One of the questions that many women ask is; how long after conception can I take a pregnancy test? Many women do not know when the best time to take a pregnancy test is. The fact that many early pregnancy signs are similar to those of menstruation makes it even harder to know whether they are pregnant or just feeling unwell.
Some of the pregnancy signs are obvious while others are not. Moreover, some pregnancy symptoms occur only to some women. Therefore, it is important that a woman should understand her body well for her to be able to notice anything unusual. Should she experience some symptoms that indicate that she could be pregnant, it is highly advisable for her to see a doctor so that it can be confirmed. Detecting pregnancy early enough has many advantages. This would enable a woman to know the next course of action to take and how to prepare for the coming baby.
You can detect pregnancy symptoms soon after conception. This is because the body produces Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) soon after fertilization occurs. The HCG hormone is produced by the cells that form the placenta. Due to the release of hCG, many women experience hormonal imbalances. Normally urine tests detect hCG about 12-14 days after conception.
There are some pregnancy signs that occur to almost every pregnant woman and you should look out for them. The most obvious sign is missing the monthly period. Other signs include fatigue, swollen and tender breasts, irritability, unexplained anger, constipation,food cravings and aversion among many others. However, some of these symptoms gradually decrease or disappear as the pregnancy advances. The best thing to do when you suspect you are pregnant is to visit a doctor for confirmation. This will save you the trouble of guessing. A doctor will carry out blood sample or urine sample tests to determine your pregnancy status.
Moreover, when you have the appropriate pregnancy kits at home you can take a urine sample test. It involves collecting urine samples in a cup and dipping a test kit in it. This will tell you whether the urine has sufficient hCG in it to confirm pregnancy. Home urine testing kits are generally cheap and do not require professional expertise to use. They often come equipped with instructions about their usage. On the other hand, blood sample tests used to determine pregnancy are a bit complicated. You cannot carry out the procedure at home and you will need a doctor to do that. Bood pregnancy tests are able to detect the exact amount of hCG you have and show whether you are pregnant or not. Urine sample test only determines whether you have sufficient hCG to confirm pregnancy.
Different women experience varying pregnancy symptoms. It is therefore important to note down any unusual feeling and emotion, and food aversion or craving. You should start monitoring a few days after you have sex with your partner. With the regular evaluation of the physical and emotional feelings you have during this period, you will be able to determine with a degree of accuracy whether you are pregnant or not within two weeks. Therefore, the best time to go for a pregnancy test is as early as possible.