The best time to take a pregnancy test is the day after your expected period.
If you test before that time, the pregnancy test may not be able to pick up on the pregnancy hormones (which need time to develop) - so you may get a negative test result.
For a pregnancy test to give a positive result, implantation needs to happen first, and there needs to be sufficient buildup of hormones.
When a person becomes pregnant, the fertilized egg implants into the uterus on average around 9 days after ovulation. This is also when the body first becomes aware that it is pregnant and starts producing the hCG hormone, which is what a pregnancy test can detect.
When using Natural Cycles to plan your pregnancy, you will see a pregnancy test symbol that is displayed 1-5 days after your predicted period - depending on how regular your cycle is and how well the algorithm knows your cycle.
If you are using NC°Birth Control and the app recognizes that conception has possibly occurred (if your period is late and your temperature remains elevated), you will be prompted to take a pregnancy test.
Once/if you get a positive pregnancy test, the next step is to book an appointment with your healthcare professional so they can confirm the pregnancy.
To learn more about how the app detects pregnancy, click here.
If needed, you can purchase pregnancy tests on our webshop.