I'll set the scene: it's around 7am on a Saturday morning, and you are rudely awoken by your wife bursting into the room waving a stick in your face, declaring "There's a line. There's a line. It's only faint, but there's definitely a line". Thankfully my lovely husband was as excited as me, otherwise he might not have appreciated the dramatic awakening! So, I've kind of done this review back to front by announcing that I'm pregnant before going through the details of the test, but what the hell....I'm excited!
I've used a lot of pregnancy tests over the several months we were trying to conceive, and these Tesco ones are my preferred choice. They are cheap and easy to use, and when you're as impatient as me and end up doing more tests than necessary, the price is very appealing. Most branded pregnancy tests cost in the region of £10 each, and although I did go out and buy one of these to confirm the pregnancy, in the meantime these have been suiting my needs perfectly, currently costing £3.50 for a pack of two.
The tests come individually wrapped, and thankfully the wrappers are easy to open because when your hands are shaking with nerves you can sometimes find this task much more difficult than it would usually be. The box has a quick at-a-glance pregnant/not pregnant guide on the front, but the instructions inside are much more detailed, telling you when you should test, how to test, and how to interpret the results. This is important, because although it's unusual to get a false positive, a negative pregnancy test does not necessarily mean you're not pregnant. In some cases, it can just indicate that it's too early to test. The instructions are so detailed, in fact, that there's a very bizarre diagram of someone peeing on a stick....just in case you're unsure!
So, to take the test itself it's the usual case of peeing on a stick. The stick is fairly thin and lightweight, with an absorbent tip for the urine, and a cap which covers this once used to keep it hygienic. This makes you feel less bad about waking your husband up by waving it in his face. There are two windows on the stick, one is the control window, and the other is the test window. You should always get a line in the control window, as this shows the test has worked correctly. If the test is positive, there will be a line in the test window, although this can sometimes be very faint and subject to interpretation. I had to read the instructions very carefully after seeing the line, to make sure I was correct in thinking that it doesn't matter how faint the line is, if it's there you're pregnant. This is because prior to this I had been doing ovulation tests, which work on the basis that a positive result is when the test line is darker than the control line.
With it being quite early in the morning when I took this test, I was a little bleary eyed, and at first when nothing appeared in the test window I just thought "Here we go again, another opportunity missed". It was only when I turned round after flushing the toilet that I noticed the line had appeared, it just took a few minutes. Although it does say in the instructions that it takes a few minutes, I had for some reason assumed it would be immediate, I think this is because that's how it was with the ovulation tests I was doing. It was a lovely surprise when I saw the second line, and I had to wake hubby up to confirm that my eyes weren't deceiving me.
These tests are very basic, although that's all you expect given the price. They are most accurate if taken first thing in the morning, as that's when the pregnancy hormone they're testing for is at its most concentrated. They can give a result from the first day of your missed period, and although it's tempting to go out and buy the ones that can give you early results, I've wasted money on these in the past only to be disappointed, so I was happy to wait until D-Day to keep hold of the possibility I might be pregnant a little longer. I would definitely recommend these tests as a first option when testing for pregnancy. I did follow up with a branded test afterwards, but this was probably overkill due to first-time nerves/paranoia. The only reason I'm giving these four stars instead of five, is the fact you have to interpret the results yourself, so if the line was very faint it might not necessarily give a clear result. For me, however, it gave the best possible result I could have asked for.
(Review also appears on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)
About a week ago a little suspicion started to gnaw away at the back of my mind, I was starting to feel distinctly hormonal, my boobs were tender and I was feeling just a little bit pregnant. Already having five children (ranging from 2 to 21), I know the feeling well, but to make sure I asked my partner to pick me up a cheap pregnancy test from Tesco. What he came back with were these Basic Pregnancy tests that are sold both singly and in twin packs, costing £3.97 for the twin. The first thing I'm going to say is that if you're looking for a pregnancy test that you can rip open and use in the supermarket toilets, this is not it. With both the single and twin packs the actual box they came in is held within a plastic enclosure that is almost impossible to get into without a very sharp pair of scissors.
Once you do manage to get the box open you are faced with an instruction leaflet and either one or two foil sachets (depending on whether you bought the twin or single pack) containing the actual pregnancy test. These foil sachets are easy to open, but I would recommend at least glancing through the instruction leaflet before doing so, even if like me you are quite a pro at using these tests. The test itself looks rather like a digital thermometer, and has a cap at one end that when removed reveals the test strip that needs to be soaked in urine. The instructions state that this test can be used from the day that your period is due and can be used at any time of the day, but the most accurate results will occur if you test the first wee of the morning. The leaflet suggests two ways of soaking the strip with urine, to hold it in the stream as you wee (no thank you) or wee in a cup and dip it in this for at least ten seconds. A cup to pee in is not provided, but a disposable cup works fine, or if you are desperate you could try using the pouch the test was supplied in. (If you do get a positive result, get used to the idea of peeing in a cup/bottle, because you will be doing it a lot).
Once the strip has been soaked in urine, the cap should be replaced and the test laid on a flat surface for three minutes while it works it's magic. As the urine makes it's way through the test a red tide mark will work it's way through the two test windows, leaving a line in either one or both of them depending on the result. The leaflet states that you should get a result within three minutes, if not should wait a further minute and should not read the test after ten minutes as there is the possibility of an evaporation line forming. As with all home pregnancy tests, these tests measure and react to a hormone produced in early pregnancy called hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin), the amount of which increases rapidly in early pregnancy. Although the instructions do not state what level of this hormone they can detect, as it can only be used from the day your period is due, it is in no way the most sensitive on the market.
Once the test is complete one of three possible results will be displayed. If there is a line in both the square test window and the circular control window then the hormone has been detected and you are most probably pregnant (there are a few other reasons the hormone can be in your body). If there is a single line in the control window and none in the test window, then the hormone has not been detected and you are either not pregnant or not far along enough to have a detectable concentration and if your period has not arrived within a week you should retest. If there is no line within the control window, even if there is one within the test, then the test has malfunctioned and you should use another test. As far as the positive result goes it does not matter if the line in the test window is fainter than that in the control, as long as it is there you have a positive result.
As with all modern pregnancy tests these are considered more than 99% accurate at detecting hCG in the urine, but there are other factors that need to be taken into account. A negative result may not mean that you are not pregnant, it just means that the test was unable to detect the hCG, this may be because you are not far enough along to be producing a detectable level of the hormone or that you are not pregnant. There are also some drugs and conditions that can give a false positive, such as ovarian cysts. So you should always go to the doctor to have your positive result confirmed, even though doctors rarely retest as the home tests are now as accurate as any hospital test on urine and can only really be beaten by blood tests.
I've actually used three of these tests over the last week and a half, using the first test when I first suspected I was pregnant, which was a day or so before my period was actually due. Rather stupidly I didn't wait until the morning, but took the test last thing at night, thinking that as I usually have high hCG levels even before my period is due that I would get a result. Apart from actually getting in the box, taking the test was as easy as any I have taken. I peed in a pot, dipped the stick and then waited for the result, which came back negative. I must say the result was very easy to read, but I wasn't convinced that I wasn't pregnant, so decided to wait the week before sending my partner for more tests, this time a twin pack.
I used the second test once more in the evening, following the same process of peeing in a pot and then waiting for a result. After three minutes I couldn't really see anything in the test window, but by five minutes there was a very faint line. Knowing that the result is the same no matter how faint the line, I was pretty sure I was pregnant, but I repeated the test the next morning to get a much clearer second line. As this was a brand of pregnancy test I hadn't used previously, I did buy a more expensive test the next day, which confirmed the result.
These are in no way the most advanced pregnancy tests, you do have to interpret the results yourself and they do not tell you how far along you are, but neither are they the most basic (that would be test that are simply test strips). I do like the way that they are enclosed and once the lid is replaced there is no urine dripping, and I like the fact that unlike digital tests the results don't disappear as the battery runs out, meaning they can be shown to the Daddy later in the day or kept as a keepsake. What would probably cause problems for those who are inexperienced in reading pregnancy tests is that the test line can be very, very faint and the result still positive, it's easy to believe your eyes are deceiving you.
All in all, I think I would recommend these pregnancy tests, they certainly worked for me and are far cheaper than (and just as good as) the big name brands. My only slight concern is that the resulting line in the test window can be very faint, so for this reason I'm giving the Tesco Pregnancy tests four stars out of five.
When I began my new relationship last year, we had to decide quite early on whether we wanted to try for a baby. I will be 42 in October and as fertility diminishes in the forties, I had no idea about my chances of conceiving, except it probably wasn't great. We both have children from our previous marriages, but I had all mine in the 1990s when I was still in my twenties!
After a couple of months of trying, I was a day or so late with my period, so during our usual weekly shop at Tesco, I bought a Tesco Pregnancy Test. There was a display full of different brands, some really expensive, but all seemed to do the same thing. I liked the idea of getting one that had two tests in it, so we bought the Tesco one which has the two tests included. It is very basic packaging, but says it is easy to use and gives the result in minutes. I think we paid around £3.50 for this, but some of the better known brands were around £15.
The last time I used a pregnancy test, you had to wait for the first wee of the day and couldn't test until your period was overdue. These days, technology has moved on and you can test any wee of the day and you can get a result even before your period is due! Amazing.
The instructions were clear to follow with diagrams where necessary. Each test is separately wrapped, so you just open one package to get the test out when you are ready to start. It is long and thin, a bit like a chunky pen, white with a light blue lid. You remove the lid and put it on the other side of the testing stick to hold it with. You then wee on the absorbent end of the stick, replace the cap, put the test down on a flat surface and time three minutes.
I found it a bit fiddly knowing where to place the stick, as it's not so obvious to us girlies as to where the wee is coming from exactly! But it worked fine and after the wait (which always seems much longer than the three minutes!), it came up with one vertical line in the circular window on the right, which meant no, I was not pregnant.
Sure enough, the next day, my monthly visitor made her unwelcome presence known.
Fast forward to last week. By my calculations, I was three days late, but trying not to get too excited. We went to Tesco and even though we were only there an hour, I need to wee twice. Mmmm, this made me wonder. When I got home, I dug out the second test in the packet and went through the procedure again.
This time, I wasn't sure if it had worked. As I had urinated a lot in quite a short space of time, I wasn't sure I had peed for long enough and the windows of the test seemed to remain blank for longer than I expected. I brought it downstairs and placed it flat, anxiously watching the time on my mobile phone.
But then, something started happening and soon, two lines appeared - a vertical one in both the square and the round window. (I know, it sounds like Play School!) I checked and double-checked the box and the information sheet. This was a positive result.
My fiancé and I were smiling, but we still didn't want to celebrate just yet. What if it was a false result or I hadn't done the test properly? We wanted to make sure. So we drove to the Co-op and bought a Clearblue single test which was around £9. This one was a bit easier to use than the Tesco one and the result came up within a minute, but the negative or positive was a bit harder to work out, as you get a plus sign in one window (which is quite faint) and a vertical line in the other. Anyway, it was positive too.
I am still very early into the pregnancy - about five weeks - but really hoping everything goes well and we get a baby in early February.
For anyone needing a pregnancy test, I would recommend the Tesco one. It is one of the cheapest on the market, easy enough to use and the result is clear. I hope you get the result you are hoping for, like I did.
My partner and I have been trying for two years to concieve with no success. I had a very light period in my normal cycle however a week later I was still having a few cramps and a bit of spotting so I bought the Tesco twin pack pregnancy test to check if the cramps and bleeding were a result of pregnancy. The first test showed a positive result within 30 seconds. I was thrilled but, given our lack of success previously, I tested again later in the day to confirm and got a negative result. The initial saving from purchasing the Tesco test resulted in extra cost in the long run as I ended up buying a Clear Blue test to test again the following morning which confirmed a negative result.
I used the Tesco ownbrand pregnancy test this morning. I am due my period on Saturday but have felt a bit "different" so decided to test but not pay big-bucks for a known brand. I was thrilled to see a result appear promptly in the test window at 10DPO.I bought 2 first response tests in the pharmacy at lunch. Used one and got another positive.I will definitely use Tesco pregnancy tests again.
I suddenly looked at the calendar one evening some time ago and realised that Auntie Flo had been due to pay me a visit that day, that she had not turned up, and the day was nearly over.
So with a desperate desire to know what was happening, at 11pm I found myself in the 24 hour Tescos, buying pregnancy tests - unable to wait til the next morning. Now I knew I was only a day overdue, and that last time I'd been pregnant I'd had to wait til five days to get a positive, so I thought it would be worth buying more than one packet; especially as Tescos was right over the other side of town, and I didn't want to end up in Tescos at 11pm every month for a year!
My personal favourite had been to use Clearblue Digital as it actually says the word: "pregnant" on it, so no debates when reading it, but when you want to buy a job lot they are expensive. So my eye happed upon these Tescos own brand ones, at an amazing £4.98 for two, and a slightly less amazing £3.24 for one, but this compares very favourably with the Clearblue price, which even in Tescos, where they are well priced, is £8.38 for one and £11.34 for two.
So two twin packs of Tesco's tests went in my basket, and I (oh how impatient) only made it as far as the in-store rest rooms to test out the first product. They come in a cardboard box wrapped in cellophane, which I can definitely report, comes off quickly and easily when you are in a hurry! Inside is a very simple to follow set of instructions with pictures (so you can scan read and not waste time), and two individually wrapped tests.
As with the vast majority of home pregnancy tests, it is testing for HCG. This hormone is excreted by pregnant women in their urine, and not by non-pregnant women, so testing for the presence of it is pretty foolproof, unless the pregnancy is so recent that the amount of HCG being produced is really still so low it doesn't trigger the test. That's why you might get a negative if you test very early on, but the hormone levels should more or less be doubling daily, so a few days later a second test should come up positive.
It is the sort of pregnancy test which requires you to pee on it for 10 seconds, or dip the stick for 10 seconds in a sample collected in a container. It has two windows in the plastic - you put the lid back on the end you peed on (I think that is just to make the thing um watertight so you can pick it up hygenically to see the result), lay it flat or point it downwards and wait about three minutes. Other tests are quicker, but heck! £2.50 each, and 24 hour access to instant purchase! Who's complaining?
There are two windows- the pee basically takes that couple of minutes to travel up the stick inside the plastic (I imagine the principle is capilliary action) and the farther window away is the test window, which obviously has some HCG (or other positive test triggering thing) impregnated in the stick at that point so once the pee reaches it, a line in it turns pink. It has travelled through the other window to get there. On its way, it will leave a pink line in the first window if you are pregnant, and leave it blank if you are not.
Now some people who'd just put the kettle on or something might be quite happy to leave the test in the bathroom for 3 minutes and go and make a cup of tea, but remember that I was in a cubicle in the Tesco's ladies room so I just watched it. The whole control window changes colour slightly as the pee reaches it and then it moves on up to the other window. A faint pinkish tinge appears, which is a bit confusing, but that disappears as the thing dries out a bit (I think that's why you are supposed to wait three minutes). Once the second window has got it's pink line in it, you know the test has worked properly. If you've got no lines, then the test didn't work and you have to do it again with a new test; if you've got one line only in the test window, then you're probably not pregnant (but you might want to check again in a couple of days with another test); if you get two pink lines, then you'd better get knitting.
Easy as pie.
Basically, as a near-professional POAS addict (that's peeing on a stick), it is perfectly acceptable test to use. It is not unduly messy, I have confidence in the result as it is clear to read and the instructions are pretty foolproof, and the fact that you are looking for lines instead of dots helps your eye not to be fooled by imaginary dots that aren't there (though you have to throw these tests away in a place you can't retrieve them from the bin for a second look as they can give you faint false positives in the shape of an evaporation line so are not reliable at all after 10 minutes). The line in the "real" window is usually fainter than the one in the test window, but if you can see one, however faintly, it's a positive.
I can report that the tests have an approximate shelf life of two years and the expiry date is printed on the cardboard packet and also on the individual wrapping on each test, so it would be hard to use one by mistake that had gone out of date. I knew even as I was walking out of Tescos I should have returned the other box, but for some reason I had other things on my mind by then!
I have no reason to suppose these Tescos tests are less sensitive than branded ones (actually Clearblue Digital are generally regarded by my fellow POAS-ers as the ones that take the longest time to give you a positive) and, basically, they are fantastic value for money. And if you are pregnant, it's all going to cost you a flipping fortune, so anything you can save now can be diverted to Winny the Pooh accessories, ballet lessons and crisps.
....new carpets, football summer school, trips to watch small anthropomorphic creatures be cute in Disney/Pixar movies, birthday cake, Calpol, babywipes, childcare, babysitters, Disneyworld and strange sweet fizzy drinks with names you've never heard of; AA batteries at exorbitant rates from garages on Boxing Day, endless mobile phone upgrades, endless extortionate mobile phone bills, university fees, warhammer models, barbie accessories, driving lessons, cracked nippled cream at £12 a tube (yes really), oh sorry. Got sidetracked.
Actually if you are pregnant, £3.24 for one is better value than £4.98 for two if you don't use the second one. Anyone want an unused pregnancy test from an opened box?
I have used this many times as I'm an IVF patient, and I have found it to be one of the best on the market. It is equally as good as any of the major brands and gives a quick, easy to read result in just a few minutes.
It registers HCG levels at 25, which means you can even test a few days early and get a result.
For the very low price that is is I wouldn't buy anything else now.
I have used several home pregnancy tests in the past, usually the mid-stream type, and usually the more expensive, well known, brand names. The last test I tried was Tesco's own brand, priced £5.69 for one, approximately £8 for a double pack.
The tests are very similar to Clearblue in design, with a window to tell you if if the test has worked and another to indicate your result. The instructions are very clear, hold the testing end of the stick in the urine flow for a couple of seconds (although if you're unsure of being able to pee long enough you can collect your sample in an old jug and dip the stick in!), then wait two minutes for the result. The box says it can be used with over 99% accuracy from the first day your period would be due, although I used it on the second day and got an accurate result.
I have used two of these tests (on two separate occasions) and got an accurate result both times, one positive, one negative. For both ease of use and price I would recommend this test, if you are impatient then Clearblue can give you your result in one minute but personally I think the extra minute waiting time is worth the money you can save.