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Sitting in the bathroom with the little box next to me I felt anxious for the first time since I knew there was a possibility of me being with child. The medication I had been taking had interfered with the pill and made it less effective. After much deliberation I finally decided to pick up a pregnancy test whilst in the local supermarket. Scanning the shelves in the toiletry isle I noticed only a limited selection of pregnancy tests. There was either the predictor single, or double (two test) since money was lacking I opted for the single test.
The nice peach package had a sticker on it, which read “special offer now £5.95, save £2.30” however when I looked at the supermarket prices it said it would cost me £5.79, not a lot of difference but I wanted it at the cheaper price! Anyway off I went to the counter and it was infact only £5.79, I have distinguished from this that the supermarket is cheap, considering in boots it was nearly £8.
The packaging… The box is a nice shade of peach and white with a picture on the pack, illustrating what constitutes if you are pregnant or not. This then has a clear plastic covering so that you know it has not been tampered with. The box is full off all sorts of information, obviously used to grab your attention and make you buy it. Inside there is the test, which comes in a foil container, so is all nice and sealed, and a little sachet of beads, you know the sort that ‘retain product freshness’. It is in there to stop moisture getting into the product. There is also a set of clear and concise instructions, incase you have never had the privilege of using one before, or if you just want something to do for the 4 minutes whilst waiting for the result.
The test… The pregnancy test is a funny looking plastic thing that is cylindrical, with a ‘window’ on it where the result appears. You have to pull one end out of the test and the pink soft bit is what you wee on. Not daunting and quite comforting in a little way, as it is so easy to understand and no fiddly bits to mess with you head. It is already put together so you know how to ensemble it.
How to use it… There are step by step instructions including pictures so that you have a visual aid to go along with. The test works by detecting a specific hormone that is present in pregnant women, and is 99% accurate. It can be used at any time of the day and as early as when your period is due, although I don’t see why you would panic that soon. If your period is due and it fails to ‘arrive’ then you can test for pregnancy on that same day. However if you suffer irregular periods be careful when you test as you don’t want to waste money doing it too soon.
To use the test you must do the following:
- Take the test out of the foil packaging - Pull the stick out of the cartridge (it will be obvious which end comes out when you look at it. - Put the pink end of the stick under your pee for at least a second, I left it there during the whole pee just to be safe… - Put the stick back in the cartridge and ensure that it is in fully, or it will not be accurate - Wait 4 minutes for the result to appear.
So like a good little girl I went straight up to the bathroom and followed the instructions, well I have used it before so I knew what I was doing. I saw a dark pink colour move across the window and knew that it was working so I then put the test on the loo and sat down and read the instructions, I needed something to do! After 5 minutes I decided to look an see what the verdict was, I know I takes 4 minutes but I wanted to be sure it was fully done and I was a little nervous!
The results… Now for the fun part seeing if I was pregnant. I took a deep breath and picked up the test and then slowly looked at the three windows. A little confused I looked on the back of the box to see what my dots meant.
There are three windows, two little ones to either side of a big one. If after the allocated time there is not pink dot in the middle window then all is clear, if there if your pregnant. Mine didn’t have a dot there so guess what I am not ‘up the duff’!
However there would be problems so the predictor test has a couple of ways of ensuring the test is accurate and has worked correctly. When the test is finished, and you either have a dot or not there are two things to check;
1. With the control stick on your right hand, I’m trying to explain how I am looking at it, the window to the right should contain a pink dot that tells you the test has been done properly. If there is not dot there then wait a further 4 minutes and see if one appears, if not you have to ring the lovely people at predictor.
2. The window on the left-hand side should have nothing in it, it should be completely clear, this means that the test has finished and there is no way it will be changing.
If you are pregnant then you should visit your doctor as he will confirm the results and check that everything is going nicely. Both of these occurred on my test so I was able to just put it in the bin and forget about the whole thing, it had actually made me a little broody so maybe I’ll be buying more in the future…
Other relevant information… - The result may be effected by some fertility drugs, but nothing else should have an effect, even the pill. - Drinking a lot before the test will dilute your urine and so may make it harder to detect the hormone. - The test is 99% accurate. - There is a customer service line if required. - Must be stored at room temperature, so if it is hot keep out of the sunlight.
What I thought… I found the predictor test very easy to use and straight forward, all the components fitted into the little box after use so it was easy to dispose of. I hope that it is accurate but if I have a little person in a few months I shall change my opinion accordingly.
I do not have experience of other pregnancy tests to make a comparison but I would recommend this is you want something that is easy to follow and quick. It is as accurate as the test a doctor will perform on you. It is cheap, compared to others, and has checks to ensure it is accurate. As the box says “what you see is what you’ll be” happy testing.
I found your opinion very helpful as i have used alot of pregnancy tests in the past (4 with first child, 11 with second and 8 with third one) so i will definitely be using predictor hopefully this month while i am finding out if number 4 is there. Fingers croassed.xx
ickle_devil 19.06.2001 15:50
i was tempted to use it in the supermarket but i decided against it, thier loos smell!
aflynn_01 16.06.2001 22:21
I (being very impatient) couldn't wait to get home to do my tests so I found out I was pregnant with both children in the middle cubicle at my local Safeway toilet :) good op Mel