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A million questions! But to start... which pregnancy test?

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HolsWilliams Fri 10-Jun-11 10:33:20


My partner and I had an accident three weeks ago (today, actually!). We did the well behaved thing of going to get the morning after pill first thing the next morning (approx. 18 hours after the accident), as although obviously we've talked about children, what with him recently graduating and me still in the middle of my degree, with a full time job on the side... the timing isn't exactly right.

So, I took the morning after pill on the Saturday and popped into the doctors on the Monday to discuss alternative forms of contraception. We talked through what had happened, my fears, and my menstrual cycle, and she noted that I would have been at my most fertile point... and all that the morning after pill does, is stop an egg implanting, however, if in that 18 hour window it had already implanted, we're pregnant. And, oh, it's still only 80ish% safe anyway, so you may well still find yourself pregnant...

I've tried to not really think about it - she advised doing a pregnancy test 2-3 weeks later, that it would be 50/50 accurate after two weeks, and almost 100% accurate after three weeks... So, I need to do a test.

But which one? I don't know what I'm looking for. How early can a test pick up a pregnancy? Which ones are best this early?

I'm sorry for rambling on, I'm sure I wouldn't be this scared right now, if it weren't for how tender my breasts are, being overly bloated, the fact my period hasn't arrived and that last night I had light brown discharge that I've never seen before, that according to google is most likely an 'implantation bleed'.

Ahhh! Someone who knows pregnancy tests help! I think I need to know rather sharpish if I'm going to be a mummy.

Hollie xxxx

piprabbit Fri 10-Jun-11 10:38:59

Almost any pregnancy test should do the job once your period is actually late.
See what the shop has got and just pick one. Don't be tempted to think that more expensive is necessarily better.

loobylou13 Fri 10-Jun-11 10:40:38

clearblue digital ones are good as they take the guess work out of interpreting whether it is a line that you see, they can work up to 4 days before your period is due but are 99% accurate on the day that its due

Get a twin pack just to be sure!! they are bout £10 for the 2 tests

AlmightyCitrus Fri 10-Jun-11 10:41:52

I got mine from the pound shop. Don't see the point of paying £10 or more for something you're going to wee on, then bin!
Good luck...

Hunterswish Fri 10-Jun-11 10:42:36

Hi smile
They are all good really but maybe you should try the digital clear blue one? There is the fool proof pregnant or not pregnant one or there is the one that shows you how far along you are if you are pregnant. smile
If it is negative and you still have no period repeat after a few days.
Good luck !

AmandaCooper Fri 10-Jun-11 11:46:24

Hollie it sounds like the spotting you had last night is a little late to be an implantation bleed, which is more likely to happen about a week after ovulation. It's more likely an early sign AF is on her way. Hope a test will put your mind at rest, it's horrible waiting and wondering.

HolsWilliams Fri 10-Jun-11 22:13:52

Amanda! I thought (read: hoped) that too but in over twelve years of periods, never ever had brown show. I genuinely can't remember a time when my period has been late - I've always been accurate almost down to the day, even in those first couple of years! However, fingers crossed!

I spoke to a pharmacist today that said to err on the side of caution and give it another week, by that point even if my ovulation had been off, I'd still be more than due, and it'd be more likely to give an accurate result. Weeing first thing etc etc etc

I have a clear blue twin pack waiting for me in my bathroom cabinet.


bugsylugs Sat 11-Jun-11 00:15:31

your period is late do one test in am if neg repeat in a week if you can wait. good luck with the result

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