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Clearblue Pregnancy Test
When I was trying to get pregnant I had to be patient and wait so you can imagine how many tests I would have taken every month. I had bought cheap ones and there was a very faint line. So as I was unclear about the result I decided to buy a more expensive brand to see if it made any difference so I went to the shops and came across the Clearblue pregnancy test.
**WHAT IS IT**
This product is a pregnancy test which can be used up to four days before your period is due. It is less fiddly than the cheaper tests and has a simple test window to see the results.
The test is very simple and easy to use and you don't need to collect your urine as it is easy to use it midstream if necessary.
The particular packet I bought had 2 tests in it. This was so if one didn't work I could have another test to use. Or if I got a negative result I could try again in a few days.
These tests come in a blue cardboard box that is rectangular in shape. The box is different shades of blue with the Clearblue logo on the front in big blue writing. It highlights that you can use it four days before your period and that it is a brand most doctors recommend in bright pink.
On the front there is a picture of what the test inside will look like. It also shows you what the sample indicator will look like.
The back of the packaging is also blue with a smaller Clearblue logo. There is a more detailed picture of the test and points out what each part of the test is so it will be clear for you to work out. There is also more detailed information on the product.
It gives you a table of the statistics of testing early and how accurate it will be. This is useful to know if you are testing early. Also it is good to know if you were obsessing like I was.
Inside the box gives you detailed information on the test on how to use it and there are common questions and answers on the back so you may find the answer to a question you may be thinking about.
The test itself is rather chunky and easy to handle which is handy as you are dealing with urine. As it isn't fiddly like some other tests you can use it midstream so if you are in a rush then its easy to take the test without a container to collect your urine.
The test has a easy hold handle and is made out of plastic. The sample indicator will turn pink when your urine comes in contact with it. The good thing about this test is that once you have finished exposing the test indicator to your urine you can put the lid on and wait for your result. The cap is dark blue in colour and is easy to put on and remove. This is great as it means that the whole process can be more hygienic.
The test is white in colour and made out of plastic. It shows you clearly that the result window and this is where you read to see if you are pregnant. If you are there will be a vertical line with a horizontal one through it (like an x). If you are not pregnant then there will just be a vertical line.
Beside the result window there is a test window and this has a horizontal line through it this window is in the shape of a diamond. This really is only there to ensure that the test is working correctly. If this line does not show then the test hasn't worked properly.
I found this test very simple and easy to use. The whole process was straight forward and hygienic. It cost me £4.50 for one test which I feel personally is very expensive.
I bought this test as I had a faint line on one of the cheap tests and I was confused so decided to buy a more expensive brand to see if I was getting the positive result still. This test also showed me a faint line however it was clearer than on the cheap tests.
In the end I decided to buy a Clearblue digital test that basically said in writing whether I was pregnant or not and how many weeks I was. This was simpler and in my opinion a lot more worth the extra money.
My personal opinion is that this test just gives you the same result as a cheap one so it is not worth the extra money. It says that you can get your positive result up to four days before you are due to take your period which is great but you can also buy sensitive cheap pregnancy tests which do the same thing.
There is nothing wrong with these tests they just aren't worth the extra money if you want the extra reassurance get the Clearblue digital as it tells you in writing your answer and if you are pregnant it will tell you how many weeks you are.
How did I came to use this thing? I use protection, my period was on time - so no clear reason there... Well the seed of doubt was planted by my mother. I currently have a bladder infection and although I do have it often enough this time it felt a bit different. As I mentioned that to my mother and said that I will go to the doctor for antibiotics (I was trying to self cure the infection for a week, but what's enough is enough) and then the bomb came:"What if you are pregnant, you should buy a test before taking antibiotics". I chuffed. There was no way I could have been pregnant, it was not possible I was 99.9% sure of it, but once this was said out loud I could not stop thinking of it. So to the shops we go!
There are so many tests to choose from so I just went with the one that is promoted the most: Clear Blue (ok, first option was First Sign or something but if you were pregnant it showed it in a shape of heart, cute if you want the baby, my thought was a heart attack if the test would be positive so I passed). It has a reasonable price for an information as vital as this.
I bought a single pack. There is one test stick in the box. Instructions are easy to understand.
There are two ways of using it, in both cases you must remove the lid and apply urine on. One way to do it is to pee directly onto the stick and the other to pee in a cup and then dip the stick into urine. You close the lid and leave the test (in horizontal position) for a minute (a long minute indeed). Then you have the results - is negative result, + is positive result. To my relief the test was negative. The results are not 100% sadly but with a strong 99% I am satisfied. This one claims to be one of the most accurate tests.
I was surprised at how easy it was to use it and with the speed of the results, I remember when my room-mate was using another brand where you had to wait for 5 minutes and those 5 minutes were a nightmare (for her and me haha).
There is another reason why I chose this one, unlike many others you can use the test any time of the day (most of the test can only be used in the morning) - if you want to know right away, you want to know right away.
I hope I won't be needing to use this one again often, but if I will this brand will be the one I will go for.
I scare easy when it comes to thinking I may be pregnant, especially after becoming pregnant 'by accident' (ok so it was my stupidity and I don't regret it but I don't want it happening again, anytime soon anyway) and I was expecting twins! So the other day was one of them days I was a little nervous, having had the contraceptive implant in my arm about a year or so ago my periods are irregular anyway meaning I can't really rely on them to inform me whether I've missed one due to pregnancy or not so I went to Boots to purchase a pregnancy test just for peace of mind.
Heading straight towards the pregnancy tests I knew which one I was going to choose, the Clearblue test as that is what I've always used, even when I found out I was expecting my twins so I knew they were reliable. Although the test does come with a hefty price tag and you can buy shops own brands, even in double packs much cheaper. There are a few different tests you can buy in the Clearblue brand but the one I always pick up is this basic one which is over £7 to buy, but there is also the +plus version now which costs just over £8 in Boots - advantage card points apply as well though!
I picked up the plus version, it works exactly the same as this only you can use it before your period is even due to tell if you are pregnant, only up to 4 days before but if you are actually trying for a baby those extra 4 days could make alot of difference I'm sure.
The test comes in quite a thin pale blue cardboard box. Clearly telling you it's a Clearblue test with a picture of the test on the front. Inside the box you have your test, wrapped securely in a foil wrapper and a set of instructions and guidelines on how to use the test and what to expect and look out for which is helpful if you havn't used one at all, or havn't used this particular test before.
The test itself is a white plastic, pencil length device, with a blue plastic 'cap' at the end which needs to be pulled off to use it. There are two small windows on the body of the white stick one is an oval shape and one a smaller diamond shape. These windows are explained to in the notes provided in the box as it is these you will be looking at for your results!
To use the test you need to take off the blue cap to enable you to test your wee on the colour changing tip. You can either wee directly onto the tip or on wee in a clean container and dip the test tip into it. The tip changes colour to inform you that your wee is being absorbed - therefore showing you it's working. It changes pink in colour when your urine is being absorbed. For me personally the colour changing aspect is a waste, you will soon know if your test has worked or not from the lines shown in the windows and if you wee into a container you will definitely know that the tip is going to be covered adequately by your urine when you dip it in and hold it there. On the instructions you are advised to dip the tip for 5 seconds, and when it changes colour hold it for another 5 seconds. Once this is done you then have to wait 2 minutes. Everytime I've used this my results have come up literally within seconds, but I suppose it says to wait 2 minutes just in case the lines in the results window do change from the first few seconds you look at it into the next minute or 2.
Your results line will show in the oval window, either by a blue negative sign or a blue plus sign, obviously the minus line meaning you are not pregnant and the plus meaning you are. However the small diamond window next to it needs to have a blue line in it as well just to show you the test has worked. If the blue line doesn't appear in this window then it means your test hasn't worked. The test could not work for a few reasons, one being it has been held in your urine for too long and it has absorbed too much or it could mean that the colour tip was not held downwards or laid flat after testing your urine. Unfortunately if this happens you do need to buy a new test and test again as the result given may not be accurate. You can wait up to 10 minutes for the line to appear in the control window but if one doesn't appear by then, then the test hasn't worked.
Using this test is easy, I prefer to urinate into a container as it a little more hygienic and my results have always been clear, given to me within seconds and reliable. I feel just urinating directly onto the stick can be awkward, messy and you have more chance stopping the test from working by weeing too much on it which of course whilst in mid flow is a bit difficult to stop and pull the test away without making too much of a mess. I know the test comes with a hefty price tag, but in my opinion it is always reliable and the results are clear. The fact the test comes with a cap on the testing tip means you can place the cap back on and keep the test as a keepsake, whether it's good or bad news depending on preferance and what you want to remember. Giving the stick a little wash and placing the cap back on means you don't have to touch the testing tip again but you can always see your results which could be a fantastic memory and keepsake. I'd reccomend using this test to anybody who needs to use one, even with the high price, from my own personal experience these tests have always given me accurate results in a short space of time and it has took me no longer than 5 minutes to complete my pregnancy test!
This is probably the best known pregnancy test, due to the regular TV advertising the manufacturers have done. However, it is also the most expensive by a very, very long way! A single test costs just under £9, or you can get a double pack for £11.99 from Boots. This is hideously expensive when you consider that for less than £5 you can get 2 Asda tests and they do exactly the same job!
You can buy these tests from loads of places - I have seen them in Boots, Asda, Tesco, Superdrug and Sainsburys to name just a few. The price tends to be similar wherever you look.
They may be a trusted brand, but when you scour the internet it is littered with complaints and reviews of them commenting on the relatively high number of false positive results that women have had from the Clearblue tests. While I have no personal experience of this, I am considerably put off by this plus the extortionate price tag. Having tried almost every pregnancy test on the market (from the £1 shop ones upwards), this was the most expensive and the one I liked the least. I would definately not purchase it again in the future.
It comes in a distinctive blue box with instructions on a leaflet inside and a foil-wrapped text. You remove the cap off the dipstick end and hold it in your urine stream for 10 seconds. After 5 seconds the end turns pink to show it is working, and you are supposed to keep in in the stream for a further 5 seconds then replace the cap and wait for your results. The idea of the end turning pink sounds good, but in reality it is a gimmick. None of the other tests I have used have done this, and it is not something I have found to be a problem. I found the pink colour change odd if anything, and certainly not reassuring. I think it is actually just unncessary.
As for the results windows - one is round (result) and the other is a smaller diamond shape (control line). The test is read by a positive + in the test window or a negative - if you are not pregnant. The control line (to show the test has worked) is a vertical line. The lines are blue, which is unusual as other tests all seem to have purple/pink lines. I found the colour to be less clear than other brands which is another thing I did not like about it.
Also, despite claims to give one minute response I found this to be the slowest test I have ever tried in terms of the length of time before the control line appeared. I am sure it was under the claaimed one minute slot but the other cheaper tests which do not make this claim still give more rapid results.
In short, this test is full of gimmicks, but it actually not that good.
When I first suspected I was pregnant I went to my local boots store to purchase a test & was surprised by how many different version you can buy. As I was unsure about which test to go for I decided to get the one I had herd of the most which was clearblue. It says on the box that it's 99% accurate so that swayed me as well.
The test is a white stick with a cap on one end & the window which tells you if you are pregnant or not. You can either buy this item on its own or as a box with 2 tests wrapped separately (you also get instructions inside). Quite a few tests tell you to do them first thing in the morning but this one you can do at any time of the day. The result takes about 1 minute or so, so there is not to much pacing around waiting for the result.
How to use:
There are very clear instructions on the box & inside the box so you cant really go wrong. There are two ways to take the test:
Take the cap off the stick & pee on it (the stick) for about 5 seconds, the end of the test should turn a pink colour.
pee into a clean container of some sort & dip the stick in it (for same time)
Once you have done either of these, just put the stick to one side & wait for the result.
If there is a + in the largest window then you are pregnant if there is a - sign, then you are not, although the first test I did was a + but one of the lines was very faint so I did the second test the next day to be sure. I hear quite a few people saying this about this testing kit & some even purchase the more expensive digital test just to make sure, although you can get a test done at you GP for free if you are really unsure.
When I purchased it the price was £8.99 for one pregnancy test and £11.99 for 2 tests so getting the box of two is better value for money & if you are unsure of the result you have a spare in the box.
I think if I where ever to have to do another test I would go for the digital version, as this actually tells you pregnant or not pregnant, its a more expensive version but I think it would be worth the money to have that peace of mind with the result.
Well as some might know and other wont I will quickly give you a little history about me, I have had 8 failed pregnancies and I have one living child so to have a baby is important to me (even though I have a beautiful, amazing little girl already) my pregnancies failed due me having polycystic ovarian syndrome.
Recently I had been given a fertility drug (clomifene) to help my ovulate. (Taking 1 tablet for the first 6 six days of my period)
Well since I had been given that I can honestly say that I forgot about and just got on with my life (well more that normal)
So the other night while in bed I started dreaming about babies then woke up quickly realizing that I have not had a period for 3 months so I went rushing to the bathroom. (With my heart beating fast) I am saying in my head I have to do one I have to do a test I reached down to my clear blue Pregnancy Test (I always had them in stock)
I quickly read the instructions (but I knew that produce like back of my hand but like to check)
1 Extra Reassurance
* Hold the colour change tip in the urine stream for 5 seconds. The tip will quickly turn pink showing that urine is being absorbed. (Continue to hold the tip in urine for the full 5 seconds)
A blue will appear in control window to show that the test has worked (read your results after 2 mins)
3 Clear and Accurate
The result window will show a clear result. If you're your pregnant or not.
Ok So I know all that so I weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed. Then it's the wait I honestly believe that 2 minutes felts like 2 life times (as it was 4 in the morning)
It was changing its showing showing my god its showing its showing I AM I AM IAM Pregnant I ran into the my room where my husband was fast asleep (not a idea that I had the most longest minutes on my life) I placed the test in his face and woke him up. That when our lives changed again
So it is certainly clear but not blue to me!
Well that was then and this is now and all is still well.
Can test upto 4 days before your period is due but only 53% accurate.
99 % correct
Easy quickly (but it feels like longer)
Gives you the results even thought sometimes its might not be the one you wanted.
I paid £11.45 for two tests from my local chemists but I always had some in stock
Well thanks all for reading
Firbitx and bump xxx
I started out buying just the standard Clearblue Pregnancy Test. I brought this one initially as it was cheaper than some of the others (£10 for 2 test sticks). Anyway I was 7 days late but suspected before this that I may be pregnant but wasn't too sure how long you are supposed to wait before you can do the test. When I read the box I found out I could of actually done the test on the first day my period was due, so I didn't actually need to wait this long at all.
I had never taken a pregnancy test before but was very pleased to find that there were very clear instructions on the reverse of the packaging. The clear instructions were in 3 steps. Inside the packaging was a questionnaire, a more detailed description on how to use the test and 2 of the testers. The testers are individually wrapped and easy to open.
On opening a tester I noticed in the middle is a circle and a diamond shape hole which reveals a small part of the actual test strip. At the end of the tester is a blue cap which when pulled off reveals the end of the test strip.
Basically all you do is hold the test in your urine stream for just 5 seconds and then wait one minute. At one minute - mine was abit before in the diamond shape appears a vertical blue line which means the test is working ok and is ready to read - then you look at the circle. Now when I did this there was a very clear horizontal line and a very faint vertical line so I was unsure as to whether I was pregnant or not. One horizontal line means you are not pregnant and a horizontal and vertical line means you are. So as there were 2 test in the box I tried again only to get the same result. I was so unsure as to whether I was or not and I couldn't wait any longer in suspense and I remembered a digital test that was more expensive so I thought I am going to have to get that.
On getting the Clearblue digital test it was more expensive in a way as i had paid £10 for the last test and £14.95 for this one. However when I opened up the box I found this one had 3 tests in it. So actually there was no difference in price at all as both types of test worked out at £5 per test.
Well doing the other type of test helped alot with this digital one as it worked in exactly the same way. You are supplied with one holder and 3 cartridges. There is a detailed instruction guide inside the pack which is well illustrated and easy to understand or you can go with the 3 simple steps it show on the reverse of the outer packaging which are also very straight forward.
This test once again can be used from the day your period is due.
Each of the 3 strips are individually sealed and you basically need to open one up and place it in the end of the holder so the 2 arrows are pointing towards one another. Then you hold the strip in your flow of urine for 5 to 7 seconds. It then says you should wait for 1 - 3 minutes for the results to appear on the digital display. The waiting is the worst bit but for me I found the results displayed after just one minute. You get a very clear reading in the digital display saying either 'pregnant' or 'not pregnant'. For me it said pregnant and this time there was no doubt about it. I felt 100% confident that I was. These tests are over 99% accurate so all in all I definately prefered the digital test.
The only negative thing I can say about the digital tester is that its a shame you can't keep the holder and just buy the cartridge refills seperately rather than if you use up that box you have to by the whole set again. It would certainly make it abit cheaper. Also on the digital display the results stay on screen for up to 1 hour. Whether thats a good thing or a bad thing though i'm not sure as when afterwards you are in shock and you wonder if you are dreaming you can have a quick look at the tester again to see that you are not dreaming.
A friend came to me the other day and said she might be pregnant so I asked her if she had gone to the doctors and she said that as she and her husband had been trying for a baby for a while now and wanted to be sure before going back to the doctor, so I advised her to do a home pregnancy test and said that I used the Clear Blue test and found that to be a good efficient one.
So off we drove to the shops and picked up a double pack for £11.55 which was more economical than the single pack which was £8.99 and this way she could always do a second test just to be sure.
Before I go into the nitty gritty part of the review I will tell you how a home pregnancy test works, it works by detecting the quantity of HCG (human chorionic gonadotrophin) in your urine. Clearblue is so good that it can detect this on the actual day your period is due so if you are in any way worried or think you may be pregnant you can do it straight away so to speak.
You will recognise the Clearblue test on the shelf by its blue box and a picture of the actual test on the front of the box, being quite honest you cant miss it as it says Clearblue in big blue letters on the top of the box. The picture of the actual test on the box shows the result if you are pregnant. Now Clearblue claims to be 99% accurate so even if you get the result you want you shouldnt take it for granted and still get checked out at the doctors (but I havent heard of anyone who has found the test to be wrong, although I am sure there are some women out there who have).
The reverse of the packet gives brief instructions on how to use the test although there are more precise instructions in the pack I believe that the basic instructions are enough.
So we both went back to my house to get this test done, the good thing also is it can be done at any part of the day so you dont have to wait until morning for instance.
On opening the box you are faced with two foil wrapped testing sticks and an instruction leaflet but as I said earlier the instructions on the reverse of the packet are enough but you should read the instructions very carefully before attempting the test.
So after having a couple cups of coffee it was time to do the test, and off she went into the bathroom with her stick, now as I stayed outside I can tell you the instructions from both when I done this test for myself a few years ago and from the instructions on the packet.
Basically you take the little plastic cap off the stick and urinate on it (or you can urinate in a container and put the test in that way) then you replace the cap and the waiting game begins and to me it was the longest minute of my life.
There are two windows on the stick, a line will appear in the smaller window which tells you that you have completed the test and it is working and the other is the moment of truth. If a + appears in the larger window then you are pregnant and if a - appears then you are not.
Judging from the screams that came from behind the toilet door I guessed my friend got the result she was wanting then it was confirmed when the bathroom door came flying open and she came out waving the test in the air and shouting I am pregnant.
This was a happy ending as she was trying for some time to have a baby but for some girls/women it can be a trying time especially if you dont want to be pregnant.
If you want to know more about Clearblue they have a website which is www.clearblue.info. Which gives lots of tips and advice to us females.
If you are going to do this test I hope you get the result you want whether it is positive or negative.
Thanks for reading
The things we have to go through..... After last months period came and went again in the matter of hours, I've had this sinking feeling that I might be pregnant for about a week now. I know lots of you girls will identify with this 'pregnancy scare' but I don't think men have any idea how utterly terrifying it is to be late when you don't want to be. Now don't get me wrong, I've got 2 kids and love them to bits but I don't want a third. Ever. Why am I in this situation? Basically because I'm on the pill and twice last month I was late taking it cos we stopped at a friends house and I had an upset tummy last week, which can affect the reliability of the pill. Of course, being on the pill will cause withdrawal bleeds when you don't take it so unfortunately if you happen to get pregnant while on the pill you might not know for a while as your periods won't necessarily stop. You have to be on the ball a little bit and notice any changes in your bleeds because that could be an indication of you being pregnant rather than your periods stopping altogether, which is what happens if you're not taking the pill. It's like this in my case anyway, but everyone's different in this situation. So this past week has been a bit of a nightmare, made worse by the fact that 3 mornings running I've collected a urine sample to take to the doctors and I've not had time to drop it in before the tests go off to the hospital (or wherever they go) so I was still left wondering. Add to this that the average GP surgery takes between 3 and 5 days to process a pregnancy test and you're left dangling in the air for over a week. This isn't a problem if the baby's planned but if you're not sure what you're going to do if you ARE pregnant then time is of the essence. So this morning I thought sod it, I'll go and get home testing kit and I'll know in minutes. Off I toddled this morning to Boots to pick
up a test. I was surprised at how much choice you've got! It's not as simple as going and picking a test up off the shelf and paying for it, there's a whole rack dedicated to telling women if they're pregnant or not! I chose Clearblue for the simple reason that it's a well known and respected brand and claims that it's over 99% accurate on the box. This sounds perfect. :o) Now, pregnancy tests work by detecting tiny amounts of hCG (human Chorionic Gonadotrophin) in a sample of your urine. This is the human pregnancy hormone and Clearblue can trace this in your urine from the day your period is due, this is good news for me as my period should have officially ended the day before yesterday. oOoOo THE BOX oOoOo The Clearblue test comes in a very clinical looking box. For some reason, this reassured me more than seeing the Boots own label test which is in a highly decorated pink box. I think if I wanted to be pregnant then I might have gone for the Boots test as it seemed more like good news, but under the circumstances a more 'official' looking box seemed more appropriate. The box is basically a blue cardboard box with the Clearblue name and a picture of the testing implement you can expect to find inside the box. I must add here though, the picture of the test stick on the box shows what it will look like if you ARE pregnant and as soon as I realised this I felt like going back to see if there was one which showed a NOT PREGNANT result! lol It claims to be over 99% accurate and also to be the brand most recommended by doctors. Clearblue certainly have pride in their company as they make various 'choose me' claims on the box such as saying that Clearblue is 'the symbol for certainty.' It's a very reassuring box because you just get the feeling that Clearblue won't be wrong and what 'the stick' says goes! Scary really, that the course of your whole life s
hould boil down to a little plastic stick from the chemist. Turn the box around and you're shown yet another picture of a pregnant result - why did I look? That has got to be the last thing I want to see today! Also, brief instructions on how to do the test and advice to read the enclosed instructions before opening your test kit. Contact details and patent/trademark information follows with general advice on how to store and look after your kit. Well, Mr Clearblue, I stored in in my handbag while I drove home and then looked after it while I wee'd in a cup! Not much to it really is there? lol For those who care, this test kit must be stored at room temperature (below 30* C) and kept out of the reach of children. It also states that 'this device is for home use' - well, it's called Clearblue HOME pregnancy test so I should bloody well think so! The box can be recycled, although this is probably the last thing on your mind. ;o) oOoOo INSIDE THE BOX oOoOo A minimum of fuss, you've simply got a small instruction sheet and your test stick which is completely encased in a foil wrapper bearing the legend 'Clearblue' all over it in case you forget who's going to tell you this momentous news. :o) oOoOo WHAT TO DO oOoOo I did my test about half an hour ago so without boring you with the page of instructions, I'll tell you what I did. Once you've opened the foil wrapper, you're greeted with a white stick (it's the only word for it!) with a dark blue cap. On the stick are 2 clear plastic 'windows', one tells you the test is ready to read and the other shows whether you're pregnant or not. A very basic key is included which just says: Pregnant - (+) Not pregnant - (--) How do you like yours? lol The end of the stick is ridged slightly so it's comfortable to hold. Taking the top off shows an absorbant strip. Clearblue reall
y is easy to use. Either hold the stick with the absorbant strip pointing downwards in your urine stream for 5 minutes or collect a sample of urine in a clean, dry (this is important) container and hold the strip in for 20 seconds - and ONLY 20 seconds. I opted for the container method as I was worried in case I missed my aim (lol) and the test didn't work properly. I took the stick out of the cup after 20 seconds and then one of the longest minutes of my life began. You have to wait for a minute with the stick either pointing downwards or lying flat until a line appears in the 'ready to read' window. Once this line appears you can check if you're pregnant or not. The result window is the bigger of the 2 and if you are pregnant, a cross will come up and if you're NOT a straight line going horizontally across the wondow. And............ I'm NOT pregnant! Hoooooray! :o) It tells you in the instructions that the appearance of a 'pregnant' result may vary and then goes on to show the 3 most common examples of 'dodgy' pregnancy results. So I get the magnifying glass out to make sure my wonderful horizontal line isn't somehow going to morph into a cross and study my result for 5 minutes before I'm confident enough to think it's worked! And after 5 minutes I'm still not pregnant. After 15 minutes, however, the result window goes a bit funny and I start panicing until I notice on the box it says that the result must be read within 10 minutes of taking the test - so a wierd reaction must happen after 10 minutes that can give an unclear result. oOoOo WHAT ELSE? oOoOo Did I tell you I'm not pregnant? lol The test cost me £8.99 from Boots and while I was there I noticed that Clearblue also do a double-pack so you can check your results after 3 days and this costs £11.99. Some chemist will do a pregnancy test for you if you take a urine sample in to them and this test is usually done usi
ng Clearblue (I asked the chemist once!) and costs roughly the same as buying your own test. You get your result in 5 minutes when using this service and a lot of women probably like this as it would seem more 'medical' if you're informed by the pharmacist. Myself though, I'd rather do the test myself and then I know that it's been done properly and it hasn't got mixed up! lol Clearblue have an informative website at www.clearblue.info where you can learn about menstrual cycles, problems that might occur and sexual health. There's also a section that explores common myths about getting pregnant - it's surprising how many women nowadays still think you can't get pregnant if it's the first time you've had sex! Thanks for reading and I hope someone found it helpful. :o)
Rather than being faced with too much choice on the shelf when I went to buy a pregnancy test, I found that my local chemist had the choice of its own brand test, which looked as if you needed a chemistry degree to use accurately (it involved a dropper and a disc) or this 'wee on a stick' test. I know it's a bit pricier, but I decided it was worth the extra dosh (it was only a couple of quid more, anyway), and in terms of accuracy and efficiency, it certainly was! So much for having to wait one minute to see the result - the blue line appeared in less than a second! It was also a good, strong, 'clear blue' line as well - there was certainly no doubting the result. I'd actually bought a twin pack, but I never used the second one - and by the way, the baby's due any day now! Maybe my hormone levels were particuarly high, although I was only six days or so late when I did the test, but a result that quick and that clear is impressive. 'Clearblue One Minute Pregnancy Test' - it does exactly what it says on the box!
Let me start by telling you I've never been pregnant. Now you are wondering what qualifies me to write this op? Well I've been trying to get pregnant for the last 9 months, so in that time I've used the odd pregnancy test. Oh OK, I'll be honest, I've used a LOT of tests, five minutes late and I'm testing. Now the test I choose is the ClearBlue. ~~~~ The Kit ~~~~ When you buy a test you get a wrapped up testing "stick" and some instructions. You can buy twin packs which work out cheaper than single ones. Believe me you will want to test twice if you are positive (so I'm told). If the test is negative you have one left over for next time. Given that the single tests are around £8 with the twin packs at around £12 it's not hard to work out which are value for money. ~~~~ Testing ~~~~ Pregnancy tests work by detecting the amount of the hormone "human Chorionic Gonadotrophin" otherwise known as "hGC, the pregnancy hormone". With the Clearblue and many other tests this can be detected from as early as the day your period is due. You also can test at any time of the day, you don't need to do it early morning. You would not believe the amount of women who have told me they first found out they were pregnant in the loo at our local Tescos! See they buy the tests (and get clubcard points) then they can't wait till they get home so they nip in the loo to take the test. To take the Clearblue test you need to hold the absorbent sampler (little stick like bit) under your urine stream for 5 seconds. If you find this hard to do (hey women were not built to pee on sticks – men were) you can collect a sample of urine in a container and immerse the sampler for 20 seconds. This is one of the things I like about the Clearblue test, they give the instructions for using a container most of the other tests I have tried don't give this. ~~~~ Results ~~~~
With the Clearblue test the results are ready to read in just one minute. Again this is an advantage over many other tests where you need to wait 3 or 4 minutes for the result, believe me those minutes can seem like hours. Once you have performed the test you put the lid over the sampler stick and hold it pointing downwards. There are two windows in the plastic stick a square one and a round one. The round window is a check to make sure you have done the test properly, within your minute a clear blue line will appear in this window. If there is no line in the round window you probably didn't immerse the test properly and should test again. The square window tells you if you are pregnant, if you are a blue line appears, no blue line and you are not pregnant. The line in the square window might appear and be very faint, if so you are still pregnant but don't yet have much of the hormone in your body. Use the second test in a few days and the line will be clearer. ~~~~ Accuracy ~~~~ I've always found these tests to be accurate. Every month they tell me I'm not pregnant and they are right. That’s not what you really want to know though is it. Well I'm an active member of a Baby Forum where there are a lot of pregnant women and women trying to conceive. Everyone on the forum recommends this test and many of them have confirmed their pregnancies with it. Some have only had a faint blue line on the first test but are definitely pregnant. Some fertility drugs may affect the test but if your doctor is administering these they will tell you about any adverse affects they may have on pregnancy tests. ~~~~ The Bottom Line ~~~~ Well I find these tests to be reassuring in a perverse way. Testing when you are five minutes late is not really recommended but when you are trying as hard as us you go mad thinking your period is late. I'll keep on testing when I need to and I'll be along to update this opi
nion when I get a positive result.
I now have 3 children and everytime I have been thought to be pregnant I have used this pregnancy test and it's never let me down. With my first two sons I was just a day 'late' from my period when I bought the test and with my first son the test was done at 11pm at night so it just goes to show you can use this test at anytime night or day *unlike some which need to be used in the early morning to get a precise result* and the blue line was so dark at first we thought I must have been further on that what we initially thought. I wasn't! :) Second and third time around though the positive result was a lot fainter than first time round, no-one could explain why as the situations were relatively very similar to my first pregnancy apart of course from the fact I had been there before! :) But the result was still very clear and was easy to read. It's now been almost 12months since I last bought a test but from memory *a bad one at that!* you can buy a single test for around £8 and a double test for around £11 so it does work out better to buy a double pack, and odds are if your anything like me you would want to do 2 anyway, I was so excited each time I found out I was pregnant yet had to do 2 each time just to convince myself! lol. In each test pack, you get one test *2 for the double pack* which is sealed in a protective wrapper and an instruction leaflet which is very easy to understand with a question and answer set out. Once opened the test is a long white stick probably about 4inches in length with a lid on one end and a window with 2 segments *a square part and a round part* around the middle. Now there are 2 ways you can perform the test *once the lid is off this reveals a sortof sponge continuation of the stick which is approximately an inch long* you can either hold the 'sponge' in your urine stream for 3-5 seconds then wait or pee into a suitable container and hold the 'sponge' in tha
t for upto 30seconds. After one minute your result will be there! In the square window there will be a blue line to show the test has been performed correctly and if there is a blue line in the round window you ARE pregnant, if not then...your NOT! I have to add this test has been proved to be 99% accurate :) Like I've said this test has worked each time for me and I think it is a very easy test to use. I would highly recomend this.
I was due to begin my period two weeks before my wedding day in October 1999 and when it didn't come I just thought, its stress, once the weddings over, I will come on. I waited for two weeks after the wedding just to make sure then told my husband that I thought it was time we bought a pregnancy testing kit. I had heard many good things about the Clearblue test so we bought a double pack. Once we arrived home I went to the bathroom to use one straight away. I had mixed feelings of excitement and apprehension as I began to read the instructions. The instructions were clear and concise, instructing me to hold the testing wand in mid urine flow for a few seconds. The instructions also stated that accuracy was almost 100% and I would know if I was pregnant 60 seconds after using the wand. I did not have that long to wait as both windows went blue almost immediately. Even so I waited for a few minutes more to see if it was an initial reaction that faded. It didn't and the test said I was pregnant. I showed my husband the result but was pretty flabbergasted. My husband and I had decided to try for a baby around four weeks before our wedding day, knowing that we would not ruin anything but we had not expected it to happen so quickly. At the time of the test I was six weeks pregnant, which means that I was possibly pregnant already when we decided to try, or it happened straight away. We were in disbelief so decided to use the second test the next morning to be sure. Although the testing kits do tend to be accurate at any time of the day, the pregnancy hormone is stronger in the morning when urine is more concentrated. This is why we wanted to do the second test. The exact same thing happened as with the first and even though we had been quite excited the night before we were ecstatic then. I really didn't believe that a pregnancy test could be that good and would definitely use Clearblue again should the need arise. The
double test cost £10.99 from Tesco with a single test being around £8.99.
I have been trying for a baby for two years and have bought many pregnancy tests. Now maybe I prefered this one because the blue line came up instantly whereas the others were negative I don't know. I did a test in the morning when I woke up and a test in the afternoon (just to make sure!) Both times the blue line did not hesitate to show and did not leave me in hysterics pacing up and down the room. In fact the blue line showed before I even left the toilet! I would definately recommend this pregnancy kit to anyone. It is very straight forward to use and the instructions are very clear. All you need to do is pass your urine mid flow over the end of the stick and wait for the blue line to show in the circle window. This shows you that the kit is working. If the blue line shows in the square window also then you are 99% possitively pregnant and should get this confirmed with your doctor. If the line does not show in the square window this does not definately mean you are not pregnant but if your periods continue to be late then it is wise to go the doctor to find out what the cause is.
ClearBlue Easy One Minute Pregnancy Test is a one-step pregnancy test that measures the level of hCG (human ChoRionic Gonadotropin), which increases during the first part of pregnancy. It claims to be the only available pregnancy test to give the user a clear yes or no answer in one minute. The ClearBlue Easy Pregnancy Test is over 99% accurate