Home pregnancy tests work by measuring the level of the pregnancy hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) in a woman's urine and are an effective way at determining if a woman is pregnant. However, with the number of different brands of pregnancy tests available, deciding which one to use can be overwhelming. By focusing on the most common or popular options, a woman can focus on finding the best option for her without getting too overwhelmed or confused.
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First Response offers several types of pregnancy tests. Their Early Result pregnancy test is said to be able to work as soon as six days before a missed period, while their Gold Digital Early Result pregnant test displays a digital text result instead of the typical line results and can be taken as soon as five days before a missed period. They also offer a Rapid Result pregnancy test, which can only be taken after a period is missed but can provide the results in only one minute. All of the First Response Pregnancy Tests are over 99 percent accurate when taken at the time of an expected period, according to the First Response website. According to the popular pregnancy test website PeeOnAStick.com, these tests range in sensitivity from 12.5mIU to 100mIU. The lower the sensitivity level of a pregnancy test, the sooner a positive result can be seen.
Clearblue easy offers two different types of pregnancy tests. The Clearblue Easy digital pregnancy tests displays a digital text result with the words “Not Pregnant” or “Pregnant,” while the Clearblue Easy +/- Results changes color to let the woman know that the test is working and will display a plus or minus sign for the results. Both of these tests can be taken as soon as five days before a missed period, and are over 99 percent accurate when taken at the time of an expected period, according to the Clearblue Easy website. These tests range in sensitivity from 25mIU to 50mIU, says PeeOnAStick.com.
E.P.T. offers both a regular and digital version of its pregnancy test. The digital version will display a digital text result, with either the words “Not Pregnant” or “Pregnant.” Both tests can be taken as soon as five days before a missed period, and are said to be 99 percent accurate based on laboratory, according to the E.P.T. website. These tests range in sensitivity from 25mIU to 50mIU, says PeeOnAStick.com.
New Choice brand pregnancy tests are commonly sold at dollar stores, and are the most cost effective way to test for pregnancy. Like its more expensive competitors, New Choice pregnancy tests have an accuracy of 99 percent and a sensitivity level of 25mIU, according to PeeOnAStick.com. However, these tests require urinating into a cup and using a dropper to gather and place urine on the testing film, and they do not offer any digital versions of the result. Therefore, those that prefer urinating directly on the testing stick or having a digital result displayed would be better off using a different brand.
Generic Store Brands
Most regular and all digital store brand pregnancy tests are distributed by Inverness, according to PeeOnAStick.com. Accu-Clear pregnancy test are also distributed by this company. The regular pregnancy tests have a sensitivity level of 50mIU, except the ones that display the results as a plus or minus, which have a sensitivity level of 25mIU. Digital pregnancy tests by Inverness have a published sensitivity level of 50mIU. These tests are also said to be 99 percent accurate when taken after a period is missed.