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Earlier this month I had a bit of a scare and in my lunch hour went to Boots and found myself purchasing this pregnancy test. :)
This test was just under £7 for 1 strip, or £13 for two strips, if you want to be completely sure. I bought the £6.99 one.
*What you get*
A white plastic strip with a little thing on the end where the lines show up.
*How to use*
Well with any pregnancy tests you know, you wee on a stick. This one is a bit more basic than average, it doesn't tell you yes or no or how far along you might be, you just get a positive or negative symbol you get after peeing on it after 5 seconds. It says it is 99% accurate and you can use it 4 days before your period is (or would be) due, but my period was over a week late, so I can't vouch for how well it works before a period.
I weed on this and waited for about 30 seconds. The result was what I wanted - a negative.
I'm glad I bought this, as I wanted reassurance really after a late period, but it was expensive for something you ultimately throw away I think. Still, better to be safe than sorry!
Why Would You Buy This?
I know this title seems self-evident. If you suspect a pregnancy - whether or not it's planned - you want to do a test to find out if you're in the 'family way' or not ;). With my first baby (who is now a very busy and energetic toddler) I sent my husband packing to the local chemist, which happened to be a Boots, for a pregnancy test. He bought the two kit test from Boots for about £7 or so. I'd had some light spotting so figured I was having a light period, wasn't pregnant but wanted to rule out the possibility of it anyway. It was quite straight forward to use this test; take it out the packet, take the top off the test and pee on that end of the stick. Wait a few minutes (or seconds) and a red cross appears if you're pregnant.
I have to admit I had a quick sneaky look at the test and right away the red cross had flashed up but because we were going to look at the test together I pretended I hadn't spotted it and quickly put it on top of the medicine cabinet (with the top on the part where I pee'd, I should add.) Within seconds I'd had a result but on the packaging it says to wait a couple of minutes to get a result so I suppose this might vary from person to person.
What Do You Get? How Does It Work?
Inside the box are two pregnancy tests, wrapped in foil, an instruction booklet and that's your lot. Upon opening the tests you'll notice they are simple, white, bog standard pregnancy tests; with one end you pee on and another with a small window that will reveal if you're pregnant or not.
The instructions even have a handy little graphic of the angle you should direct the test into your flow of urine - yes, seriously - but if this grosses you out you can pee into a cup (or your husbands shaving cream lid! LOL) and dip the test end in the cup for a few seconds, put the cap on the test end and sit on a flat surface.
I can't really think of any cons with this test other than it isn't like one of the digital tests that says how many weeks pregnant you might be - next there will be tests revealing the gender, no doubt - but if you're not bothered by that then this 'no frills' test is fine for the purpose it's intended. The pros are that they come in a pack of two so if you get a negative test one month you can use the other the next - or even if you test too soon or don't follow the instructions to the letter. Another pro is that at £7 this test is fairly cheap when compared to ClearBlue or other branded pregnancy tests - they do the same job, after all. Although you can buy cheaper tests (ASDA's own brand pregnancy test is £3 for two, as is Morrison's own brand tests) if you're in a rush and near a Boots then these are worth buying.
All in all this product isn't fancy but it does what it says on the tin (or rather, the box) and if that's all you're looking for then I'd recommend this to anyone who wants to know if they're pregnant or not.
Last year when we were trying for our second child I decided for pregnancy tests this time I would try the own brands as surely weeing on a stick is going to produce the same results no matter the price. However I do think I was proved wrong in this belief.
The first set I tried was a Boots own brand. These are available in in most Boots stores and there are several versions of the Boots tests from the plain simple test with window and lines to the more advance digital tests. The test I am reviewing is the simple line test kit. These are available for either £4.10 for one or £5.10 for two.
The kit itself
The kit includes a simple instruction guide to using the kit and the plastic white stick test. This about 15 cm long with a depression at one end for holding the stick and the thinner plastic bit with what can only be described as holes in it for the urine to pass through on to the testing paper at the other end. A third of the way down are two small windows to view the results a circular window for the control so you know the test has worked and a square window for the results. There is a nice handy purple cover for this end meaning you can put the lid on it after you have done the test should you wish to keep it. The stick itself is nice and easy to hold and manoeuvre and handily also has what the test results should like on it for quick and simple reference.
Claiming to be 99% accurate and giving results in 3 minutes I thought the test would prove to be easy to use and give me the result I wanted at a cheaper cost Clearblue versions which are around double the price which I had used for my first pregnancy.
The test can be used by either you weeing directly on to the stick but this comes with the hazard of possibly getting urine on the part of the stick that you shouldn't as it can contaminate the result. Or you can do as I did and wee into a container and dip stick the results. I personally prefer the second method as this allows me greater control as I can use a small disposable metallic food tray similar to what you often get for tests in the doctors and not worry about getting urine on the part of the stick I am not supposed to and then just dispose of the container. When you have the urine you then dip the stick in as far as is indicated on the pregnancy test kit and submerges this for a few seconds. This is very easy to do and allows the whole of the test paper/strip to be full absorbed. It is then a case of waiting for the three minutes. As I waited I could seem the straight line in the circular control window become a bright pink colour so I knew I had performed the test correctly. The square window after 3 minutes had a very infuriating line in it. The line itself was very faint meaning I wasn't sure if I was pregnant or not as I hoped for a more clear indication than this and the line was significantly fainter than the control line. Now I personally never test for pregnancy till after I have missed my menstrual cycle by at least two days as I know my cycle can fluctuate by a day each way so I knew in theory I wasn't asking the test to do anything it shouldn't be able to do such as testing before you have missed your cycle as some of the more expensive tests can do. However I had hoped for a more accurate indication than a faint line. As I had bought the single test version I was then left in a quandary did I buy another test of the same standard in another day or so or did I go for a more expensive test that would give me a more accurate reading. I personally decided to go for a more expensive Clearblue test as I knew these had worked accurately for me in the past.
I am a little disappointed that the test results were not easy to read and expected better from Boots when testing at the correct time of day a few days after my cycle was late. However when I tried the test again when I was around 8 weeks pregnant and just had a bleed the results where a lot better and it showed I was still pregnant well within in the three minute time frame. This leads me to conclude that this is probably a good cheap test to use if you are going to be testing if you are over a week late but if you can't wait that long to find out you maybe better with a more expensive test as they appears to have greater sensitivity to the pregnancy hormones than this test does. As it is simple to use and does work I am giving it 3 stars but due to its lack of sensitivity even after a few days of waiting I can't give it any more as it may give a false negative if used to soon in my opinion. As the faint line I had with this test translated with the Clearblue digital test to show that I was pregnant by 5-6 weeks well within the time frame of the test only a day later.
We are trying for a baby and so recently I have had the need for a pregnancy test. I have used the Clearblue ones in the past and have really liked those but sometimes, and maybe just the women reading this review will completely understand this, sometimes, you know you are probably not pregnant but want to check just in case because not everything is happening the way it usually does that month if you know what I mean. When this happened recently I wanted to test but was pretty sure I would get a no but did not want to pay £10 for a Clearblue test as I didn't want to waste the money. So, with that in mind I bought the cheap and cheerful Boots pregnancy test for £3.99 for a single test.
The test comes in a very basic box, it's looks really quite plain and simple and has Boots pregnancy test written on it. I suppose if this was the first time you were looking for a pregnancy test you would most definitely bypass this as it doesn't look very clinical or accurate or as if it would be user friendly and any good I suppose. However, I think most pregnancy tests in theory do the same thing and work in the same way and I so I would say don't let the box put you off.
Of course, this is a simple test and uses a one line/two line result to give you an indication of whether you are pregnant or not. This is not a fancy test and will not give you a digital readout or an idea of when you conceived by telling you how many weeks you are pregnant if you are pregnant. If you want a definitive readout then this is not the test for you as you yourself will have to decipher whether you are pregnant or not, the test will not say, "Pregnant" or "Not Pregnant." Boots say the test is 99% accurate which is what the other tests are too so I think it is a good test.
The test is very simple to use and it comes with instructions as well. You unwrap the test, pee on it for about 3 seconds and then wait for the result. A line in one of the windows will appear to indicate that it is working properly. Then if you are pregnant a line will appear in the other window so you end up with two lines. If you are not pregnant only the one line will stay. It does have it written on the test stick what one line and two lines mean so it is quite easy to understand what the lines mean. I understand some people have a problem with faint lines but my line was quite strong and visible so I had no worries about whether it was working properly or not.
Like I've said above I was pretty sure it was going to be negative and it was so on to next month, but I am glad I did the test and did not spend too much money on it.
Standing at the pharmacy counter in Boots, I said for the second time to the distracted young man at the till 'Can I please have a bag??' I didn't hold out much hope of sneaking back through the office unnoticed with the pack of two pregnancy tests in my hand. It was January and I was convinced my expanding waistline had more to do with the Christmas overindulgence - if I'd even slightly suspected the situation, I'd have thought twice about putting away half a bottle of Brandy at New Year. As it was, the tests were only for the purpose of putting my mind at rest (and I was in a hurry to get away from the shelves of KY Jelly etc before someone from work saw me loitering there), so I'd chosen the cheapest test available, Boots own brand, paying £4.99 for the pack.
I finally got my plastic bag and wandered out through the sales of leftover Christmas decorations and unpopular gifts. About a day later, I got round to doing the test and as I expected, the result was negative. Obviously the scales on the Wii Fit were broken and PMT was sending me a bit loopy. The heavy snow that had buried everything was finally starting to melt; I'd been doing a two hour round trip on foot to get to work and as we all know, muscle weighs more than fat. It was another two days later, as I was stirring the dinner, that I thought to myself that something just wasn't right. It wasn't exactly wrong either, it was just different. I felt a bit hot and sick.
Doing the second test from the packet, I got a positive result. Puzzled by this inconsistency, I didn't exactly believe it. I was calm when I told The Boyfriend that evening. In fact, he didn't set much store by the Boots test either and we went back to watching The Apprentice. It's not like I'd done the test differently. They're straightforward to use, the instructions are clear. You just take off the cap, hold the white absorbent stick in your urine, then pop the cap back on and wait for your result in the window.
The following night, being a big believer in brand names as an indication of quality, The Boyfriend purchased one of the very expensive Clearblue tests and we tried that instead. Imagine our shock as the result in the digital window came back positive, with a time indication of 3 weeks plus. If I was over three weeks, why had the first test been negative? And an appointment at the doctor that week for a blood test revealed I was actually ten weeks pregnant (the Clearblue doesn't go any higher than three weeks). If further proof that the Boots test was wrong is required, it's now September and I'm sitting here with my gorgeous new daughter on my lap as I write this review.
I could have got a pregnancy test in the 99p Store, but thrifty as I am, I wanted something reasonably reliable and I was disappointed with this. The two stars have been awarded on the basis of price and ease of use, but if I'm ever in the same situation again, I'll be opting for one of the more expensive tests. And I hope I am, because despite the surprise, I love my little girl to bits!
I found myself looking at that aisle in Boots about a year ago looking for a pregnancy test. I was late and after my last experience of being late turning into my daughter I thought a pregnancy test was a good idea. I would have usually gone for the Superdrug brand but not having a Superdrug near me at the time, Boots was the next best thing.
The Boots pregnancy test comes in a blue box with a picture of the test on the front and it claims to be able to detect a pregnancy 4 days before your period is due. Excellent stuff. The Boots pregnancy test come in a single pack for £6.99 or a double pack of digital ones for £12.99.
I grabbed the Boots own brand one as I didn't want to pay out for the expensive ClearBlue or Co. This pregnancy test if just a basic pregnancy test - it is not digital or anything ust a simple wee on the stick and wait 2 minutes type of pregnancy test. This test can be used 4 days before your period is due and is apparently 99% accurate and can be used at any time of day not just the morning. Boots do recommend that you use the test from the day your period is due rather than the 4 days before as you are more likely to get a more accurate result if you use it from the day you are due.
Like most pregnancy tests, the Boots one is foil wrapped and it comes with a little leaflet on how to use it and how to read the results. I won't bore you by going into the details of how to use a pregnancy test here as I have already done that and bored a few people with the Superdrug one!
When I used the test I got a negative which is what I was looking for. If I am honest I used the test as more of a reassurance than really beliving I was pregnant again. I waited for the result for 2 minutes just in case but my test was definately negative.
The test is very easy to use though I do not see the point of it being a test that can be used 4 days before your period is late if it is recommended that you wait until the day your period is actually due.
Highly recommended test.
There seems to be a common myth that the more expensive a pregnancy test, the better it works, but to be honest, this is not actually the case.
I have used boots own pregnancy test on a few occasions, and never had any problems with it.
They come in single or double packs, just in case you want to be double sure, and they cost less than a fiver, yet are 99% accurate, so the price doesn't reflect the standard of the product.
OK so it doesn't have a digital screen, but at a time when you are needing one of these, I don't think its the first thing on your mind.
The test comes in a box, which is factory sealed, and the test itself is then sealed in a packet inside the box, assuring you that your test is brand new and not tampered with. It also comes with a leaflet to explain how to use the test and how the test works. The instructions are simple and easy to follow, as are the details of how the test works. No confusing words or long explanations, just straight to the point details, for a stress free and easy testing procedure.
I found the results to show very quickly, in less than a minute, so now waiting around worrying for an answer, its right there in front of you.
I love the fact there is no added stress and worry when using this test.
I personally would use these boots tests everytime I need one, instead of paying much higher prices for an item that does exactly the same, just has a flashier name.
As I have some fertility issues and an irregular cycle it's not unusual for me to have to do a pregnancy test from time to time to check if I am pregnant or it's just another one of those times where I end up feeling like my body is letting me down.
I purchased a double test set from Boots for £4.99 and this has been the price for at least the past year (it used to be much more expensive in the past I believe but has since come down year on year).
The tests are individual wrapped in blue & white wrapping (which seems to be standard for most tests) and then you receive one paper set of instructions and this is all neatly packaged within a cellophane wrapped cardboard box.
Instructions: The instructions are very clear to read and tell you about the two different ways to use the tests (direct in your urine stream & by holding your urine in a beaker (or similar) and then dipping for 10-15 seconds. It shows you three possible outcomes of a positive result and also shows you what a negative result will appear like. The instructions are very simple to understand and also answer lots of frequently asked questions such as 'what do I do if I get a negative and still my period doesn't arrive'.
Tests: The tests are made up of plastic and within them they contain a small strip which uses a dye to test for the levels of HCG in your urine (the pregnancy hormone) and I believe these tests look for HCG levels of 10 or more so could in theory work earlier than the first day of your missed period. It is however advised that you wait until the day of your missed period or as long as you longest cycle has been in recent months before using a test. The test is very easy to use and it has a pull of cap which then has the area to collect the urine (either dip it in to the beaker or your urine stream for around 10-15 seconds) and then simply replace the cap after use. While the test is working you will see the purple coloured dye travel across the screen and this will then show one line in the circle window (control window) and one or two lines in the square window dependant on the result. The control window confirms that the test has worked and the square window indicates one line for negative and two lines (a plus symbol) for positive.
I have found these tests to be very clear and the result can usually be read within a minute (however, wait 3 minutes just to be sure), although, the only thing I have to complain about here is that if you are watching the result for a moment as the dye travels across it really does appear like a positive result (this lasts just a couple of seconds if it's a negative result) and this can be a little moment that catches your breath or fills you with hope (dependant on what you want to achieve).
I do think these tests are very easy to use and seem to be very reliable. I have used them on several occasions now because they are cheaper than most of the branded ones on the market yet do the same job. I have never had a test that has failed to work and never received any that are damaged or faulty in any way. I think that the price is very reasonable and if you are in a situation where you want to confirm whether you are pregnant or not then I would recommend these with a single kit also available for £3.99, although, I would recommend the double pack because if you are pregnant you may want to confirm it and if you are not pregnant and don't receive your period you may require another one to check.
I am going to rate these 5/5 as the price is reasonable & it displays the result accurately without being confusing and it's clear to understand.
Always remember never to read a result after 10 minutes as an evaporation line from the fluid may cause a negative to appear as a positive result.
I recently purchased a double pregnancy test kit from boots, and thankfully only needed to use one of the tests. When scrolling through the shelve with all the pregnancy tests at boots, most of the products seemed fairly similar in terms of accuracy, how early they could detect a pregnancy and the method which is used to take the tests. However there was a big difference between costs and extra features on test. Instead of merely detecting a pregnancy and displaying a positive sign or line, some tests have the ability to read 'pregnant' or 'not pregnant' as well as provide an estimate as to how many weeks pregnant someone is. These extra bells and whistles added to the price tag, and seemed like unnecessary extras. Boots test offer the basic information needed, and are significantly cheaper than most brand products.
The double pack of tests contained 2 pregnancy tests which were individually foil wrapped. There was a leaflet in the box which contained comprehensive instructions on how to use the test and also on how to interpret the results and check the test has worked effectively.
My personal experience in taking the test was positive, in that I got a result within about 30 seconds. The result was easy to interpret and there was no doubt in my mind that the result was actually positive. I would not hesitate in using a boots pregnancy test in the future, and would recommend them to friends and family.
I have just spent the best part of 2 hours with my best friend trying in vain for her to get a reading from a pregnancy kit.
The boots pregnancy kit is pretty standard like most other kits, it comes boxed and the wand is wrapped in a foil like wrapping. The instructions are to hold the wand in your urine stream for 5 seconds, no less and no more. Then you are to lay the wand on a flat surface and wait 1 minute for the test to work. You must see a blue line appear in the oval window to indicate the test had worked and then you get your result in the square window which indicates whether or not you are pregnant. The kit claims to have 99% accuracy and to work as well as other leading brands.
My friend purchased 1 pregnancy test kit from boots for £4.99, took it home, followed the instructions.. waited the instructed minute and no result appeared (there must be a line in the oval window to indicate the test has worked)
We thought that maybe she did it wrong or didnt hold it in the urine stream for long enough so went back to Boots and purchased a double (2 tests) kit, again boots own, for just under £7.00.
Again we went home, followed the instructions, reading them over and over to make sure she was doing it correctly and then carried out BOTH tests and again NEITHER of them worked, there was no line appearing in the oval window.
At this point my friend was getting very concerned and upset and also frusrated at how much money she was spending on them. I suggested we go to the supermarket and just buy a name brand which she was reluctant to do so I dragged her there and paid for her to have a predictor test which was £8.95 or £10.50 for a double kit. We took the test home, followed the instructions and within 4 minutes the test worked and showed a result!
In my opinion "you pay for what you get" - a person can not incorrectly use a test 3 times and then correctly use a different brand name. There is clearly a fault in the Boots one or they are very hard to use (not that they should be, the concept of wetting a stick is quite simple)
Their claim to have a result in 1 minute should say it all really, at least the other kits allow 3 or 4 minutes.
Dont waste your money on this kit, pay a few pounds more and get a reliable make.
There are certain times in a woman's life when she can be found hanging furtively around that section of Boots. You know the section, the one that's jam packed full of condoms and then if you look closely you'll find the pregnancy testing kits. Now if you're hanging around there due to the fact that you'd rather have your toe nails pulled out then be preggers then you'll notice that rather cruel and ironic joke! If you're hoping you are pregnant you'll smile smugly thinking I'll not be needing them! Back in 1987, I found myself along with my flat mate one Saturday afternoon in a very busy Boots store - so busy we bumped into 4 friends, 2 work colleagues and the person who might have been called Daddy. Back in those days home testing kits were a novel idea and yes they were right next to the condoms even in those days. Having done our snatch and grab raid, we hurried home to actually do the test. On opening the box, we found what could only be described as a home chemistry kit - complete with test tube, holder plus mirror and a pipette. A science degree was needed to do this 30 minute test. The result needed close interpretation as it showed up in the mirror underneath the test tube as a series of circles. How times have changed! Boots along with all other pregnancy testing manufacturers now do the simple to use 3 minute test sticks - thank god! As with most tests Boots can be done the day your period is due so you'll not have that agonizing wait to find out either way. It used to be the case that pregnancy testing kits had to be done first thing in the morning due to the fact one of the pregnancy hormones Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) is at it's highest first thing in the morning. With the advent of new improved tests it now means you can do the test at any time of the day. Why choose Boots Pregnancy testing kit? If you're like me you'll want to get the cheapest o
ne you can. Boots sell two kits. The first is a single test kit for £7.99 and the second is a double test for £8.99. In all honesty I'd suggest you paid the extra pound as you never know when these things come in handy! also if you should get a negative result but your period is still late at least you'll not have to fork out another £7.99! So you've run the gauntlet of Boots and haven't bumped into anyone you'd rather not bump into as you clutch that box. The bored check out girl gives you a sympathetic smile as you hand over your money and puts it in a near see throw bag and your now the proud owner of a Boots Pregnancy testing kit. Boots Pregnancy tests can be used from the day your period is due. But unless you're as regular as clock work I'd suggest you perhaps left it till the day after. They can be used at any time of the day and Boots claim that they are 99% accurate.I would suggest that you don't drink gallons of fluids etc prior to doing the test as this might well dilute the minute amounts of HCG in your urine On opening the blue cellophane wrapped box you should find your test stick(s) wrapped in foil along with a comprehensive instruction leaflet. Now even if you're a pregnancy test expert I'd suggest you actually read this leaflet, prior to taking the tin foil of one of those sticks! Now having bolted the bathroom door it's time to actually do the test. Basically you'll need to unwrap the testing stick from it's foil wrapper. You'll now find you're holding what could be described as a long square shape pen in a lovely white plastic. The test has it's own cap along with two windows - a control window and a result window.On removing the cap you'll discover what looks like a highlighter pen filter - this is the bit that needs to soaked with urine for 20 seconds.At this point I have always found that actually trying to wee is rather d
ifficult as your trying to aim at a rather small target! So perhaps a better idea is to actually wee into a clean receptacle and you can dip the test into the urine that way. Once you have managed to soak the tip of the test you'll need to replace the cap so obviously it's best to keep it at hand! You'll now notice that one of the windows has a blue line in it! Don't panic/celebrate just yet this is the control window. If the blue line appears in this window it means you've done the test correctly. If a blue line doesn't appear at this stage then the test is either faulty or unfortunately you've done it wrong - I told you that extra pound spent would come in useful! After 3 minutes you'll have your result. Should that nice blue line in the control window not have a matching friend in the other window then you're not pregnant. Should there be a blue line in the the other window you're pregnant! If it should be a faint blue line you are still more than likely pregnant - I have a six year old who was 2 faint blue lines. But you could do the test again in another couple of days perhaps leaving it this time for first thing in the morning as your HCG levels will be more concentrated. Boots pregnancy testing kits are 99% accurate, it is highly unlikely that you'll get a false positive result. But if you have a negative result and your period is still late then do another test in 3 days time. If this is still negative then you should consult your Doctor as soon as possible as you should if you find out your pregnant Boots Pregnancy Testing kit, offers you a reliable, easy to use test with the same reliability as other more expensive tests. It's also presently got extra advantage points should you make a purchase in the near future.You never know when you might need those advantage points!
I bought the Boots pregnancy test a few weeks ago. I already knew I was pregnant, but after having bleeding my doctor said to take another test to see if I had miscarried, so I got the Boots one. It is similar to the Clearblue type, in that it's a plastic stick, you hold it in your urine stream for 5 seconds, replace the cap and wait. It tested positive for me (which was correct), but took longer to turn blue than the Clearblue that I had originally tested with this pregnancy. Perhaps it's marginally less sensitive. One thing that I did notice from the packet is that you can invalidate the test result if any urine is splashed onto the test window. If the blue "control" line fails to appear, this is the most likely reason, in which case you have to start over again. This is the only test I have come across that has this problem with it, and given that it can be enough fun getting the stick where it needs to be, without trying to protect part of it from splashes, I find it odd that it should even have this weak spot. All in all this is a good test, but personally I will not use it again because of the worry while waiting for the result that you've invalidated the whole test anyway by splashing the window.
Easy to use, the result takes 3 minutes and claims to be 99% accurate.