As tempting as it can be to take a pregnancy test in the very early stages dont do this too soon.

The disappointment of a negative test can be hard to bear, especially if you’ve been trying for a baby for a while.

So, to give you the best chance of getting a positive result on the stick, it’s recommended that you don’t use a pregnancy test too early in your cycle.

Pregnancy tests work by detecting the pregnancy hormone, hCG (human chorionic gonadotrophin) in your urine; test too soon and the levels won’t be high enough to detect it. So, even if you are in the early stages of pregnancy, your pregnancy test will be negative.

It takes about six days after conception for your body to produce the pregnancy hormone, and then another few days after that for the level to be high enough to be recognised by a pregnancy test.

So when should I take a test?

Stick to NHS advice that says to take a test any time from the first day of a missed period OR at least 21 days after having unprotected sex (if you don’t know when your next period is due)