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Knowing early - friend or foe?
First Response Early Pregnancy Test
Member Name: millwall23
First Response Early Pregnancy Test
Date: 12/09/02, updated on 20/09/02 (26892 review reads)
Advantages: Find out earlier than a lot of tests, Reliable
Disadvantages: May give you a false neg, May cause heartache
After all I've now spent the last 5 years of my life trying to have children and so far I've succeeded twice. Twice being a total of 1½ years actually pregnant and with a further 6 months after the birth of my second not trying that still leaves a grand total of 3 whole years trying for babies (so far!).
So when it comes to ttc (trying to conceive) I know more than your average person and it's a pretty complex issue when you get right down to it. Every month becomes a ticking clock of 28 days (for an average cycle), 1 week hosting the dreaded period, the next waiting to ovulate then the last 2 hoping and praying that the dreaded period (affectionately called Aunt Flo to us obsessive baby dancers) doesn't make her next appearance.
When you first start out trying for a baby you simply attempt to make love as often as possible or around mid cycle and wait patiently for the results. After all you don't expect it to happen first month but secretly you still think it will! When your period arrives you move onto the next month.
The problem starts to come after a few months when your patience ebbs away and instead of thinking about pregnancy tests just before you're due on your daily walk to work suddenly takes on a new route past the chemists to peruse the stock of pregnancy tests. You're no longer interested in blowing your money on clothes or music, nope now you have a nice little collection of boxes containing strange looking "sticks".
You've become obsessed and it happens to almost all of us and when you reach this stage the last thing you want to do is wait until you are actually late to test - you want to know NOW. The problem wi
th most high street tests is that for the majority of women we won't have enough of the hormone they test for called hCG (Human chorionic gonadotropin).
The body starts to produce it when the egg is fertilised and it can be detected in your urine but most tests require a larger amount per ml to show a positive result. This won't happen until at least the first day your period is due and if you are irregular it may be longer. Alas here is the answer to that problem - First Response Pregnancy Test.
THE TEST ITSELF
First Response comes in a pink and white box of standard size. Inside you will find a "stick" i.e. the test itself and a small instruction sheet which I recommend you read at least twice before you start and the actual directions for usage at least 3 times. These things are too expensive to risk doing it wrong. The stick is cased in foil to keep it fresh and out of exposure to moisture, check the test first to make sure it's ok .
It's a very simple test to perform and you can use it any time of the day or collect it, same as most other brands really. Make sure you have the test the right way up when you urinate on the stick and keep it in for the right amount of time, this is the one time in your life you really don't want to be second guessing if you did it right.
If you follow the test instructions properly then you will be able to read your result in 3 minutes. If you are using this test the day you are due or later then you will probably see an instant result but wait the three minutes to be sure it wasn't a strange test defect. If you are pregnant you will see two pink vertical lines if not then you will only see one. If you see none then the test wasn't performed right or was defective.
No matter why you are testing (trying or an opps) I recommend you buy the double box. You can buy either one test which will cost between £7 and £8 or the double which
will set you back about £11-£12 from an average chemists. If you buy the double and you test positive you can double check for added peace of mind a couple of days later and if it's negative you can either save the second for next month or retest a week later.
It really is that simple - at least the actually testing bit is.
First Response detects smaller amounts of hCG in your urine so you can get a result as much as 3 days before you are even due on. Some women just know when they are pregnant even just a few days after conception, sometimes instinct other times physical symptoms. I'm one of those people and I'm also impatient leading to a disaster in financial terms because I've paid a fortune for tests only for them to come back negative because I tested too early. This specific test I've used twice and had two early positive results.
Going back to what I wrote above, you will probably be able to relate to that and if so you will probably be very tempted to make this particular pregnancy test you're new best friend but you may want to think about this first.
Every cycle you have a 25% chance of conception however 1 in 3 of these fertilised eggs will not make it for one reason or another and the body will reject the pregnancy as non-viable. You will very likely have by this point made enough hormone to give a positive result on the test but your period will arrive either on time or slightly late. Before these extra sensitive tests came out there was no way except a personal feeling to know that any of that had happened. Now however you can find out you're pregnant only for it to turn out to end before it even begins.
Through my 3 years of trying to conceive I've had 4 early miscarriages and one recent experience of what I just described above (non-viable pregnancy). Once you get that line or dot on whatever test you take you're pregnant and the emotion
s that come with finding out you're pregnant are real whether they last 9 months, 6 weeks or 2 days. It won't be as physically painful or draining of course but mentally it can be very hard to know you are pregnant and then simply not be especially after months of trying and hoping.
It may come in handy if you have a reason, you're maybe setting off on holiday a couple of days before your period is due, or perhaps you've got a birthday or night out just before and you'd like to drink but don't want to take the risk. In that instance you may want to use this test to give you a good idea and perhaps help you make a decision but remember that even if it comes back negative you could still be pregnant (52% detection 3 days early, 69% 2 days early, 86% 1 day early).
Other than that I would say this is a great test for detecting pregnancy when you are due or a couple of days late because you will be pretty certain to get an accurate result whereas some other tests will require you to be even later. Good luck getting those two pink lines!
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