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I know you're supposed to wait 2 weeks after a situation in which you might become pregnant before you take a test. Does ovulation influence this however? It's only been about a week since I had a (very minor, but I'm concerned anyways) risk. I have however, already ovulated for the month. Would this impact the timing of when I should take the test at all? Should I hold off for another week? My period is due in two weeks, for the record. Hope this is an okay question to ask - thanks!
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Pregnancy tests work by testing for a hormone only produced by a pregnancy, and that hormone not only takes time to develop (and mid, getting to the point where it can even start to do so takes around a week or more, since pregnancies take around that time to happen when they're going to), but to get to a level where a test can detect it.

That's why what's typically advised is to wait until either your period is clearly late -- and most ideally, around a week after that -- or it's been at least two weeks since your risk, whichever comes first.

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