Nothing can quite put your mind at ease like a pregnancy test, but which are the best pregnancy tests to buy in the UK? We've selected the top four 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. With up to 99% accuracy, you can know up to six 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.
Can I get a pregnancy test on the NHS?
It is possible to get a pregnancy test on the NHS, but normally not at your GPs - you could make an appointment at your local Sexual Health Clinic. It's probably a lot quicker and easier to buy a pregnancy test! If you think you might be pregnant, here are the best ones to buy right now:
The 4 best pregnancy tests in the UK:
Best for: Accuracy
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 accurate pregnancy test out there.
Best for: Early results
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 can't wait a moment longer.
Best for: Availability
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.
Best for: Ease of use
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. You'll be advised to make an appointment with the midwife, where your pregnancy will be confirmed.
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 were trying for a baby but had a negative pregnancy test result, try not to get too disheartened. It often takes several months or more to finally get there. Keep trying and read our advice on trying to conceive. If you are concerned about your fertility, please see your doctor.
If you're not trying for a baby, but are 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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