a missed period, or a few weeks after sex. 

While pregnancy tests can be affordable to some women when bought at a grocery store, pharmacy, or convenience store, you can also get a free pregnancy test at a pregnancy help center located near you. Click here and we can help you locate a pregnancy center.

But, a pregnancy test is only an indication—not a confirmation—of pregnancy. If your pregnancy test is positive (meaning you are pregnant), or if you are having trouble reading the pregnancy test results, you will want to get an ultrasound. Only an ultrasound can confirm that you are pregnant.

When you take a pregnancy test, make sure you read the instructions carefully. In most tests, even a hint of a line is an indication of pregnancy.

If you are having trouble reading or understanding what your pregnancy test is telling you, you can always get help at a pregnancy center near you. This can be a very stressful time for you, and sometimes stress like this can make even simple chores around the house seem hard to do.

People working in pregnancy centers read many tests every week, and can help you make sense of your test if you are having a hard time. They are there to help, and will not try to sell you or take any money from you.

Keep in mind that, for a test to be correct, it’s best that you wait until after you have missed your period. If you don’t know when to expect your period, you can usually wait 17 days after you’ve had sex for the test to read correctly.

You may want to take another pregnancy test if you took your first pregnancy test before your missed period—even if the test said you were not pregnant.

You don’t have to go through this alone. Friendly, knowledgeable staff at pregnancy centers can come alongside you and help you to understand your pregnancy test, as well as your options moving forward. Some even have free ultrasound services for you to use, if the pregnancy test is positive.

To find out more, you can chat with us here on the website, text HELPLINE to 313131, send us a message from the Contact Us page, or call us at 1-800-712-4357.  We’re here to help.


Note: Option Line and our network of participating pregnancy centers offers peer counseling and accurate information about all pregnancy options; however, these centers do not offer or refer for abortion services. The information presented on this website and given through contacting Option Line is intended for general education purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional and/or medical advice.