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lightmyfire
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If you had a viable pregnancy risk within your first month of taking birth control, but it was towards the end of the cycle, when would be the soonest you could take a pregnancy test?

Like, would the end of your packet of pills (the placebo pills) count as the time that would usually count as your period? Or would it be better to wait the 14 days because on the pill you don't get a "period" as such?

For example, you start your first pack of pills, have a pregnancy risk on the 18th and 20th days of the pill pack, and then start the placebo pills on the 25th day of the pill pack. By the time you start the new pack would you be able to take a pregnancy test? Or should you wait until 14 days after your most recent pregnancy risk?

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Leabug
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You can take a pregnancy test 10-14 days after you had a pregnancy risk, or if you miss your withdrawal bleed- whichever comes first.

The reason why this works is because pregnancy takes a while to occur, and 10-14 days is enough time for the body to produce enough hcG (the hormone produced by a pregnant person) to be detected by home pregnancy tests. (And if you missed your bleed due to being pregnant, that indicates enough of the hormone, as well, since one of the things the hormone does is stop the endometrium from being shed.) Make sense?

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lightmyfire
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It makes sense, but my question was more like...

If you don't know when your withdrawal bleed should be (you've never taken the pill before), how soon into the new pill pack would you be able to take a hpt and have it come up with an accurate result?

Would it just be after you've taken the placebo pills? Or what?

And in the case where you don't know when your withdrawal bleed should be, should you just wait until the 14-day mark to take the test instead?

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