Pregnancy tests detect the level of the pregnancy hormone (hCG)  in your urine. As discussed this level depends on when implantation took place, so it is important to remember that not all women will produce hCG at the same rate, so this production of hCG will vary between individuals, that will rise at your own individual rate. So this means that for some women, they can obtain a pregnancy test result 5 or 6 days before their period is due, others will not be able to get a result that soon, due to various reasons.

So try not to get upset or panic if your pregnancy test result is not the one you were hoping for, but it might be that it will take longer for your hCG levels to rise to be detected on an early pregnancy test.  For your own peace of mind, it may be better to wait until the first day of your missed period before you try a pregnancy test. If you really cannot wait and decide to use one of the early pregnancy testing kits, its advisable to do the test first thing in the morning when the concentration of hCG level in your urine is likely to be higher. Below are a selection of pregnancy tests online that can be purchased by clicking on the link alternatively similar pregnancy testing kits can be purchased from local pharmacies and some larger supermarkets.


The following testing kits are categorised into three types – Early Pregnancy Testing Kits, Standard Pregnancy Testing Kits and Digital Pregnancy Testing Kits.

Follow this link for : Interpreting your Pregnancy Test

Early Pregnancy Testing Kits

Able to detect hCG at a level of 10miU/ml

First Response Early Result Pregnancy Test


Quick result  – read in 3 minutes.

99% accurate if used on first day of missed period.

Easy use – hold the test in your urine stream for a few seconds.

Easy to read – two pink lines pregnant, one pink line not pregnant.
First Response Early Result Pregnancy Test, 3 tests £7.79


Clearblue 4 days Early Pregnancy Test

This test can be used four days before your period is due and will be 53% accurate, rising to 99% accurate on the day your period is due.

Result in two minutes.

Easy to use – colour change tip and control window shows the test is working.

Clear result giving a + or – result.

Clearblue Plus Visual Pregnancy Test Kit £5.23



Standard Pregnancy Testing Kits

Standard pregnancy testing kits detect the pregnancy hormone (hCG) at levels around 25miU/ml

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This test is 99% accurate if used as described on the packet.

Detection of the pregnancy hormone is at 20miU/ml.

Result simple to read.
Clear and Simple Pregnancy Test Kit £1.97


Digital Pregnancy Testing Kit

Clearblue Digital Plus Pregnancy Testing Kit

This digital pregnancy test is 99% accurate in detecting a pregnancy from the day of your expected period.

It can be used up to 4 days before the expected period but is not as accurate at this stage.

The digital read out will tell you how many weeks since you conceived e.g. 1-2, 2-3 or 3+

The digital read out tells you in words whether you are pregnant and how many weeks since conception, or that you are not pregnant, so no trying to determine whether you see a faint line or two lines or no lines. No ambiguity with these tests !
Clearblue Pregnancy Test Double Check and Date Kit – Pack of 2 £8.00