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Well the past two months have been a roller coaster of changes in our household, a crazy busy time at work, the hell that is a house move and finally the confirmation that another mouth to feed is on the way. The fact that all of these events have been planned is the good news although at the rate that the house purchase is progressing the baby could arrive before we actually move into a bigger house.
This is a basic pregnancy test kit, there are more technical ones that give you information on how far gone you are but all we wanted to know was a simple yes or no when I was late and had an idea that I might be pregnant. It cost me £5.49 in a local chemist and is a pretty standard tester kit. The device is contained within a plastic protective sleeve and the diagrams for use are very easy to follow.
According to the leaflet the kit can detect whether you are pregnant up to four days before your period is due and will detect the presence of HCG at 12.5mlu/ml which apparently makes it a very sensitive test. The plastic device is easy to hold and to use and you can remove the handle if you want to keep the result part of the kit as a keepsake, something I had no inclination to do to be honest but I guess some might. The results come through within a couple of minutes, just enough time to make a cup of tea, as when returned from putting the kettle on they were already displayed and bingo I have a second child on the way.
This may not do all the things that the more expensive digital ones do but it does give an accurate result and this accuracy increases the closer to your time of the month you take the test as it is less accurate the four days before but the accuracy increases the longer you leave it. It is easy to use, hygienic and reliable and is cheaper than some of the all singing and dancing brands.
~ Predictor Early ~
Well, I must start off by saying that this is a product review I didn't expect to be writing. At 43 I'd have thought my days of purchasing pregnancy tests would be well and truly over, they obviously aren't, so here I am. Make yourself comfy as I'm writing this review at the same time, so you are reading about my thoughts and feelings about this product as they unfold.
~ Requirements ~
Before I take the test, I knew I didn't want to pay nearly £10 for an all singing, all dancing, pregnancy test (P.T) with bells on. They are good at what they do, being digital and more than 99% accurate, but at this stage in time, I don't want to know how far along I am, I just want to know whether I am pregnant - or not, as the case may be. Therefore my stockist of choice was Wilkinson's, my reason being, they don't have the way out price tags of Boots, but they have a more trusted range of brands than Poundland for example. Not that I'm knocking Poundland's, I've known many people who are happy paying just £1, whatever the result is. Wilkinson's seemed to be a good compromise between quality and price, and as I handed over my money the cashier gave me a funny look that I wasn't too happy about, but there you go.
The P.T of choice was one of only three available in my store, and the cheapest; the Predictor Early. Priced on the packaging at £5.95, I was pleased to see a £4 label on the shelf edge. This wasn't a special reduced label, so I'm presuming it's the regular price. All's well so far.
~ Appearance ~
The packaging has changed a little from the picture above, and instead of being a more neutral peachy colour, it's now predominantly pink and white. There is a picture of the product on the front, which boldly announces to the other shoppers what you've got. I did try and hide it, but I stopped, for fear of looking like a shoplifter. :)
~ The Predictor ~
Back home, in the privacy of our bedroom, I've opened the box. Inside is the test, wrapped in a plastic cover. There are four diagrams on the back, two regarding how to utilise it, and two regarding the result. It also contains the best before date - two years on from now, so could be handy to keep in the medical box for such times as these. There is also a folded pamphlet featuring more detailed instructions, but still very easily understood.
~ How it works ~
The Predictor Early works by measuring the amount of the pregnancy hormone Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) present in the urine, so all I'm waiting for now is 'comfort break' time, so while I wait I'll give you a low down on hormone levels; I told you to make yourself comfy. :)
A normal (non-pregnant) hCG level is under 5mlU/ml, but Predictor Early detects concentrations of 12.5mlU/ml. Due to the sensitivity of the test, this means it can produce a positive (or negative) result from four days before your period is due. This is within the same time frame as the more expensive Clearblue branded ones, the only difference being, with those you will get your result more or less instantly, and with this one the result is shown up to 5 minutes later. What is a five minute wait for a test result when you've got to wait another 8 months to meet him or her - That's what I think; so the monetary savings at the moment have been worth it.
I feel it wise to point out at this stage, that the earlier you take the test, the less accurate the result. A test taken four days before your time of the month yields a 90% accuracy, rising to 98 at 3 days, and full 100% accuracy at two days before. I know sometimes it's hard to wait, but it will be so worth it to avoid the disappointment of an imprecise reading, just for the sake of a couple of days. My cycle has been a bit haphazard lately to say the least, so having the 4 day leeway is a great advantage.
~ Keepsake ~
I won't talk about taking the test because that's all in the instructions and we all know what's generally involved anyway. What I like about this test is that if you receive a much wanted positive reading and you want to show friends and family, next door's dog, and even good ol' Uncle Tom Cobly the proof, all the test workings are encapsulated within the plastic casing, and there should be no germs to lurk about disgustingly. The handle can also snap off to make it smaller to stow away in those all-important memory boxes and baby albums too; they think of everything nowadays. I'm still waiting for the loo - would anyone like a cuppa while we wait?
*** One hour later *** The test is taken. It was all very easy as the instructions are very precise and informative. Now we wait...
Well that was quick! Despite saying that the results would take five minutes they took only about 90 seconds (Yes, I peeked), so that's it - it's conclusive then! I don't know whether I'm happy or sad, I expect the shock will set in later! At this stage in life, finding that I needed to actually take the test was a hair raising experience in itself. This test actually has taken all the doubting away, and for me, has been a 'positive' experience. It was extremely easy to use, gives an accurate (I hope) reading very quickly and without difficulty. The only problem I encountered, was trying to smuggle it in the house like a teenager who's trying not to let her parents see, only this time it was the kids. Imagine their horror; Mum and Dad still do stuff!!!
I recommend this test, it gave me the news I'd been waiting to hear whatever the outcome would be, and it did its job at a very acceptable price point. If ever you need a P.T. then I can give you my word that you don't need to pay out for digital ones that tell you how far along you are; the midwife can help you with that. Just get this one, the results are just as fast and accurate, you'll need all the money you can get when baby comes along; and by the way, I'm not...
Thank God for that!
I actively tried to get pregnant for four years before conceiving my son and my periods were quite irregular so on a regular basis I would pop down to Wilko's to purchase these as they were the cheapest test they stocked. This pregnancy test is considered to be 99% accurate and as accurate as the test at the doctors.
The stick is a long white stick with a removable lid which encases an absorbent tip. It has a window which shows the results as a dot. The test is best done first thing in the morning although it does state that it can be done anytime of the day. The test detects HCG (Human Chloric Gonadotrophin) and this is strongest in the urine first thing in the morning. The levels of this hormone do build as the pregnancy progresses so the later you are the less relevant the time of day becomes. It is simply a case of angling the stick downwards so that you can aim your urine onto the absorbent pad. You then need to then replace the lid and wait four minutes for the result
The last time I used this test I was two weeks overdue but had a very turbulent month and did not imagine for one minute that I could be pregnant. I was suffering with period pains and so was frustrated my period hadn't arrived so I could try again. My bra was also not fitting but thought it was as I was due on and thought they would shrink again once I had my period. After speaking to my sister in law about how I was feeling she advised me to do a test as this was how she felt when she was pregnant with her daughter. I got my husband to go to Wilko's and once more purchase a test. The tests do come in packs if one or two and we purchased bright pink. This took about two minute. I then sat in the bathroom for the next two minutes resisting in my head please don't fade, please don't fade. I was able to report that it didn't fade.
I not only had to go out and buy larger bra but also have a beautiful baby boy and can confirm not only were the results accurate but also the pink dot does remain as I still have my pregnancy test in my keepsake box. This is the best birthday present I have ever received.
This test is simple to do. I have had many negative results from these tests and so am completely happy with the results. I was so confident that the test was accurate I never did another test.
A single test which cost about £5 but waited until the next morning to do the test. However I was awake at 3.20 am so decided to do it while my husband slept. I was a little reluctant as it was my birthday and didn't want to be feeling down that day. However I carefully read the instructions. I do strongly advise that you read them carefully if you just give it a go you won't satisfy yourself the result is accurate.
I removed the foil packaging and the lid and aimed the stick at where I thought my urine would be. It does have to be held in the stream of urine for at least a second which doesn't sound long but if you need to reposition during your wee it can be a bit of a panic. I replaced the top and waited for four minutes. I could see the urine passing up the stick past the first window which is the control line which was a bright pink dot then past the result stick which was also another.
If you are looking to purchase a test good luck which ever result you are looking for.
For those of you who dont know what the Predictor is I will quickly explain...its quite simply a home pregnancy testing kit.
The test can cause an array of emotions to come flooding out. These vary dramatically depending on your own personal circumstances. I have used the Predictor a couple of times before. The first time being the result of an accident approximately 4 years ago and it wasnt a particularly pleasant experience. I was feeling sick with worry and wanted to get it over and done with as quickly as possible. Although happily married, my husband and I didnt feel ready to become parents. We really thought that we couldnt yet cope with the responsibilities of bringing a child into the world.
Luckily, I got a negative result.
This time however, the experience was different. This time I actually wanted to be pregnant!
The Predictor can be bought singularly for roughly £6 or as a twin pack for about £9. Ive opted for this particular test because it always appears to be the cheapest on the shelf. I also had no qualms about purchasing it for a second time because I had found it so easy to use.
Its great because you can do the test at any point during the day....whenever its comfortable and convenient for you. For me, this was in the privacy of my own bathroom when I had the house to myself.
Shaking like a leaf, I removed the cellophane wrapping. I wanted to take my time so I read the writing on the box and then also carefully went over the internal instructions two or three times to make sure I fully understood what I had to do. By this time, quite a few butterflies had started fluttering in the old tummy and I was feeling slightly nervous about the whole thing.
Aswell as an instruction leaflet you will also find a foil wrapper inside the box which contains the actual test. On opening this, make sure there is also a little sachet. This can be disposed of but is included to keep the text free from moisture until the time of use.
The test itself looks a bit like a mascara or a lip gloss...it has a stick with a handle that slots into a cartridge. The cartridge is where the results window is situated. I would advise anyone to familiarise yourself with the process by thoroughly by looking at the diagrams before taking the plunge and doing the test. This will avoid disappointment (or heart failure) if you read the result wrongly.
Right, now for the test. I pulled the stick out of the cartridge and could see a pink bit at the end. This part is the absorber and it needs to be held directly under your urine stream for more than a second. Let me tell you, this isnt the easiest of tasks, especially when your hands are shaking! Its quite awkward trying to guess exactly where the flow is going to be so try to do the test when youve got a full bladder, therefore giving you a longer period of time to get the absorber in the correct position.
Now, with that done, put the stick back into the cartridge, making sure it is completely closed....and sit back and wait. It only takes 4 minutes to come up with your result but those 4 minutes feel like a lifetime!
At first, a pink colour moves across the three windows. This shows that the Predictor is working. I decided to put the test to one side and avoid looking at it until it had fully worked its magic.
During this time, the Predictor is detecting if there is any hCG (human Chloric Gonadotrophin) present in the urine. When a woman becomes pregnant, the body starts to produce this hormone and the amount increases daily. Even tiny amounts can be detected so you can do the test from the day that your period is due.
Looking at my watch the time was ticking by, although not fast enough! I was really beginning to feel anxious about the whole thing and Im sure my palms were feeling a bit sweaty. I even felt nauseous and I wished Id not even done it. I was so excited and yet so frightened at the same time. What if it came up negative? Id be so disappointed. But what if came up positive? I might be a mum in a few months time! The thought brought a tear to my eye.
My four minutes were up but I didnt dare look! After leaving it an extra minute, just to be sure, I finally picked it up.
You have to hold the Predictor the correct way to read it. The cartridge should be to the left. On here, the results area is broken down into three windows. From the right hand side you will see a control window, then the all important result window and finally the extra check window.
After the test is complete the control window will have a pink dot in it to confirm that it is ready. The central result window is the biggest of the three and if you see that a pink dot has formed in here (even if its very pale), this means that you are carrying a baby.
The third window is an extra check window and should just be white - this shows that the result is definite and will not change. The result is permanent and you can keep it forever if you so wish!
If your result shows positive then there is almost no question that you are pregnant. The Predictor is proven to be 99% accurate which is just as reliable as a pregnancy test performed at the doctors or at the hospital.
The next step would be to visit your local doctor to get confirmation and to ensure the health of both you and your baby.
If youve got any questions about the test you can call the Predictor consumer helpline on 01480 421817. They also have a website, www.predictor.co.uk, which offers lots of useful information on conception, using the test and pregnancy.
As for my result.....it was undoubtedly positive. Im going to be a mum!
There are different pregnancy tests to use but the one that I bought was the Predictor pregnancy test. There was no particular reason apart from the fact this is the only one in the supermarket that they had. It comes in a white and pink box and the test is a foil wrapper so you know that it has not be tampered with in any way. The box gives you details of how to use the test and there is also instructions inside the box too. The test is white and plastic and is in 2 parts. One is the stick with a pink end which you wee on and the other part is where you put the stick with the windows to see if you are pregnant or not. It is very easy to use. All you do is wee on the stick where it is pink and insert it in to the cartridge part. You need to wee on the stick for a second. Once you have done this then you just need to wait for 4 minutes for your results. There are 3 windows where your results show. The control window is to make sure that you have done the test properly. It's easy to do though so you shouldn't do anything wrong. The extra check window is where the pink dot should disappear. The result window is if you are or aren't pregnant. So if you have a oink dot in the result window and control window, then you are pregnant. If there is just a pink dot in the control window then you aren't pregnany. The pregnany test is 99% accurate and can be used at any time of day or night. I used it in the evening so that both me and my husband could see the results together. I bought my pregnancy test from Morrisons and it cost me about £5.99 as there was an offer on it. I think the usual price is about £8.99 though which is quite expensive really, though you can get 2 tests in one box for about £11.99. You can also buy it from any chemist, Boots, Superdrugs, supermarkets or Bodycare. Different places do it for different prices so it is best to hav
e a look around. I was going to buy it this time from Body Care as they sell it for either £3.99 or £4.99 but when I went in to buy one they didn't have any left. You can use this test any day after you should have had your last period. I waited 14 days after my last period to make sure that I was not going to come on my period. The predictor detects the presence of the hcg hormone (Human Chorionic Gonadottrophin) which is produced by the body when pregnant. Waiting for those 4 minutes seems to last forever. We both kept looking at it to see what the result was. I kept thinking that the pink dot was going to disappear but of course it didn't. For more information on the predictor pregnancy test then you can phone 01480 421817. I recommend this test as it is reliable and very easy to use. Update I thought I would update this opinion from the first time I wrote it as things happened. I had a miscarriage in December of last year but have now found out that I am pregnant again and am now 38 weeks pregnant so far. We are both really excited and can't wait as it will be our first baby. My estimated due date is the 19th December so that will be a lovely Christmas present for the both of us.
Sitting in the bathroom with the little box next to me I felt anxious for the first time since I knew there was a possibility of me being with child. The medication I had been taking had interfered with the pill and made it less effective. After much deliberation I finally decided to pick up a pregnancy test whilst in the local supermarket. Scanning the shelves in the toiletry isle I noticed only a limited selection of pregnancy tests. There was either the predictor single, or double (two test) since money was lacking I opted for the single test. The nice peach package had a sticker on it, which read “special offer now £5.95, save £2.30” however when I looked at the supermarket prices it said it would cost me £5.79, not a lot of difference but I wanted it at the cheaper price! Anyway off I went to the counter and it was infact only £5.79, I have distinguished from this that the supermarket is cheap, considering in boots it was nearly £8. The packaging… The box is a nice shade of peach and white with a picture on the pack, illustrating what constitutes if you are pregnant or not. This then has a clear plastic covering so that you know it has not been tampered with. The box is full off all sorts of information, obviously used to grab your attention and make you buy it. Inside there is the test, which comes in a foil container, so is all nice and sealed, and a little sachet of beads, you know the sort that ‘retain product freshness’. It is in there to stop moisture getting into the product. There is also a set of clear and concise instructions, incase you have never had the privilege of using one before, or if you just want something to do for the 4 minutes whilst waiting for the result. The test… The pregnancy test is a funny looking plastic thing that is cylindrical, with a ‘window’ on it where the result appears. You have to pull one end out of the test and the pink soft b
it is what you wee on. Not daunting and quite comforting in a little way, as it is so easy to understand and no fiddly bits to mess with you head. It is already put together so you know how to ensemble it. How to use it… There are step by step instructions including pictures so that you have a visual aid to go along with. The test works by detecting a specific hormone that is present in pregnant women, and is 99% accurate. It can be used at any time of the day and as early as when your period is due, although I don’t see why you would panic that soon. If your period is due and it fails to ‘arrive’ then you can test for pregnancy on that same day. However if you suffer irregular periods be careful when you test as you don’t want to waste money doing it too soon. To use the test you must do the following: - Take the test out of the foil packaging - Pull the stick out of the cartridge (it will be obvious which end comes out when you look at it. - Put the pink end of the stick under your pee for at least a second, I left it there during the whole pee just to be safe… - Put the stick back in the cartridge and ensure that it is in fully, or it will not be accurate - Wait 4 minutes for the result to appear. So like a good little girl I went straight up to the bathroom and followed the instructions, well I have used it before so I knew what I was doing. I saw a dark pink colour move across the window and knew that it was working so I then put the test on the loo and sat down and read the instructions, I needed something to do! After 5 minutes I decided to look an see what the verdict was, I know I takes 4 minutes but I wanted to be sure it was fully done and I was a little nervous! The results… Now for the fun part seeing if I was pregnant. I took a deep breath and picked up the test and then slowly looked at the three windows. A little confused I looked
on the back of the box to see what my dots meant. There are three windows, two little ones to either side of a big one. If after the allocated time there is not pink dot in the middle window then all is clear, if there if your pregnant. Mine didn’t have a dot there so guess what I am not ‘up the duff’! However there would be problems so the predictor test has a couple of ways of ensuring the test is accurate and has worked correctly. When the test is finished, and you either have a dot or not there are two things to check; 1. With the control stick on your right hand, I’m trying to explain how I am looking at it, the window to the right should contain a pink dot that tells you the test has been done properly. If there is not dot there then wait a further 4 minutes and see if one appears, if not you have to ring the lovely people at predictor. 2. The window on the left-hand side should have nothing in it, it should be completely clear, this means that the test has finished and there is no way it will be changing. If you are pregnant then you should visit your doctor as he will confirm the results and check that everything is going nicely. Both of these occurred on my test so I was able to just put it in the bin and forget about the whole thing, it had actually made me a little broody so maybe I’ll be buying more in the future… Other relevant information… - The result may be effected by some fertility drugs, but nothing else should have an effect, even the pill. - Drinking a lot before the test will dilute your urine and so may make it harder to detect the hormone. - The test is 99% accurate. - There is a customer service line if required. - Must be stored at room temperature, so if it is hot keep out of the sunlight. What I thought… I found the predictor test very easy to use and straight forward, all the components fitted into t
he little box after use so it was easy to dispose of. I hope that it is accurate but if I have a little person in a few months I shall change my opinion accordingly. I do not have experience of other pregnancy tests to make a comparison but I would recommend this is you want something that is easy to follow and quick. It is as accurate as the test a doctor will perform on you. It is cheap, compared to others, and has checks to ensure it is accurate. As the box says “what you see is what you’ll be” happy testing.
I am pregnant for the 4th time. I used the clear blue prgenancy test for the other pregnancies but this time decided to use the predictor test. You use it in the same way that you use the clearblue. You hold the stick downwards in your stream of urine for 5 secs or collect urine in a clean pot and immerse the tester in it for 20 seconds. The result will appear in the window within 4 minutes. A small pink dot in the small round window means that the test has been completed correctly. A pink dot in the large middle window means you are pregnat. Even if the dot is very light, it still means you are pregnant. If after 4 minutes there is no pink dot in the large window, you are nor pregnant. After 4 minutes extra checks can be made for greater reassurance. If a dot appears in the small right hand window this tells you that you have performed the test correctly. If after 4 minutes the small window on the left has cleared completely, this means that the test is ready and the result cannot change anymore. I found this tester very reliable and cheaper that some of the others. It cost £8.65 for 2 tests.
Predictor is a reliable and easy to use pregnancy test, that can be used anytime of the day and as early as the day your peRiod is due. When a woman becomes pregnant her body starts to produce a special hormone known as hCG (human ChoRionic Gonadotrophin), which is present in the urine in increasing amounts. Predictor detects the presence of this hormone at any time during pregnancy.