When you think you might be pregnant, it can be difficult to wait to take a pregnancy test. For the most accuracy, though, it is best to wait until a week after your missed period before testing. This time allows for hCG (the pregnancy hormone detected by pregnancy tests) to build to a detectable level.

If you have irregular cycles, test three weeks after you had unprotected sex. If your period doesn’t arrive after a negative result, wait another week and test again.

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