Product Type: One Step health products
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One Step Pregnancy Test Strips
Member Name: kat1234
One Step Pregnancy Test Strips
Advantages: cheap, reliable, discrete
When we were trying for a baby (and happily conceived my son) a couple of years ago, these were the tests that I used. I have never been the patient sort and waiting for my period to arrive was too much to bear so I wanted an early test that would give me a positive result at the earliest possible point. At the same time, I found that pregnancy tests were generally grossly overpriced and I could not justify taking these on a whim. When I came across these on Amazon, they were ideal as they were so cheap. You can purchase in packs of 5, 10, 15,20 or 50 - price varies depending on quantity but the more you get, the cheaper the individual price. A pack of 20 cost £2.45, and bearing in mind individual tests can sell at £7 plus in supermarkets and chemists, this represents tremendous value.
For those unfamiliar, pregnancy tests work by detecting the pregnancy hormone hCG in your urine. This is secreted by the placenta shortly after fertilisation - about 6 days after conception. So, these tests are described as 'ultra early' tests and can give a positive result up to four days before your period is actually due.
The tests are very basic. They arrive in a clear plastic bag (I ordered from Amazon and they were very discretely packaged). Each test is in a foil pouch which is sealed. This has the product labelling and some instructions written on - although the main instructions come in a paper insert in the main packet. The pouch can be easily ripped open to reveal the test and a silicate pouch to maintain freshness and prevent dampness etc. The test is a small cardboard strip - quite thin and short. One end is coloured blue and the other white, with a line labelled 'max'. To use the test, you urinate in a clean cup (ideally first thing in the morning as this is when the hCG, if present, will be most concentrated) and dip the white end into the urine for around 10 seconds, ensuring it does not rise any further than the max line. You then need to wait patiently for any lines to appear - a control and a positive line if pregnant. These appear in red.
I found the tests very easy to use and very reliable too. When pregnant with my son they did give me a very early positive result. I love the fact that they are so cheap that I can take one just out of curiosity (and impatience!). They are also small and discrete so you can dispose of them easily too. I thoroughly recommend these to anyone to conceive.
Summary: great value
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