K.M. asks from Jacksonville, FL on June 10, 2007
Early Pregnancy Tests
How accurate are the early pregnancy tests? They say on the packaging that they can test 5 days prior to missing period. I used one today s I have four days left to my period. The result was negative, but I was not convinced as I believe that there is a good chance that I may be. Which brands provide better results? What are your experiences? Thank you.
So What Happened?™
Thank you everybody for your very considerate responses. It turned out that I am not pregnant. I got my period. So the early test response actually was accurate and my feeling was wrong. But we will keep trying to get a sibling for my son. Thx.
F.S. answers from Tampa on June 11, 2007
I have found that EPT has been the best for early testing but sometimes the only thing that works (as hard as it seems) is a little patience.
B.B. answers from Jacksonville on June 14, 2007
I was nursing my 10 mth old and was sure I was pregnant so I used one of the early tests and it came back negative. I waited a week and no period so I took another one and still negative. On the box it said that it depends on when you ovulate so to wait a week and take another one. I did this for 2 weeks and after 3 negative tests I finally got a positive one and sure enough I had my second daughter this December. No test is completely accurate except the blood test for pregnancy. I even had a friend that took test after test and finally found out in the 2nd month that she was pregnant with both of her kids, she never got a positive pregnancy test. It all depends on when you ovulate. I ovulate later in my cycle then most women which is why the test takes longer to read the hormones and it why all of my due dates were pushed back 2 weeks from the calculated one.
E.P. answers from Tallahassee on June 12, 2007
I used EPT. And found out when I was 4 weeks pregnant. I hope this helps.
A.S. answers from Indianapolis on June 11, 2007
You could just not have enough hormones to for it to register. If all the home test come back negative and you miss your period then go to the doctor.
Just remember that stress plays a part of late periods too.
Good luck and I hope it's positive for ya!
L.R. answers from Tampa on June 12, 2007
With both of my pregnancies I tested with an EPT test just before my period was due...I start getting sick almost immediately! And I tested 3 times before i finally got a positive result. With my first one I went to the doctor and they told me I wasn't pregnant as well. I told them they better check again because if I wasn't preg I was dying!! LOL The nurse went back and check and voila! I was preg. Try it again in a few days. Sometimes your hormone levels just aren't high enough for the tests to pick it up.
M.H. answers from Sarasota on June 11, 2007
I used the clear blue easy tests that have the digital readout of "pregnant" or "not pregnant". I took this the day I missed my period and it told me I was pregnant (and I was). I took it one other time the first day of my missed period and it told me that I wasn't pregnant (and I wasn't). Just be patient and go to a doctor if you do miss! I think they are all about the same and very accurate.
K.A. answers from Jacksonville on October 07, 2007
Oops. I started typing a message before I saw the date. :)
T.S. answers from Tampa on June 13, 2007
I have never had one work better than another one. When I thought I was pg I took a test about 5 days before I was expecting my period, it came back positive right away. It may also just depend on how high your HCG levels are.. mine were through the roof b/c I was pg with twins I found that out 2 wks later. :)
C.K. answers from Jacksonville on June 11, 2007
the pregnancy tests are all basically the same...itd women who are all different. if you keep reading that insert with the pregnancy test it will tell you the percentages of women who receive positive results so early on.
save your money...wait til your period is actually late before testing i know the waiting can be hard....but the disappointment day after day can be too