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aneedleinthehayy's avatar

How long would someone have to wait after having sex before being able to take a pregnancy test and get correct results?

Asked by aneedleinthehayy (1198points) August 18th, 2008

or how long till signs of pregnany start6 to show?

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trumi's avatar

Google is a wonderful thing. You should give it a try.

girlofscience's avatar

Didn’t we have this exact question before too?

trudacia's avatar

Oh jeez! Not another pregnancy question!!

augustlan's avatar

I think it would depend on the type of test you are using, and where in the menstrual cycle you are. By signs, do you mean missing a period? Morning sickness? Showing? Varied answers for each.

Snoopy's avatar

The directions on the pregnancy test boxes at the drug store are usually really pretty easy to understand.

What IS the deal w/ all of the pregnancy Q’s.

Snoopy's avatar

someone please tell me that this isn’t normal for Fluther

La_chica_gomela's avatar

it doesn’t matter when you last had sex. what matters is what part of your cycle you are in. there are two types of pregnancy tests available at most drugstores, (1) the type that can be used the day that your period should start, and (2) (a little more expensive) is the type that can be used up to five days before your possibly missed period.

however, neither of these is 100% accurate, although the accuracy increases the later the test is used.

all this information (and a lot more) can be found by going to walgreens, and reading the pregnancy test boxes.

marinelife's avatar

From the Women’s Health Government Web site FAQ:

“How soon after a missed period can I take a home pregnancy test and get accurate results?

Many home pregnancy tests (HPTs) claim to be 99% accurate on the day you miss your period. But research suggests that most HPTs do not consistently spot pregnancy that early. And when they do, the results are often so faint they are misunderstood. If you can wait one week after your missed period, most home pregnancy tests will give you an accurate answer. Ask your doctor for a more sensitive test if you need to know earlier.

When a home pregnancy test will give an accurate result depends on many things. These include:

* How long it takes for the fertilized egg to implant in the uterus after ovulation. Pregnancy tests look for the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) that is only produced once the fertilized egg has implanted in the uterine wall. In most cases, this happens about 6 days after conception. But studies show that in up to 10 percent of women, the embryo doesn’t implant until much later, after the first day of the missed period. So, home pregnancy tests will be accurate as soon as one day after a missed period for some women but not for others.”

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