How Soon Can I Take A Pregnancy Test?

Published: March 20, 2020
Dear TeenHealthFX,
How soon after having unprotected sex can I take a pregnancy test?
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Dear How Soon Can I Take A Pregnancy Test?,

For a pregnancy test to be accurate, it needs to be taken at a specific time. If a pregnancy test is taken too soon, it may present a negative result when that is not the case. An at home pregnancy test checks your urine for human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). Once an egg is fertilized and implants in the uterus, the body begins to release hCG. PlannedParenthood explains that hCG is not detectable until approximately 10 days after fertilization.

As a result, you should wait until you “missed a period” to take a pregnancy test to try to receive the most accurate results. If you receive a negative test result and still do not get your period, it would be helpful to talk to a parent/guardian and get checked out by a doctor. Only a doctor can officially confirm a pregnancy.

We would also like to mention the importance of practicing safe sex. TeenHealthFX encourages all teens to use condoms every time they engage in any type of sexual activity. Condoms are only 98% in preventing the transmission of sexually transmitted infections when used correctly and on every sexual encounter.  

If you need help finding a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the  Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health  at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist.

 

 
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