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how soon can i take the pregnancy text?

By Anonymous June 15, 2010 - 4:41pm
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I had the contraceptive implant for 1 year. it was removed on 4 of june, and i had unprotected sex on 5 of june, will i get pregnant and how soon can i take the test? thank you

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I too was on the impant also. I had mine in for 18months and was irregualr. Jan 2011 and no period this month. Had my impant removed on 2nd Feb as my husband and i are trying for a baby, we are wondering how long it usually takes before taking a test also, because i too don't know if i've missed my period/ ovulation etc.

We have some problems dont we, as women?? :-)

February 6, 2011 - 7:18am
(reply to Anonymous)

Were you able to read the information given above, that answers your question about "how long it can take"? It may take a cycle or two before you know when you ovulate, when you menstruate, etc.

February 6, 2011 - 8:05am
(reply to Alison Beaver)

My fertile days were from 11/30-12/4 we had sex from 11/28-12/05. My next period is due to start this Friday 12/16. I just took a pregnancy test this morning 12/11 and it was negative. Should I say I'm not pregnant or was that too soon? Is it possible to be pregnant and still test negative this close to the beginning of my cycle?

December 12, 2011 - 11:21am
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Thank you for your anThank you for your answer. My period was irregular whilst i was having the implant, my period was only came three times over the last year. so i don't know whether ive missed the period or not. the doctor just told me that my period will become nomarl, but she didn't give me the specific time.

June 16, 2010 - 4:30am

I am hoping that your doctor provided you with some information about your birth control being removed, how soon you can be expected to ovulate and/or have regular menstrual cycles again??

It can take up to a cycle or two after stopping any type of hormonal contraceptive before your menstrual cycle is back to "normal", which includes ovulating. The synthetic hormones in the birth control help to prevent ovulation, among other things, which is why they are up to 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. It takes time for our natural hormones to begin the natural process again.

You may want to read about the menstrual cycle process (or, let me know if you are interested, as I'm happy to share the information!). The basic information is: it's a cycle; a process. You do not ovulate overnight, just as you do not become pregnant overnight. Your natural hormones need to begin working to signal to your ovaries to start maturing an egg. Once the egg matures, it is released (called "ovulation"), and the egg is fertile for about 24 hours. If it is fertilized within this small-window, the fertilized egg travels down the fallopian tubes to implant in the uterus...this all takes 10-14 days.

Do you see where I'm going with this? Expecting to be able to conceive the day after you stop hormonal contraception is not realistic, and it would be great to get to know your body and your cycle before trying to conceive for many reasons. You have not had a period for a year (the bleeding you experience is "withdrawal bleeding" and not an actual menstrual period), and it is recommended that when women stop taking birth control, to wait a cycle or two before trying to conceive, so they know when their last menstrual cycle began.

To answer your last question, you can only take a home pregnancy test once you have missed your period...no earlier than 14 days after unprotected sex.

Let us know if you would like to learn more about your body, menstrual cycle, conception, etc. How old are you, by the way? I am assuming you are trying to conceive, but please let me know if I mis-read your question.

June 15, 2010 - 6:51pm
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