Pee on a Stick is a pretty damned good site. I refer to it a lot. It’s more than just what a company says and goes into anecdotal tests to show what different ones look like different times, goes into false positives, etc.. This overview goes over what the published sensitivities are and for several of them, what various hCG levels actually were when the woman had positives. You don’t have hCG in your system unless you’re pregnant. The placenta secretes this hormone. No baby, no hCG. So it doesn’t matter if your level is 4 or if it’s 400 (this can be determined by a quantitative blood test). If you’ve got it and haven’t had an hCG shot recently, you’re either pregnant or recently were. Which is why I’ve been using the New Choice tests. I’ve got 27 tests sitting on a shelf in the bathroom. Six of those tests cost me over $60. The other 21 were $21, and are more sensitive.
I came by this page on the site, regarding ovulation predictor kits as home pregnancy tests. I know these things are supposed to have two lines all the time because the LH hormone is always present in the body, but the test line is darker than the control line when there’s an LH surge. Since LH and hCG are nearly identical, these tests also pick up hCG. I happen to have four of the ClearPlan tests left, so for the hell of it, why not try one?
Test line to the left, control to the right:
Heh, if I were testing for an LH surge, this would be positive. So by the reasoning on the page, this could be a tentative positive. No, I’m not going to go off recommending this. I just happen to have these things sitting around, and have four positive tests otherwise, and am not declaring anything until the blood test.
Oh yeah, here’s the most recent pregnancy test (picture taken about five minutes after using it, earlier this evening):
I have a call in to the doctor hoping to get approval to have the blood test sooner than another three days. I’m going to go nuts waiting!!
Think this stuff is TMI? Then stop coming here. No one’s making you. Also grow up. This is normal body function stuff. Stop being a prude.