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I bought this test as it was the cheapest I could find in Semi-Chem- I didn't have very much money on me at the time and really needed to find out if I was pregnant or not. I took this test home and sat and read the instructions twice to make sure I understood exactly what to do. My first criticism was that there is not container to urinate in to so you have to find your own container. Secondly the strips are so small, fiddly and look cheap- this made me a bit sceptical about how accurate they are. Well my scepticism was justified as the test told me that I was not pregnant. This was very upsetting for me as I had been trying to have a baby for a few months- so after my disappointment I stored the remaining test in my bathroom cabinet. A week later I still had all the symptoms of being pregnant so I tried the other test- which again was negative- but this time I knew that it was likely I was pregnant so I went to my doctor who was able to confirm this was in fact the case. These tests don't work or at least they don't work as early in pregnancy as they say they do. They are however a cheap test and you get what you pay for. I would suggest either buying another brand or going to your doctor if you think you are pregnant.
Parents and parents to be are an enormous target market for companies, who spend billions of pounds a year trying to convince us all that we need stupid things like a 'wipe warmer' or a bin that will twist used nappies into amusingly stinky balloon animals. This targeting begins right at the beginning of the process, with the nervously purchased pregancy test. Over the last ten years I have gone through most brands of pregnancy test, from Clearblue, Clearblue Digital, First Response, supermarket and pharmacy own brands to these little cheapy tests which I picked up from Poundland. They all work on the same basic principle by indicating the presence of the pregnancy hormone HcG in your urine, differing only really in the method of applying the urine and the amount of packaging they come with. With my daughter I fell for the Clearblue advertising hype and spent £10 on a test which came back positive immediately. Wanting to further check the result and being an impoverished student I bought 3 packets of these FirstVue tests and watched as the positives racked up. With my son I had a packet already in the house and watched the positive forming quickly and decisively. In both cases I was about 6 weeks pregnant and the tests performed extremely well and accurately as the levels of HcG were very high in my blood. However, with this pregnancy I tested much earlier, just after my period was due and I had to wait a little longer for a pale pink line to form. But it was definitely there and once again the tests performed well for me. The tests come in a simple cardboard box with no shrinkwrapped plastic or seals. Inside are two sealed foil packets and a paper instruction leaflet which has a lot of information on it about accuracy, contra-indications and a paragraph in science speak about how the tests actually work. This is obviously for nervous women and partners to read to postpone slightly the actual scary bit- the weeing and the result. Unlike fancier tests which come encased in plastic with these cheap ones you have to do more of the work yourself. First, rather than being able to wee straight onto the test, with these ones you have to collect the wee in a pot- you had better just get used to it though, I seemed to spend most of my pregnancy collecting my wee for people. Once you have a lovely sample you hold the top and immerse the bottom half of the test into it, making sure you don't go higher than the MAX line drawn on the stick. Then lie the test down and watch. Two pink lines= baby. One pink line = a triple vodka and coke please! These tests won't tell you how far along you are, who the baby's father is or give you a nice cup of tea and a sit down but they will tell you what you want to know- are you pregnant or not. Which is after all the essential function of a pregnancy test and at £1 for 2 you can't go wrong really. Don't forget that if you test too early then any test can be less accurate, its worth waiting for at least two or three days after your period is due, however hard it might feel!
Ok Ok so it was our first try (this time around)but never the less i was so excited to find out whether it had worked! I had a few twinges in lower abdomen, sore BB's, tiredness, water retention and bloating ..... but i was honestly thinking it was all in my head and never remembered these feelings with my previous pregnancy 8 years ago with twins. My Husband is in the army and away at the moment so i had to go and get the test myself and was quite shocked at the price tag on some of them, anyhow I was still only 24 days into my cycle (which is a regular 27 day run). We had tried when my husband came home which completely coincidently ran into my 'fertile window' so we were thinking we may miss it this month....... Its a Friday and I had planned to go out with my girlfriends however i was wondering due to all the unusual feelings whether i could be pregnant or not but new it was too early to try but didn't want to spend a night out drinking if i was indeed in the early stages of pregnancy. My friend said test anyway and i went to a Lloyds pharmacy and spoke to the lady behind the counter who amazingly said try the pound shop! She had advised they are just as effective. I picked the children up from school ran home and tested in the middle of the day on cd 24 and got two BFP!!!! after doing some research i realized they are really sensitive tests anyway more sensitive than the market leaders ! who charge well an extra £10! They are noticeably smaller than the other tests and you 'have to' pee in a cup to test (which i wasn't to keen on) but do you know what i would recommend these to anyone who is trying to conceive. I'm off to the doctors tomorrow to let them know :)
I'm sure most of us ladies know the panic that can be caused by a late or missing period. Even though you know the chances of pregnancy are minimal then there is that awful feeling of dread in the pit of your belly as you remember that all forms of birth control have a small failure rate. Pregnancy tests can put your mind at ease in a few minutes but can cost a fortune, the first vue test strips are the cheapest on the market being available from Poundland for a pack containing two testing strips. What you get for your money is two strips without any of the plastic casing which makes most pregnancy tests expensive and nicer to handle. To use them you pee in a pot and dip the strip into your urine for a few seconds letting it soak up the strip and in a few seconds (they always say tests take 5 minutes but they never do) you should have your result. These tests are only to be used from after the first day of a missed period as they are not sensitive to measure the pregnancy hormone before then. From a pack of two strips around 4 days after my period was due I had mixed results, the first test never worked as I never had the control line show up and that is possibly because I dipped it into the urine for too long. The second test had only one line show up which means it was negative which was an accurate result. The lines were fairly faint so not the easiest to read. I'm not sure if I would recommend these due to the fact that only one of the two strips worked but since that may have been due to user error on my part I will give them the benefit of the doubt and say they are a good budget buy.
My husband and I decided to start trying for a baby again in 2007, three days later I was due on my period, it never came. My husband was sent to the chemist to get a pregnancy test which he spent over £10.00 on, the test result was negative, I wasn't pregnant, but I really felt like I was. I made him go and get me another pregnancy test, another £10.00, another negative result. Three days later he was on his way again but, not one to waste money apparently, except on clothes, shoes, William Hill, nights out with the lads etc etc, he deviated to the local discount shop instead of the chemist. He came back with Firstvue One Step Pregnancy Test Strips, "89p" he declared as he waved them above his head "for two!" he added as though this were the best thing in the world. The strips come in a huge box when compared with the contents, the strips inside are in metal lined plastic packaging if you know what I mean, like pregnancy tests normally come in, this keeps them safe from any contaminants. The packaging isn't particularly green, to be fair the box could still be reduced by half and it would be roomy for its contents. There is also a leaflet with the instruction which are basically: 1; Find sterile container (or rinse a clean pot with boiling water) 2; Wee in said pot 3; Hold strip in wee being careful not to immerse past the line, then wait for one to three minutes 4; One line indicates Negative (not pregnant) two lines indicate Positive (Pregnant) No lines indicate faulty test. The test itself is a thin strip with a thick line near the bottom; this is the line that the urine must not cross. They are just that and very basic but what would you expect from a pack costing "89p", "for two!" Well after getting the two negative results, from the more expensive tests, I received two positive results, from the incredibly cheap tests. "Two for 89p" my husband muttered "they obviously don't work" but he went off to buy some more, six positive tests later he grinned "pregnant" he said with a very smug look on his face, I think he put it all down to himself, "and two for 89p" he said again! I can state that they work, I'm not sure if they were better than the brand named versions or if I used the others too early but either way they do work. For 89p "for two!" they're really good value for money.
Being in a relationship no matter how careful you seem to be things can go wrong in the sex department from time to time lol. I have been seeing my boyfriend for 6 years on and off (it's been complicated believe me lol!) and recently we got back together on a permanent basis. He is the love of my life and I've never been happier. Sex is a part of our relationship of course and we are very careful. we've never ruled out having children together in the future but we are both planners and with us only getting back together properly recently...babies, nappies and all that malarkey do not feature at the moment! However after having safe sex I never came on my period. I waited and I waited and at two weeks late and feeling like a bloated whale I went into panic mode which probably made the situation a whole lot worse looking back on it lol. My bf was in Manchester (where he lives) and I was living above a pub, at my mates looking for a flat to share with another mate in Weston Super Mare. In the end I confided in my friends and I actually was told about these in Poundland being 2 strips for a pound so I purchased them. I thought they'd do the job and even if they were a bit rubbish least I had two to play with! The Packaging: White and light pink box and on the front of it I am told that they are Firstvue One-Step Pregnancy Test Strips and that they are a Value 2 pack and that they give over 99% accuracy, fast, easy to read results, that you can use them any time of day and that they give value for money and there is a picture of a woman stroking her tummy on there. Other information on the back of the box include being told a bit about the product and shown a diagram of how they show results and contact details for Mediply Diagnostic Limited (the manufacturer of the product) are given. Open up the box you get a pamphlet in there again telling you about the product and inside you get two white plastic pouches and on each one, again a diagram is shown along with showing you how to read the results and the expiry date is clearly shown. It's all very straightforward to understand which at the time I highly appreciated! Using Them: Well no container is given within the pack to put urine into so finding something is up to you. You do have to make sure your pee isn't too big cos the strip needs to sit in it to get a reading but there is a mark on the thin white strip to show you that clearly. No time is stated to wait for the reading but basically you get a reading as soon as it's ready which in my case was in about a minute. One red line pops up for a negative result, two for positive and if nothing at all appears it's time to grab the other pregnancy test strip cos it never worked at all. When done dispose of the lot and that is it. Verdict: These are great, cheap and cheerful strips. I found them very simple to use and fuss free, and all I wanted was a quick result. I got my negative result I so wanted and only used one strip to get it so peace of mind only cost me a mere 50p! I recommend these. They may not be fancy for a quick result I thought they were superb for the price! These are available in Poundland and other discount stores and are also available to purchase online.