Why are OVRY™ Pregnancy Test Strips considered "ultra-sensitive"? Is this a good thing?
Nearly all pregnancy tests currently for sale use the same underlying science: the tests are designed to detect levels of the pregnancy hormone (HCG) in a woman's urine. Most tests sold have an HCG detection limit of 25 mIU/mL compared to OVRY™ Pregnancy Test Strips that have a detection limit of 10 mIU/mL. This means the OVRY™ Pregnancy Test Strips are able to detect pregnancy sooner than many other tests. For many women this is a good thing because it provides them with an answer sooner. HCG levels typically start to increase from a level of less than 5 mIU/mL (directly after implantation of the fertilized egg) and on average will double every 48 hours during the first weeks of pregnancy. The one drawback of using ultra-sensitive tests is that they detect all pregnancies, including those that occur very early on and often miscarry before any physical pregnancy symptoms manifest (including a missed period). These pregnancies are often referred to as “chemical pregnancies”. For this reason, we recommend that if you get a positive result with an ultra-sensitive OVRY™ test strip that you repeat the test with a fresh strip and a fresh urine sample after the date of your expected period, to confirm a positive result.
How do OVRY™ Pregnancy Test Strips work?
OVRY™ Pregnancy Test Strips detect the presence of the pregnancy hormone called Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG), which appears in urine very early on during pregnancy. In the early weeks of a normal pregnancy, the concentration of HCG doubles ...
Do I need to use my first morning urine for the OVRY™ Pregnancy Test Strips?
We recommend that OVRY™ Pregnancy Test Strips be used with your first urine in the morning, because that is typically when HCG levels are typically the highest. It is especially important to use the first urine of the day when trying to test for ...
Are all urine pregnancy tests including OVRY™ "strip format", the same?
When used correctly, nearly all urine pregnancy tests available for sale in North America, including the “strip format” tests sold by OVRY™, are equally reliable. All tests use the same underlying techniques to detect pregnancy: tests detect the ...
Do you have to submerge OVRY™ Pregnancy Test Strips in the urine sample or can you just pee directly onto the test strip?
OVRY™ Pregnancy Test Strips are designed to be submerged into a urine sample, and not to be used as a midstream test. To achieve optimal accuracy, the test must be used exactly as instructed: each test strip should be submerged into the urine sample ...
How early can I take an OVRY™ Pregnancy Test Strip?
Like all pregnancy tests, the later in your menstrual cycle that you take the test, the more accurate the results. OVRY™ Pregnancy Test Strips can be used to detect pregnancy as early as 5 days before the date of your expected period. However, most ...