What Will Your First Response Be?
Mar 21, 2000 (Updated Mar 22, 2000)
Review by ctinhan
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Very easy to use and superb accuracy
As I walk down the feminine hygiene aisle at the grocery store there is one very familiar pink and white box. The contents of this box-one First Response Home Pregnancy Test. This test can provide the answer to any sexually active woman's question, " Am I pregnant?". For some, the answer will be a blessing and for others, it will be quite upsetting.
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The invention of the First Response Pregnancy test has made home testing as easy and as accurate as science will allow. While no urine test is foolproof, this test is said to be over 99 percent accurate. Earlier home pregnancy tests were not as accurate as they are today. The home test can provide peace of mind for those not wishing to be pregnant and elation for those who are anticipating a baby.
The First Response home pregnancy test is a simple plastic stick that has an absorbent tip. There are two windows, one to show the urine test is working by turning pink and the other to show the results. There is a cap to cover the absorbent tip after the test has been used.
This is the easiest home pregnancy test to take on the market today to determine if you are pregnant. The first day after you have missed your period you may want to take this test and you can be assured that the results are accurate.
To begin the test, open the test stick package and uncap the test stick. Point the absorbent tip downward, with the window facing away from you. Be sure to have the window facing away from you as directed because should urine accidently land on the result screen area you could end up with the wrong results. With the test stick in the correct position simply urinate in a steady stream for about 5 to 10 seconds.
If you are nervous about urinating on the stick, then you can also collect a specimen in a clean cup and immerse the absorbent tip of the stick in the urine for 5 to 10 seconds. If you use this method, you will continue with the same instructions as you do for the above method.
The next step, regardless of your collecting method, will be to place the cover back on the test stick while it is still in its downward position. Place the test stick on a flat surface and watch the pink appearing in the window. You will see the pink going up the test strip and you will know the test is working. Within one to two minutes you will see either one line or two lines in the result window.
One line means you are not pregnant, in most cases. This test is over 99 percent accurate but it is not foolproof, so if after a few more days you still do not get your period then you may want to retest. It could also be that you may have tested too early.
Two lines means you are pregnant, in most cases. As with any home pregnancy test, a false positive can happen but within the last five years these tests have been improved and they are more accurate than they were before. If two lines do appear, they do not have to be equal in their size or darkness to indicate pregnancy.
If the First Response home pregnancy tests comes back positive then you should immediately make an appointment with your own doctor to confirm the pregnancy. I will tell you one thing though, I had gone to many different doctors and most of them used this brand to test the urine of their female patients.
The test works by measuring a hormone called Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (commonly abbreviated as HCG), it will measure the level that is present in your urine. When you are pregnant your body produces Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) and releases it into your bloodstream and ultimately into your urine. The First Response Test is sensitive enough to measure the level of HCG in your urine and give you the results as early as one day after you have missed your period. For women who are trying to conceive this test can be a god-send because you usually want to know as early as possible that you are pregnant.
The aspect of the First Response Home Pregnancy Test that I liked best was it's ease of use. I had used other brands of home pregnancy tests where you had to take a dropper and put it in this little tube and wait for the color change. With these tests you had to match the color in the tube to the picture on the box, my results never looked like any of the colors that were pictured, so those tests basically told me nothing. With the First Response kit you will not have that problem at all.
When I took this test, I followed the simple instructions and waited only one minute to see one prominent pink line appear and a faint glimmer of another line. The other line was very light and not the same size as the first line but still visible enough for me to know that it was positive. The lightness in the line was more than likely due to a lower level of HCG in my urine.
My sister also used this test and when she took it she had two very prominent pink lines visible within thirty seconds of taking the test. The prominence of the lines can vary with each woman, that is why it is very important to see your doctor to verify that you are indeed pregnant.
Another nice feature of the First Response Home Pregnancy test is that you do not have to use your first morning urine sample to take the test. Your morning urine has the highest level of concentration of HCG but with this test it is sensitive enough to determine a pregnancy even when the concentration isn't as strong. Some of the other brands of home tests do require that you use the first morning sample and that is not always possible. With this test you have the convenience of taking the test at anytime of the day or night.
Between my sister and I we have used the First Response Home Pregnancy test about five times. Each time we were more than happy with the ease of use the product supplied us with and with the accuracy of the results. Although all of our pregnancies did not result in viable births, this test did tell us each time that we were pregnant.
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