Friday, October 24, 2008

Home Pregnancy Tests, are they accurate?

Well, I took an HPT this morning to see if my cycle worked. It is still a little early, but I thought that I would check anyway. I got a BFN. My beta isn't until Monday, so I still have a chance that I may be pregnant. I never got a BFP early anyway. I have no idea why I even took the test. So I thought that I would do some research to find out how accurate they are and when is the best time to take one.

The best time to take an HPT is 14 days after ovulation or 1 day after a missed period. Very few HPTs can accurately give results before this time. To get the best results, use the HPT first thing in the morning. Your morning urine has the most concentrated HCG levels that are used to predict if you are pregnant or not.

From Consumer Reports, the best brand and highest rated is First Response. The second was Clearblue Easy. Wal-Mart's brand Equate had failed to work in testing. I would not recommend that one at all. It looks like in this case brand name is the best for your money.

It looks like I will be going to Walgreen's after work today to get a First Response. I have been buying Walgreen's generic brand.

Good luck to you all and I hope that you get the results you are looking for.

Sources:

ConsumerSearch
Baby Center
WomensHealth.com

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