Deciding whether or not you need to take a pregnancy test can cause a lot of stress and anxiety, especially if you’re hoping for a negative result.

If you’ve recently had sex and are experiencing any unusual side effects, it may be time to head to your local pregnancy clinic for free lab-quality pregnancy testing.

Here are our tips on deciding when to take a pregnancy test:

Physical Signs of Early Pregnancy

It’s important to know that if you are sexually active, there is always a chance you could become pregnant. Yep — even if you’re on birth control!

Here are some physical signs of early pregnancy to be on the lookout for: 

  • A missed period
  • Unusual exhaustion
  • Tenderness or changes to the breast
  • Headaches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • A heightened sense of smell or taste
  • New cravings 
  • Mood swings

All of the above symptoms can indicate pregnancy, but they can also be signs of other health conditions. It’s important to confirm your pregnancy with medical-grade pregnancy testing and an ultrasound.

How long after sex should I wait to take a pregnancy test? 

One of the main questions we receive from women who think they may be pregnant is whether or not it is too soon to take a pregnancy test. If you’ve recently had sex and have reason to believe you may be pregnant, we recommend waiting at least one week after your missed period to take an at-home pregnancy test.

To verify your results, visit your local pregnancy center! Hope Women’s Center provides free medical-grade, high-sensitivity pregnancy testing that can provide a 99% accuracy rate as early as 7-10 days after conception, usually before a missed period.

I’m pregnant! What do I do now? 

If you’ve recently received a positive pregnancy test, you’re in the right place! Hope Women’s Center is here to help you each step of the way.

We provide women facing unplanned pregnancies with all of the screenings they need — including free pregnancy testing, ultrasound scans (for eligible patients), STD testing and treatment, options counseling, and more!  

Schedule an Appointment

We are here to help you explore your options, navigate this challenge, and make the choice that’s best for you and your future! Schedule your free appointment today!