Nothing can quite put your mind at ease like a pregnancy test, no matter which way you'd like it to go, but what are the best pregnancy tests to buy in the UK? We've selected the top 4 pregnancy tests so you can know whether you're pregnant or not at the earliest possible opportunity.
How soon can I take a pregnancy test?
Women everywhere thank their lucky stars that pregnancy tests exist and many feel that they are one of the best inventions ever made. With up to 99% accuracy, you can know up to five days before your period is due whether you have conceived or not. For this level of accuracy, you need to buy a high-quality pregnancy test that clearly states on the box when you should take it.
These early-testing pregnancy tests promise to give accurate readings ‘six days before your missed period’ – the day after your period is expected would count as your first missed period day. During the early days of pregnancy, your HCG levels rise rapidly, so for the most accurate result possible, take a test on the first day of your missed period. Whether positive or negative, the result will be over 99% accurate.
If you're wondering whether you're pregnant or not, Mother & Baby has two awesome tools that can be useful. Check our Ovulation Calendar and our Pregnancy Due Date Calculator to get even more information.
Can I get a pregnancy test on the NHS?
It is possible to get a pregnancy test on the NHS, but that would entail making an appointment, and will probably include some wait time, so most people prefer to use a commercial product you can just buy over the counter. If you think you might be pregnant, read on for the best pregnancy tests.
4 best pregnancy tests in the UK
Clearblue is one of the most well-known pregnancy test brands. There are two tests in the box and this is great if you want to double-check if you're really preganant or not. This is a worldwise bestseller and for good reason, it's touted as the most accurante pregnancy test out there.
Another good brand of pregnancy test is First Response. The package comes with two tests to make your life easier. The brand promises to give you results six days before the first day of your period (or missed period), which can be awesome if you are anxious to find out either way and cannot wait a moment longer.
As far as availability goes, you can't beat popping into your nearest 24-hour tesco in the middle of the night to check on the status of your womb. Tesco Health pregnancy tests can be used from the day your period is due and are 99% accurate. Results are shown within two minutes.
This test is one step and easy to use. You get your results in three minutes with a rate of over 99% accuracy. Also you can use it as early as four days before your period is due.
What to do next?
If you have a positive pregnancy test result
Arrange an appointment with your doctor telling them that you took a test and it came back positive. From there, your doctor will be able to guide and advise you of your next steps, and will also be able to confirm the pregnancy at your first appointment.
Also read: How to work out how many weeks pregnant you are? and Pregnancy Week by Week.
If you have a negative pregnancy test result
If you have a negative pregnancy test result but you want to be pregnant, try not to get too disheartened. It often takes several months or more to finally get there. Keep trying and read our content for trying to conceive. If you are concerned about your fertility, please see your doctor.
If you don't want to be pregnant, then –phew! Close call! Don't forget to use contraception and protection during sex, but if you're worried that your birth control is failing you, see your doctor so that you can find the best options available for you.
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