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Tesco Pregnancy Test
Member Name: karenuk
Tesco Pregnancy Test
Advantages: Easy enough to use, clear result, cheap to buy, 2 in a pack
Disadvantages: A bit fiddly, quite a long wait for the result
When I began my new relationship last year, we had to decide quite early on whether we wanted to try for a baby. I will be 42 in October and as fertility diminishes in the forties, I had no idea about my chances of conceiving, except it probably wasn't great. We both have children from our previous marriages, but I had all mine in the 1990s when I was still in my twenties!
After a couple of months of trying, I was a day or so late with my period, so during our usual weekly shop at Tesco, I bought a Tesco Pregnancy Test. There was a display full of different brands, some really expensive, but all seemed to do the same thing. I liked the idea of getting one that had two tests in it, so we bought the Tesco one which has the two tests included. It is very basic packaging, but says it is easy to use and gives the result in minutes. I think we paid around £3.50 for this, but some of the better known brands were around £15.
The last time I used a pregnancy test, you had to wait for the first wee of the day and couldn't test until your period was overdue. These days, technology has moved on and you can test any wee of the day and you can get a result even before your period is due! Amazing.
The instructions were clear to follow with diagrams where necessary. Each test is separately wrapped, so you just open one package to get the test out when you are ready to start. It is long and thin, a bit like a chunky pen, white with a light blue lid. You remove the lid and put it on the other side of the testing stick to hold it with. You then wee on the absorbent end of the stick, replace the cap, put the test down on a flat surface and time three minutes.
I found it a bit fiddly knowing where to place the stick, as it's not so obvious to us girlies as to where the wee is coming from exactly! But it worked fine and after the wait (which always seems much longer than the three minutes!), it came up with one vertical line in the circular window on the right, which meant no, I was not pregnant.
Sure enough, the next day, my monthly visitor made her unwelcome presence known.
Fast forward to last week. By my calculations, I was three days late, but trying not to get too excited. We went to Tesco and even though we were only there an hour, I need to wee twice. Mmmm, this made me wonder. When I got home, I dug out the second test in the packet and went through the procedure again.
This time, I wasn't sure if it had worked. As I had urinated a lot in quite a short space of time, I wasn't sure I had peed for long enough and the windows of the test seemed to remain blank for longer than I expected. I brought it downstairs and placed it flat, anxiously watching the time on my mobile phone.
But then, something started happening and soon, two lines appeared - a vertical one in both the square and the round window. (I know, it sounds like Play School!) I checked and double-checked the box and the information sheet. This was a positive result.
My fiancé and I were smiling, but we still didn't want to celebrate just yet. What if it was a false result or I hadn't done the test properly? We wanted to make sure. So we drove to the Co-op and bought a Clearblue single test which was around £9. This one was a bit easier to use than the Tesco one and the result came up within a minute, but the negative or positive was a bit harder to work out, as you get a plus sign in one window (which is quite faint) and a vertical line in the other. Anyway, it was positive too.
I am still very early into the pregnancy - about five weeks - but really hoping everything goes well and we get a baby in early February.
For anyone needing a pregnancy test, I would recommend the Tesco one. It is one of the cheapest on the market, easy enough to use and the result is clear. I hope you get the result you are hoping for, like I did.
Summary: A good test that is worth buying.
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