Top 6 Home Pregnancy Tests
If you think you might be pregnant, there’s an easy way to find out for sure: Take a pregnancy test! You can go to a doctor’s office or hospital to have a urine or blood test done, but many women prefer to get the answer from the comfort of their home. Luckily, there are plenty of reliable at-home pregnancy tests out there that are inexpensive and easy to use.
At-home pregnancy tests are designed to scan your urine for the presence of a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), a hormone that your body only produces once an embryo has implanted in your uterus. The longer you’re pregnant, the higher your hCG levels become and the easier it is for the test to detect the hormone—which is why the later you wait to take a pregnancy test, the more accurate it’s likely to be. But different at-home pregnancy tests have different sensitivities. “One might be positive and another negative on the same day in a woman who is newly pregnant, and the difference is the quality and sensitivity of the pregnancy test,” says Sara Twogood, MD, FACOG, assistant professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at Keck Medicine of USC. Wondering which is the best pregnancy test to use? If you ask us (and our Bumpies), six home pregnancy tests beat all the rest. Read on for your best pregnancy test options.
Best Early Pregnancy Test: First Response Early Result Pregnancy Test
How it works: The First Response Early Result (FRER) is your typical pee-on-a-stick test, with a curved shape and wide tip that makes it easy to use. Hold it in your urine stream and it will pick up any pregnancy hormones. Three minutes later, the test will show one pink line if you’re not pregnant and two lines if you are. (And yes, a faint line still counts as a positive!)
How accurate it is: Known as the most sensitive early pregnancy test out there (and backed up by scientific studies), the makers of the FRER say it can tell you you’re pregnant about five days before your expected period. Just keep in mind that pregnancy hormones might not have accumulated enough in your system yet (everyone’s different!), so it’s only 76 percent accurate five days beforehand, according to the brand’s testing. The accuracy increases the closer you get to your expected period. Take it first thing in the morning for best accuracy (your urine may have more pregnancy hormones in it at that time).
Why we love it: There’s no denying the plethora of positive reviews. Both online and among our Bumpies, First Response gets the most love every time for being the most accurate pregnancy test for early results.
Bumpies say: “FRER is the best. With it, I got a positive yesterday morning at 11 days post-ovulation.” — mrs. jenni
“I got a positive using a FRER at 9 or 10 days post-ovulation. The same day I got a positive on a FRER was the day my blood test at the doctor's office came back with an hCG level of 8.79, so I would say the FRER is super-sensitive.” — kellbelle618
Best Cheap Pregnancy Test: New Choice Pregnancy Test
How it works: To take this test, collect your pee in a cup, then use the dropper included in the kit to add several drops of urine to a specific area of the test. Two lines appear if you’re pregnant; only one shows up if you’re not.
How accurate it is: Believe it or not, this cheap pregnancy test has a better reputation on The Bump message boards than some pricier tests that use blue dye indicators, such as e. p.t., which get a bad rap for being hard to read. The maker of New Choice says it’s 99 percent accurate, but there's no word on which day that refers to. The sensitivity of the test is said to be similar to e. p.t.
Why we love it: It’s reliable, and it’s super-affordable. How can you beat that $1 price tag?
Bumpies say: “I got my positive test on New Choice tests. I tested starting at 10 or 12 days post-ovulation and got my positive result at 13 or 14 days post-ovulation.” — Mrs. Teddy
“I had a positive test with my son at 10 days post-ovulation and a positive result with my daughter at 11 days post-ovulation with New Choice tests. The only thing that sucks about them is the method—the fact that you have to collect pee and dropper it onto the test.” — cmeonthewater
Price: $1 at Dollar Tree; available online at Amazon. com for $6
Best Digital Pregnancy Test: First Response Gold Digital Pregnancy Test
How it works: Think of this as a hybrid between the FRER and the Clearblue Digital Pregnancy Test With Smart Countdown. You use it the same way as the other at-home pregnancy tests, but a screen tells you “yes +” if you’re pregnant or "no –" if you’re not.
How accurate it is: The maker says it’s 60 percent accurate if taken five days before your expected period and 99 percent accurate if taken one day before.
Why we love it: The fact that the readout reinforces your positive or negative result with both a yes/no and a plus or minus sign really takes the guesswork out of it. When you’re emotional and eager to see the response, getting a clear answer can make all the difference.
Bumpies say: “First Response Gold Digital is the most sensitive digital out there.” — jluvsr
Best One-Line Pregnancy Test: Wondfo Pregnancy Test Strips
How it works: These little strips aren’t the fancy handheld contraptions you’re used to seeing. They’re more like litmus paper from eighth-grade science class. Pee into a cup, dip the stick into the urine and wait five minutes. Similar to other tests, a single line will appear if you’re not pregnant and two lines will appear if you are.
How accurate it is: The instructions say the Wondfo can detect pregnancy one day after a missed period, but some moms-to-be claim this test worked really early for them—we're talking as soon as 8 to 10 days post-ovulation.
Why we love it: At $0.38 a strip, you can’t beat the cost here. If you’re someone who wants to test frequently, at least you won’t feel guilty blowing through these strips, especially since 50 come in a box.
Bumpies say: “Today, I'm eight days post-ovulation, and I tested this morning and got a big fat negative. But then I tested this afternoon (still eight days post-ovulation) and got a very, very faint positive line! I'm going to keep testing until it's an undeniable, absolute positive, but I'm so glad I got these strips!” — whensongbirdsing
“I liked the Wondfos because I could use them 10 times a day and not feel bad about wasting them.” — mimaloo
Easiest to Read Pregnancy Test: Clearblue Digital Pregnancy Test With Smart Countdown
How it works: Pee on the wide absorbent tip, then wait. Impatient for a result? A progress bar is displayed on the digital screen so you know the test is working. After three minutes, it will switch to “pregnant” or “not pregnant.” It doesn’t get easier to read than that, right?
How accurate it is: This at-home pregnancy test can be taken as early as four days before your expected period—trouble is, it’s only 51 percent accurate at that time. But take it one day before your expected period, and that stat jumps way up to 95 percent, and on the day of your expected period, it's 99 percent accurate.
Why we love it: When you’re impatient to get your result (and who isn’t), the countdown progress bar is an awesome feature—you get the reassurance that it is in fact working, and you know exactly when you’ll get your answer.
Bumpies say: “I really liked the Clearblue Digital. I like that it's either ‘yes’ or ‘no’—there's no trying to figure out if there's a line or not. I even ended up with a super-early positive: nine days post-ovulation.” — MrsRenee
Best Two-in-One Pregnancy Test: First Response Ovulation and Pregnancy Test Kit
How it works: First Response’s two-in-one kit offers seven ovulation tests—one for each day of a full week—that can predict the two days of the month you are most fertile, along with a First Response Early Result pregnancy test.
How accurate it is: The brand says that both its ovulation and pregnancy test are over 99 percent accurate—and they have the highest reviews across the web to prove it.
Why we love it: When it comes to an all-in-one package, it doesn’t get any easier than this. It tells you when you can get pregnant and then if you’re pregnant, which is all the info you really need.
Real moms say: “The test is quite simple to read, as long as you follow the instructions. My cycle is not regular, so tracking ovulation was difficult for me. But with these tests, I got pregnant after two months! They really do work, and are perfect for irregular cycles.” — Aimee, Amazon reviewer
“I went to the doctor when First Response said I was ‘peaking,’ even though the ones they gave me still read ‘negative.’ Almost 36 hours exactly, I ovulated, as indicated on ultrasound, so well done FR.” — Shie, Amazon reviewer
Late period, negative test — pregnant or not?
Your period is overdue and there are still no signs of it. Trembling with excitement you take the pregnancy test, holding your breath while you wait for the result. After a minute that feels like forever, you open your eyes and see … a single line. The test is negative. So why hasn’t your period started? And are you pregnant or not?
When your period is delayed, the most likely reason is that the day of your expected period is miscalculated. Even if you usually have perfectly regular cycles, you may suddenly have a cycle that is longer than normal. This is almost always because ovulation for some reason happened later than usual in that cycle.
The menstrual cycle has two phases: The follicular phase and the luteal phase. The follicular phase starts on the first day of your period, and ends the day you ovulate. The luteal phase starts the day after ovulation, and ends on the last day before your next period.
The length of the follicular phase may change from one cycle to the next. The length of the luteal phase, on the other hand, is typically stable. It varies from woman to woman, and any number of days between 12 and 16 is normal, but your individual luteal phase length will be the same in every cycle.
Let’s say your usual cycle length is 27 days, with ovulation on day 15 and a luteal phase of 12 days. The 28th day your period arrives, starting a new cycle. Then one month, ovulation doesn’t happen until day 19 of your cycle. The luteal phase will still be 12 days long as usual, which means this cycle will be 31 days instead of the usual 27. When your period doesn’t start on day 28, it’s therefore not really delayed – it is now not expected until day 32.
Delayed ovulation is most often caused by some kind of stress, either positive or negative. Travels, exams, illnesses, exciting experiences or just coincidence may cause late ovulation and hence a “delayed” period.
If you are measuring your basal body temperature and know when you ovulated, and you also know the usual length of your luteal phase, you can easily calculate the day of your expected period. If you are using ovulation tests, you also have a good indication of your ovulation day, but remember that a positive ovulation test doesn’t guarantee that you actually ovulated. Ovulation may have happened later than you think, or not at all.
Can I be pregnant even if the test is negative?
Pregnancy tests turn positive when they detect the presence of the hormone hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) in your urine. The secretion of hCG starts when the fertilized egg implants in your uterus between 6 and 12 days after ovulation. The first few days, however, there is too little hCG for the test to detect it. It is therefore possible to get a negative pregnancy test even if you are actually pregnant, if you are testing too early.
Most pregnant women will get a positive pregnancy test 12 days after ovulation, but if the egg doesn’t implant until 12 days after ovulation, it will obviously take a few more days before the tests turn positive. It is also possible to get a positive test earlier than 12 days after ovulation (sometimes as early as 8 or 9 days after ovulation), but you shouldn’t expect it. A negative test taken earlier than 12 days after ovulation should not be considered a reliable result.
Let’s use the same example as above. In a typical cycle, day 28 would correspond to the 12th day of the luteal phase, and you should get a positive pregnancy test if you had conceived. But because ovulation happened 4 days later than usual, day 28 is only 9 days after ovulation, and it’s probably too early to get a positive result. Perhaps you are pregnant, perhaps you are not. Wait a few more days, and take a new test if you still haven’t got your period.
You can read more about how and when to test in our article about pregnancy tests.
Corpus luteum cysts
If you know your ovulation day with certainty, and you have got neither your period nor a positive pregnancy test when your luteal phase should normally be over, you may have a corpus luteum cyst.
When you ovulate, a mature egg cell is released from the follicle (or follicular sac) and starts its journey though the fallopian tube towards the uterus. The ruptured follicle transforms into a secretory gland known as the the corpus luteum (“yellow body” in latin), hence the name luteal phase. The corpus luteum now begins to produce the hormone progesterone, which keeps the uterine lining intact and ready for a fertilized egg to implant. If conception doesn’t happen, the corpus luteum disintegrates, and progesterone levels drop until the uterine lining is no longer sustained. The lining is shed and you get your period.
Sometimes, however, the follicular sac reseals after having released the egg, and fluid accumulates inside it. This causes the corpus luteum to grow into a cyst, which keeps producing progesterone beyond the usual luteal phase length. This is called a corpus luteum cyst. These cysts are harmless and do usually not cause any other symptoms than the missed period, but if they grow big they may cause pelvic or abdominal pain. Corpus luteum cysts usually disappear by themselves after a few weeks.
A corpus luteum cyst will not prevent conception, nor will it usually affect the pregnancy. If you aren’t pregnant, however, it can be frustrating to wait for a new cycle and another chance of conception. If you suspect that you may have a corpus luteum cyst, contact your physician or your gyneacologist. In most cases, ultrasound will confirm the diagnosis. You may be asked to come back in three months to check that the cyst has disappeared.
If you are not quite sure when you ovulated, there is little else to do than wait for your period and take new tests every couple of days. If you are certain of your ovulation day, and your luteal phase has lasted more than two days longer than usual, you should contact your doctor to check if you have a corpus luteum cyst.
Pregnancy test results on 11 days past ovulation
What result can you expect?
Check out the chart and statistics below to get an understanding of what result you can expect if you were to take a pregnancy test on 11 days past ovulation.
Breakdown by result
Based on pregnancy test data recorded by our members using the cycle tracking tool.
Understanding the chart
4 times more – positive
Pregnant women were nearly 4 times more likely to get a Positive result on 11 days past ovulation
79.4% of pregnant women got a Positive result on 11 days past ovulation.
The most common positive result on 11 days past ovulation was Faint positive.
20.6% of pregnant women got a False negative result. This is about 1 in 4.9.
View results for other days past ovulation
Only pregnancy test results reported by Pregnant women are included. Therefore any negative results are false negatives.
A False negative result is when a pregnancy test indicates that you are not pregnant but you actually are. False negatives usually occur because there is not enough hCG in your system to be picked up by the pregnancy test. This can be caused by the test being taken too early, test sensitivity, diluted urine or failure to follow test instructions. To avoid inaccurate results you should try to wait as long as possible before testing.
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The BFP Early Pregnancy Test provides you with greater advance notice of pregnancy than other brands, allowing you to receive a positive result as early as 4 days before your missed period.
BFP Pregnancy Test – Midstream Tests are Made in N. America to Ensure Accuracy
At Fairhaven Health, we’re in the business of creating products to help couples achieve pregnancy. So when we set out to introduce our own brand of early pregnancy test, we knew that it had to be one that reflected the unique needs of our target demographic, as well as the end result our customers were striving to achieve – a BFP (or “big fat positive” as we call it in the online trying-to-conceive community).
And so was born the BFP Early Pregnancy Test, the first pregnancy test designed specifically for trying-to-conceive women.
The BFP Pregnancy Test excels in precisely those parameters regarded as most important in a pregnancy test by trying-to-conceive women: Early detection, Accuracy, and Ease of use.
- Early Detection: As any trying-to-conceive woman can attest, waiting until your missed period to take a pregnancy test is one of the most difficult aspects of the trying to conceive experience. Fortunately, with the BFP Pregnancy Test, you don’t need to wait nearly that long. The BFP Test provides you with greater advance notice of pregnancy than other brands, allowing you to receive as positive result As early as 4 days before your missed period.
- Accuracy: We understand that the trying-to-conceive experience is stressful enough without having to worry about the accuracy of your test results. False negatives, ambiguous test lines, and invalid results are more than a simple inconvenience when you’re hoping for your Big Fat Positive – they’re an emotional rollercoaster. The BFP Pregnancy Test Boasts greater than 99% accuracy, so you can rest assured that the result you receive is the correct one.
- Ease of Use: The BFP Pregnancy Test is easy to use – simply remove the protective cap and hold the test in your urine stream for 5-10 seconds. Replace the cap and lay the test on a flat surface with the reading window facing up. Within 1 to 3 minutes, your results will appear: one line = negative; two lines = (big fat!) positive.
- Made in N. America to ensure accuracy unlike many others which are manufactured in China.
- Early detection: positive results four days before your missed period
- Over 99% accurate: results you can count on
- Easy to use: test results in just one minute
Here’s our list of most frequently asked questions. If your question is not listed or you need further clarification, please contact us directly.
The BFP pregnancy tests are testing at the 20 miu level.
How early can I test?
You can begin testing as early as 7 days post ovulation.
What time of day should I test?
You will want to use your first morning urine to test – as this is your most concentrated sample.
How do I know the test is working?
You can confirm that the test is working accurately if you receive a valid control line. A test without a control line would be an invalid test, and should be discarded.
Is there an expiration date for these tests?
The expiration on our tests are approximately eighteen months.
How many tests do I get per package?
Each test is individually packaged. You will want to update the quantity with the amount of tests that you would like to purchase, i. e – Quantity 10, would be 10 pregnancy tests.
How is this test different from the test strip format?
The only differences between these tests is how you use them. For the test strip format, you will collect a urine sample and then dip the test into that collected sample. For the midstream format, you will hold the test midstream while urinating. Otherwise, the tests have the same accuracy and sensitivity.
My test line is faint – but visible. Is this a positive?
Yes, any test line that is visible to the naked eye (at the testing time frame) is considered to be a positive test result.
My test line became positive after the testing time frame, is that a positive?
A positive test result will not change after the testing time frame. However, a negative test result should not be read after 30 minutes. If you are unclear, we recommend that you retest with the next day’s first morning urine to confirm results.
Is it normal to get a positive with these, but still get negative’s with other pregnancy tests? I’m assuming it’s because these are really sensitive?
Yes, pregnancy tests may have a different sensitivity. You’d want to compare that on each test!
My blood test is positive, but the results on the pregnancy test are negative. Should I be concerned?
Blood test results and urine test results should not be compared. HCG will hit the blood stream earlier than urine and isn’t subject to dilution. As such, a blood test done by your physician is a more accurate test.
I have missed my period, but test result is still negative. What could be happening?
Unfortunately, there are a variety of reasons why your period could be delayed-stress, sickness, etc. If your period does not start within a week, repeat the test. If you still receive a negative result and your period has not started, you may want to follow up with your physician.
I am not sure of my results! Can you help?
Yes! We are happy to review your test images. Please email those to us, and we would be happy to take a look.
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