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.
In this article:
Best pregnancy test: Early test
Best pregnancy test: Cheap test
Best pregnancy test: Digital test
Best pregnancy test: One-line test
Best pregnancy test: Easiest test to read
Best pregnancy test: Two-in-one kit
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
Price: $17 for 2, Walgreens.com
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…