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Just How Pregnant Are You? New Home Test Offers An Answer

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

It’s a major moment in a woman’s life: Those minutes that she sits in the bathroom with a test stick, waiting to find out if she’s pregnant. A newly available home pregnancy test provides even more information, estimating how far along she is in her pregnancy, reports.

The Clearblue Advanced Pregnancy Test with Weeks Estimator measures a woman’s levels of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), a hormone produced early in pregnancy. If a woman is pregnant, the test will tell her, based on her hCG levels, if she is 1–2 weeks, 2–3 weeks, or 3+ weeks along.

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The test is already available for women in Europe, where Clearblue launched it in 2008. The Food and Drug Administration approved the kit for market in December 2012, and starting September 1, the test will have widespread availablity to American women in all major retailers. Clearblue’s clinical trials included 2,000 women and 5,000 tested urine samples and determined that hCG measurement was effective and accurate for estimating the time since a woman’s last ovulation. The company says the test is 99% accurate at detecting pregnancy from the day of a woman’s expected period, and about 93% accurate in estimating the number of weeks.

Obstetricians say the new test may be particularly helpful for women with irregular periods, but there’s some disagreement about the accuracy of using hCG to date pregnancy. The doctors also stress that a pregnancy test is no substitute for ultrasound, the best way to determine just how far along a woman is.

Image: Pregnancy test, via Clearblue

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School’s Pregnancy Test Policy Under Legal Review

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

In the wake of a challenge by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a state-funded charter school in Louisiana has asked lawyers to review its policy of requiring female students to take a pregnancy test if they are suspected of being pregnant, reports:

The policy, which dates at least to 2006, covers the approximately 700 students who are accepted into the state-funded Delhi Charter School in Delhi, La.

“There have never been any complaints from students or parents about the school policy,” Chris Broussard, the school’s teacher-director for grades 6-12, told “However, in light of the recent inquiry, the current policy has been forwarded to the law firm of Davenport, Files & Kelly … to ensure that necessary revisions are made so that our school is in full compliance with constitutional law.”

The law firm did not return a call to

The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana sent the school a letter on Monday, saying that the policy violates federal law and the U.S. Constitution, and threatening legal action if it is not revised immediately.

“The policy discriminates against female students not just for being pregnant but even for the possibility that they might be pregnant, and treats them as though pregnancy was some kind of contagious disease by telling them they can’t stay in school,” Marjorie Esman, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, told “That is a gross violation of the law and their right to have an education.”

Image: Pregnancy test, via Shutterstock

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