When Should I Take a Pregnancy Test?

Ah, the age old question. The good news is, knowing exactly when to test 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, it’s smart to test regularly for safety and peace of mind. The good news is, Stix offers pregnancy test subscriptions that flex to your lifestyle and needs.

Stix also delivers in two packs. 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.

When it comes to time of day, 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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