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Initial Pregnancy: The Best Brands of Pregnancy Tests

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.

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Pre-Conception: When Can I Test??

If you have been actively trying to get pregnant, it is SO hard to wait until you can take a test and find out if you are indeed carrying a small human in your uterus. But, we can guarantee that if you take a test too early, it will be negative, no matter what is really going on at a cellular level.

Let’s look at the two most common methods of pregnancy testing, the first is an over-the-counter urine pregnancy test and the other is a blood test performed by your provider. Most women prefer to find out in the privacy of their own home and choose to purchase a urine pregnancy test at the pharmacy counter.

If you choose a urine test, you really should wait until the first day of your missed period to get accurate results. Yes, there are some brands that claim to be so sensitive, they can test as soon as five days before the first day of your period, but they don’t know your body, your ovulation cycle, and your hormone production rates. At five days before a missed period, the tests are only about 60% accurate in negative results. You may be pregnant, but not making enough hCG to make the test turn positive. Two days before a missed period, the test’s accuracy raises above 90% and the day before that missed period, it raises to 97% accuracy. As hard as it is to wait, knowing a few days earlier will not make a difference to your baby if you are already eating, drinking, and taking supplements to prepare for pregnancy. Save your hard-earned money and take your test the day before or of the first day you expect your period.

If you choose a blood test, you can begin the testing around 8-9 days after you believe you conceived. This is a little earlier than a urine test, but not significantly so. Most providers would then prefer for you to return within a few days and test again, so they can see that your hCG levels are rising, suggesting a healthy pregnancy. Depending on when you ovulate, this could be as soon as day 22 of your cycle, six days before you expect your period to begin. Your provider should be able to help you identify an estimate of your cycle if you have not been charting, and help you determine the best time to perform the test.

If you think you might be pregnant, and would like to take about the difference in testing, or schedule a blood test, give us a call. We are patiently waiting right along with you for those two pink lines.

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