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Reveal Home Pregnancy Test - available online from £1.10 (I purchased this from my local independent chemists, and paid £5.99 for a two pack)
OK so this pregnancy test is one of the more fiddly to use. The individual test is contained in a silver foil water tight packet with a pack of silica gel.
When I fist bought this test I hadn't realised that is would just contain a strip that was a few inches long, and a pot that you would have to pee into. The idea is that you then pop the strip in the pot to soak up the urine. There are clear indicators on the test to show you which end to put downwards, and a line that you must not get urine above. Then you have to wait a few minutes for the test to do its thing.
The test is used to pick up on early signs of pregnancy, and will detect HCG hormone in a woman's urine. I don't think that they are sensitive enough to pick up on the hormone before a missed period however. The box they come in is pink in colour, and is in long thin (ish) box.
If the test has one blue line then you are not pregnant, and of there are two then you are. For me this test was particularly fiddly, as being the clever bunny I am I was in the pub on a Friday night panicking, and trying to hide the fact that I was endlessly drinking orange juices. (Even going so far as to tip a vodka and orange down the sink that someone kindly bought me). To avoid this going on much longer I felt I should take the test. So imagine me, a busy pub toilet, and a small cup of pee - waiting for the little stick to soak up....
Makes me shudder just to think of it, and yet so funny.
Anyway, for me the test was a bit on the fiddly side, and had I realised what the package contained I would have shelled out the extra few pounds to get a more substantial 'stick' that I am more familiar with. I imagine they are much better when used in the comforts of ones own bathroom, and it you are trying for a baby, and therefore regularly testing than the money saved would be well worth it, however for a Friday night they may have been a bit on the ambitious side.
I have just been reading through some of my earlier ops and I really cannot believe how awful some of them are!! I am in the process of updating and editting the worst! This one being one of the first. There have been a number of times in the past where me and hubby have had concerns that I may have been (or hoping) to be pregnant. I am not one of these people that can wait for a result from the doctor, I HAVE to know straight away. I have found that there are a lot of different tests available on the market these days and many of them are very expensive. This test is very simple to use, very accurate (in fact it is virtually the same sort of test they use in hospitals and clinics) and best of all it is not all that expensive. For a box containing 1 test they are priced at £2.99 in my local chemist and for a box with 2 tests they are £5.99. This is a pretty universal figure and the price does not alter much form chemist to chemist. I have not seen them for sale in any supermarkets so I think they must be over the counter only. Here is a little background information about pregnancy tests work, just in case you were wondering! Basically a pregnancy test works by detecting the amount of HCG in the womans urine. HCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin, is a hormone made by the pregnancy that can be detected in the mother's blood or urine even before the woman's missed period. HCG is first detectable in the blood as early as 7-8 days after ovulation by very sensitive HCG tests but normal blood tests can detect a HCG level after 10-11 days. A pregnancy test done by testing the urine can usually detect HCG after 14-16 days, earlier if a very sensitive test is used. Clever stuff eh?! As I have said, I have used these tests a number of times in the past and I have only had one false result so far, but that was only because I tested too early. I have had a positive result as early as 5 days before my period was due
which I thought was great. This is one of the most basic tests available on the market. There are many different types including digital and ones with pretty windows and wands! This test is neither of these. To put it bluntly, the test itself is just a thin stick. At one end there is some blue plastic, this is where you hold it and at the other end there is some absorbant material. This is where you "dip" it. To take this test you can do it in 2 ways. The first is to urinate onto the stick midstream, the second is to use the pot provided, collect a sample and then dip the stick into it. The second method is the one suggested but either will give the result just as well. After the stick has been exposed to the urine sample, you have to wait for around 30 seconds to 4 minutes for your result. If one line appears then the result is negative, if there are 2 lines then it is a positive result. If you are unsure as to the result of your test or if you think you really are pregnant and get a negative result, wait a few days and then retest. If you are still unsure of your result, seek advice from your local Gp or family planning clinic who will be able to help you. I am not planning to have anymore children (thank god!) but if I were, then these tests would be my first choice. They are not 100% reliable but then again there aren't many, if any, that are. I would not hesitate at all in recommending this test to anyone, well worth the money if you want a speedy reliable result.