If you think you might be pregnant, taking a pregnancy test is the first step to finding out. There are many kinds of home pregnancy tests at your local drug store, most of which claim to be more than 99% accurate. How do you know which one to buy?
First Response Early Result Pregnancy Test
A Consumer Reports study rated the First Response Early Result Pregnancy Test as the most sensitive and the best at-home test for determining pregnancy as early as the first day after a missed period. All home pregnancy tests test for hCG, a pregnancy hormone, but the First Response Early Result Pregnancy Test also tests for hCG-h, a hormone that women produce very early in pregnancy. Baby Med, a popular pregnancy and fertility website, also rated the First Response test as the most accurate, as it is able to detect concentrations of hCG in urine as low as 6.5 mIU/ml (Many tests do not detect concentrations below 25 mIU/ml).
Clearblue Digital Pregnancy Test Kit
Most pregnancy tests use lines or plus signs to indicate whether you are pregnant. The Clearblue Digital Pregnancy Test Kit offers a digital display that says “Pregnant” or “Not Pregnant.” According to the Most Accurate Pregnancy Test website, the Clearblue test is the most recommended test by physicians in the U.K. The test claims to be over 99% accurate as soon as the day your period is due. This test detects hCG in urine with a rate of 10 mIU/ml.
What to Consider When Buying a Home Pregnancy Test
When buying a home pregnancy test, you should consider:
- Time since your missed period
- If you want your results to appear in a digital or manual display
- Your preference on collection method/shape of stick
- Testing time until results can be read
You do not have to buy the most expensive home pregnancy test in order to achieve accurate results. The longer you are pregnant, the more hCG is detectable in your urine. The First Response and Clearblue tests detect hCG at very low levels of concentration, but there are many drugstore tests that work well.
Avail offers free, self-administered laboratory-quality hCG pregnancy tests, which can detect pregnancy hormones 10 days after conception and provide results within three to five minutes. If you don’t want to purchase a pregnancy test kit or you’d like to discuss your pregnancy options with one of our caring client advocates, then consider making an appointment at Avail by calling 212-689-1705 or scheduling an appointment online.
Avail NYC exists to be a safe haven for women and men facing an unexpected pregnancy or seeking support after an abortion. We are not a medical provider.