If you are trying to conceive (TTC), or planning to start soon, one of your biggest questions may be what kind of home pregnancy tests to use. You want to pick a test that is sensitive, easy to use, and gives you accurate and clear results. Recently I had the opportunity to try E.P.T. Early Pregnancy Tests, and I wanted to share my experience with you. Their brand name stands for Error-Proof Test and their pregnancy tests yield over 99% accuracy from the day of your expected period. If you are looking for a pregnancy test you can rely on, E.P.T. is a great choice!
We are not currently TTC, though we do hope to have another little one in the near future. Regardless, I always find pregnancy tests fascinating and was curious to try E.P.T. early pregnancy tests to see if they are as accurate as they claim to be. Obviously I can’t vouch for how sensitive they are in terms of positive pregnancy results, but I was interested to see how clear of a negative result they would give. You might be surprised at how important this aspect is! There is nothing more disheartening than getting a false positive on a pregnancy test, only to discover later that the test was misleading and you never really were pregnant. I have tried a number of other pregnancy test brands over the years and have seen many evaporation lines, antibody strips, faint lines, etc, that have looked like faint but positive results–when, in fact, I was not pregnant. Unfortunately there are a lot of low quality tests out there that just can’t be trusted to give you a clear and concise negative result when they should. That said, I was curious to try the E.P.T. brand to see how accurate the results were and if there would be any room for second-guessing with these tests.
I received a sample pack of E.P.T. tests, including two boxes of E.P.T. Pregnancy Tests and two boxes of E.P.T. Digital Pregnancy Tests. The tests come individually wrapped, and the box contains a detailed instruction sheet with pictures and easy-to-follow steps.
Both tests can be used mid-stream or by dipping the tests into a cup. The regular test can be read after just 2 minutes (and no later than 10 minutes), and uses a blue “-” for negative and a blue “+” for positive. The separate control window will show a blue “|” if the test is working properly. The results are even easier to read on the digital test, which has a digital screen that displays the words “Pregnant” or “Not Pregnant” within 3 minutes. The digital result will remain displayed on the screen for 24 hours after use.
For pregnancy tests, they actually look kind of pretty. This is what the tests look like straight out of the package:
I tested the regular and digital tests at the same time. I actually took a video to show you exactly how quickly the results can be seen after dipping the tests! The video begins 5-10 seconds after dipping and continues until the 2 minute mark (when the regular test can be accurately read according to the E.P.T. instructions). As you will see, the digital test displayed its results in just under 2 minutes.
Here is a picture of the tests at the 2 minute mark:
Finally, here is a picture of the tests a full 24 hours later:
I thought the results were incredibly clear! Of course the digital result was obvious, but even the regular test didn’t give me any kind of faint evaporation line or false positive–even after 24 hours! I was surprised at this because blue-dye tests are often much harder to read for accuracy than pink-dye tests, and regardless of the dye color many pregnancy tests will begin to display an evaporation line or other false line after the time limit is up for the test. Not so with E.P.T. pregnancy tests! I was very happy with the clarity of the results and would definitely trust these tests! I really like that I can rely on them to give me accurate results and not lead me on with false positives or faint shadows of lines.
E.P.T. Early Pregnancy Tests can provide results as soon as 5 days before your missed period, which means they are very sensitive and will pick up a positive result sooner than other tests. They are very simple and easy to use, and from what I’ve observed the results appear very accurate. The tests are fairly affordable (especially with a coupon) and in my opinion you are getting even more than you pay for with these tests–accurate results and peace of mind!
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