A few years ago pregnancy tests actually required you to be late for several days, a week, or even longer. Nowadays, the accuracy of early pregnancy tests have drastically changed with new methods. Today, early pregnancy tests can now provide accurate results as soon as the first day you miss your period or, in some cases, before you miss your period at all.
Levels of hCG
The way early pregnancy tests are conducted today is by determining hCG levels. hCG is a hormone that is produced when an embryo attaches to the wall of the uterus. Early pregnancy tests use the detection of this hormone to formulate a positive (or negative) result without the need to visit the doctor.
When looking for an early pregnancy test, we think that the Best Early Pregnancy Test is our own Zoom Baby Pregnancy Test – this is because they are both highly sensitive and great value for money. While other tests use the same hCG detection method that Zoom Baby test uses, our is able to detect much lower levels of hCG. Most home kits are able to detect hCG levels that are between 25 and 100 mIU; Zoom Baby tests can detect levels as low as 10 mIU.
The longer the embryo is attached to the wall of the uterus, the more hCG is produced by the female body. As a result, being able to detect lower amounts of hCG will allow you to know sooner whether or not you are pregnant.
If you are looking for a branded product,two goood choices are the Clearblue Early Detection Pregnancy Test and the First Response Early Results Pregnancy Test. Both are great, value for money products that offer 99% accurate results when used correctly.
Best Early Pregnancy Tests – Reading The Results
hCG detection levels are important when choosing your home pregnancy test. However, there are a few other factors that you need to consider. If you aren’t able to figure out how to actually read your pregnancy test, it won’t matter how early you can take the test or how fast the results come in.
When taking your pregnancy test, most will be midstream type. Basically you will hold the test strip under your urine stream for a few seconds. The test strip will then detect the hCG levels within the urine and display the results within a few minutes.
On some home tests the results will be displayed with a plus sign (for pregnancy) or a minus sign (if not pregnant). Other tests will display nothing if you are not pregnant and a straight line if you are pregnant. Making sure you understand how the results are displayed is important.
In the end, finding a pregnancy test that works for you is the most important choice and the one you should stick with.
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This Zoom Baby post has been updated since its original publication in 2013.
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