Wednesday, November 6, 2013
TTC Post: Clearblue Advanced Digital Pregnancy Test
This post is geared toward our TTC readers and may include information that is not helpful for some of our readers. If you aren't in a great place right now, please feel free to skip this post. We want our readers to take care of themselves first!
There has been a lot of buzz recently over these new Clearblue Advanced Digital Pregnancy Tests. They recently became available in the US, although they've been around in Canada and Europe for awhile. Basically, it's similar to a traditional digital test, but with the added feature of predicting how many weeks it has been since ovulation. The readout will say "Pregnant" or "Not Pregnant" and if it is a positive result, it will be accompanied by either "1-2", "2-3" or "3+" (weeks, that is). These test can be useful in pinning down ovulation date, but can be confusing in terms of estimating a due date. This is because the result does not mean a tester is (for example) 2-3 weeks pregnant, at least not in the way that a doctor would judge them. It means it is estimated to have been that long since ovulation. Doctor's typically date a pregnancy from the first day of your last period, so by the time a woman is 3 week past ovulation, they are most likely closer to 5 weeks pregnant, thus putting their due date approximately 35 weeks from that time.
Do I think this is a good tool? Yes! But I caution women to read the instructions carefully and if they have concerns about their results to consult with a physician.
The article discussed in this post can be found here.