First Response Home Pregnancy Tests

The category of First Response home pregnancy tests includes some of the most accurate, sensitive, and reliable tests on the market today. These tests are mid-stream urine tests that either develop as pink lines on a viewing strip or as a digital “YES+” or “NO-” response.

Non-Digital First Response Home Pregnancy Tests

The goal of First Response home pregnancy tests has been to offer the earliest positive results. The target market of this brand are women who are trying to conceive and want to know if there efforts are successful as soon as possible. Although these tests also work perfectly well for women who have an unplanned pregnancy, of course, they tend to be more expensive than most other brands because of the sensitive technology they employ (and because of good marketing).

Originally, First Response home pregnancy tests offered results “5 days sooner,” meaning 5 days before you would expect your menstrual period. More recently, the First Response home pregnancy tests have improved their test sensitivity using a patented polymeric amplification method to yield positive results as early as “6 days sooner,” which could be only a week after your ovulation date. However, for many newly pregnant women, the level of HCG in their urine at 8 days after ovulation (assuming a 13 day luteal phase) is still not sufficient to trigger a positive result with this test, and these women find themselves having to retest a few days later anyway. For the select few (about 50%) who can obtain positives this early, it can be very exciting. Of course, at such an early stage, the possibility for miscarriage still is high, so it would be advised to retest a week later.

Digital First Response Home Pregnancy Tests

One of the major complaints of the original First Response home pregnancy tests is that the pink test line signifying a positive result can be “seen” by very hopeful women even if it is really not there. To make the process even clearer, First Response now offers a “Digital Gold” pregnancy test that gives a Yes or a No result from a urine sample.

This test has been marketed as just as sensitive or more sensitive than the non-digital versions. The problem is that many users have reported false-positive results with this test, which obviously can be extremely disappointing. The digital version of the test essentially reads the pink line for you, which those who have taken apart the tests themselves have reported. However, it appears that these tests develop two pink lines whether or not the user is pregnant, lending temporary, false hope to a large population of trying-to-conceive couples.

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