So, basically, the title of the blog is deceptive. There is no better brand of over-the-counter urine pregnancy test. They all test for hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) in the urine, a hormone that is only produced in the body during pregnancy. Some brands may test a day sooner than another, according to the packaging, but we have found that the cheapest generic brand is just as sensitive as the expensive name brand.
The first major difference in urine pregnancy tests is in the testing method. If this matters significantly to you, then choose the brand that you feel is the most user friendly. Some tests come with a little pipette for collecting the urine from a cup and dropping it onto the tester, while others have a stick that you place directly into the stream of urine. The pipette method means that you will need to supply your own clean cup for catching the urine, but the stick method often comes with a little bot of overspray onto your hand. Pardon our sense of humor, but we just had to use this meme here. Either collection method is effective.
The test display is the second major difference between brands of pregnancy tests. Some tests have the control line, which always turns solid, and then a test line, which will display only if the test is positive. Others form a minus symbol (-) when negative and a plus symbol (+) when positive. At least that’s the way it’s supposed to work. Ally once used one of these tests and all she got as a result was a capital “L.” There are newer, even more expensive tests on the market with an LCD display that reads either “pregnant” or “not pregnant.” You will need to decide how comfortable you are with reading your tests results when deciding which test to purchase.
All that being said, the results from each brand of test will be similar, so long as the test is performed within three days of a missed period. In every brand, there will potentially be a test that just doesn’t work, a reject of the production line that somehow made it onto the shelf. So, if you think you are pregnant, and the first test doesn’t show positive, wait a day or two, try a different brand (or the same brand with a different lot number), and make sure to use your first morning pee because it tends to be the most concentrated.
If you find out you are pregnant, give us a call. We’d be happy to talk with you about your journey and get to know you better. Unlike pregnancy tests, all providers are not the same and you will want to find someone that meets you exactly where you are.