When to Take a Pregnancy Test with Birth Control

When to Take a Pregnancy Test with Birth Control

By Jamie & Cynthia, Stix Founders

When to Take a Pregnancy Test with Birth Control

Taking a pregnancy test doesn't have to be a confusing or intimidating experience. A lot of women ask us about how birth control does or doesn't interfere with testing. Read on for answers!

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Why take a pregnancy test on birth control?

Birth control isn't 100% effective. That means as secure as your IUD is or as regularly as you take your pill, there's always a chance you can get pregnant. Plus, many forms of hormonal birth control can make your period light or non-existent. For example, Stix co-founder Cynthia doesn't get her period from her birth control, so she tests every two months. We're all about peace of mind.

But how often and when should I take a pregnancy test?

Knowing when to take a pregnancy test if you have an irregular period or no period from birth control can be confusing. Especially because tests on the market today all boast “3 days before your missed period” for best results.

What does that mean if you don't get your period from birth control? It’s best to test at least 19 days after having sex. If you’re having sex on the regular, you can subscribe to Stix pregnancy tests  for peace of mind. We offer subscriptions that ship out every one, two, or three months. The frequency is up to you, and you can cancel or pause the pregnancy test at anytime.

Does birth control interfere with pregnancy test results?

Don't fret. Birth control does not interfere with pregnancy test results. As soon as you get pregnant, your body starts to produce a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). Stix pregnancy tests detect this hormone and displays the result after five minutes. Birth control hormones do not interfere with hCG.

What's the best way to buy a pregnancy test?

When you don't want to deal with the inconvenience or run into a familiar face at the drugstore, Stix pregnancy tests protect your privacy and are delivered in a discreet, tiny envelope. When we say discreet, we mean it. The envelope won’t say Stix or pregnancy test anywhere visibly on the outside - not even on the return address.

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

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16 comments


  • I have been using Depo injection since 2016 October and since then haven’t seeing my periods so I decided to stop as I wanted to plan for another baby so on February 2020 it was supposed to be due date of my family planning but I did not go and I discoved a sudden change on my stomach more like a pear shape n i look pregnant as much as I have mood swings, get hungry evn after I have eaten, headaches, backache n urine on my bladder after fewminutes from peeing so what can be the cause or am I pregnant without realizing it looks like I have been pregnant from 2019 December as the belly grows buh whats shocking me is that I had a light blood, brownish to meruneish colour js so light when I wipe with a tissue but during the day it stopped I don’t knw if I should be worried or what? 😕

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  • I’m on the depo shot ,first time on it got it on March . Had a longer period started at 21 around there and lasted about 7 days followed by spotting two to three more days . April came and no period but on and of cramping like if my period was coming anytime soon but nope nothing yet . I am panicking in a way ,but I was told it’s normal for it to be delayed or not have it . I’m due for a shot on may 29 to June something they said in between . When I first got my shot I was not on my period and was told wait 7 days to be protected I waited little longer few more days to be safe . Now I’m just worried and cramping but took a pregnancy test and it came out negative with I think it’s a faded line unless my eyes are playing with me .. I don’t know what to do … Any advice? Can I be pregnant? The doctor said I would be protected ..

    Fm on

  • I’m on the depo shot and I don’t get my period at all when I’m on it. Recently had sex but it was protected. Should I still take a pregnancy test? I’m having some anxiety about it even though I was being safe and cautious.

    Felicity on

  • first day of my mens is march 17, i try to take a daphne pills i already finish 1 pack but no period again i start again 1pack of pills is it normal

    Evagean dolando on

  • first day of my mens is march 17, i try to take a daphne pills i already finish 1 pack but no period again i start again 1pack of pills is it normal

    Evagean dolando on

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