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After taking many other tests and getting only one line and a negative result, I thought I'd take one last test and decided on the Clearblue Digital Pregnancy Test.
This pregnancy tests not only detects if the pregnancy hormone is present but it also indicates how many weeks since conception occurred showing either as 1-2,2-3,3+ weeks. This pregnancy test is very easy to use. It also comes with an instruction leaflet. If you are testing from the day your period is due you can test at any time of the day however if you are testing early you must use the first urine of the day for accurate results. You can test your urine mid stream or by collecting a sample of urine to test. Within 3 minutes of testing this in urine your 'pregnant' or 'not pregnant' results will show. The test will also show how many weeks pregnant. This test is 99% accurate in showing a correct pregnancy result from the date your period is due.
I found this test incredibly easy to use compared to pregnancy tests where the lines appear. I much prefer the digital version. This is the first test I took that showed I was pregnant, it also accurately showed how many weeks pregnant I was since the date of conception. I would recommend this result for people who want clear and easy to read results.
Having tried for our first daughter for 18 months and had 3 pregnancies since then I'm well acquainted with pregnancy tests and I think I have tried just about every brand going! When you buy a pregnancy test you want to know you are getting one thats accurate that you can trust. Clearblue is that brand for me.
Over the past 4 years I've bought pregnancy tests from many different supermarkets and chemists. Most recently I bought the clearblue digital with conception indicator from lloyds pharmacy and paid around £13 for a pack of 2. They are the more expensive pregnancy tests but you get what you pay for with clearblue.
They are widely available from supermarkets, chemists and online and prices do vary but you can quite often find good offers or sales on the clearblue digital.
When you buy the test it comes in a cardboard box wrapped in plastic with the clearblue logo and a picture of the test. Inside the box you get one or two tests, depending on the pack size you buy and an instruction leaflet on how to use the tests.
The instructions I found to be really straight forward and well explained which is exactly what you want when doing a pregnancy test. There are also pictures to explain certain points of the process.
The actual test is wrapped in a foil wrap with an expiry date printed on the side, this makes it easy to check that your test is in date. Its easy to tear open the foil wrapping as there is a perferation. One you pull the test out you will see the white plastic main body of the test that is rounded and indented on one end to make it easy to hold. There is then the small oval digital screen that is blank at first. At the opposite end is a blue plastic cap that you pull off to reveal the part that absorbs the urine. I like that this absorbant section is wide so its easier to aim for and the whole test is easy to hold.
I really like that there is 2 ways to use the test; either holding it under midstream urine or dipping into a pot of urine. It makes it easier that you can use either method.
Once your test has been dipped in urine you replace the cap and wait. As soon as the urine is on the absorbant part the digital screen displays an egg timer that turns over which I really liked as you know that the test is working. It then takes up to three minutes to display the result either 'pregnant' or 'not pregnant'. The fact it displays it in words makes it one of the easiest tests to read in my opinion theres no faffing with is there or isn't there a line its plain and simple in text which is just what I want in a pregnancy test; a definitive answer.
Once the actual result shows you then wait for the selling point of this test; the conception indicator. This is basically an indication in weeks of how long it is since you conceived, assuming of course you are pregnant. This takes another minute or so to show up. It works by detecting the level of the hcg hormone in your urine and depending how high the level is depends on the result you get. This feature was definitely a huge reason for me choosing this test especially as you can repeat the test a week later and you should see a progression in the number of weeks displayed which is extremely reassuring that things are okay.
The weeks show up underneath the pregnant result in weekly intervals eg 1-2.
Clearblue say you can use the test up to 4 days before your period is due and at any time of day which makes in convienient and I like you don't have to wait for the morning to test.
The tests are 99% accurate from the day your period is due so you can trust that the result you get is right which was really important to me.
Overall I love this test its easy to use and reliable, I've never had a false negative or positive and I would recommend it to any woman.
The Clearblue Digital Pregnancy Test with Conception Indicator offers women the chance to not only find out whether they have conceived or not, but also how many weeks pregnant they are using a measure of HcG levels found in pregnancy.
I first used the test when pregnant with my daughter to provide reassurance after taking a cheaper test and getting a positive. I have since used in two subsequent pregnancies, one resulting in miscarriage which was picked up through the use of these tests.
Often in very early pregnancy, the HcG levels are high enough to detect on pregnancy tests but lines can be misinterpreted. Different elements can provide 'false positives' such as evaporation lines. With the Clearblue Digital, there can be no misinterpretations with the clear 'Pregnant' or 'Not Pregnant' display which shows up initially before the stage should the test be positive. There's no holding the test to the sunlight to see a glimmer of a line!!
In my two healthy pregnancies, these tests have provided an overwhelming amount of reassurance that my pregnancies have been progressing as the stages rise from 1-2, 2-3 to 3+. It provides a sense of calm in those early weeks before the 12 week scan.
I only found out the negatives of the device when experiencing a miscarriage which was detected through the use of this test. My HcG levels weren't rising, hence my result never progressing beyond 1-2. This resulted frantic stress until I naturally miscarried and I think in this circumstance, taking the tests didn't help me.
I've also read that the range of 'normal' HcG levels in women range dramatically, yet these tests have harsh cut of points for each stage. This can often lead to women stressing that their pregnancies are not progressing normally when actually everything is fine.
Although costly, the device has provided reassurance and I'd recommend to friends. However, the tests to pose a risk if you don't get an expected result.
February 2012 we discovered that I was pregnant with our little boy....and thanks to clearblue knew roughly how pregnant!
We went away on our annual backpacking trip in January 2012, before we went away we decided that we should throw my pill packet away and see what happened! So off we went, living dangerously with no pill, enjoying lots of red wine (did I mention we were in Argentina??) and caipirinhas (then brazil!) when all of a sudden my other half changed the ball game and proposed! Cue us then deciding that when I got home I needed to go back on the pill until after the wedding. How little did we know that our little man had other ideas...
*BUYING THE TEST*
We came home and it had been 6 weeks since I stopped the pill, coupled with other symptoms such as sensitive boobs and nausea we threw a double pack of these in the trolley during our weekly shop at asda. They weren't too expensive at the time, £14 for 2 which given that in boots you can pay £12 for one I didn't think it was too bad. Just to digress a little bit, they are in the protected box so when we get to the till, on a busy Saturday afternoon to put the weekly shop through it took the checkout woman a good 7 minutes trying to open the box to give us access to the test, with a queue forming behind us, waving the test in the air until it finally got opened. I looked like a beetroot by the time we left. It was like she was waving a massive sign around saying these people have had sex....
*USING THE TEST*
You are recommended to use first morning urine with any pregnancy test as the level of hcg (pregnancy hormone) is more concentrated and you are more likely to get an accurate result. Now it was mid-afternoon by the time I got back and I wasn't waiting. So we sat there and waited until I needed to "go"
The tests come packaged in a box and then each individual test is foil wrapped. The instructions are clear and easy to follow giving diagrams on how you need to pee on a stick....opening the foil was relatively easy once I found the tear strip, I did use my teeth though (no pee involved at this point!) the pregnancy test is wider than many others on the market and has a screen about 1cm x 2cm where the results are read from. The absorbent tip is covered by a blue top which can be replaced once the deed has been done to stop pee getting everywhere. This top needs to stay on until you actually use the test to ensure that it is not contaminated by anything else which could cause an inaccurate result or test failure.
The test is no worse to hold than others when peeing, you still run the risk of getting yourself but to stop that you can test by collecting your pee and holding the test in it. I went for the traditional hold
Midstream for 5 seconds.
Now unlike most tests where you need to set a timer ad can watch as your pee travels along the test window this one flashes up with an egg timer until its ready. I think this is the best thing, no wondering if time is up or timing! I personally left it on the toilet seat and went to sit back down nervously awaiting with the other half.
*READING THE RESULT*
There are 4 possible results; not pregnant, pregnant 1-2 weeks, pregnant 2-3 weeks and pregnant 3+ weeks. The weeks are approximately how many weeks since conception, so pregnant 2-3 weeks would mean you were actually 4-5 weeks pregnant seeing as the first 2 weeks of pregnancy aren't actually weeks pregnant at all!
My other half was the one who went up to collect the test and I was stood at the bottom of the stair watching him, I swore he was joking as he did a mass gasp of surprise with eyes bulging at the test. It wasn't until he came down and put it in my hand did I see the "Pregnant 2-3 weeks" and believe him!
The result is obviously so clear there is no mistaking or squinting at a test thinking that you've seen a line or not seen a line.
*CONTINUING WITH THE TESTS*
As we had 2 tests I did another he next week to see progression onto 3+ weeks! I wouldn't have bought another test to do this but as we had one lying round! And they do expire
*WORTH THE MONEY?*
They are expensive. And they are less sensitive than the first response tests that are available so should only be used once your period is missed. But what a great confirmation!!
Make sure to take a photo if you want to keep a memory as they run out of battery and the display goes blank after about 12 hours. I have a photo and did a different test to keep so I can relive that oh my god I'm having a baby moment!
Yes as a confirmation tool if you are trying for a baby and testing early with Internet cheapies (as those who use baby forums should know about!) or if you miss a period. I wouldn't recommend to those who avidly test regularly as it will start to hurt your bank balance!
I think any woman would say that the one time she wants to be sure of a result, it's when taking a pregnancy test. As Clearblue themselves say in their advert, we want "reassurance when it's needed the most". It's strange to think that something as simple as peeing on a stick can change your life forever and so when you do test you want to be sure of the result. When I fell pregnant with my first son it was somewhat of a surprise and I only decided to test due to feeling tired and sick and was fully expecting a negative result. I was shocked (and delighted) when a second pink line appeared and I discovered I was pregnant. I showed the test to my husband and he was concerned that the line was too faint. This lead me to take another pregnancy test, and then another, and other.... just to make sure I was. Of course I was pregnant but I didn't quite believe it until I had my first scan. I was convinced someone was going to tell me it had all been a big mistake. But it wasn't and 9 months later that little pink line turned into my beautiful son.
After suffering a miscarriage ten weeks into our second pregnancy I became a bit obsessed with trying to conceive another. I felt that falling pregnant again was the only way I would start to heal from our loss. Unlike my first pregnancy where I was bit clueless I knew exactly when I was ovulating (sorry guys!) and when I would be able to test. Most tests advise to test when your period is late but others do say that you can test as early as 6 days before it is even due. Three days before mine was due I took a First Response pregnancy test and to my delight I saw a second pink line. As with my first pregnancy I wanted to double check myself and test again so the next morning I dug out my clearblue digital and excitedly waited for the word "pregnant" to show up. Except that it didn't. Not pregnant. My emotions were all over the place. The one thing I'd been clinging to seemed to have been taken away for me. As it happens we were going away that week so my husband told me to try and put it to the back of my mind and enjoy our holiday. Easier said than done! During our time away my period still hadn't arrived so I when we got home I rushed home and did another test. Another pink line. Positive. The only problem was I couldn't get those words "not pregnant" out of my head and so sent the Mr to Asda to get another Clearblue digital. I waited a couple of hours and we stood over the test watching the little timer go round and round until eventually the words "Pregnant 1-2 weeks" appeared. I've never been so happy to see a word in my life.
My experience tainted my opinion of the Clearblue Digital test. I'm still on the fence. After speaking to my doctor she informed me that the Clearblue tests are not as sensitive as other tests such as the First Response ones which is why I was getting the negative result. Pregnancy tests detect the level of HCG (pregnancy hormone) and some detect a smaller amount than others, meaning you can test earlier. But if Clearblue are advertising that they provide "reassurance when it's needed the most"...well that's not really true is it? That "not pregnant" was for me at that time soul destroying when I should have been celebrating my "big fat positive".
Clearblue digital tests can set you back around in excess of £10 which, as far as I know, is the most expensive test out there. So I personally think they should be a bit more sensitive and pick up the lower HCG levels. Even Superdrugs own brand are more sensitive than these!
However there are positives. They're easy to use - you basically use it as you would any other pregnancy test. Either use mid stream (again, sorry guys!) or dip in a urine sample pot. They advise to always use first morning urine so the levels of HCG aren't diluted. You wait a couple of minutes (I can't remember the exact time, but the instructions are very clear) and watch as the timer goes round - this bit seems to take forever! And then you have your result, clearly written in words.
The words are definitely the best thing about this test. Despite my earlier tests it was the best feeling to actually the word "pregnant". There was no squinting at faint lines, worrying if it was an evaporation line (which can happen on some other tests); the words are plain to see.
The conception indicator is quite handy but as we were actively trying to conceive I knew exactly what my dates were without having to see it. However that didn't stop me taking another test the next week (and the week after!) so I could see my HCG levels had risen as it said "2-3 weeks" and eventually "3 weeks plus". I was completely paranoid about something going wrong in this pregnancy so I wanted that reassurance that it was going to plan.
My youngest son is now almost 2 and I remember seeing the word "pregnant" like it was yesterday. Its one of my most treasured memories...and so it should be the amount it cost us in pregnancy tests!
To sum up, these tests can be and will be great for some people as long as you remember to not test until after your period is late and to use first morning urine when your HCG levels are most easily detected. I just wish they could compete with the more sensitive tests that can be bought for a much cheaper price.
So, when I took an unbranded pregnancy test and got a positive result, I decided to confirm it with a branded version, which would give a "Pregnant" or "Not Pregnant" result instead of the lines you have to interpret yourself. I remembered reading somewhere that doctors recommend the Clear Blue range of pregnancy tests, so this is what I opted for. It cost me £10 for a single test in Morrisons, which is horrendously expensive but by this point I was so excited I didn't really care!
The first annoying thing about this test was that the wrapper it was contained within was impossible to open without the use of scissors. The reason this annoyed me was because I'd waited until the following morning to take the test, using my first urine of the day, so I was desperate for a wee and had to hunt some scissors down first! It's also substantially chunkier than the unbranded version I had previously used, although was designed in the same way with the absorbent tip, replacement cap and test screen. The test screen is digital so there is just one screen instead of two, and you don't have to interpret the results yourself as they will spell it out for you.
Once you've done the deed and peed on the stick, it's a matter of waiting. However, unlike with non-digital tests, you know exactly when the result is ready because there is a little egg timer on the screen in the meantime. Once the result is ready, it will flash with "Pregnant" or "Not Pregnant". This particular one has a conception indicator, so will take a few minutes more but then flashes up 1-2 weeks, 2-3 weeks, 3-4 weeks, or 5+ weeks.
The results I had from this test were very accurate, although to be honest I knew exactly when I conceived so I wasn't too concerned about the conception indicator. Once it had confirmed the pregnancy, it came up saying "2-3" weeks, which means I would have been 4 to 5 weeks pregnant. This is because you add two weeks on to the date of conception, as pregnancies are dated from your last menstrual cycle.
The thing I loved about this test was that there was no room for misinterpretation regarding the result. It literally spells out whether you are pregnant or not, and so you don't have to keep checking to see if you imagined that elusive second line or not. The conception indicator was correct for me, which didn't really matter but was reassuring because I guess it meant I had the right amount of pregnancy hormone in my bloodstream for my dates. If it had been incorrect, I guess this could have planted a seed of worry in my mind, so for this reason I'm knocking a star off.
Overall, these tests are great for confirming pregnancies, and are recommended by doctors, but are expensive for what they are.
(Review also appears on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)
==Clearblue digital pregnancy test with conception indicator==
When I develop extremely painful breasts and was unable to put my seatbelt on for nearly crying out in pain my friend who was sat next to me (mother of two) she just laughed and said you're pregnant. I didn't think anything of it until I realised I was a couple of days late which was unusual for me, we drove to the shop where I got this specific test and I waited until the next morning to take it. If you wait after your period is due you can take the test at any time but if you want the conception indicator to be at its most accurate it is recommended to use with the first urine of the morning as the hCG levels are at their highest.
When doing the test you remove the cap and the stick is revealed, you then direct the bottom of the stick (downwards) into a stream of urine for 5 seconds, this is incredibly easy to do and much better than the older versions of pregnancy test that use little pots and dip sticks! You then replace the cap onto the stick and leave it to work its magic. To see if the test is working a timer will come up on the left hand side of the screen and start flashing, if this does not happen the test is not working for whatever reason. It will then take up to three minutes for a result, firstly it will state either "pregnant" or "not pregnant" this is much better than trying to make out a second faint line on the dipstick versions. Then shortly afterwards it will give you a week indicator this will be how many weeks since conception this will only go up to 3 plus weeks. I did the test and it worked out that I was 3 plus weeks from conception so therefore 5 plus weeks pregnant, I went to the doctors the next day and they worked it out to be 5 plus 2 so I believe this to be as accurate for me as it could possibly be. However, this is not always the case in other people's pregnancies as it depends on the individual's level of hCG (the pregnancy hormone).
The test proudly boasts a 99% accurate reading, they are unable to confirm 100% success due to the fact that it is possible to get false negatives and false positives for a variety of reasons. This is the only test of its kind which is able to give you a conception indicator. The test allows for you to take it up to four days before your period is due, yet it is recommended that if this is the case you use it first thing in the morning.
This product is more expensive than other pregnancy tests on the market but I definitely feel it is more reliable and you are less likely to do the test wrong or get unclear results. This specific test can be purchased from the following retailers and the cost of the test (accurate on the 07/03/2013):
Boots: Was £12.99 Now £10.39
Superdrug: Was £13.99 Now £12.99
Sainsbury's : £14.00
I would therefore recommend getting this test from ASDA or Boots if you have one nearby as you could save a small fortune!
After having suffered several previous losses, I am at a stage in my pregnancy where I cannot quite believe it and so am still regularly peeing on sticks to make sure that my hormone levels are increasing and lines are darkening. While the majority of the tests I have used over the last week have been of the standard variety where you look for two lines and then have to interpret the results yourself, I have also used several of these Clearblue Digital Tests With Conception Indicator (henceforth known as the tests). With these tests being amongst the most expensive on the market, it's definitely worth shopping around before purchasing, for example Boots charges £10.99 for a single test, while I picked up a twin pack on Amazon for a much more reasonable £7.70.
Each test is wrapped singly in a foil packet which is marked with an expiry date and a somewhat more comprehensive than is usual instruction leaflet in included in the pack. I found the foil packets easy to open, even without an defined "tear here" notch. Rather than being a simple strip that you dip into a pot of urine, these tests are of the cartridge variety and while you can dip them in a pot of pee (for 20 seconds), the seem to work best by holding the absorbent tip hiding under the cap in a flow of urine for 5 seconds. One thing that did strike me is that these tests are far heavier than any other pregnancy test I have used, even other digital tests. Once the absorbent tip has soaked up the pee, it activates the battery and an egg timer starts flashing in the fairly large LCD screen. It can take anything up to three minutes for the definitive pregnancy result to appear and then it may take up to another three minutes for the conception indicator to do it's stuff. Clearblue state that this test is 99% accurate at detecting pregnancy on the day that your period is due and the conception indicator is 92% accurate. The actual pregnancy indicator accuracy falls dramatically the earlier the test is taken, dropping to 55% four days before your period is due.
As with all pregnancy tests these work by detecting a hormone that is generally only excreted by a pregnant woman. This hormone hCG is excreted by the embryo after it embeds in the womb in ever increasing amounts (in a "normal", singleton pregnancy these levels should near enough double every 48-72 hours) Very early pregnancy tests can pick up this hormone at levels as low as 10mui, meaning they can pick up pregnancies as early as 6 days before the period is due. While I cannot find any information on the instructions about this test's level of sensitivity I have read that it is 25mui, which is why it is recommended to use it only on the day your period is due.
When you go to the doctor or midwife, how far into your pregnancy you are is measured from the date of your last period, but these tests give a time based on when the egg actually met the sperm, which is generally around two weeks later. This means that if it displays 1-2 weeks then you are most probably 3-4 weeks pregnant, when it displays 2-3 weeks then you are 4-5 and if it displays 3+ then you are more than five weeks. Due to something called the hook effect if you are more six or so weeks pregnant the levels of hCG in your blood may become so high that test lines become lighter, which as the conception indicator part of this test works by comparing two test strips of different sensitivity, means that it may give strange results at that point in pregnancy.
I had already had positive tests over several brands a couple of days before I felt brave enough to use one of these exorbitantly expensive digital tests, and so I took the test three days before my period was due, already knowing that I was pregnant. That first test I used by dipping in a pot and twenty seconds seemed a very long time. Once I had thoroughly soaked the tip, I replaced the lid and placed the test horizontally on a flat surface to wait for a result to appear. The egg timer immediately started flashing, but it took a long time for the pregnant result to appear, near enough the full three minutes and then about the same amount of time for the conception indicator to flash up 1-2weeks. As I was 3 weeks and 4 days pregnant at the time, this was an accurate result, in fact it was actually 10 days since I had conceived.
I took a further test two days later, when I was not quite four weeks and was surprised to get a 2-3 week result. While I was pleased that there was a very definite progression in my hormone levels, I was a little confused. The most recent of these tests that I took was yesterday when I was 4 weeks and 1 day, giving me a result of 3+, which is very obviously not accurate, but still reassuring. Perhaps I just produce far more hCG than the average pregnant woman (which would explain why I feel so ill), or maybe there is more than one baby snuggling down (we'll find out when I have a reassurance scan in 2.5 weeks), but I'm definitely not 5 weeks yet.
While I wouldn't recommend these tests as a first test for pregnancy, they are brilliant for giving a very clear indication of pregnancy after having confirmed it with those tests where you have to squint to see a second line. With the conception indicator, the tests also give a very clear indication that hormone levels are rising, which if you have suffered losses can give a little peace of mind. However, I personally have not found the conception indicator to be that accurate, but as I've said before, that is probably down to my high hormone levels. My only real problem with these tests is that the result does not last forever, being digital the internal battery only lasts a finite length of time. Clearblue, state this as being at least 24 hours, although in my experience it is closer to 36-48 hours, which is plenty long enough to take a photo. So, as long as you only pay the Amazon asking price of £7.70 for two and not the Boots of £10.99 for one, I'm giving the Clearblue Digital Pregnancy Test With Conception Indicator four stars out of five.
I can still remember the day 4 years and 3 months ago when I had the niggling feeling I was with child. I was at work and something in the back of my mind was telling me I was so I randomly on my lunch break went to boots and bought a really cheap test (costing about 4 quid or so!) and went to work locking myself in the bathroom to get down to business. When it came up with a somewhat fuzzy cross saying positive, I didn't know what to do with myself! I told my best friend and as dad-to-be was away with work and I wanted to be 100% positive, she met me after work and I shelled out for a proper test (enter Clearblue Digital Pregnancy Test with Conception Indicator!) and we went to pizza hut for a meal and being too eager to wait until I got home I did this test in the loo of the Pizza Hut! Such an ideal place haha!
The Clear Blue Digital Pregnancy Test are over 99% accurate when used from the day your period is due. As my periods were always irregular anyway and it had been a while since I could remember having that time of the month I predicted it would be ok to use. The best thing about using clear blue is that the conception indicator gives you double confirmation of the result as the smart Dual Sensor not only tells you in words if you're pregnant or not, but if you are, it also shows you how many weeks pregnant you are.
So, into the stalls I go, hands shaking and not sure what to expect. It of course comes in a distinct cardboard box and inside is a leaflet of instructions and the test sealed in a foil wrapper which is simple to open. The instructions were simple (I hope everyone knows how to pee on a stick lol) but the test does recommend to use it with the first urine sample of the day as that is when the hormone level it is detecting will be strongest. It was about 8pm but being an eager beaver I wasn't bothered to follow this niggle of information! The test has a removable cap on the end which reveals a little strip which needs to be urinated on for 5 seconds. Once done, pop the lid back on and then wait for 3 agonising and nervous minutes to see the outcome!
In my case, after a lifetime of anxious waiting and thumb twiddling the screen clearly says Pregnant (or in other scenarios not Pregnant) and how far along you have gone. This is helpful as there is no indecisive figuring out slightly blurry/faded lines and so you know for certain if you are with child or not! My test also said 2-3 weeks which is amazing to know such a small piece of equipment could so accurately determine whether or not I was pregnant, especially in such an early stage let alone give me such an accurate time frame in which I was able to remember the exact date I got knocked up!
The test lasts quite long as I kept it in my bag for the duration of dinner and later the same evening I showed it to my sister. This was probably about a good 3-4 hours later the screen still said "Pregnant" and "2-3 weeks" but by the time I wanted to show my partner the test the next day (in case he thought I was crackers and I didn't want to buy another test!) the screen was blank as I guess most normal people don't harbour a urinated pregnancy test around for so long lol.
Overall I think Clearblue tests are the best on the market and if you want a definitive answer - go with these! They are a bit more expensive, one will probably set you back £12.99 from Boots but I think few years ago I probably paid about a tenner! Nevertheless they work well and have an easy to use and understand function and so are worth the few extra pounds if you ask me!
***I was unsure whether to post this review or not as I wrote it last year when I suspected I was pregnant. However I subsequently lost the baby, so obviously I am not pregnant anymore, but the test was very useful at the time and gave me the results I wanted, so I suppose it's still a valid review. Just don't congratulate me because I am not pregnant anymore!!!***
I purchased this test because I had previously done 3 cheap tests (99p for 3 from B&M Bargains) and although the result did seem to be positive, I was not sure because the lines were so unbelievably faint, and as we had not been particularly trying for a baby, I was really quite unsure about my situation. I also had a very busy partying weekend coming up, so I wanted to know for sure whether I was pregnant or not (to determine whether I could drink alcohol), and the only type of test that can give me a clear yes or a no are the digital ones that say 'Pregnant' or 'Not Pregnant'; I wouldn't have to be scrutinising a faint line and thinking I was seeing something that wasn't there. I chose the Clear Blue one because at the time it seemed to be the cheapest one on the shelf. I paid about £9 for it, which is something I would never have done in the past; it was simply because I needed a definite result.
After using the tiny paper tests which are about 3mm in thickness and very fragile, this test seemed huge and I was a bit daunted at first about using it, and I was really worried I would mess it up and my precious £9 would be wasted. It is a long plastic stick with a large blue removable lid, and half way down is a grey window, which is where the results will be displayed. The section under the lid which has to be contaminated with your wee, is large enough not to miss and large enough not to overload it. After studying the test and also the very clear and detailed instructions, I felt confident enough to use the test correctly.
**Using the Test**
I had been out to buy this test one morning, so it would not be my first wee of the day, which is recommended for all pregnancy tests to get the best results, but with the Clear Blue you can use it at any time of day as long as it is after the day your period was expected. You can also use this test before your period was due, but the results may not be as accurate. I was unsure of the exact day when my period was due, but I knew it was around the right time, and it was only going to be my second wee of the day, so I took my chances.
There are two ways to use this test. You can either hold it in your urine stream for 5 seconds, or alternatively you can wee into a clean container (I used my daughter's potty!) and dip the test stick into the urine for 20 seconds. Then you replace the lid, lay the test flat and wait. I found using it very easy and clean to use; and because I used the 'dip' tactic I did not have to worry about urinating on my hands or getting the stick splashed.
This test differs from cheaper test because you can sit and watch the lines appear (or not appear) on cheap paper tests and you can see the results materialise before your very eyes, but with the Clear Blue test a little timer flashes in the corner of the display window and the rest of the display remains blank, until the result magically appears. I could not sit and wait staring at this test, because I knew I would know my definite situation once the result was displayed and I was starting to get nervous so I busied myself for a few minutes while the test did its thing. The instructions say it can be 3 minutes before the result is displayed, and I would say that is about right. When I went back to look at the test the word 'pregnant' jumped out at me. Then a few minutes later, the conception indicator was displayed too - 2-3 weeks, which I had guessed anyway.
There was no way to misinterpret the result, it quite clearly stated 'pregnant' so unless you cannot read, you cannot go wrong with this test. I presume 'not pregnant' would be stated just as clearly as well, although I did not get this result!
The test comes with a very comprehensive set of instructions, and also a set of questions and answers if you are unsure about the result of your pregnancy. There are 12 questions in total, such as how the test works, how accurate it is, when it is best to use the test, what might affect the results, what happens if no result is displayed, and other niggly things that might be playing on hormonal women's minds. I find this really quite intriguing because in the past I have used the simplest of tests, and they come with just basic instructions, but it's interesting to see what can affect the results, and why you may get a negative result when you are in fact positively pregnant and vice versa. So I think the enclosed leaflet is very handy for women who perhaps don't have a regular cycle and need to know the ins and outs of finding out whether they are pregnant or not, and the best way to go about using the test.
Well I'm pleased I used this test because I found out for sure whether I was pregnant, but if I didn't have two major (alcohol fuelled) parties coming up I would not have spent the £9 because I would have just waited a few more days and used the paper tests again, when my hCG levels would have been higher and I would have seen a more visible line on the test. But after using the Clear Blue test I have to admit I think it's really good and a pleasant experience over all; it gives you a very definite answer; it is easy to use and very easy to read the result. My only doubts about the test as a whole is the conception indicator, I think this is just a marketing ploy because it cannot tell you any further than 5 weeks, and you can roughly work it out from the day of your last period anyway, so I really see this aspect as pointless.
Overall I would recommend the test if you want a clear result, but the price bothers me!
Finding my monthly visitor had not arrived on time last year and being the first time this had ever happened, I was very anxious to find out if I was pregnant or not. I went on a stealth mission with my husband to Tesco, making sure I kept undercover and hoped I didn't bump into anyone I knew whilst I was buying a pregnancy test! I grabbed a Clearblue Digital test, two in fact to make doubly sure and paid for them quickly before anyone could see me. It is quite funny to look back on now but caused me such angst, I decided to make sure I had some tests in just in case I found myself unexpectedly in this situation again so bought them from Boots.com using much less Ninja stealth than the Tesco visit. This was fortunate because several months later I experience the same lateness and several months later again the same thing happened.
The tests aren't the cheapest in the range of pregnancy tests available, but certainly are considered to be the most accurate. They are £11.99 for two in Boots and similar prices in supermarkets. I think if you are trying conceive and test regularly, you might be better with a cheaper test, then if you get a faint positive line, test again with one of these for further confirmation. However, being in the situation where you need to know if you are pregnant and need to know NOW, I think these are the best. The first two tests I took both said 'not pregnant' - this is an advantage over the cheaper tests as the words actually come up on the test so there is no ambiguity about "is there a line?" on the other type of test. I was slightly confused by the 'not pregnant' as I am regular as clockwork but accepted it. Sure enough a few days later I definitely wasn't pregnant. The same thing happened again the second time, 'not pregnant'. This was more disappointing than the first as we had started TTC. On the third time around, convinced it would give the same answer again, I sauntered around the bathroom waiting for the test to analyse the water sample for HCG hormone (pregnancy hormone which can be found in urine) so convinced that it would say 'not pregnant' that I didn't bother waking my husband up (it was 7am on a Sunday morning!). When I eventually looked at the stick and saw 'pregnant 1-2 weeks' I was totally gobsmacked and over the moon! I definitely went to wake hubby up then!
No pregnancy test is particularly easy to "give your sample on" and this is probably worse than most as you have to keep the digital part 'dry' which can be quite a challenge. I like that the test tells you in words if you are pregnant or not. It is also helpful to have the conception indicator. As I have regular cycles it was helpful to me but I'm not sure how useful it would be if you have irregular cycles as I think it only tells you 1-2 weeks since conception or 2-3 weeks. I do think that the tests are very expensive compared to other cheaper tests but for peace of mind and lack of ambiguity they are really well worth it. It is good that you get 2 per pack as it is quite likely that you will want to take 2 tests to make doubly sure that you are or are not pregnant. I am not sure how early you can use these tests, I know some people who are trying to conceive test before their Auntie Flo is due, I was probably around 15 days past ovulation when I tested and had an accurate result.
Unless testing regularly and wanting to keep the cost down when TTC, I wouldn't buy any other tests than Clearblue Digital, even my doctor said it wasn't worth her doing a test to confirm the pregnancy as the Clearblue are so accurate these days. I would highly recommend them for peace of mind either way.
When I realised that there was a big possibility that I was pregnant (nearly 2 years ago now) apart from telling my other half one of the first things I did was go to a pharmacy and pick up a few pregnancy tests - just in case the first one wasn't accurate. Never having been in that situation before I was slightly overwhelmed with the choice, did I opt for the most expensive with the fancy packaging or did I go for cheap and cheerful hoping it would actually give the correct result. In the end I opted for a variety as feeling like I should be better safe than sorry!
After having two positive pregnancy tests I decided to buy the Clearblue Digital Pregnancy Test with Conception Indicator simply because I found out I was pregnant on a Friday evening so would have to wait until Monday at the earliest to make an appointment with my doctor and I simply couldn't wait that long so I was prepared to pay the price for one individual test! The Cleablue Digital Pregnancy Test with Conception Indicator is widely advertised on TV and is easily found in stores such as Boots, Superdrug and even supermarkets.
The Clearblue Digital Pregnancy Test with Conception Indicator is a more innovative type of pregnancy test as unlike other tests you can buy it will give you confirmation of your pregnancy as well as tell you how far along you are in weeks which was ideal for me as this is what I was wanting to know. Clearblue make a range of pregnancy tests together with products to help test your ovulation if you are trying to get pregnant. Clearblue certainly seem like the leading brand when it comes to pregnancy tests! This test is the only one on the market which gives you the indicator results and is highly recommended by doctors.
The Clearblue Digital Pregnancy Test with Conception Indicator to look at comes in a rectangular cardboard box which features an image of the test itself together with Clearblue's logo, product name and obviously information highlighting what this test actually does. On the back of the box there is more blurb about the product but inside there is a more detailed leaflet on how to use the test as well as how to work out the indicator as the date of conception and the date the doctor will give you are two different things. The packaging is certainly not discreet and is pink and blue in colour.
On opening the box the test comes in a white protective packet almost to ensure it hasn't been tampered with it should be opened anywhere. To look at the test itself is white in colour with a blue cap at the one end which is what you take off when taking the test. The display screen is at the side and is around an inch long. Now I did read the instructions as I know it wasn't going to be a hard thing to use but I just wanted to do it correctly. It is advised that this test is so sensitive you can test up to 4 days early as well as giving 99% of accurate results from the date that your period is due. As I had already found out that I was pregnant I didn't have any concerns about whether this test would work or not but obviously if you haven't found out by another test or by a doctor then it is important to test at the appropriate times as by taking this test too early can give you inaccurate results.
So to use this test is just like all the other pregnancy tests you take the blue cap off the one end and whilst going to the toilet put the white tab into the urine stream for around 30 seconds, remove and put the blue cap back on. Then you just have the waiting game for the results. The Clearblue Digital Pregnancy Test with Conception Indicator has a Smart Dual Sensor TM which tells you whether you are pregnant or not and if you it will also state how many weeks pregnant you are. Whilst waiting for the result a little hourglass symbol will show until the result is clearly displayed in the display.
It didn't take much longer than a few minutes for my results to come up which I was pleased with and it came up incredibly clear on the screen which I was expecting. It turned out that I was 5 weeks pregnant and gave me the comfort I needed before going to the doctors. The display clearly shows the words "Pregnant" together with the number of weeks e.g. 2-3. I have absolutely no complaints with using it, it is easy to use and works exactly how it says it would do. Definitely a pregnancy test worth the extra to give a little bit of relief! I can't fault this pregnancy test and will gladly give it 5 stars.
~ Useful Information ~
Price: £7.99 for 1 test or £9.99 for 2 tests (Boots July 2012)
Availability: Pharmacies and supermarkets
I saw these in the shops when I was trying to get pregnant last time, and I was intrigued. The claim to tell not only if you're pregnant but how many weeks pregnant you are.
Initially the cost put me off a bit at £12.99 for two in boots, but I went online to Amazon where they cost £6.99 for two and that was much more affordable.
The tests come in a cardboard box with the world clearblue digital on the front with a photo of the tests. Each test is individually wrapped. Each test is white with a thick blue lid, on the front is a little window which will give you the result.
How to Use
Open the wrapper and read the instructions in the box. Remove the test from the wrapper and remove the cap. With the tip pointing downward, urinate on the end of the test for 5 seconds. If you prefer you can urinate in a cup and dip for 20 seconds in the cup. Replace the cap and place the test down on a flat surface.
An egg timer should appear in the display to window to let you know it is working. In 3 minutes the result should appear in the window.
Reading the Result
There are 4 possible results with this test:
Not Pregnant, if the screen says not pregnant, then you are not pregnant, or it is too early to detect your pregnancy
Pregnant 1-2: If the screen says Pregnant 1-2 it means you are pregnant. But it doesn't mean you are 1-2 weeks pregnant, it means conception happened 1-2 weeks ago, so you are 3-4 weeks pregnant, as pregnancy is calculated from your last menstrual period.
Pregnant 2-3: As above, this means you are pregnant, and conception happened 2-3 weeks ago, so you are 4-5 weeks pregnant.
Pregnant 3+: This too means you are pregnant, and that conception happened more than 3 weeks ago, you are more than 5 weeks pregnant. This means you could be anywhere from 6 weeks to 36 weeks (or more)!!
Clearblue claim to be 99% accurate if used from the day you period is due and 92% accurate at determining how far along you are.
I found it to be very accurate. When I used it when I just over 4 weeks pregnant I got 2-3 weeks on the conception indicator. A week later, I found my normal pregnancy tests were suddenly really light and I thought I was going to miscarry, so I took my last conception indicator, and it said 3+ which I found very reassuring. It can really put a nervous pregnant woman at ease.
I have seen them give inaccurate results though, the problem is that the pregnancy hormone HCG that theses tests are measuring can vary wildly between people, so sometimes they just aren't accurate. And if you don't get the result you expect it can cause a lot of worry.
Most of the time though these tests work very well and with a reported sensitivity of 25miu, they can be used a couple of days before your period is late and give a fairly accurate result.
But considering the price, I would suggest testing with other tests and using these to back up a positive and determine the time since conception, rather than as your only pregnancy test.
==Clear Blue Digital Pregnancy Test With Conception Indicator==
The Clear Blue Digital Pregnancy Test is clearly at the top of its game and really nothing else can compare. Not only do you get a clear answer to whether or not you are indeed pregnant but you also get a rough estimate as to how far gone you are.
This pregnancy test can be found in most chemists and you should expect to pay top whack for it as for one test the price is averagely around the £11 mark. This is a really high cost when comparing to other tests and brands especially as with some you get more than one in a box.
However you are paying for the simplicity of use and the degree of information that one test is giving you.
The test itself comes sealed within the outer cardboard box in a foil wrapper which is easy to open. There are clear instructions on how to use the test both on the outer box and on the leaflet housed inside but these really do not differ from any other pregnancy test.
One you have opened the foil packet, it is a good idea to use the test straight away. They do say that for the most accurate reading it is always best to test with the first urine of the day and with this test it is even more of a good idea if you are wanting a really accurate conception indicator. The lid on the test needs to be removed and the end of the strip needs to be held in a stream of urine for 5 seconds. It can also be dipped in a pot of urine for the same amount of time if you so wish.
The lid then needs to be replaced and you have to wait for around 3 minutes to get the result of the test. You know the test is working because there is a little egg timer that is displayed on the rather high tech LED screen (high tech compared to most other pregnancy tests).
The 3 minutes will seem like a lifetime but it is really only 3 minutes. The screen will either display a clear message of "pregnant" or "not pregnant" and there really is no mixed messages coming through. The egg timer will still be turning as you have to wait a minute or so more for the conception indicator to give the results. This however is only in cases where the test reads "pregnant".
The conception indicator will only give you a few option ranging from 1-2 weeks, 2-3 weeks 3-4 weeks or 5 weeks +. Again this is clear to understand and to read and there should be no real mix up in interpreting the test.
So what you have to weigh up is the cost of this test verses the others on the market and work out if what it offers is really worth paying all that extra money for. I personally don't think it was worth the extra money (especially as it was my third purchase and they all said the same). It does work well and is very simple to use and understand so I have to award a 4 out of 5 star rating and a high recommendation. However it is costly and a test is a test no matter how fancy it is and thus a mark is lost!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I will start this review by saying I have somewhat mixed views about this pregnancy test. The technology in it is amazing but it the scope for worrying women unnecessarily is massive.
I purchased these test as they were on offer in boots, and I love a gadget so I was quite keen to rtry them out I paid £12.99 for 2. While this is expensive for pregnancy tests it isn't overly expensive for a brand named one.
I was trying to conceive my daughter and was charting my temps and using ovulation sticks so I knew exactly when I conceived so while I wanted to try the conception indicator it wasn't massively important in terms of dating my pregnancy. A massive plus point for this brand is that they are sensitive. I tested 10 days past ovulation or 3 weeks and 4 days pregnant and it gave me a pregnant 1-2 weeks. This was accurate for me as when doctors date your pregnancy they add 2 weeks on.
My issue with this test occurred as I decided to keep the second test for a week later to ease my mind that things were progressing as they should. Testing a week later I still got a 1-2 weeks which worried me massively. Fortunately due to passed problems while having my son I had an early scan booked which reassured me baby was ok. Even after this though I wanted to see the test say 2-3 weeks or even the magical 3+weeks so I bought a second packet. I next tested when I was 6 weeks pregnant then again at 8 weeks and I never got more than a 1-2 weeks pregnant. Obviously things went ok because my daughter is now a boisterous 10 month old but the stress these tests caused me was awful.
The clearblue pregnancy test comes in foil packaging so you can be assured they haven't been tampered with. To use you either hold it downwards in midstream urine for 5 seconds or dip it into a container of urine for 20 seconds. The test strip at the end then turns pink to indicate that it has absorbed the urine and is working. The pregnant sign often comes up before the how many weeks and there is a timer sign that spins around to signal that it is working it out. Once you have the result it is supposed to stay there for 24hours, although mine lasted for 3 days each time. After this time it disappears as the battery runs out. You cannot replace the batteries so if it is important to you then I would recommend taking a photo of the test.
All in all I love the clearblue's ability to tell you, you are pregnant early and in a simple manner, no interpreting lines here! I do feel though in my experience they are more trouble than they are worth. While I would highly recommend clearblue, I cannot recommend this particular test as they caused me so much stress and worry.
Clearblue DIGITAL Pregnancy Test with Conception Indicator. So accurate...it also tells you how far along you are. The Clearblue DIGITAL Pregnancy Test with Conception Indicator gives you double confirmation of the result. Its Smart Dual Sensor TM not only tells you in words if youre pregnant or not, but if you are, it also shows you how many weeks pregnant you are. With its advanced digital display, theres no need to interpret lines, giving you the most accurate pregnancy test reading in early pregnancy.