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Home Pregnancy Tests

Sunday, 16 March 2008

If youíre trying to get pregnant, or suspect that you might be, home pregnancy tests are a quick way to find out. We learn more about home pregnancy tests.

   BUYING TIPS

The Basics

  • Home pregnancy tests look for the human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) hormone (also called the pregnancy hormone), which is detectable in the urine (and blood) during pregnancy.

  • There are two typical test models:

    • The stick model instructs you to hold the absorbent end in your urine stream. Catch the urine midstream for best results.

    • With the cup type, you pee into the cup and then use a dropper to place some urine on the test surface. It can be a little messy.

  • Most home pregnancy tests are very accurate; in fact most boast an accuracy rate of 97 – 99%.

   TEST CRITERIA

We recruited some soon-to-be-mothers-to-be to test our test products for a few months.

Usage Test

  • The Clearblue and generic brand were the easiest to read. They had two windows: one result window and one neutral control window to verify the test was done properly.

  • The Accuclear was a bit more fuss, not to mention messy. Plus, the instructions are inside of the box, which means you can’t get a sneak preview of the process before you buy.

  • First Response claims earlier detection (four days before your period is due) but our testers said this wasn’t the case. Tests didn’t read positive even when there was a pregnancy.

   OUR TOP PICK

Overall, Clearblue was the top choice: it was easy to use and the "+" or "-" indicators made it an easy read.

 

 

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