A lot of women will feel fatigued, sick, sleepy, moody, or have sore breasts early in pregnancy, before they experience the most obvious sign of pregnancy: a missed period. However, many of these signs and symptoms aren't unique to pregnancy. So, women who want to know whether or not they are pregnant will use an early pregnancy test. A positive result on a pregnancy test is the most reliable sign of pregnancy.
How soon can you take a pregnancy test?
The simple answer is this: you can take a pregnancy test as early as 6 days before your missed period. However, you need to know how the testing works so you can know of the pregnancy earliest, without compromising accuracy.
A pregnant woman’s hCG level will rise after getting pregnant and double every day to reach the detection level of 25 miu/ml. A pregnancy test can show a faint test line when you test very early, and it will get darker as HCG builds up in the urine.
So, if you want to do a pregnancy test earlier than the missing period, like 6 days earlier than missed period, you actually can do that. Just know that when you find a faint test line, you need to do another test after a couple of days to see whether the test line is getting darker. With a chemical pregnancy you will see a faint test line, but it will not get darker. A true pregnant women will see the test line getting darker until it is fat and bold. See how the test line gets darker for a pregnant women in the example picture below.
How to use a pregnancy test
- Dip the white absorbent tip of the test into the urine up to the black “MAX” line and keep the tip in the urine until the dye rises into the results window. (Est. time for Easy@Home brand: 5-10 seconds)
- Follow steps 1, 2, and 3, as above.
- If you upload your hCG test result to the Premom pregnancy test gallery, you can track your hCG progression in your urine from a faint test line -- from approximately 6 days before your missed period day -- until a fat and bold test line shows up.
Updated May 1, 2019