When should I take a pregnancy test?

best time to take a pregnancy test

Ah, the age old question "When should I take a home pregnancy test?" The good news is, knowing exactly when to test for pregnancy doesn't have to be confusing or convoluted.

Pregnancy tests are over 99% effective three days before your missed period. If your period isn’t regular (we feel you), it’s best to wait at least 19 days after having sex to test. Also, here's more info on taking pregnancy tests with irregular periods. If you’re having sex regularly, you might be asking when should I take a pregnancy test after sex?  It’s smart to test regularly for safety and peace of mind, especially if you have irregular periods and you're anxious about getting pregnant. The good news is, Stix offers pregnancy test subscriptions that flex to your lifestyle and needs.

Stix also delivers in packs of two tests. We recommend taking the waiting a few days after taking your first pregnancy test to take the second. Levels of hCG (the pregnancy hormone) double in your urine each and every day. Bodies are cool, huh?

When it comes to time of day to take a pregnancy test, it’s best to take the pregnancy test first thing in the morning, before you’ve had any water to drink. First morning pee contains a higher concentration of hCG, so first thing in the morning is best. Otherwise, any time of day is okay. Just don’t drink large amounts of fluids beforehand!

More questions? Head on over to our FAQ on understanding pregnancy test results.

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