If you are trying to conceive and wondering whether your last missed period means something more, you can get overwhelmed with excitement, anxiety, or both! What you need at a time like this is a home pregnancy test that is quick, reliable, and easy to interpret.
History of the Home Pregnancy Test
The concept of a pregnancy test is not new. Pregnancy tests are over 3000 years old. The Ancient Egyptians used to urinate on both wheat and barley seeds. As shocking as this sounds, this form of ancient pregnancy test has been proven to be 70 -85% accurate. They were definitely onto something, as modern tests work the same way. Modern pregnancy tests are designed to detect a minute change in hormones in your urine.
Types of Pregnancy Tests
There are many types of home pregnancy tests available to choose from on the market in Australia. Almost all of them work by detecting a small amount of a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) in your urine. hCG is found in the urine in detectable amounts within 7-10 days after conception. Modern pregnancy tests are accurate and reliable and can be performed in the comfort of your home.
You have a couple of options for testing for a pregnancy at home. The main two options in Australia are pregnancy test strips or midstream pregnancy sticks. Although the principle of both tests is the same, the method in which they are used is different. A pregnancy test strip is dipped into a small amount of your collected urine. On the other hand, with a midstream pregnancy test, you need to pee directly on the test stick. Both types are equally reliable and easy to use. There is no difference in their accuracy either. You might find a difference in their costs.
Let’s take a closer look at each of the test types.
Why Should I Buy A Dip & Read Pregnancy Test?
Pregnancy test strips, or the Dip & Read home pregnancy test, are a cheaper alternative to midstream tests. These are smaller and do not require any special plastic casing or a holder to be operated. The strips are also much thinner compared to the midstream test sticks. That said, the strips are as accurate as any other midstream test.
These are a great economical choice for detecting early pregnancy if you are trying to conceive (TTC) on a budget. These are also ideal if you are testing often. On the flip side, the strips can be messy as they require collecting urine in a separate container. The strip must be immersed in the collected urine, which can be a hassle. Although a collection cup is often included in the kit, it can still be messy and time-consuming.
How to use a home hCG test
The procedure for testing with a dip & read-home pregnancy test is relatively easy. Just follow these four simple steps:
- Collect a small amount of urine in a clean container.
- Remove the strip from its foil packaging. Ensure that you are holding the strip from the coloured end and avoid touching the absorbent area of the strip.
- Immerse the strip in the collected urine until the ‘MAX’ line on it and keep it there for 15 seconds.
- Then, lay the strip on a flat, clean surface and wait 3 minutes to let the test be ready for interpretation.
After the waiting time, you can immediately read the test, but make sure you don’t let the test sit for more than 5 minutes. It is crucial to follow the instructions carefully to avoid any inaccurate results. You can find detailed instructions on using the pregnancy test strips on our website and the packaging. The results of the strip test are quite easy to interpret as well. Instructions can be found on our website and on the packaging.
Why Should I Buy A Pregnancy Midstream Test?
The main advantage of a midstream pregnancy test over the strip is that there is no need to collect urine with this type of test. The testing device is a stick encased in a plastic casing that serves a dual purpose as a collection device and protects the testing area. A more robust test compared to the strips as there is a minimal chance of cross-contaminating the testing area covered underfed a casing. The midstream pregnancy tests also have a more comprehensive testing panel, making the reading and interpretation much easier than the strips.
The downside is that the cost of a midstream pregnancy test can be significantly higher than the strip test. So, if you are planning to take repeated tests, the cost can add up quickly. That said, these pregnancy tests are incredibly easy to operate.
All you need to do is remove the test stick from the packaging, remove the cap from the absorbent area and urinate on it—no need for urine collection. Once the absorbent part is thoroughly wetted, replace the plastic cap, and the results are ready for interpretation in about a minute. As with the strips, make sure that you are interpreting the results within 5 minutes of testing, as a long wait might decrease the accuracy of the test. You can interpret the results by observing bands in the testing panel. You can always refer to the packaging for detailed instructions on interpreting the test results.
Midstream VS Dip And Read Test
The Dip & Read test is a type of pregnancy test that requires you to dip the test stick into a collected urine sample. This type of test is typically more affordable than the midstream test. However, it can be a bit messier and less convenient to use. Some women may find it difficult to collect an accurate sample, affecting the test’s accuracy.
On the other hand, the midstream test is a type of pregnancy test that requires you to hold the test stick in your urine stream while you urinate. This type of test is typically more convenient and easy to use. It also eliminates the need for a separate urine collection cup, which is a plus for some women. However, the midstream test is typically more expensive than the dip and read test.
Whether you choose a Dip & Read or a midstream test, it’s important to check the package’s expiration date and read the instructions carefully. Both tests are highly accurate, but results can be affected if the test is expired or not used correctly.
Home pregnancy kits from Fertility2Family
Fertility2Family provides highly accurate and inexpensive home pregnancy test kits for easy and accurate early pregnancy detection. All our pregnancy tests are packed in individual packets to ensure a sterile environment that protects them from moisture and direct exposure to sunlight. We take pride in our quick and quality customer service. We are always happy to answer any questions about our products and help take the stress out of when to take a pregnancy test.
Home pregnancy kits FAQ
How early can I use a Dip & Read or midstream pregnancy test?
Dip & Read and midstream tests can be used up to seven days before your expected period. However, it is important to note that the earlier you test, the lower the chance of a positive result. Waiting until at least the day of your expected period is recommended for the most accurate results.
Is one test more accurate than the other?
Pregnancy strips and midstream tests are designed to be accurate and reliable when used properly. However, it is important to note that user error can affect the accuracy of any difficulty. It is important to strictly follow the instructions while performing the test and interpreting the results.
Can I reuse pregnancy strip tests or hCG strip midstream tests?
No, pregnancy tests are designed for single use only. Reusing a test can lead to inaccurate results and increase the chance of contamination.
When is the optimal time to use a Fertility2Family pregnancy test?
In Australia, Fertility2Family pregnancy tests are meticulously designed to detect the presence of the pregnancy hormone (HCG) as early as seven days before your period’s expected date, seven days post ovulation. This unique feature allows you to confirm your pregnancy before you miss your period. The high sensitivity of these tests enables them to detect HCG levels as low as 10miU/ml in urine, making them a reliable choice for early pregnancy detection.
What is the accuracy level of Fertility2Family pregnancy tests?
Fertility2Family pregnancy tests, available in Australia, boast an impressive accuracy rate exceeding 99%. They can identify HCG levels in urine as low as 10miU/ml, making them almost as precise as blood tests commonly used to confirm pregnancy. These tests are registered with the Australian Registry of Therapeutic Goods, a testament to their high quality and safety standards. This ensures that you can trust the results provided by these tests.
How long does getting results from a Fertility2Family pregnancy test?
Fertility2Family pregnancy tests, designed for use in Australia, are engineered to deliver quick and accurate results. You can expect a positive result in as little as 60 seconds. However, it’s important to note that results should not be interpreted after 5 minutes to ensure accuracy. This rapid result delivery system allows you to confirm your pregnancy status promptly, reducing the anxiety and uncertainty that often accompanies this process.
What are the storage recommendations for Fertility2Family pregnancy tests?
In Australia, Fertility2Family pregnancy tests come individually packaged in small foil pouches. This packaging ensures a sterile environment, protecting the tests from moisture. These tests have a shelf life of 2 years, and Fertility2Family strives to provide tests with a minimum expiry of 20 months. These tests should be stored at room temperature and kept away from direct sunlight and moisture for optimal results.
Can I track my Fertility2Family pregnancy test order?
Absolutely! All Fertility2Family orders in Australia are dispatched via Australia Post, which includes tracking and insurance. Once your order is shipped, you will receive a shipping confirmation email with a tracking number. This allows you to monitor the progress of your order, ensuring you know exactly when to expect your delivery.
Is it possible to use Fertility2Family tests to detect pregnancy before a missed period?
Yes, it is! Fertility2Family tests in Australia are uniquely designed to detect pregnancy as early as seven days before your missed period or seven days after ovulation. This means you can confirm your pregnancy before your period is due, providing you with the information you need to start planning for your future as soon as possible.
Can I use Fertility2Family pregnancy detector kits while on birth control?
While receiving a positive hCG kit while on birth control is technically possible, it is highly unlikely. If you suspect that you may be pregnant while using birth control in Australia, it is recommended that you consult with your healthcare provider. They can provide the most accurate information and guidance based on your circumstances and health history.
Our experts are ready to help you every step of the way
At Fertility2Family, we are committed to providing you with the most accurate and reliable home pregnancy tests. Our products are designed with your needs in mind, offering you the convenience and privacy of testing at home. With our extensive range of fertility products and a team of experts ready to answer your questions, we are your trusted partner in your fertility journey. Whether you’re trying to conceive or seeking advice on fertility, Fertility2Family is your go-to resource for all your fertility needs. Experience the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’re in capable hands.
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Evan is the founder of Fertility2Family and is passionate about fertility education & providing affordable products to help people in their fertility journey. Evan is a qualified enrolled nurse and has expertise in guiding & managing patients through their fertility journeys.