So, are you having a few symptoms? Maybe feeling super tired and crampy, well that could be AF coming or you could be pregnant!! It might be time to take a pregnancy test. Now you could go to the doctor or you can use one of these 5 top pregnancy tests in the comfort of your own home. Take a look at the list and decided which one would you chose. But first a few things to consider before making a decision.
How Easy Is It To Use
Pregnancy test brands differ in how easy they are to use. Mid-stream tests require that you hold the test directly into your stream of urine, while dip-stick tests require you to pee in a cup, then dip the test in for a few seconds. Myself like many other women prefer the dip-stick tests because they are less messy, but this is a matter of personal preference. Even if I am using something like First Response, I still pee in a cup and then dip it even though you can use those mid-stream. I just don’t like the mess.
How Many Dollars Do You Want To Spend
If you’re the kind of woman who prefers to wait until your period is several days late and you’re already experiencing early pregnancy signs such as sore boobs or nausea, price probably isn’t the most important factor to you in evaluating pregnancy tests.
But if your habit is to take lots of pregnancy tests during the two-week wait, it makes sense to look for cheap bulk pregnancy tests, usually purchased online (Amazon.com or EBay.com are good places)
Is This Correct?
So you wait the required time, you look into the results window to determine whether the test is positive or negative. Positive tests carry two lines, a plus sign, or an explicit message such as “yes” or “pregnant.”
Some women prefer the tests that say “yes” or “pregnant” because there is no gray area in interpreting the results.
Other women prefer the two-line tests because the second line is directly correlated to the concentration of hCG in the urine. The darker the second line, the higher the concentration of hCG. It can be reassuring to see the line getting darker over several days as hCG levels increase in early pregnancy.
The downside of two line tests is that the results can sometimes be difficult to interpret. Any second line—even very faint—indicates a positive result. However, if the tests are not used properly, a false second line can sometimes appear or if you look at the test after the allotted time you could see a faint line but that could be an evap line (those things are the devil).
The Best Early Detection Pregnancy Test: First Response Early Result
How to take the test: The First Response Early Result (FRER) is your typical pee-on-a-stick test, with a curved shape and wide tip that makes it easy to use. Hold it in your urine stream and it will pick up any pregnancy hormones. Three minutes later, the test will show one pink line if you’re not pregnant and two lines if you are. (And yes, a faint line still counts as a positive!). You can also pee in the cup and dip it, then wait the three minutes.
Is it accurate: Known as the most sensitive early pregnancy test out there, the makers of the FRER say it can tell if you’re pregnant about five days before your expected period. Just keep in mind that pregnancy hormones might not have accumulated enough in your system yet, so it’s only 76 percent accurate five days beforehand, according to the brand’s testing. The accuracy increases the closer you get to your expected period. Take it first thing in the morning for best accuracy.
Price: $9.00 for 2 or $13 for 3 at Walmart
Best Cheap Pregnancy Test: New Choice Pregnancy Test
How to take the test: To take this test, collect your pee in a cup, then use the dropper included in the kit to add several drops of urine to a specific area of the test. Two lines appear if you’re pregnant; only one shows up if you’re not.
Is it accurate: Believe it or not, this cheap pregnancy test has a better reputation than some pricier tests that use blue dye indicators, such as Clearblue, which get bad reviews for being hard to read. The maker of New Choice says it’s 99 percent accurate, but there’s no word on which day that refers to. The sensitivity of the test is said to be similar to e.p.t.
Price $1 for 1 at Dollar Tree
Best On-Line Pregnancy Test: Pregmate Pregnancy Test Strips
How to take the test: These little strips aren’t the fancy wands you’re used to seeing. Pee into a cup, dip the stick into the urine and wait five minutes. Similar to other tests, a single line will appear if you’re not pregnant and two lines will appear if you are. These are nice because they are little wider than some other strip tests such as the Wondfo tests, which does make it a little easier to see.
Is it accurate: The instructions say the Pregmate test can detect pregnancy one day after a missed period, but mommies-to-be claim this test worked really early for them—as early as 8 to 10 days post-ovulation.
Price: $8.45 for 20, $12.95 for 40 or $15.95 for 60 on Amazon.com
Best Digital Pregnancy Test: First Response Digital Gold Pregnancy Test
How to take the test: The First Response Digital Gold Pregnancy test kit is fairly new to the market of pregnancy tests. While it uses first morning urine or other urine, it can be used up to five days before your excepted period. The results are digital, given in a clear “yes +” or “no-“, which is nice. No second guessing.
Is it accurate: The maker says it’s 60 percent accurate if taken five days before your expected period and 99 percent accurate if taken one day before.
Price: $16 for 2 on Amazon.com
Easiest To Read Pregnancy Test: Clearblue Digital Pregnancy Test with Smart Countdown
How to take the test: Pee on the wide absorbent tip or in a cup and dip, then wait. Impatient for a result? This test has a progress bar is displayed on the digital screen so you know the test is working. After three minutes, it’ll switch to “pregnant” or “not pregnant.” It doesn’t get easier to read than that.
How accurate it is: This at-home pregnancy test can be taken as early as four days before your expected period—trouble is, it’s only 51 percent accurate at that time. But take it one day before your expected period, and that stat jumps way up to 95 percent, and on the day of your expected period, it’s 99 percent accurate.
Price: $14 for 3 on Amazon.com
Now It’s Time To Pee On A Stick
Because there are so many choices of pregnancy tests on the market, it all can be overwhelming. Choosing a good quality, reliable pregnancy test can provide the results and accuracy you want in a test. No one wants to worry that the test result they are seeing are not trustworthy. The higher quality brands are known for their accuracy and reliability so they are always a good choice when it comes to choosing.
Unlike the pregnancy tests of decades past, the modern versions are much more sensitive and can detect pregnancies before a woman’s cycle has even been missed. This early detection is very desirable to people who are anxious to find out one way or the other whether they are pregnant or not.
Comment below if there is a test that you liked and did not make the list.
As always, thank you for stopping by The Pregnancy Glow.