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      26.02.2010 17:55
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      Always read the instructions carefully!

      Well me and my husband had been trying for a baby for 8 months, and were starting to think there was something wrong when every month only one little blue line popped up on the pregnancy tests. But then on the 18th January, I'd been feeling very sick for a good couple of weeks, and I was constantly tired, beginning to think I was ill with some kind of virus, I realised my monthly friend hadn't been in a while and my husband rushed me off to Tesco to buy a test.

      We aren't well off, and we're not poor, but I have much more important things to spend my money on than spending £15 for a pregnancy test, so I opted for a Tesco Pregnancy test priced at £2.99 for one test, around £3 cheaper than the cheapest "named" tests. These were the tests I had used throughout the last 8 months testing every 4 weeks or so, and I knew how they worked.

      The tests are very simple to use. You need to hold it under the urine stream for around 20 seconds (this is the instructions amount of time, but I don't think many people havea urine flow of that long, I know I don't tend to!), making sure the white felt tip (like the top of a felt tip pen but thicker) has fully absorbed urine. You then pop the little blue lid back on and leave it on the side for 2 minutes, there are two "windows", a Control Window and a Test Window, the Test window is the first and the control is the second, if you watch the test develop you can see the urine been absorbed by the litmus paper and pass through the windows, don't worry if nothing comes up yet as you need to leave it for the full 2 minutes to develop!

      After two minutes have elapsed you can check back on the stick. If there are two lines, congratulations! you're expecting, if only one line has come up in the Control window, then sadly the chances are you are not pregnant, if no lines come up on the test, then the test is defective, and another should be retaken.

      == False Negatives ==
      These can be quite common if a test is taken too early on in the pregnancy, many tests will not pick up on the HcG (pregnancy hormone) in the urine until around 2 weeks after a missed period, especially cheaper tests, whilst some tests like First Response will show a positive result just 4 days after a missed period.

      Pregnancy tests work by detecting the HcG hormone in the urine which is present only when the female is pregnant (although some medication can contain the hormone but I will go over this later on in more detail), if there is very little amounts in the urine, there may not be enough to colour the litmus paper and show up, so it is best to wait around 2-3 weeks after you have missed a period to ensure you don't get a false negative!

      False negatives after around 2-3 weeks is highly unlikely, unless the pregnancy has already stopped developing and the HcG levels are dropping considerably and a miscarriage is imminent, but even then you're likely to get a positive result unless the miscarriage is about to occur. Pregnancy tests are usually 99.8% effective, so the chances of a test saying you are NOT pregnant when in fact you are (when used in the correct way after the correct amount of time has elapsed) is only 0.02% likely!

      == False Positives ==
      It is said that there is no such thing as a false positive pregnancy test result. If a pregnancy test tells you you are pregnant you ARE pregnant.

      In some cases women say they had a "false positive" when in fact they didn't. There are numerous things which can make women think they have had a false positive test result:

      Water Mark: A water mark in the test window of a test will not be pink or blue (or the same colour as the control window line) more a browny colour, and is not a positive result, but in fact just a mark left by the urine on the stick. This is why it is very important to read the instructions and make sure you know what you're looking for on the test! If the control window has a pink line the test window will also have a pink line (it may be lighter or darker in colour but will always be the same colour). This isn't very common, but with women who may be taking their first pregnancy test ever it could be confusing.

      Defective Test: Some women may get a positive test window on their tests, but no line in the control window, this means that the test has not worked and is defective, it may have been put in the test upside down (meaning the test window is now the control window), or it may just be working in the wrong way, if there are not two lines on the test, then another test must be taken to confirm pregnancy!

      Chemical pregnancy: Also called by many other names, these are when a pregnancy test is taken and a positive result comes up on the test then a couple of days later the woman has her period. In these cases, what has happened is that a very early miscarriage has occured (within the first couple of weeks of the pregnancy), most women don't even know they have had a miscarriage at this point as there is no pain, just a normal period. This is the most common reason for a "false positive" result on a test as as many as 50% of pregnancies miscarry before implantation has occured (which happens at around 4 weeks of pregnancy).

      Medications: Some medications, most specifically fertility treatments, may cause HcG to be in the urine causing a test to be "positive" when it isn't.

      Normal medications such as: pain killers, anti biotics, anti depressants, will NOT contain the HcG hormone and WILL NOT cause a false positive.

      The medications which may cause a false positive are: anti-convusants, Parkinson's disease medication, some tranquillisers and some diuretics (pills which relieve water retension), so if you are taking any of these, it may be best to consult a GP or doctor (call NHS direct for a quick answer!) and ask them if your certain medication may cause a false positive, you may be asked to have a blood test or even a Ultrasound to test for pregnancy if this is the case and the medication cannot be stopped.

      == Which test should I choose? ==
      All tests are good, so it is entirely up to you which you decide to use!! The more expensive tests are NOT more accurate, this is VERY important to remember, the reason they are more expensive is for a couple of reasons: 1) the manufacturers name! 2) Electronics and parts (i.e. Clearblue digital contains much mroe expensive "parts" to work).

      I bought some from Wilkinson's which are the tests the Doctors use, they are 99p for two tests and are dip sticks, which MUST be used in a sterile cup (to avoid a wrong result from something in the cup). They are very small and can be difficult and fiddly to use. I found the Tesco tests great value (£5 for 2 tests) and very easy to use.

      == If I leave my test longer, will it mean it's more accurate? ==
      No. You must not look at the test after 10 minutes as a wrong result may be given after this long, do not leave the test for longer than the time allocated to ensure you get a correct result.

      I really hope I have helped you here, this is the information I wanted to read when I was trying to get pregnant and when I took my positive test, as I was adamant it was wrong! So I hope I have helped anyone with the information I have given here!!

      I am now 11 weeks pregnant with our first child and very excited! So good luck to everyone else on here trying!

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        12.01.2010 13:13
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        All in review -------- Make your own mind up

        Ok so I know what you are thinking! A bit of a random review I know, but the thought of pregnancy can be quite traumatic never mind even going to the shops to buy a test to see if you are or not. Most of the time we worry over nothing which causes stress which leads our "monthly time" being late. So I decided to do this review for peace of mind and my opinion on home pregnancy tests. I mean do they really work? What is the best one? And more importantly where can I buy it?




        For those of you that don't already know I have two little girls and was also pregnant with a little boy but that we aren't going to get in to. So Three pregnancies and as you probably guessed a lot a pregnancy tests that match. See I am one of those people that have to know and have to know the truth there and then, so when I had noticed a change in my body I went straight to the shops to buy a test. I have tried quite a few different makes to see if that would still give me the same result. I know you are probably thinking "God is that girl made of money?" the answer is no lol. I know these can be quite expensive but you can also buy them pretty cheap too, I have even tried and spotted them in the pound shop for a pack of two.




        There are different pregnancy tests that you can buy. Confusing??? No not at all, I have listed below what kinds you can buy, how much and more importantly if they are accurate. Just for peace of mind I am only going to list and give my opinions on the ones that I have tried and tested myself otherwise it would be an unfair and false review. I hope you find it of some use to you.









        ~ONE STEP PREGNANCY TEST~

        This test can detect pregnancy 4 days before your missed period and is 99% effective. Most of you probably haven't heard of this one before it is just the like one the Drs do, you know the ones that they make you do a wee in a cup, bring it through dip the strip in and wait for the result. I bought this one from the £ shop and it come in a pack of 2.

        Now don't be put of with the price, some people think nah its cheap there sent much point in trying it as it wont give the correct result. Wrong!! At the time I was 3 weeks pregnant with my third child and although three weeks in my opinion is rather early to find out if you are or not. The first test I done was at night (not recommender by the maker) It was negative. The next was the next day, first thing in the morning (which is recommend) and the result was positive, the line was faint but it was there. I put the faintness of the line down to how early I Must have been in the pregnancy. My over all opinion on the test is a 3 out of 5 and for the price who can really complain lets face it, we do a test and if the result is positive then we go to the Drs and they do another test anyways just to confirm it.





        ~FIRST RESPONSE PREGNANCY TEST~



        This test detects the pregnancy hormone 6 days earlier then the day of your missed period (5 days before day of expected period). The amount of pregnancy hormone increases as pregnancy progresses. The test is Over 99% accurate at detecting typical pregnancy hormone levels. This test is a mid steam test which means that you pee in the end of the stick and replace the cap but with all tests I recommend that you pee in a cup as lets face it we don't all know how much urine is going to come out and the tests need to be in it for at least 20 seconds.

        I paid £8.99 for this test from ASDA although this was like 5 ears ago I bought this one, I have checked up on the price that it is now and I am please to tell you that it has gone done in price and it now available to purchase it for £5.98. I think that the price is reasonable although there is only one test in it. I wasn't to pleased with the actual tests itself though as I had bought two tests and the two that I has done was at different times of day and both of them didn't reveal a true result and both the screens were blank. After paying what I think is a reasonable price for a pregnancy test I was slightly angry that I had paid for a faulty test, never mind two of them. Maybe it was a bad batch of them or something but I would not recommend that you try this one. For this reason I would rate this product a 2 out of 5. There are other mid steam tests that you can try such as clear blue, which brings me onto the last test.





        ~CLEARBLUE DIGITAL~

        There are two different types of Clearblue pregnancy tests. Clearblue is a mid steam test and the newest latest improved pregnant test which I called Clearblue Digital. Clearblue Digital is 99% accurate and can detect pregnancy from the first day that your period is due. Clear Digital gives you 2 unique results: pregnant or not pregnant and also tells you how many weeks you are.

        I bought mine from my local super market which is Somerfield, and I paid £12.99 for one which I personally think is far too expensive but considering it also gives the results of how far on you are then I suppose it is worth it. It was easy to use and with a few second the result appeared on the screen. I was surprised at how quickly the results came up. I would recommend that you try it and would rate it full marks of 5 out of 5.





        ****My Overall Opinion****

        Given the fact that I have tried a few of these tests I think that home testing is a great thing that has been brought out I'm just surprised that there are so many different tests. I'm not surprise that us women get ourselves in to such a panic. I just think that such life changing result can come from a little bit of pee. I recommend that if you think that you are pregnant to defiantly do a test and put your mind at ease.

        Thank you for taking the time to read my review. I hope that it is of some use to you. Thank you for taking the time to read it, it is very much appreciated.

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          08.02.2009 02:50
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          a accurate result

          most pregnancy tests available on the market these days do exactly the same as each other it is just that you pay a lot more for testers that tell you in words that you are pregnant or tell you that you are so many days pregnant, this in my opinion is a total waste of money when they all do the same job which is basically testing for an increase in a hormone in your urine, after all why pay £15 for a stick you are going to piddle on and throw away when you can get a very similar stick from your chemist for around £1 for a pack of two or 3 and are the exact same ones used by the nurse at your doctors surgery.

          Read your instructions on your pack carefuly as the timing on different tests is different but the basics are still the same, you need to test after the first day that your period was due as this is the earliest time that most tests will show an increase in your hormone level, once you have put the tester into a urine sample for the required time, 5 seconds with my strip from the chemist you then need to waite the required amount of minutes for an accurate result,

          A lot of people panic when they see a line appear quite quickly on the tester, this is perfectly normal as it appears to tell you the test is working, you need to waite the required time which was 3 minutes with mine to see if a second line appears on the tester, if it does then you are pregnant.

          If you get a negative result only 1 line and still havent gotten your period in a weeks time i would advise testing again as it may be that your hormone level wasnt high enough to be detected so a negative result can sometimes be misleading but there is little point retesting if you get a positive result as the only time the hormone will be detected is if you are pregnant.

          Some of the mothers i know kept there testers as a little momento but mine went in the bin, the thought of keeping something i had piddled on didnt appeal to me at all.

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          04.02.2009 11:14
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          The best one i've come across!

          I was convinced I was pregnant. I was feeling nervous, had a few headaches and had a funny taste in my mouth that I only ever experienced when I was pregnant. So I bought a couple of these cheap stip urine tests from a seller on ebay for a couple of quid. In fact there was 15 in a pack. When they arrived in the post I tried it straight away and there was no line. Was it too early to try? was I maybe just not pregnant? A couple of days later I did the same and again nothing. By this point I didn't feel normal, I mean I had symptoms! So I gave it a week adn tried again. This time there was a very faint line that was "debatable". I showed my husband and he said you probably are pregnant. That was it - I had to know for certain. So I decided to splash the cash and opted for the clear blue digital first response. It was to tell me in "black and white" whether I was pregnant or not. I really didn't want to spend between £11-14 on the tests but decided to buy the twin pack just in case. It mush have been a few days before my period was due so the response should be the real thing. I dipped the dip stick part into a flow of urine for 5 secs and then popped the lid on and placed i t on a flat surface. I waited patiently and was slightly nervous. I read the result which it said in word "PREGNANT". I knew it! I would highly recommend this test because it tells you the answer. I know there were others on the market but to have it in writing made it much easier. Thankfully I went on to have another beautiful boy. Who knows if I will try for a 3rd but If I do I have the other test for next time.

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            06.08.2002 19:59
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            This opinion is writen by me, with the information supplied by my wife. She has Found a U.K Based website www.maybebabies.com where you can buy Pregnancy and Ovulation tests very cheap. She brought 10 ovulation tests for just £15.00 (Boots Price £40.00) And also 10 Pregnancy tests for £17.00 (Less than £2.00 each) (boots price approx £55.00!!!) She ordered Them at 3pm on a Friday afternoon, and they arrived on Saturday Morning, can you believe? She used the ovulation tests which told her when she was about to ovulate, they came with a chart and full instructions. And 3 days before her period was even due, she tested with the pregnancy test and it Was POSITIVE This is a great site, there isn't many like it out there they provide a good service, i highly recomend it

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              04.05.2001 16:26
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              Why pay £10.00 for a pregnancy test kit? Don’t other people, like me, think this is too much money, particularly as you may need or wish to test every month if you are trying to conceive? I belong to a number of internet discussion groups regarding trying to conceive and asked around. I was very pleased to say that I found a supplier in the US. There are quite a few who will send to the UK but the one that I settled on was www.completefertility.com They offer two very simple kits, one like we have in the UK and which costs $4 per test and a strip test which costs $2 per test. I paid $5 for postage on my whole order. The current conversion rate is about $1.5 to the £ so these cost about £2.60 or £1.30 depending on the test that you choose!!! I ordered the goods one day, paid for them the next and received them in under a week. I also received full instructions on how to use them. They have a secure means of paying by credit card over the internet and will send you the details when you place your order, if you prefer you can send them a cheque by post but obviously this takes a little longer. The test kits are very easy to use. I have received fantastic service from this company and am very pleased with the products. I wont be buying pregnancy kits in the UK.

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