When you become pregnant, your body begins to produce hCG, known as the “pregnancy hormone.” The amount of hCG produced increases rapidly as your pregnancy continues.

The timing of a pregnancy test is often based on your regular menstrual cycle. If it is like clockwork (every 28 to 30 days), you will want to take your test a day or two after your missed period. If your cycle is irregular, we suggest waiting 5 to 7 days before taking a pregnancy test. By waiting longer, the hCG hormone level will be higher, and you will be able to get a more accurate urine sample.