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Taking the First Response Home Pregnancy Test

The First Response Company offers three different home pregnancy tests:

  • First Response Rapid Result Pregnancy Test
  • First Response Early Result Pregnancy Test
  • First Response Gold Early Result Digital Pregnancy Test

The first two tests are standard icon display tests, while the Gold Early Result Digital Pregnancy Test – as the name implies – is a digital variation. The Rapid Result test and the Early Result test both use the traditional “one line versus two lines” display technology to indicate their results, while the digital test display either reads “yes +” or “no -” depending on your result.

The First Response Rapid Result test is designed to be used on the first day of your missed period, or in other words, on the day your period is due. It provides results in one minute and is reported to be 95% accurate if you follow the directions exactly.

The other two tests are designed to be used earlier, as much as four days before your period is due, and both give their results in about three minutes. However, you have to keep track of the time yourself if you’re using the Early Results Pregnancy Test. The Gold Early Result Digital Pregnancy Test, on the other hand, is self-timing and automatically displays the result at the end of the test period. The tests are reported to be 98% and 95% accurate, respectively.

To take one of the First Response tests, first determine which test you want to buy. The most important considerations are when you want to take the test and how much you want to spend. The accuracy for all of these tests is good and not statistically different from one another. You should be aware, however, that you’re more likely to get a false negative result with any early test, as your body may not have produced enough of the pregnancy hormones these tests measure to produce a positive result yet.

Although all of the tests employ similar methodologies, in this example, we’ll focus on the First Response Rapid Results Pregnancy Test, designed for use on the day you’re expecting your period.

First of all, when purchasing any pregnancy test, always check the expiration date and check the outer box for signs of damage or wear. Open the outer box and remove the instruction sheet and the test, which will be enclosed in a separate wrapper. Don’t open the test itself until you are ready to use it.

Once you have read and understand all of the instructions, you must decide whether you want to use collected urine or to hold the test in your urine stream. Collecting urine in a clean cup may be most convenient and if you want to watch the process to make sure you’re doing everything correctly, it may be the most reassuring choice. The urine should be applied to the absorbent tip for 5 seconds if held in the urine stream or for 20 seconds if held in a collected urine sample. After that time, replace the overcap and place the test on a flat surface with the results window facing up.

After one minute has passed, look at the results window. If there’s one pink line present, this indicates a negative result and that the test functioned properly. If there are two pink lines – even if the second line is faint – the result is positive. If the test is negative, your period should start soon. If it hasn’t started within one week, take another test, and if your period still doesn’t start after that, call your doctor for a more thorough pregnancy test.

If you have a positive result, call your doctor. The advantage of finding out early whether or not you are pregnant is that you have the maximum opportunity to make choices that can affect your pregnancy.

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