Popular In Europe, Coming To The U.S.

Finally! Starting on September 1st, a home pregnancy test will be available in the U.S. that not only will tell you “yes” or “no,” but it can estimate how pregnant you are.

Pregnancy testing

Women in Europe have been enjoying the extra info supplied on Clearblue’s Advanced Pregnancy Test with Weeks Estimator since 2008, and on September 1st, American women will be able to try one out for themselves. What is it, and how does it work?

Advanced pregnancy test

Home pregnancy tests are already pretty awesome. What was, for generations, a mystery that often took months to solve, has now become an easy, private test that you can do in your own bathroom -- often before you’ve even missed a period.

However, while a pregnancy test can tell you “yes” or “no,” they can’t tell you how pregnant you are. That’s where Clearblue’s Advanced Pregnancy Test with Weeks Estimator comes in.

Most standard pregnancy tests contain one test strip. This looks for a woman’s levels of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), which is present in urine only during pregnancy (and in a couple extremely rare illnesses and in certain rarely-used drugs). In Clearblue’s new test, however, there are two strips. Both detect hCG, but the second works to actually measure the amount of the pregnancy hormone.

This hormone rises during the first few months of pregnancy, and production drops off at around 11 weeks, so this test can estimate where in a pregnancy a woman is by how much hCG is present in her urine. If a woman is pregnant, it will read “Pregnant” on the display, followed by how many weeks since ovulation she is estimated to be -- 1-2, 2-3 or 3+.

Clearblue Pregnancy Test with Weeks Estimator

Just an estimation

The at-home test will not replace in-office diagnostic practices, such as sonograms and quantitative blood tests, but it is hoped that the extra knowledge at a woman’s finger tips will really help ease anxiety during those first few weeks.

I’m not planning to get pregnant any time soon, but if I was, I would totally use one of these -- but not until I’ve had my pregnancy confirmed by a regular pregnancy test. It would be for novelty’s sake because I think they are really cool. My last pregnancy occurred after three years of trying (that included one miscarriage) so I took a bunch of tests. I really needed that physical proof that I was indeed pregnant, and it made me feel a lot better to see the lines growing darker as the days went by. I also sprang for a digital pregnancy test, just for the sheer joy of seeing the word “pregnant.” I suspect I’d enjoy seeing a weekly update on my pregnancy test too.

Tell us

Would you use one of these pregnancy tests? Why or why not?

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