The pregnancy tests are the same as those supplied nationally to NHS Accident and Emergency Hospitals to check for very early pregnancies.
How does a pregnancy test work?
A pregnancy test measures the presence of the hormone Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin (HCG) in your urine. HCG is produced in the placenta shortly after the embryo attaches to the uterine lining. This hormone then builds up rapidly in your body in the days following successful conception.
When should I do the test?
The test can be taken at any time of the day. However, we do recommend that you test first thing in the morning when your urine is most concentrated. Do not drink large amounts of fluid in an attempt to increase the volume of urine as this may dilute the urine making HCG more difficult to detect.
What does the test result look like?
Pregnant Not Pregnant
How long will it take before I can read the result?
You can read the results in under 5 minutes and a positive result can often be seen in under 30 seconds.
What is the difference between home tests and those done by a doctor?
Many doctors and clinics use our pregnancy tests anyway, in which case they are exactly the same. Occasionally, some women may be given a blood test, but they aren't very different from our pregnancy tests either. Both types look for the presence of HCG in your body.
What should I do with my results?
If your pregnancy test results are positive, you should consult your doctor to discuss your pregnancy and what steps and precautions should be taken next. In addition, if your test is negative and you still suspect you may be pregnant, you may want to confirm your test results with another pregnancy test a few days later.
If I see 2 lines but one is fainter than the other is this a positive result?
Yes, if 2 lines appear you are pregnant no matter how faint the lines appear.
Can anything affect the results of these tests?
Drinking alcohol, painkillers, oral contraceptives, antibiotics and other common drugs will not affect the result of these tests. Only medicines that contain HCG can produce a false positive result. If you are unsure about your result or your period has still not arrived you should see your doctor for advice.
What are 10 mIU Ultra Early pregnancy tests and what does it all mean?
It is unfortunate that some sellers claim their tests are ultra early and 10 mIU when they are not. Basically if the outer foil doesn't indicate 10 mIU then they are NOT Ultra Early highest sensitivity pregnancy tests. We send out only Ultra Early 10 mIU tests as a rule. The number given after theLot number (-10 or -25) indicates the sensitivity of our tests. Some women on hormone treatments containing HCG may require tests with the lower 25mIU sensitivity and for those women we can happily send you 25 mIU sensitivity tests - just let us know in the 'notes' to seller.
A 10 mIU pregnancy test will show a faint line at a level of 10 mIU of HCG (the hormone that is produced in large amounts when you are pregnant). A normal non-pregnant woman is at a level of 5 mIU or less and from the first day of becoming pregnant the level of HCG doubles every day for the first 3 months until the level is at several hundred thousand. The average woman could, therefore, show a faint line only 1 day after conception but if the level started at 1 mIU then it would be 3 days after conception that the line would show. Accordingly it can vary from person to person and the actual day of conception in the cycle can vary slightly depending on the day the egg was released from the ovary and the day it was fertilised. Normally we would say that these tests would be certain to show a positive result 6 days after conception. On the 7th day the line would be much darker and so on. Having said that we have had women say they showed positive after only 2 days!!
When is the earliest I can use the pregnancy test after I get a "15" peak reading on the Clearblue monitor?
The earliest time you could try to see if you get a positive result on the pregnancy test would be 8 days after you see the "15" peak fertility reading on the monitor. If you have successfully conceived 90% of women would get a positive result 12 days after seeing the "15" peak reading.