Clicks pregnancy test scare hi


Clicks pregnancy test scare highlights problems with digital

Maybe the world of pregnancy is not ready for DIY digital pregnancy testing yet…

Clicks pregnancy test scare hi


Digital pregnancy tests are the last thing one would expect to make headlines with so much going on in South Africa. However, thanks to Business Insider, it was recently revealed that the digital pregnancy tests sold at Clicks were faulty – at least the ones they tested from a store branch in Johannesburg.

The most concerning part about this story was not the fault of the product but the fact that it recognised tap water as a urine sample and gave a false positive result.

Most people on social media were not buying it. The general consensus was: There must have been something in the water, surely.

digital pregnancy tests

So, what could have caused this error? At this point in time, there has been no information from Clicks, whose product it is.

There are more accurate ways to conduct a pregnancy test though. One would be using the traditional urine stick that determines results (positive or negative) by the visibility of either one or two lines, and then there is the more expensive, time-consuming blood sample test that’s often conducted in hospitals.

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Blood sample pregnancy testing

Blood sample pregnancy testing is by far the most accurate practice. However, it is also a rare practice since many women who have used the traditional urine stick have had accurate results.

It does become a necessary alternative though, should one experience a false negative but still exhibit symptoms of pregnancy.

Traditional urine stick vs digital pregnancy tests

Home pregnancy tests are still revered for being 97% accurate. According to information provided by Huggies,

Home pregnancy tests are sensitive, once-off test kits that respond to the presence of a hormone called human chorionic gonadotrophin – hCG – in urine.  This hormone is released when the fertilised egg first implants in the womb, usually between 8 and 10 days after fertilisation has occurred (though it can be anywhere from 6-12 days).

Levels of hCG will rise quickly in the first few days after following implantation and peak between 50 and 80 days after fertilisation. Within about two weeks, usually when your period is due, the hormone can be easily detected in urine.

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It is imperative that users of this product follow the exact instructions displayed in the packaging. Most common errors in results come from the fact that users misinterpret certain instructions.

While some tests require users to wee directly onto the required end of the stick, others come with containers where the urine can be transferred and tested.

With traditional tests, the required end of the stick reacts to the presence of hCG in urine and automatically triggers the appearance of one clear, red line, indicating a positive result.

When two appear, it would obviously mean that the test result is negative. Although there have been reported cases of false-positives and negatives, they have come few and far in between.

Tips on DIY pregnancy testing

It would be best to stick to traditional urine sticks for now since Clicks has removed their digital test off the shelves. Consider these tips before you purchase your home pregnancy test kit.

  • Always ensure that the product is sealed and has not been tampered with
  • It is absolutely critical that you follow each and every step of the test
  • Ensure that the wee sample you use does not get contaminated with water or any other liquid substance which may reduce the hCG levels in your urine
  • Avoid taking any drugs or other substances that may contain levels of hCG
  • Sometimes, it is hard to determine when the right time to test for pregnancy is. Therefore, if the result presents a false negative and you are sure it is wrong, it may be that the levels of hCG in your sample are not high enough. Give it a few days and test again.