- Sep 15, 2009
Its been 6 days since I was last intimate and I have the early signs of a pregnancy. I am hoping its a false alarm. How soon after sleeping with my man, do I need to take a pregnancy test?? A gf of mine said 20 days.
I have an irregular period so I can't exactley just wait around for that to start. If I am I need to do something about this ASAP.
Please help me!! How soon??
Normally that timeframe depends on when your last period occurred- because that would be a starting point to determine when you most likely ovulated, meaning, had an egg to be fertilized. Normally that mean how soon after ovulation and anticipated conception can you test. In your case, not having a period, or very irregular means many things.
In theory (based on the mythical "average" woman):
http://www.babyhopes.com/articles/how-soon-pregnancy-test.htmlSo, the very earliest after conception that you could take a pregnancy test would be 9 days; and, you may not have an accurate reading on a pregnancy test until as many as 19 days after conception.
So, in theory, if you happened to have ovulated in the timeframe you had sex- around 9 days after sex would be the earliest with tests, and then it does depend on the sensitivity of the test measuring the hormone in question.
Since you don't have regular periods (and even with regular periods you're not guaranteed to ovulate every single time as many couples come to find out), it's impossible to say when and if you ovulate.
Your best bet is to take a test two weeks after you had sex (or spend a lot of money before that buying tests).
If that test result is not giving you peace of mind- schedule an appointment with someone qualified, most Doctor's Offices don't just give you an ultrasound to determine if you're pregnant- unless the Doctor suspects something to be not right, like an ectopic pregnancy- or in your case irregular periods which make it difficult to even have an reference in time. In that case you'd be given a vaginal ultrasound.
http://www.americanpregnancy.org/pregnancycomplications/earlyfetaldevelopment.htmThe earliest change that can be seen through a vaginal ultrasound at this time will be the “decidual reaction” which is the thickening of the endometrium. The endometrium lining thickens as the blastocyst burrows into it. This cannot always be detected by ultrasound—sometimes it may take a special eye or very good equipment to see this “reaction” in the endometrium lining.
I recommend reading that.
Hope that helps.
If you have such a condition, it would be wise to find out for sure if you ovulate regularly, instead of wondering. There might be a time in your life when knowing if you do ovulate on a regular basis becomes more of positive thing.
I'm always surprised that many women don't seem to know what the female reproductive cycle is.