How soon after unprotected sex can I take a pregnancy test?
By Attia @ Planned Parenthood | June 29, 2020, 7:41 p.m.
Category: Sex and relationships
how soon after having sex without a condom can i take a test to see if im pregnant
Home pregnancy tests (the kind you can buy in drugstores) work best if you take them after you’ve already missed your period. Some tests say they can tell you if you’re pregnant a few days before a missed period, but they’re not as accurate before that missed period.
Pregnancy actually doesn’t start the day you have sex. It can take up to 6 days after sex for the sperm and egg to join, and then it has to form into a fertilized egg. It then takes another several days for the fertilized egg to grow, travel to the uterus, and implant itself into the lining of the uterus to start a pregnancy. So from when you have sex to when pregnancy happens can be up to 2-3 weeks.
If you don’t want to be pregnant and you’ve had unprotected vaginal sex, you can use emergency contraception within 5 days of unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy.
Tags: pregnancy tests, unprotected sex