When I suspected I was pregnant with Eleanor I tested using a First Response Early Result Test. They were kind of gold standard on the message board I was on and are often referred to as FRER's
My tests from Eleanor (Jan. 2013)
When I thought I was pregnant I tested as soon as I thought I could. The top test in the picture above is 10 dpo, so well before my missed period.
Rob & I are hoping to expand our family in the nearish future (now that he's finally feeling better), and so when I was given the opportunity to review a new design from First Response, it was such a perfect fit.
I'm guilty of having peed on my hand trying to test in the past. The new design of this stick should help eliminate that moment. The handle is longer, the curved design makes it easier to hold and it has a 50% wider tip. These may not seem like big deals, but they really will make it easier to test with.
No matter how faint the line is, a line is a line when your trying to get pregnant. The second line means that there is urinary hcg (human chorionic gonadotropin), which is the pregnancy hormone, detected.
This test can detect the hcg up to 6 days sooner, and if you test the day of your missed period the test is 99% accurate, and the results can be read in just 3 minutes. I may be guilty of watching the test just wiling that second line to show up so 3 minutes is no time at all really, but still feels like a lifetime when your hopeful.
The tests are good no matter when you take it (sometimes women are advised to use first morning urine) and are FDA approved. You can buy them at drugstores, grocery stores and mass retailers for between $8.99-$15.99
For more information check out the First Response site here