Cutler fact checks pregnancy test claims with Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Abigail Cutler, MD, MPH, assistant professor in the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, spoke with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for a Politifact Wisconsin article about how soon pregnancy tests can detect a pregnancy.

In the article “Fact check: Claim that pregnancy can be detected the day after conception is false”, Cutler explained the typical timeline of fertilization and the way pregnancy tests work to detect hormonal changes:

“About five to 10 days after fertilization, the fertilized egg implants in the lining of the uterus. HCG is produced shortly afterward, Cutler said, first in low levels which rise rapidly over time.

“The very earliest someone can confirm whether they are pregnant is following implantation, the timing of which varies but can take a week or more,” she said.”

Read the whole article here.