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Not all pregnancy test are equal
Boots Pregnancy Test Kit
Member Name: jillycat
Boots Pregnancy Test Kit
Advantages: Simple to use works if used later on
Disadvantages: Not as sensative as some fo the more expensive tests so can give uncertain results
Last year when we were trying for our second child I decided for pregnancy tests this time I would try the own brands as surely weeing on a stick is going to produce the same results no matter the price. However I do think I was proved wrong in this belief.
The first set I tried was a Boots own brand. These are available in in most Boots stores and there are several versions of the Boots tests from the plain simple test with window and lines to the more advance digital tests. The test I am reviewing is the simple line test kit. These are available for either £4.10 for one or £5.10 for two.
The kit itself
The kit includes a simple instruction guide to using the kit and the plastic white stick test. This about 15 cm long with a depression at one end for holding the stick and the thinner plastic bit with what can only be described as holes in it for the urine to pass through on to the testing paper at the other end. A third of the way down are two small windows to view the results a circular window for the control so you know the test has worked and a square window for the results. There is a nice handy purple cover for this end meaning you can put the lid on it after you have done the test should you wish to keep it. The stick itself is nice and easy to hold and manoeuvre and handily also has what the test results should like on it for quick and simple reference.
Claiming to be 99% accurate and giving results in 3 minutes I thought the test would prove to be easy to use and give me the result I wanted at a cheaper cost Clearblue versions which are around double the price which I had used for my first pregnancy.
The test can be used by either you weeing directly on to the stick but this comes with the hazard of possibly getting urine on the part of the stick that you shouldn't as it can contaminate the result. Or you can do as I did and wee into a container and dip stick the results. I personally prefer the second method as this allows me greater control as I can use a small disposable metallic food tray similar to what you often get for tests in the doctors and not worry about getting urine on the part of the stick I am not supposed to and then just dispose of the container. When you have the urine you then dip the stick in as far as is indicated on the pregnancy test kit and submerges this for a few seconds. This is very easy to do and allows the whole of the test paper/strip to be full absorbed. It is then a case of waiting for the three minutes. As I waited I could seem the straight line in the circular control window become a bright pink colour so I knew I had performed the test correctly. The square window after 3 minutes had a very infuriating line in it. The line itself was very faint meaning I wasn't sure if I was pregnant or not as I hoped for a more clear indication than this and the line was significantly fainter than the control line. Now I personally never test for pregnancy till after I have missed my menstrual cycle by at least two days as I know my cycle can fluctuate by a day each way so I knew in theory I wasn't asking the test to do anything it shouldn't be able to do such as testing before you have missed your cycle as some of the more expensive tests can do. However I had hoped for a more accurate indication than a faint line. As I had bought the single test version I was then left in a quandary did I buy another test of the same standard in another day or so or did I go for a more expensive test that would give me a more accurate reading. I personally decided to go for a more expensive Clearblue test as I knew these had worked accurately for me in the past.
I am a little disappointed that the test results were not easy to read and expected better from Boots when testing at the correct time of day a few days after my cycle was late. However when I tried the test again when I was around 8 weeks pregnant and just had a bleed the results where a lot better and it showed I was still pregnant well within in the three minute time frame. This leads me to conclude that this is probably a good cheap test to use if you are going to be testing if you are over a week late but if you can't wait that long to find out you maybe better with a more expensive test as they appears to have greater sensitivity to the pregnancy hormones than this test does. As it is simple to use and does work I am giving it 3 stars but due to its lack of sensitivity even after a few days of waiting I can't give it any more as it may give a false negative if used to soon in my opinion. As the faint line I had with this test translated with the Clearblue digital test to show that I was pregnant by 5-6 weeks well within the time frame of the test only a day later.
Summary: A basic test that i would advise only using after begin a week later
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