Have you ever wondered how long after ovulation should you take a pregnancy test?

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This is the question I get asked frequently by my patients and it’s one of the main topics of conversation in my Facebook Fertility Support Group UK.

When should you do a test if you have a regular cycle and crucially when is the right time to take a pregnancy test when you have an irregular cycle?

Doing the pregnancy test at the right time of day is important too, as well as choosing the right test to use. Should you by a cheap test or go all out and buy the most expensive one in the store?

Is there anything that can make your result inaccurate?

How long after ovulation should you take a pregnancy test?

In short you should wait until you miss a period before taking a pregnancy test. This will mean that the levels of HCG in the urine are at a high enough point to be accurately identified on the test.

If you are temping and you know when you ovulate, wait until you are 20 days post ovulation and then test. If your temperatures are staying elevated and not dropping down to the pre-ovulatory level 20 days post ovulation, then you have most likely conceived.

If you have an irregular cycle, then how long after ovulation should you take a pregnancy test? Well the good news is that whilst the time from the first day of your cycle to ovulation can vary and be irregular, the time from ovulation to your next period is always constant. This stage, otherwise known as the luteal phase is between 10-16 days and therefore, if you know the day you have ovulated you can do a test after 16-18 days.

If taken too early you are likely to end up with an inaccurate result so it’s really important to do it at the right time, even if this means sitting on your hands for a week or two and resisting the temptation to test! There is nothing worse than the agony of a negative result, so spare yourself this pain and do the test at the RIGHT time.

The best time in the day to take your test is first thing in the morning. This is when the concentration of HCG is higher in your urine and as a result will produce a more accurate result.

Not all pregnancy tests are created equal. You may find that the cheaper tests are more likely to be inaccurate or certainly give you a false negative. Equally, I don’t necessarily believe that the very expensive tests are any better than the middle priced tests. Choose what you can reasonably afford. If you are doing the test at the right time as recommended above, you won’t need to keep buying many tests to get an accurate result.

If in doubt, always the best person to see is your doctor. Your doctor can check your sample in the doctors surgery and if necessary arrange a blood test which is particularly accurate.

I hope this has answered your questions on how long after ovulation should you take a pregnancy test? Good luck!

How long after ovulation should you take a pregnancy test?