“ Brand: Asda / Quantity: 2 / Type: Pregnancy „
I had hoped to post this review with good news of the pitter patter of a tiny mooseling on the horizon. Unfortunately though 7 weeks after getting our positive result (and after writing the majority of this review) I had a miscarriage. It's been an upsetting time, although physically it could've been much worse, and emotionally I'm handling it pretty well all things considered, and am feeling positive about a future which will hopefully include children not too far ahead of us!
But anyway, onto the pregnancy test review!
---Buying the Tests and what they look like---
We bought these in Asda as they were the cheapest tests there, being £3.50 for 2 tests. This is very cheap compared to the branded (and more flashy ones), but more expensive than the ones which are literally just a piece of card like a dipstick. These Asda tests are made of plastic(with a little window where the control line and test lines show - which is very clear compared to the even cheaper tests as they say T(est) and C(ontrol) on them), and after using you can put the lilac coloured plastic bit back on the end (for hygiene reasons I suppose). These tests come in a card box which is mainly blue coloured.
---Using the test---
There are two ways to use this test. The first (which is the recommended way, and the one which I prefer) is to urinate into a clean dry glass container (a glass works well!), then holding the test upright, dip only the absorbent tip into the urine for at least 10 seconds. The other option is to hold the test by the thumb grip and put the tip pointing downwards directly into your urine stream for 2-3 seconds. One line (the control line) shows up quickly (thus showing that the test is valid), and the test line either appears or doesn't, depending on whether or not you're pregnant.
The instructions explain all of this. Other important things to note are:
* It is best to use first morning urine (especially in the early stages of pregnancy - obviously later on it doesn't matter as levels of hCG will be higher then)
* You will usually have to wait between 1 and 3 minutes for the result
* It says to discard the stick after 15 minutes and disregard any change in result or any lines that appear after this time.
---The first test---
I did the first test when my period was 3 days late (therefore being 4 weeks and 3 days pregnant - the interesting thing that you find out when pregnant is that pregnancy is counted from the first day of your last period, so generally 2 weeks before you've even had sex) as I had a dental appointment and needed to know in case any x-Rays were needed.
After the 3 minutes there was definitely no second line visible, so I got in the shower. After showering I looked again, and I thought I could see a line. After drying my hair and getting dressed I looked again, and could definitely see a faint second line. However, at this point it was well after the 15 minutes, so I really wasn't sure at all.
With the inconclusive results I felt in a bit of a state of limbo. Erring on the side of caution I switched to decaf coffee (making some excuse at work about it being for health reasons), and just had to hope that the toothache wouldn't come back, as obviously needing to avoid painkillers where possible but being unable to avoid them completely (hence the recent paracetomol reviews!) but thankfully now the offending wisdom tooth has been removed, so no problems hopefully in future pregnancies.
---The second test---
I did LOADS of research after that first test. I found that it is very unusual that people get false positive results. I also found though that sometimes a second line appears which is actually an evaporation line (but that these are usually grey coloured, not pink/red which the test line and a positive result would show). I have done pregnancy tests over the years and had never had anything remotely inconclusive, but I really felt 50/50 as to whether I was pregnant or not!
I did the second test two days later. I wanted to do it sooner, but knew I had to leave it longer to get a more accurate result as pregnancy hormones increase. This time the line showed up (which was darker than the previous test's) after about 3 minutes. I texted my boyfriend with the good news!
Although the test is supposed to be accurate as early as 4 days before your period is due, in my case it almost certainly wouldn't have shown up that early. Personally I feel it's probably better to wait until your period is late anyway, since so many pregnancies end in the very early stages (possibly most won't even know as they will just bleed as they would with a period). Why go through the trauma of thinking you're pregnant only to have an early miscarriage?
---Still not satisfied?---
Since then I purchased 3 packets of 3 pregnancy tests from Home Bargains at just 79p. I used these every so often (just to check) - as the pregnancy was further on by then they turned positive absolutely immediately. Since miscarrying I did a test a few days later and got a negative result - this confirmed to me that the pregnancy was now out of my system - so hopefully we will try again soon.
It does say on the instructions of the Asda tests to see your doctor to confirm that you're pregnant. I was surprised that the doctor didn't do a pregnancy test, and even the midwife didn't do a test at the booking appointment. I did give a urine sample (and blood), but these weren't to test for pregnancy! I think that this lack of any concrete evidence is what made me do the further tests!
These are decent enough pregnancy tests. They're not the cheapest, but they're certainly not the most expensive either. I wish there had been a bit more clarification in the instructions about what a positive test after 10 minutes might mean. But I suppose they have to cover their backs.
For future pregnancies I will probably stick with the 3 for 79p ones in Home Bargains as they are even cheaper. At the end of the day a more expensive test isn't going to prevent a miscarriage.
Now I've written this review the time has probably come to throw out those initial Asda tests which I kept (I know, it sounds a bit weird). They still show the positive lines, and part of me wants to hold onto what would've been our little Christmas baby. But there will be positive tests again in the future, hopefully with positive end results.
4 out of 5 stars from me!
We have been trying for a baby for a few months and we have little money to spare and will have even less once we have a new family addition and so we don't want to spend a fortune buying pregnancy tests. Of course you always hope that the first test you buy will come back positive and then the £8 you have spent on a leading brand will seem like little money but that isn't always the case. Sometimes it can take months and months to get a positive test and sometimes this doesn't even mean you'll use just one test a month, you may even take several so it can soon be a costly affair. This was why we bought these from Asda as they cost £3.50 and you get two in the pack. I know you can buy a bulk lot of about 10 for £1 or something ridiculous from Ebay but I would rather know the brand and I trust Asda so think £3.50 for two is fine.
When you use the test it is recommended to use it first thing in the morning. This is because it is triggered by the hormone and that hormone is particularly more high in the morning, also don't drink a lot before using it either as that can water down the concentration level of the hormone too so best to use this when you first wake up before you have a drink. If you are further along in pregnancy it won't really matter what time of day you use it as your hormone level will be high anyway but in the early days it can be difficult to pick up on after morning. This test can detect pregnancy up to 4 days before your period is due so if you are unsure of your dates or if you're too excited and anxious to wait it can be a God send.
This is an easy test to use. You don't need to do anything difficult just wee! You remove the cap and then either wee directly onto the test stick which had been covered by the cap or you can wee into a container and then dip the strip into the container to soak it up. You then replace the cap and put it on a flat surface. The liquid will work it's way up the strip until it reaches the test window. This only takes a matter of seconds, a minute maximum. When it reaches the window it will indicate if you are pregnant or not. It will show 2 lines if you are pregnant and just 1 if you are not. It's important that you know this, some people may see a line and think that means they are pregnant so you must read the leaflet so you can see what it all means. It has to show one line as that is a test line to prove that the test worked. It's the second line that is the important one.
Reading the test can sometimes be difficult. If you are very, very early on in pregnancy then the line is only very faint and sometimes it can mean you are a bit unsure, are you imagining that line or not? If you are unsure whether there is one it's best to leave it another day or so and then the next time you use it if you are pregnant then the line should show stronger. It is as simple as that!
I think that these are very reliable pregnancy tests and very simple to use too. There are all kinds of different tests out there trying to entice you to buy them such as ones which claim that they can tell you how far gone you are and ones which can tell you earlier than others and perhaps they are decent but the test cannot really tell you how far gone you are only a scan can do that and at the end of the day the question you really want to know is whether you are pregnant or not so these are fine!
I like that you don't have to wait a long time for the result, sometimes just those 30 seconds waiting can seem like a life time as you wait and watch the window wondering if your lives are going to take a new road or not so these are fast.
It is good that they do not cost much money so that people can afford them especially if they are trying for a long time, you don't want to spend a lot of money on pregnancy tests if you can help it so being able to buy two at a reasonable price from a known supermarket is great.
This is a reliable test so I recommend these to you if you are trying to conceive or think you are pregnant. I would be buying more if I needed to as they were so reliable but I don't need to as I got my 2 lines!
With my first pregnancy's I had used a clearblue and got a negative ( that cost me 14 pounds) then used a 85p home and bargain and have done ever since - all positives but very light.this time I bought asdas own went to the loo around 3.45 at asda :) had no pot so just put it in the stream I popped the cap on placed it on top of the loo and before I could get my pants up 2 very dark lines appeared really really quick . I was a bit shocked at how fast so I done the second one the following morning and that was the same, the best test I have ever taken.
With my first daughter it took nearly a year to fall pregnant but I was late a fair few times and as such I used a lot of pregnancy tests!! With my second daughter I was pregnant 6 weeks after I had my implant removed and because of my first experience I didn't believe I was pregnant until I had 5 positive tests.
I bought some of my pregnancy tests from Asda however I wasn't lured by the more expensive named tests as I believe supermarket branded products are generally just as good and lets face it they have to pass enough tests to be on the market in the first place that you can trust they will give you the correct result and they do peromise to be 99% effective. A box containing 2 tests costs £3.57 now although they were more like £5 when I was buying them.
The test itself is a plastic white stick with a purple colour cover for the actual testing piece, the test has a raised area for you to hold onto and a window to display the result aswell as a control window so you can be sure the test is working, the test result appears after 3 minutes.7
The instructions that come with the test are very simple although how hard is it really to instruct someone to wee on a stick, you are supposed to start weeing and then place the test into your urine stream for 10 seconds before replacing the plastic cover. If you prefer you can wee into a tub and then dip the stick in for 10 seconds. You must place the test on a flat surface and then you will see the urine streak across the windows before the lines appear to let you know the result. Sometimes the result is there before the full 3 minutes however you are only supposed to read the result between 3 minutes and 10 minutes after urinating although I have never had a test that has changed result after 10 minutes.
To read your result is easy and the instructions give you a diagram so you cannot fail to know what your result is, the results window will always have a line in it which is to show you that the test has worked, if the line isn't in the results window then you need to disguard the test and start again. In the results window after 3 minutes if there is only one line then you are not pregnant however if there are 2 lines then the result is positive.
I have used these tests and got both positivbes and negatives and every time the result has been correct so they are certainly accurate, with my second daughter I took the test the night before I was actually due to bleed as I was being impatient and I got a very faint second line which by morning using a second test was a very definate line, you are advised gto use these tests from the day your period is due and on a morning when the HCG hormone is at it's strongest. I think these tests are very good value for money and saves having to wait for a doctors test to give you a result which takes days.
***Before reading this is a very girly review and talks about pregnancy and the joys of being a woman and urinating on a stick! Therefore all those of a sensitive disposition need to bear this in mind!!!*****
Prior to my current pregnancy I have had to take a few pregnancy tests; when I got a positive result at the start of my pregnancy with my twin boys and also a very nerve wracking test when my twin boys were 6 months old and I had pregnancy symptoms (thankfully which was negative). On each of these occasions I have always begrudged paying a lot of money for pregnancy tests so have opted for the lower priced tests which included the Asda Home Pregnancy Tests.
***Asda Home Pregnancy Tests***
Asda market these pregnancy tests as easy to use and are 99% effective. The Asda Home Pregnancy Tests come in a double pack which are standard pregnancy tests and give a simple positive or negative result. The tests are standard looking pregnancy tests; a plastic stick with a absorbent stick on the end in order to absorb urine. The tests absorb the urine and then give the result as they detect pregnancy hormones
The tests come with full instructions on how to use and give you a result in 3 minutes.
The tests are available from Asda and cost £3.59.
I have used these tests on two occasions now one with a positive result and the other with a negative result.
I do think now that these are very easy to use pregnancy tests however on reflection this probably is because I have now taken a number of tests. However on the first ever pregnancy test that I used I used an Asda Home Pregnancy test and I did find that the instructions were clear and the test was easy to use for someone who was in a panicked worked up state.
Each of the tests in the double pack come sealed in a foil wrapper. Once you remove the foil you can take the test. You simply take the plastic tip off the end of the pregnancy test. This reveals an absorbent stick to take a sample of your urine on. To use the test you can either use a (disposable) cup and dip the pregnancy test in or put the tip of the pregnancy test in the urine flow. Personally the first option is definitely the easiest as you can ensure the stick absorbs enough urine to take the test. A disadvantage of these tests is that you do not get a disposable cup with the tests which many brands provide for ease of use.
The plastic pregnancy test has a window to view your result. In this window one vertical line will always appear on the left hand side of the window. This is the control line to show the test has worked and if this does not appear it means that the test has not worked and is essentially a faulty test. For a negative result there will be no further lines in this window. A positive result will show a second vertical line meaning you are pregnant. Out of the tests that I have done using the Asda Home Pregnancy tests I have never had a faulty test.
The instructions on the tests state that you should wait 3 minutes for your result. On the occasion I used this test and (thankfully) got a negative result after 3 minutes there was no line or even hint of blurring so I could clearly see that I was not pregnant. Which was an accurate result as I turned out not to be pregnant. However for peace of mind I did do the other test from the double pack which is a massive advantage of these Asda Home pregnancy tests you have two tests so even if you are not convinced by the first result you can test again.
On the occasion that I used these tests and got a positive result (when I was expecting my twin boys) the result was clear within less than a minute. A second line appeared within a minute and this was very dark and clear. However I do think this was due to the fact I was around six weeks pregnant with two babies when I took this test and would say that usually it is advisable to wait 3 minutes before the result of the test shows
I would definitely recommend the Asda Home pregnancy tests as they have always given an accurate result when I have used them and although not the easiest brand of pregnancy test to read the result from it still is very easy even at the most nerve wracking of moments to clearly see what the result is.
An advantage of these tests is that there come in a double pack which costs £3.59. This is extremely good value by pregnancy test standards which can be priced at £7.00 for a single test.
The test does not give an indication of how far along in your pregnancy you are like some more expensive brands do but in my opinion a positive or negative result is all you really need.
~Asda Home Pregnancy Tests~
These pregnancy tests are available in a pack of 2. Asda promote them as being easy to use as they can be used in one step - no mixing or measuring! Asda claim that these tests are 99% accurate and will provide you with a result within 3 minutes. These tests can be used up to 4 days before your period is due. It is recommended that you use the test first thing in the morning though a result can still be obtained from using it during the day.
These pregnancy tests are designed to pick up hormones within your urine and therefore give you a positive, negative or if the test is faulty, an invalid result. Each box contains 2, individually packaged pregnancy tests and an information leaflet with the important 'scenario' and usage information. Each test is a wand with an absorbant tip and viewing window.
These pregnancy tests can be used in two ways after removing the cap :
*Pee into a cup or container and dip the test in for 10 seconds.
*Hold the test in your urine stream until wet
Once you have carried out one of the above steps, replace the cap and sit the test on a flat surface. If you are pregnant, two lines will show up in the view window. If you aren't, there will only be one line to prove that the test has worked.
A 2pk of pregnancy tests are available instore or from www.asda.com. They are priced at £3.57.
Recently I haven't been feeling very well and have had numerous pregnancy symptoms including being around 5weeks late. I have carried out a few pregnancy tests over the course of the past month and am waiting to hear back from the doctors about a sample I have given them.
As we are trying to conceive, I am no stranger to pregnancy tests. I have used various brands and usually find that the cheaper ones are just as reliable as the likes of Clearblue and First Response. The reason I go back to the Asda tests is that these are the only tests which picked up my pregnancy the first time around so I feel more drawn to them. They are quite cheap too compared to other brands.
These tests are very easy to use and I generally prefer the 'stream' method as I don't like peeing in cups or containers to be honest! The results are very evident within a minute or so and viewing window fills up with a purple colour. I have never had a dud test and the test confirmation line has always appeared as it should. Recently (said with a sad face), my tests have been negative. If however, my symptoms carry on, I will be getting a blood test to determine if I am pregnant or not though I have full faith in these tests and will just need to keep trying until I get a positive test!
When I was pregnant with my son, I bought a pack of these tests. I carried out the first test in the toilets of Asda and got a faint and a strong purple line. I carried out the next text the following morning and had two strong lines. I was pregnant! I had estimated I was about 5 weeks gone but at an emergency scan, I was told I was 2 weeks ahead of myself and had only been 3 weeks gone when I took the test. Very reliable early on as the more expensive tests did NOT pick up on my early pregnancy.
Overall I can recommend these Asda Pregnancy Tests. They are clear, easy to use and not too expensive which is ideal if you go through as many as I do! The instruction leaflet is easy to follow as well if you are new to taking tests! I have used 4 Asda tests in the past month and had clear 'negative' results each time despite my symptoms. If the situation changes, I will update my review.
I hope to inform you of a positive result soon so keep your fingers crossed for me!
Thanks for reading :)
As I wrote in my last review, my husband and I have reached that time in our lives where we are wanting to start our own family. I have previously reviewed a rather useful book about conception, and when the time came for mother nature do bring her usual monthly gift, it didn't arrive, which took me by surprise since we hadn't been trying for very long. Anyway, after feeling a couple of other unusual symptoms (when I say unusual - I mean those that I don't normally ever experience around that time of the month) I decided I would bite the bullet and buy a pregancy test, not to use straight away, as I wanted to be sure that I was late by quite a few days.
I knew that Tesco had their own brand and I knew from a friend that these tests were reliable, but since I was in Asda doing my shop for a change, I picked up a packet of their home pregnancy tests, costing just under £4 for a pack of 2, which is around the same price as the Tesco own version. Yes, there are plenty of expensive, and more detailed tests out there, but in truth, I simply wanted a test that was reliable and would give me an honest answer.
Now, the packaging of the Asda home pregnancy test is not exactly colourful, but that it probably better, given I was trying to discretely hide amongst my shopping, in case I should bump into someone I know whist in the supermarket. On the front of the box, it states that this test is:
Easy to use
(Gives) results in 3 minutes
Over 99% accurate
It also states that it can be used as early as 4 days before your period is due (for which I cannot comment on the validity of, since I was already late with my period)
Inside the box, there are the two pregnancy test sticks, as well as lenghty instructions, which you should read before testing. I only half skimmed the instructions and information beforehand, and then ended up trying to frantically read whilst waiting for the results what I should be looking for. For those having been pregnant before, the instructions are probably not as necessary, but for a first timer like me, I would highly recommend reading it thoroughly.
THere are 2 ways of using this pregnancy test, first of all, you can collect your urine in a clean container, then dip the end of the stick (having taking the purple cap off) - ie the absorbent tip into the urine for at least 10 seconds. THe second way, which I used, was to remove the cap and hold the test at one end so you can insert the absorbent tip into your flow of urine as you go to the toilet. This should be held in your urine for 2-3 seconds, before the cap is then replaced over the tip.
This is the point at which I regretted not reading the instructions better, as I noticed colour moving up into the window, and of course, I panicked that I had done it wrong. However I hadn't, and in fact it was simply the the control line forming, telling the user that the test was working correctly. This line was a deep pink colour.
You then need to wait for 3 minutes for the results, although it does state in the instruction leaflet that some pisitive results may appear after 1 minute, depending on the concentration of the hormone hCG.
I got my husband in, and we awaited the results, half expecting nothing to appear, but gradually a very faint line appeared, so faint that I thought I was imagining it, but my husband was pretty sure that there was something. This is when I felt that the instructions fell down. There are three pictures in the leaflet showing various results - one when you are pregnant showing two (clear) lines (although it does state that one line may be fainter than the other), one showing simply the control line meaning you are not pregnant or one hat shows no lines, meaning the test is invalid. Now, the instructions are fine if you get a 2 clear lines, but if you get a very very faint line that is hardly visible alongside the control, we were no further forward in our thoughts.
Now, it also says in the leaflet that after 15 minutes, you are to discard the test and any changes that may appear on it. I know that some tests can end up showing evaporation lines if you leave them too long and thus give inaccurate results, but I don;t think this test is prone to these. Now, within that 15 minutes, there was change in the strength of the second line, and we weren't entirely sure what to think. Later as I lay in bed, and re read the instructions I also noticed that it said, that the best time to test is in the morning when your urine is at is most concentrated of the day. You should not drink excessively before taking the test, as I suppose it dilutes your urine. Foolishly I had taken several cups of tea, and then took the test just before bed, so this probably didn't help in terms of providing me with accurate results.
The next day I was talking to my sister about the results, not really knowing what to think. I had planned to wait a couple more days to see whether there was more chance of getting a conclusive result, nbut she persuaded me to take the test again the next day. This time, a clear pink line appeared beside the control line, which I was rather shocked about and even took a picture to show my husband when he returned home from work, just so someone other than myself could confirm that I wasn't seeing things.
Now, there are also some questions and answers in the leaflet, giving more information, which from reading other things, I now understand better what they are about. If you are comparing tests, it is worth noting that this test is pretty senstive, given that is detects the hormone hCG in urine at a concentration of 15mil. With the 99% accuracy of the test, it also states that if you get a positive result you are most likely to be pregnant, although this should be confirmed by a doctor (however my doctor tells me that they don;t tend to test for pregnancy, since the home pregnancy tests are generally so accurate).
All in all, I found the test very easy to use, both tests worked as they were supposed to, and I was obviously pleased with the results, which appear to be very accurate. My only slight niggle is the lack of information about those potentially very very faint lines you get on the test, and what they mean. It is a great idea having two in the pack, to re test if you get this result, but it would be lovely to have an idea if that was a good sign or rather nothing to boast about. Other than that I would certainly recommend these tests to others to use.