Something's a little off. Your period is late; you're feeling out of sorts. Could you be...? Time to take a trip to the drug store (or more often than not, time to send your guy)! The whole anxiety begins...are you pregnant? Are you not pregnant? If you are, how many weeks pregnant are you? So many questions swirling through your head!
Starting September 1, for the first time in the United States, an at-home pregnancy test will be able to tell you just how long you've been pregnant. Well, sort of. The new Clearblue Advanced Pregnancy Test with Weeks Estimator— which has been available in Europe since 2008—will not only tell you if you are or aren't pregnant, but with a new technology it will also estimate whether you are 1-2 weeks pregnant, 2-3 weeks or 3+ weeks.
The new test has two strips instead of one, and screens for the human chorionic gonadotropin hormone that appears in a woman's urine stream after fertilization. Clearblue says the test is 99 percent accurate at detecting pregnancy from the day of a woman's expected period, and about 93 percent accurate in estimating the number of weeks you've been pregnant.
What a great idea! Who doesn't want more information when they first find out they're pregnant? I know I was so nervous, that it took three positive pregnancy tests before I was sure I somehow didn't screw up the test results, and even then I wanted to wait to see the doctor to confirm the results before I could fully let myself celebrate. But I think having something that would let me know how many weeks along I was, would have solidified in my head that it was truly real.
I think this is going to revolutionize pregnancy tests going forward. Now if only scientists could come up with a pregnancy test that could tell us from day one whether we were having a boy or girl—that would be a real breakthrough!
TELL US: Would you be more likely to buy a pregnancy test that would tell you how far along you are? Or would you prefer to wait to hear it from your doctor once you have your first ultrasound?
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