Pregnancy Tests – Are you testing too early?
So you want to know if you’re pregnant – and you want to know NOW! Here are a few reasons why testing early is not such a good idea.
Testing early can ‘scratch the POAS itch’ but won’t necessarily give you an accurate answer. It can leave you more confused than ever. If there is no line, you may wonder “Is it too early? Am I pregnant?”. If there is a very faint line you may wonder if it’s actually there which leaves you wondering “Is it too early? Am I actually pregnant?”. A shadow, an evaporation line – these will leave you wondering the same thing “Am I pregnant?”. So, what was the point of taking the test – if it leaves you wondering the same thing you did before you took the test!?
We all want to be one of the ‘lucky’ ones that gets an early positive result – I mean who wants to wait right? But in reality, the percentage of women that do get an early positive is very small.
The longer you wait the more you will be able to trust the result you see in the pregnancy test window. If you hate to see a negative pregnancy test – testing early, even when you are pregnant, will likely mean you see one. Do yourself a favour – wait! The last thing you need to see when you’re pregnant is a negative pregnancy test!
Here are some statistics that will hopefully convince you to hold off on testing.
(These stats are based on data collected on www.countdowntopregnancy.com)
Percentage of PREGNANT women that received a negative test result when testing on the specified day past ovulation.
6 DPO: 85%
7 DPO: 80%
8 DPO: 73%
9 DPO: 56%
10 DPO: 40%
11 DPO: 26%
12 DPO: 21%
13 DPO: 18%
14 DPO: 15%
15 DPO: 13%
As you can see, waiting just a few days makes a huge difference! On 8 DPO 73% of pregnant women saw a negative result! Compare that to 10 DPO where 40% saw a negative test. By 12 DPO that number drops significantly to 21%. That means that just waiting 3-4 days will improve your chances of an accurate test result tremendously!
If you need help deciding when to take a pregnancy test – visit the Pregnancy Test Timing Calculator.
This entry was posted on Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 at 1:45 pm and is filed under Pregnancy Tests.
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