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Easy as pie and cheap as chips, and you can buy it with both in Tescos!
Tesco Pregnancy Test
Member Name: whatanoldbag
Tesco Pregnancy Test
Advantages: Cheap, reliable, easy to use, easily accessible to purchase, will tell you what you need to know
Disadvantages: not as much fun to use as the digital ones
So with a desperate desire to know what was happening, at 11pm I found myself in the 24 hour Tescos, buying pregnancy tests - unable to wait til the next morning. Now I knew I was only a day overdue, and that last time I'd been pregnant I'd had to wait til five days to get a positive, so I thought it would be worth buying more than one packet; especially as Tescos was right over the other side of town, and I didn't want to end up in Tescos at 11pm every month for a year!
My personal favourite had been to use Clearblue Digital as it actually says the word: "pregnant" on it, so no debates when reading it, but when you want to buy a job lot they are expensive. So my eye happed upon these Tescos own brand ones, at an amazing £4.98 for two, and a slightly less amazing £3.24 for one, but this compares very favourably with the Clearblue price, which even in Tescos, where they are well priced, is £8.38 for one and £11.34 for two.
So two twin packs of Tesco's tests went in my basket, and I (oh how impatient) only made it as far as the in-store rest rooms to test out the first product. They come in a cardboard box wrapped in cellophane, which I can definitely report, comes off quickly and easily when you are in a hurry! Inside is a very simple to follow set of instructions with pictures (so you can scan read and not waste time), and two individually wrapped tests.
As with the vast majority of home pregnancy tests, it is testing for HCG. This hormone is excreted by pregnant women in their urine, and not by non-pregnant women, so testing for the presence of it is pretty foolproof, unless the pregnancy is so recent that the amount of HCG being produced is really still so low it doesn't trigger the test. That's why you might get a negative if you test very early on, but the hormone levels should more or less be doubling daily, so a few days later a second test should come up positive.
It is the sort of pregnancy test which requires you to pee on it for 10 seconds, or dip the stick for 10 seconds in a sample collected in a container. It has two windows in the plastic - you put the lid back on the end you peed on (I think that is just to make the thing um watertight so you can pick it up hygenically to see the result), lay it flat or point it downwards and wait about three minutes. Other tests are quicker, but heck! £2.50 each, and 24 hour access to instant purchase! Who's complaining?
There are two windows- the pee basically takes that couple of minutes to travel up the stick inside the plastic (I imagine the principle is capilliary action) and the farther window away is the test window, which obviously has some HCG (or other positive test triggering thing) impregnated in the stick at that point so once the pee reaches it, a line in it turns pink. It has travelled through the other window to get there. On its way, it will leave a pink line in the first window if you are pregnant, and leave it blank if you are not.
Now some people who'd just put the kettle on or something might be quite happy to leave the test in the bathroom for 3 minutes and go and make a cup of tea, but remember that I was in a cubicle in the Tesco's ladies room so I just watched it. The whole control window changes colour slightly as the pee reaches it and then it moves on up to the other window. A faint pinkish tinge appears, which is a bit confusing, but that disappears as the thing dries out a bit (I think that's why you are supposed to wait three minutes). Once the second window has got it's pink line in it, you know the test has worked properly. If you've got no lines, then the test didn't work and you have to do it again with a new test; if you've got one line only in the test window, then you're probably not pregnant (but you might want to check again in a couple of days with another test); if you get two pink lines, then you'd better get knitting.
Easy as pie.
Basically, as a near-professional POAS addict (that's peeing on a stick), it is perfectly acceptable test to use. It is not unduly messy, I have confidence in the result as it is clear to read and the instructions are pretty foolproof, and the fact that you are looking for lines instead of dots helps your eye not to be fooled by imaginary dots that aren't there (though you have to throw these tests away in a place you can't retrieve them from the bin for a second look as they can give you faint false positives in the shape of an evaporation line so are not reliable at all after 10 minutes). The line in the "real" window is usually fainter than the one in the test window, but if you can see one, however faintly, it's a positive.
I can report that the tests have an approximate shelf life of two years and the expiry date is printed on the cardboard packet and also on the individual wrapping on each test, so it would be hard to use one by mistake that had gone out of date. I knew even as I was walking out of Tescos I should have returned the other box, but for some reason I had other things on my mind by then!
I have no reason to suppose these Tescos tests are less sensitive than branded ones (actually Clearblue Digital are generally regarded by my fellow POAS-ers as the ones that take the longest time to give you a positive) and, basically, they are fantastic value for money. And if you are pregnant, it's all going to cost you a flipping fortune, so anything you can save now can be diverted to Winny the Pooh accessories, ballet lessons and crisps.
....new carpets, football summer school, trips to watch small anthropomorphic creatures be cute in Disney/Pixar movies, birthday cake, Calpol, babywipes, childcare, babysitters, Disneyworld and strange sweet fizzy drinks with names you've never heard of; AA batteries at exorbitant rates from garages on Boxing Day, endless mobile phone upgrades, endless extortionate mobile phone bills, university fees, warhammer models, barbie accessories, driving lessons, cracked nippled cream at £12 a tube (yes really), oh sorry. Got sidetracked.
Actually if you are pregnant, £3.24 for one is better value than £4.98 for two if you don't use the second one. Anyone want an unused pregnancy test from an opened box?
Summary: Great value test