“ Brand: Superdrug / Type: Pregnancy „
The day you confirm that you are pregnant is one of those special days and although mine was hardly like a BT advert it is a day I will always remember and this Superdrug Early Pregnancy Test kit played a major part in the day. I was amazed that I thought I was pregnant as we had only recently decided to try to start a family and pretty much this was the first opportunity for me to be pregnant after comming off the pill.
The kit allows you to test yourself before your period is due and the test cost me £3.99. It comes with a comprehensive set of easy to follow instructions which included the recommendation to use it first thing in the morning although you can use it any time of the day. I decided to wait until the next day which was not an easy decision, if I had bought two I probably would not have waited.
The test is easy to use, you simply remove the lid and hold the absorbent pad in the stream of urine for 10 seconds which is not a problem first thing in the morning when I'm bursting to go anyway, in fact the big challenge was getting it set up before my bladder burst. You then replace the lid and sit back and wait, it was certainly easy to use and the shape of the tester makes it easy to hold and to ensure that you only get urine on the absorbant pad and not on your hand or the test window.
You are supposed to wait three minutes to get your results but after two minutes both the test window and the control window had a pink line running through them and this meant that I was pregnant.
This proved to be a simple easy to use kit that is suitable for a first timer like myself, it is a basic test when compared to the digital ones you can get these days that tell you the date of conception and like all tests they are not 100% accurate but this one was spot on. Also it is reasonably priced and recommended by me.
~*~ Superdrug Early Pregnancy Test ~*~
Whether you are trying for a baby or have simply had a scare, it can be the longest few days of your life when you think you are pregnant, waiting for the time you would be due to have your period before you can take a test. Superdrug have attempted to make our lives that little bit easier by introducing their Early Pregnancy Test.
~*~ When can it be used? ~*~
This test can be used up to four days before your period is due to provide accurate results. Remember no pregnancy test is 100% accurate, so if you aren't convinced by the results it's always worth doing another test or paying your doctor a visit.
The test works by detecting the amount of pregnancy hormone present in your urine. The amount of hormone naturally increases as pregnany continues which makes the test more likely to be accurate the further along in the pregnancy you are, therefore it is more likely to be more accurate if you take it on the date of your missed period or after this date.
~*~ The price ~*~
£3.99 for a single test, which is reasonable considering Clear Blue and First Response tests will set you back almost a tenner.
~*~ My experience ~*~
The test is very easy to use, and identical to tests a lot of you will have previously taken. Basically, you pee on the stick, put the cap back on and wait for 3 minutes to see the result. In my experience the results have always come up a lot quicker, in perhaps 20 to 30 seconds, but I always wait for the full three minutes in case it switches or something - I know that's probably not likely to happen! The instructors show you diagrams of what the screen will read if you are pregnant, not pregnant, or if the test has not worked. The diagram is very easy to follow which is good, there is not really much chance of you getting things wrong there!
In this particular instance I was hoping I wasn't pregnant... I was six months away from taking my final University exams, and couldn't face the thought of doing them with knowing I was about to become a mum! Luckily, the test came back negative which was a big relief for me. I'm looking forward to the day when I am staring at a test praying for it to show back positive, but that wont be happening any time soon!
~*~ The verdict ~*~
A very good, inexpensive and accurate test from Superdrug. I've purchased this test a few times and it has always given me the correct results (as far as I'm aware!). It's easy to use, discreet and the price is good. Definitely would recommend.
When we decided to try for a baby, I didn't bother stocking up on pregnancy tests. I just thought it was a case of when it happens, it happens and would wait for the month when I was late. The month I was late didn't take very long to come around, I was late for my next period after we decided to try for a baby.
I got to 3 days late and popped over to Superdrug on my lunch break at uni and was greeted by an absolute array of pregnancy tests. I never realised you could have so many different pregnancy tests. After all, you only do a wee on it! The one thing I noticed when I was looking was that pregnancy tests are an expensive business. Some of them were nearing the £10 mark. There was no way in hell I was going to pay £10 for a little stick I was going to wee on and then throw away. It was then I noticed the Superdrug own brand nestled in the corner. When I purchased it, it was £4.99. I'm not sure if there has been a price changed since though. My one was a single pregnancy test on its own.
It comes in a silver and puplre box with a picture of the pregnancy test on the front and the word "Pregnancy Test" on it with the Superdrug branding. When you open the box, the pregnancy test is wrapped in silver foil and there are instructions. To use the Superdrug pregnancy test you must do the following:
1) Remove the plastic cap which is covering the end you wee on
2) Hold the testing end in the stream of urine for 10 seconds
3) Replace cap once finished
4) Wait 2 minutes for the result. If there is a pink line in just one of the two windows then you are not pregnant. If there is a line in each of the two windows then you are pregnant.
Even though this is more of a cheap pregnancy test, it can be used up to four days before your period is even late which I thought was pretty good given it is just a supermarket branded one. The instructions also tell you that the test is 99% accurate.
I only had to use one of these tests and it told me I was pregnant right away. It was definately accurate and I would recommend it over the expensive named brand pregnancy tests.
Superdrug early pregnancy tests
Anyone who has had to buy pregnancy tests will know just how expensive they can be. Spending upwards of £10 is easy and when you have used them that is the money gone, which can become infuriatingly expensive if like me you can't avoid the temptation. It becomes slightly addictive to pee on these sticks because sometimes even with the best intentions in the world doesn't mean that you don't wish that everything would hurry up.
They are very straight forward to use, hold the tip under your urine for between five and ten seconds being careful not to get the test window covered. Alternatively you can pee in a clean container and then just hold the absorbent tip for the designated time. It should go without saying that you should wash your hands after you have used these. There is a plastic cover for the tip which is good if you want to show the result to people without getting pee everywhere. It is all a very dignified process :)
It says that it can take up to 3 minutes for a result to show, however, I have known from friends that they have seen a positive result much quicker than this. It has a control line as well that should show up regardless of whether this is positive or negative, which is there to reassure you that the test has worked. They are very easy to read, a line in the test area means pregnant, even if it is a faint line. Whereas no line means that either you have tested too early or that you are not pregnant.
These tests are best taken the day your period is due or the day after your period is due. They do say that you can use these as early as four days before you are due, but then the percentage of people that these work for that early vary drastically and don't always give you a result that you can rely on, i.e., if you are pregnant you might get a false negative, which can be a bit upsetting or disappointing.
It also recommends that if you are using this early then it is best to use morning pee because that will have a higher concentration of any hormones. It's very easy to get a false negative because you might have just tested too early. Everyone is slightly different so sometimes it can take a bit longer in some people for the hormone to be strong enough to get picked up. Sadly it is also possible to get a false positive, however, I believe these are less likely and are mostly caused by the test picking up a chemical pregnancy very early then a period occurring when it is due.
At Superdrug or at their online shop you typically pay £3.99 for the single and £4.99 for the double pack. Superdrug often run promotions where you can buy two packs of two for £8, making each test £2, which is a bargain in comparison to some of the prices of the leading brands. I can't imagine why too many people would ever buy these in a single pack, I like the reassurance of a second test regardless of what it has to tell me.
These deserves a four out of five stars, they are cheap and reliable, which are two great features of any pregnancy tests.
When I first started trying to fall pregnant a few months ago I thought I had better stock up on home pregnancy tests . . . needless to say I was shocked at the prices being charged (having not had experience buying these products before). I have heard that overall Clear Blue is probably the best on the market, and not surprisingly seems to be the most expensive. I decided to be thrifty and go to Boots for their own brand, but as I was walking along I happened to pass Superdrug and popped in there instead.
I managed to get Superdrug Early Pregnancy Test on special offer £8 for 2 boxes (2 tests each).
The Superdrug Early Pregnancy Test is easy to use and I had no problem seeing of I was pregnant or not. Each test stick is individually wrapped with clear instructions.
How to use:
* Remove plastic cap
* Hold testing end in urine stream for 10 seconds
* Place on a flat surface for 3 minutes
* There are 2 windows on the top of the stick. If there is a pink stripe in the right window only - you are not pregnant. If you have a pink stripe in both windows - you are pregnant (even if 1 stripe is fainter than the other)
The leaflet enclosed in the box states that the test can be used up to 4 days before your first missed period and is >99% accurate.
My first 3 tests were clearly 'NOT PREGNANT', but I have been fortunate enough to get a positive result with my 4th test (just as well as I had only bought 4 test sticks!).
I'd been feeling a bit queasy for a couple of days and had a pretty good idea why even though my monthly visitor wasn't due for a, well a couple more days. I was also feeling a bit impatient as I'd only had a miscarriage three months ago, I wanted to know whether I was pregnant or not as soon as possible. So I decided to take a walk into town and purchase a test that would be able to give me a result before the day my period was due to start.
I found the Superdrug Early Pregnancy Test in, of all places, Superdrug, at a pretty reasonable price. The were actually on offer and two twin packs cost me £7.99, so that works out at just under £2 a test, which is comparable to the very cheapest tests available. As soon as I had bought them I rushed home and got ready to test my pee, told you I was impatient didn't I? The actual box containing the tests was wrapped in cellophane and I found this a little difficult to open, especially as I actually needed to pee by now. Each test was separately wrapped in it's own easy to open pouch and the enclosed instructions were comprehensive and easy to follow.
Said instructions told me that these tests can be used up to four days before my period was due and could be used at any time of the day, although more accurate results would be obtained if used first thing in the morning. This is because as with all pregnancy tests it works by testing for levels of a hormone called HCG and quite simply there'll be more of this in your urine first thing because it's had all night to collect in your bladder. The tests themselves look quite smart, almost like a pen and the urine strip has a cover, it's far more substantial than some that I've used and doesn't look too bad as a keepsake.
The instructions say that the lid should be removed and then the absorbent pad should be held in a stream of urine for 10 seconds after which the lid is replaced and then all that needs to be done is to wait. Well I didn't quite follow these instructions, I didn't fancy trying to hold the test while weeing, and as the instructions say that I shouldn't get urine on the test window, I decided to use a slightly different method. I filled a clean container with urine and then after washing my hands I held the absorbent tip in the urine for ten seconds. Well actually I just slowly counted to ten but it must of been about ten seconds, give or take. After putting the lid back on I placed the test on the side of the bath and waited for it to do it's magic.
The instructions stated that the results should be visible within 3 minutes, but I got a result much quicker than that. Within 20 seconds or so a pink tide began to work it's way through the two windows starting with the test window and then the control. As it worked it's way along it left a very definite result. A pink line in both windows means your pregnant, while a single line in the control window means you're not while any other combination means the test not valid. I had the result I was looking for within a minute, two very clear lines so I knew I am indeed expecting the patter of little feet. I have also used the same test in previous months (well not the same one it was a different test but the same type) and had a clear but negative result.
I find that this is a very effective pregnancy test, it gives easy to read results in a fairly short timeframe, is suitable to use before your period is due and it looks a lot smarter than some cheap tests. Ok so it doesn't give a conception indicator as some more expensive brands do, but I keep track of my periods and don't need this function and it's not digital the results are not going to suddenly disappear. Which meant that I could save the test to show my finance later in the day, and indeed can keep the test in a keepsake box for when the baby is born. As with all pregnancy tests these are only 97% effective but in my experience this is usually only relevant with a negative result, I have had tests in the past that have come up negative when I've actually been pregnant but never the other way round.