Whether a woman is planning or not planning to get pregnant, nothing will give her peace of mind until she knows whether she is or she isn’t. Early detection is crucial to those who are trying to get pregnant but who have had previous complications. Knowing as soon as possible helps them take the necessary precautions for their safety and for their baby’s safety. If you are trying to become pregnant, even without a history of complications, using early-detection pregnancy tests will help you determine as soon as possible if you are about to join the mommyhood.
Clinical Laboratory Tests
According to the Women’s Health website, pregnancy tests detect hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) in the urine or blood. This pregnancy hormone appears when the fertilized egg implants itself in the uterus, which happens about six days after the egg and sperm merge.
Nothing beats pregnancy tests administered by health care professionals when it comes to early detection and accuracy. They can test for hCG in blood and urine. Blood tests are better when it comes to early detection. Blood tests can detect hCG six to eight weeks after ovulation and down to 5 mIU. Testing blood hCG quantitatively, also known as the beta hCG test, can measure the exact amount of hCG present in blood. Beta hCG test is so sensitive it can detect even minute amounts of hCG, making it extremely accurate. Qualitative blood testing, on the other hand, only checks if hCG is present or not, which is similar to the way pregnancy urine tests work.
First Response Early Result
If you prefer to test in the privacy of your own home, you can use pregnancy test kits available through pharmacies or convenience stores nationwide to test for hCG in your urine. First Response Result Pregnancy Test garnered first place in reviews conducted by the Consumer Search website and “Consumer Reports Magazine.”
First Response detects 12.5 mIU of hCG, which is most likely to detect pregnancy the first day you miss your period. In some cases, according to Consumer Search, First Response has detected hCG as low as 6.3 mIU, which is the level of hCG appearing soon after the zygote (fertilized egg) implantation prior to a woman missing her period. This may be your best choice if you are anxious to know the result. The appearance of two pink lines indicates a positive result, while one pink line is for negative. Some women find it confusing to interpret the dyed lines, which is why they sometimes perform a second test. First Response comes in a two-test kit to allow a second testing a week after the first testing.
Clearblue Easy Digital
A clear, explicit result appears on the digital screen of the Clearblue Easy Digital. The words “pregnant” or “not pregnant” appear on the screen instead of the colored dye lines found on standard tests. This prevents any confusion and second-guessing. Clearblue Easy Digital can read down to 25 mIU of hCG, which is not as sensitive as the clinical lab and First Response tests. This level of hCG appears after implantation; therefore, you have to wait longer to get an accurate result with Clearblue. Consumer Search has indicated that some users report digital display or battery malfunctions while others reported false-positive readings.