If you are concerned about your sperm count it is now very quick and easy to check it at home using a home male fertility test kit. There are several of these on the market and most work in a similar way. The test can be performed in a matter of minutes and will give you a result as to whether your sperm count is within the normal range or not.
Some home tests will just measure the count whereas some will also check motility, as they only count the motile sperm. Sperm motility ie how well the sperm swim, as well as count, is important when it comes to male fertility.
It is known that both Cannabis (Marijuana) can impair male fertility by the effects that it has on sperm motility, and several studies have suggested that Cannabis may also affect sperm production so that the sperm are abnormal in shape and size.
This is obviously quite worrying. If you are trying to conceive, it is sensible to stop using these drugs before you start trying for a baby, as we do not know if these drugs may damage the sperm and lead to problems with the pregnancy.
A study done at the University of Sheffield by Dr Allan Pacey suggested that male Cannabis users should stop using Cannabis well before trying to conceive
How long do the effect of Cannabis and Cocaine last?
In view of this our advice would be to wait at least 30 days before you start trying for a baby. That will give time for the Cannabis metabolites to leave your system and for new sperm to be produced. You do not need to stop having sex during this time, simply use a condom.
One thing to bear in mind is that sperm can live in the testicles for up to 2-3 months, so it is important to keep having sex (with a condom) so that the older sperm that have been affected by Cannabis have been used up. Fresh sperm is best for conception.
Will my fertility return to normal after I stop using Cannabis?
As long as everything else is normal, and you are not using other drugs or drinking excessive amounts of alcohol then the sperm morphology and motility should return to normal once the drug causing the problem has left your body, although this could take several months.
The best advice is to stop using drugs well in advance of trying to conceive to optimise your chances of conceiving quickly and having a successful pregnancy for your partner and a healthy baby.
There has been a lot in the news recently about the reduction in male fertility. Sperm counts are on the decrease, globally, with a combination of lifestyle and dietary causes being blamed.
There are a growing number of home tests available for couples concerned about fertility. At the cheaper end of the market, these tests simply look at the number of sperm per ml and only test a small 1ml sample of the ejaculate. While the accuracy of these tests is good, the limitations given above do reduce their value.
The FertilityScore home test kit is unique in 3 ways. Firstly the pack contains 2 complete tests. More importantly the test screens for motility across the whole ejaculate sample, and finally the test only gives a positive result, indicating good fertility for motile samples above 20 million per ml.
By completing 2 tests at 7 to 10-day intervals, FertilityScore offers the highest confidence of sustained fertility available in a home test.
FertilityScore is widely available online in the UK from Access Diagnostics Fertility Site, other medical and fertility shops and also on E-Bay and Amazon for around £19.99 a pack.
We thought it would be worth covering this subject as we have had a few customer service queries recently concerning basal thermometers and how they should be used.
Here are our tips to using basal temperature to monitor fertility:
The basal temperature increases and stay elevated once ovulation occurs.
Use a high accuracy digital thermometer that has two decimal places
A fahrenheit thermometer is best if you can get one
We have found that the mouth, under the tongue, is the most reliable place to take the temperature.
Take the temperature first thing in the morning before rising from your bed.
Do not drink anything before you take the temperature
Place the thermometer under the tongue and leave it there keeping your tongue firmly pressed on it and still until it bleeps indicating it has reached a steady temperature. This make take several minutes.
Take the temperature at the same time each day. It may be worth setting your alarm.
Basal temperature means your resting temperature so it must be the first thing you do as soon as you wake up.
Keep a record of your basal temperature on a chart each day
After the first month you will start to see a pattern which should help you to know when your fertile time is.
A fertility wristband called AVA that tells a woman when her most fertile time is, has been launched. It measure changes in temperature and resting heart rate, and uses this to predict when ovulation has occurred.
This could be a real breakthrough for monitoring fertility. All ready wearable tech such as the fitbit can monitor activity, sleep, exercise, resting heart rate and is enabling users to take charge of their health and fitness and to monitor changes. It seems likely that in the future we will have wristbands that can monitor blood pressure, cholesterol even blood sugar.
Currently the fertility tracker is quite expensive at £199.00 but the prices should come down as the technology becomes more widely available. Its a great idea in our opinion, and would be great if it could be incorporated into an existing fitness tracker such as the fitbit Charge 11 or become an app for the apple watch.
This is a common question when you are using ultra-early detection pregnancy test strips and one that can cause a lot of heartaches. The photograph below was supplied by a customer asking this very question. In fact, when we first looked at the photograph we could not see any line at all.
Our advice would be to ignore a line as faint as this and count it as a negative. Wait 48 hours and repeat the pregnancy test using a first-morning urine and see if the line is any stronger. Alternatively, you could try using a digital pregnancy test as this does not require the interpretation of lines.
We have recently heard about an online trend for digitally enhancing faint lines on pregnancy test strips to make them look more positive. This is not a good idea and will only lead to false hopes. The faint line that you are seeing me just be the test medium that is embedded into every test strip. If you digitally enhance this it may look like a positive, when it is, in fact, a negative. Some people mistakenly interpret these extremely faint lines as false positives when in fact they were negative.
What we are looking for is a BFP (Big Fat Positive ) and this should be obvious to the naked eye. You should be able to see it clearly and it should not require a magnifying glass or digitally enhancing. It should resemble the Control line that is very clearly visible on this test strip above. As the pregnancy progresses the test line will get stronger in colour as more pregnancy hormone is present in the urine.
Just a quick update to let you know we know now have the Alltest ultra sensitive 25mIU ovulation test strips in stock in tubes of 25 test strips for ease of use.
They are just £3.90 for a pot of 25 tests strips. They are highly accurate and very easy to use and can be easily and discreetly carried in your handbag.
We received these tips on using Pre-Seed lubricant through our reviews service last week and wanted to share it with you:
Feels natural, doesn’t sting and swimmer friendly!! To save a bit of money, as I know its more expensive than other lubes, i just use a small pea sized amount (approx) rather than fill the applicators. It seems to be enough and thus it lasts longer. Its my favourite.
if you have any tips or feedback on using Pre-Seed that you feel me be useful to others please fell free to share them in comments.
The test strips come individually foil wrapped with a long shelf life. The detect just 25 mIU of LH hormone making them one of the most sensitive ovulation tests available. They are 99% accurate and at just £2.69 for 20 test strips are excellent value for money.
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Great news after over a month with no Pre-Seed lubricant, it is back in stock and flying off the shelves at Access Diagnostics fertility site. For those who don’t know Pre-Seed is a very, very popular fertility friendly lubricant for couples trying to conceive.
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You will have noticed a few changes to our fertility website this year, one of which is that we now have a mobile friendly site, which means that you can easily browse the site, or place orders, using a mobile phone or tablet.
You also have the option to create an online login account when you place your order, which will make shopping quick and easy.
Another new feature we have introduced this year, is that you can now leave reviews after you have placed your order. You will receive an e-mail about a week after your order is dispatched, asking you to leave a review at our reviews site. We have always collected feedback when you place your order, but now you can also leave feedback after. Read our latest Access Diagnostics reviews
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With so many pregnancy test kits on the market how do I know which one to use ?
If you have missed your period and you are looking for a pregnancy test to confirm your pregnancy then any chemist pregnancy test will do the job really well, and should hopefully give you a positive result. All modern home & professional pregnancy tests are very sensitive & accurate and false positives are rare. False negatives usually occur when the test is done too early or at the wrong time of day, so there is insufficient of the pregnancy hormone hcg in the urine sample.
If you looking for the cheapest pregnancy tests you will probably need to go online to purchase them. Pregnancy test strips are far cheaper than the leading brands of home pregnancy tests as they contain far less packaging and the technology is far simpler. You will be required to look for two lines on the test strip to confirm a positive pregnancy. They can also be bought in a range of sensitivities and can be bulk bought, if you are doing repeat or early testing before the missed period.
If you are testing early i.e. before you have missed a period , you will need to use an early detection pregnancy test kit which detects a lower level of the pregnancy hormone hcg in your urine sample. False positive can sometimes occur when you are doing very early pregnancy testing before the missed period, when you get a BFP followed several days later by a negative result or a period. This is usually referred to as a chemical pregnancy and means that for some reason the pregnancy did not continue.
There are times in all our lives when we are under stress and everything starts to feel overwhelming. This is often when we are in a permanent state of ‘fight or flight’ and it is during these times that you need to have a good self care tool kit.
During times of extreme stress, good self care and making time to take care of yourself in little ways every day, becomes increasingly important.
Here is my self care tool kit i.e. the things I do when things start to feel overwhelming.
Do something physical-exercise is a great way to use up the hormones released by the fight or flight response
For me getting out in the fresh air and taking my dogs for a walk is a great stress reliever.
Take a Pilates or exercise class
Go for a run
Housework can be surprisingly effective if done to some uptempo music
Spend time on hobbies
Spend time doing the things you love to do and that make you smile even if its just for 15 minutes a day. Those 15 minutes add up !
Do something relaxing
Hot bath by candlelight with calming music is a favourite of mine
Watch a chick flick
Cook or bake-this can be surprisingly relaxing if it is not pressured.
Take a Yoga or mindfulness session
Do something you have been putting off that you will feel better after you have done it
Tidy or re-organise your wardrobe
Clean out a cupboard or drawer
Meet up with friends
organise to meet for coffee or lunch or just a walk & talk
organise a girls only shopping trip
Join a book group
Plan something to look forward to
Maybe a weekend away
a meal out
have friends over for dinner
a trip to the beach
a day trip somewhere new
Book some pamper treats just for you
a manicure or pedicure
a massage (very relaxing )
Learn something new
Attend a course
try a new hobby
Listen to an audiobook-I love audiobooks and find them very relaxing and reinvigorating.
Take care of your health
Book any healthcare or dental appointments you have been putting off
talk to someone close either a family member or friend about whats stressing you
consider an online support group
join a support group
Join your local church
Your self care tool kit may be very different to mine. Its what works for you. Write a list and look at it when things start to feel overwhelming, and remember to practice some self care every day.
In our busy over scheduled days it can be all too easy to forget to look after our own needs both physical and spiritual. Make it an appointment in your diary to do something nice for yourself each day. That way it is more likely to happen.
Medical terminology can be confusing at the best of times, but when it comes to infertility there are lots of very similar sounding abbreviations that mean very different things. You may here these terms bandied about by doctors and nurses, and used in fertility forums, and it can sometimes seem like a foreign language, when you are new to it.
Here is a quick round up of ones most commonly used by medical professionals:
We have a new home male fertility test kit in stock for 2016. The test is quick and easy to perform and takes just 5 minutes. The test checks whether the semen concentration is above or below 15 million / ml. The fertility test kit has a 97.98% accuracy rate in clinical studies.
Great news after many months of work our fertility site is today going mobile friendly and to celebrate we have a 10% discount coupon MBF that will be active on the site until midnight on Monday 14th December. You can add the coupon code during the checkout procedure.
We have some great guest bloggers coming on line very soon and are really looking forward to sharing their posts with you. If you would like to do some guest blogging on this site please do get in touch.
This is a fairly common question and one that causes quite a lot of anxiety, as not ovulating is a fairly common cause of infertility. However although this is one explanation,there are other possible reasons why you may not detect the LH surge with your ovulation tests.
The LH surge may have occurred before you started testing and you therefore missed it
The LH surge may have occurred after you stopped testing and you may have missed it.
The urine that you tested may have been too dilute, meaning that the concentration of LH in the sample was not sufficient, to give a positive LH test. Make sure you restrict your fluid intake for about 2 hours before you take the test.
You may have missed the LH surge because you tested at the wrong time of day. This is not uncommon. LH levels are low first thing in the morning and so if you test at this time, you may miss the LH surge. LH levels are usually highest at early to mid afternoon , so this is the best time to collect your urine for LH testing. Knowing the right time to test can be more tricky for shift workers, as their circadian rhythms are disrupted so they may also miss their LH surge.
LH surge may not be strong enough to be detected by the LH test. Most LH tests detect 40mIU/ml of Lh in the urine. It may be worth trying an ultra sensitive LH ovulation testthat detects a lower level i.e. 20mIU/ml.
Insufficient urine may have been absorbed by the LH ovulation test. if this was the case then there would be no control line visible on the test. It is important to check that the control line is visible. if it is not it means the test has not run and so the result is invalid. If this happens it is worth quickly dipping the test into the urine sample again for a few seconds as it may still work. Do not delay doing this or the result will be invalid because too much time has elapsed.
The LH test could in fact be faulty, out of date or been incorrectly stored. Although this is quite uncommon, it can happen. To avoid this problem always buy from a reputable supplier.
You may be testing at the wrong time of your cycle. For women who have irregular periods, knowing when to test can be very difficult.
You may not have used the test correctly. Make sure that you read the instructions carefully before starting the test and use a timer.
You may not be going to ovulate this month. This may just be a one off, but if it happens repeatedly you should see your doctor, as it may mean that you are not ovulating and need further investigations.
You may already be pregnant. There is always a small possibility that you may already be pregnant. If your last period was different to usual, or very light it may be worth doing a pregnancy test.
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Ultra early pregnancy tests have been around now for about 8-10 years. They detect a lower level of the pregnancy hormone hcg ( human chorionic gonadotrophin ) than normal pregnancy tests, and so can be used to detect pregnancy even before the period has been missed. Ultra early pregnancy tests detect just 10mIu of the pregnancy hormone hcg which means they can detect a pregnancy at a very early stage. Hcg increases dramatically in the first 3 months of pregnancy from less than 5mIU/ml to over 100,000mIU/ml and it is the huge rise in this hormone that is responsible for many of the symptoms of early pregnancy including morning sickness.
How do I perform the pregnancy test using a test strip ?
Collect a fresh urine sample, ideally first morning void , in a clean dry container. The container does not need to be sterile.
Read the instructions before you start the test. You will need a timer to time the test as timing is very important. Most mobile phones have a timer you can set to the correct time.
take the strip carefully out of the foil. Hold the strip at the handle end and avoid touching the strip end that will go into the urine as grease from your hands can interfere with the test
Immerse the strip into the urine sample up to the the maximum dip line and leave it there for 3-4 seconds so that it can absorb the urine. Do not dip it any deeper than the max dip line.
remove the pregnancy test strip from the urine sample and lie it flat. Start the timer and time it for the specified time in the instructions. This may vary slightly from brand to brand.
When the timer goes read the result. You should have a control line showing . This means the pregnancy test strip has worked properly. Now look for the test line. A visible test line on the strip means the test is positive. An absent T line means the test is negative.
You can only read the result at the specified time after you started the test. Do not come back to the test later and read it as this will not be an accurate result.
Important factors to consider when using an ultra early pregnancy test:
As ultra early pregnancy tests detect very low levels of hcg , it is best to test on your first urine void of the day, as this is usually more concentrated and so the pregnancy hormone hcg levels will be usually be higher at this time of day.
Follow the instructions and wait the allocated time as per the instructions (usually a few minutes ) before you read the result. Because the levels are much lower in very early pregnancy the result may take a little longer to show then later in pregnancy.
You will need to be prepared to re-test. A positive pregnancy test before the missed period should be confirmed 72 hours later and you would hope to see a the positive result developing more quickly on the test line indicating increasing hormone levels.
You may detect a pregnancy that will then fail to progress. In this case you will get a positive pregnancy test followed by a negative pregnancy test. This is one of the down side of testing for pregnancy early. If you had not tested you would never have known that you were pregnant.
False positives can occur if there has been a recent miscarriage or pregnancy
False negatives can occur with ultra sensitive pregnancy tests. If you do the test before the hcg levels have exceeded 10mIU in the urine sample you will get a negative result. This does not mean that you are not pregnant, it may just be that you have tested too early or you’re urine sample was too dilute. In this situation you should wait 48 hours and retest with a fresh urine sample (the first urine that you do in the morning after rising is the most concentrated)
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Thought you may be interested in this video review of the new Core ultra early pregnancy tests that we have new in stock this month.
The video discusses how to use ultra early pregnancy tests strips, how early you can take a pregnancy test before your period, the pros and cons of using ultra early pregnancy tests, and when to retest and how to interpret results.
The Core ultra sensitive pregnancy tests detect as low as 10mIU hcg and are available in boxes of 50 individually wrapped test strips.
We have noticed that a lot of our customers mention Pink Pad when we ask them how they found our fertility website.
Pink Pad is a great little free app that you download onto your phone for helping you track your periods & fertile times which is very useful when you are TTC. It also helps you to track and manage other things such as your weight & emotional health and there are also message boards to discuss all things fertility related.
The best selling Advanced ultra early pregnancy tests 10 miu pregnancy test strips are now back in stock . These affordable high accuracy ultra early very sensitive pregnancy test strips are 98.98% accurate at detecting pregnancy and can be used to reliably detect pregnancy before the missed period. Thye are one of the best pregnancy test strips for early detection available in the UK. They are available in pack sizes from 2 test to 120 tests for frequent testers. Long shelf life.
For anyone that is trying to conceive this is one of the most important things to know as the window for conception each month is actually quite small. If your menstrual cycle is very regular and the same length each month then it is very easy to predict your most fertile days using an ovulation calculator. There is a very easy to use one at BBC Health
If you cycle is irregular or unpredictable then it may help you to use an ovulation predictor to identify your most fertile days each month as these may will from month to month.
There are several methods to predict when ovulation will occur, the most commonly used method is to use a urine ovulation test or ovulation predictor kit which identifies your LH surge. LH is the hormone which triggers ovulation to occur and it peaks just before ovulation occurs each month & so is a reliable predictor of ovulation. The advantage of using an ovulation predictor is because you know that you are about to ovulate, you can have intercourse just prior to ovulation, as well as at the time of ovulation, to make sure that plenty of sperm are around to fertilise the egg when it is released, thus increasing the chances of conception.
Other methods to identify your most fertile time are looking for signs that ovulation has occurred:
changes in cervical mucus which becomes more stringy and appears like raw egg whites this method is known as the billings method.
your basal body temperature increases so many women use a high accuracy thermometer to chart basal body temperature
There are also changes in saliva around ovulation and this can be identified using a saliva ovulation microscope.
The disadvantage to these methods is they do not give you prior notice that ovulation is about to occur just that is has occurred. studies show that if you have intercourse just prior to ovulation as well as at ovulation it increases your chances of conceiving. It means the sperm are ready & waiting for the egg.
This is a common question that we are asked as the two products are very similar. They are both excellent fertility lubricants that have been designed specifically for couples trying to conceive, and are the two leading fertility lubricants in the UK currently.
We thought we would give you our opinion of the pros and cons for each, having sold them both for many years now ,to help you to choose which one will suit your needs.
Pre-Seed has been around now for many years in fact we have been selling it for about 9-10 years I think. During that time we have lots of positive feedback about the product and very little if any negative feedback.
Originally it was only available in pre-filled applicators but it now comes in a 40g multi-use tube with applicators that you can fill yourself.
Pros for Pre-Seed
its been around for ages and has lots of positive feedback & successful pregnancies.
it is available in a multi-use tube with vaginal applicators that you fill yourself which means that you can use as little or as much as you like and you only need to buy one product
it can be used for intravaginal application & for external application to either partner
it has been clinically tested and shown to be sperm friendly & non irritant
it is reasonably priced at around £12-15 pound for a 40g tube
it is easy to use and comes with comprehensive instructions
it is the most versatile product of the two as it allows for both external and internal application
Cons for Pre-Seed
Currently at time of writing it is only available online in UK and mainly through specialist fertility suppliers
The lack of a small tube means you cannot try Pre-Seed before committing to a large tube
Conceive Plus has also been around a long time (although not quite a s long as Pre-Seed I think) and also has lots of positive feedback & Successful pregnancies. It is available as 3 different products currently. Pre-filled applicators & tubes of Conceive plus in two sizes (small & large).
Pros for Conceive Plus
The small cheaper 30g tube allows you to try the Conceive Plus before you commit to a larger tube & is excellent value for money. It is ideal for external application to either partner for foreplay & intercourse.
It is widely available in Boots and also online
There is lots of positive feedback about the product and very little negative feedback.
The range of products means that there should be a product to suit you.
Reasonably priced at between £6 and £15
Easy to use and comes with comprehensive instructions from manufacturer
The small 30g tube is small & discreet for when travelling
The pre-filled applicator product allows you to insert the lubricant deep inside the vagina if dryness is a problem and you do not need to work out how much lubricant to use as this is done for you.
Cons for Conceive plus
The lack of a multi-use tube means that if you want to use intravaginal applicators & have the lubricant for external application you have to buy two products making it more costly.
Some women find the pre-filled applicators contain too much lubricant and so some is wasted-you are not able to choose how much lubricant you put into the applicator as this is done for you.
Conclusion-Is it Pre-Seed or Conceive Plus ?
Well our answer is it depends on how you wish to use the product.
If you are looking for a fertility lubricant that you can use internally as well as externally & where you can choose how much lubricant to insert into the vaginal applicator then I would try Pre-Seed multi-use 40g tube first and see if it suits you. This way you are only having to purchase one product.
If you are looking for a product just for foreplay and then external application to either partner then I would probably try the Conceive plus 30g tube first and see if it suits you. you can then go onto buy a larger tube if required.
If you are looking for a lubricant just for internal vaginal application prior to intercourse, with pre-filled applicators so that you do not need to decide how much lubricant to use, then opt for Conceive Plus pre-filled applicators.
Whichever one you choose they are both great fertility lubricants and we have no hesitation in recommending them both. Just choose the format that suits your particular needs.
If you have not used them before and are used to a midstream ovulation test, then you may be asking yourself this question.
Ovulation test strips are much cheaper than traditional midstream ovulation tests because they are much cheaper to manufacture, and the packaging costs are much less. They are also cheaper to deliver, as they pack into a very small pack, and yet the accuracy if used correctly is just as good.
Ovulation tests detect a hormone in urine called LH or Luteinising hormone, that is the hormone responsible for stimulating the release of the egg from the ovary. High levels of LH usually indicate that ovulation is imminent and likely to occur in the next couple of days. This makes urine LH testing a useful way to predict ovulation.
How do you use an ovulation test strip ?
1st thing to do is obtain a clean container in which to catch your urine sample. It does not need to be a sterile container. A clean plastic cup is ideal or one of those sample bottles your GP sometimes gives you. You can use the same container each time you do the test, just make sure you wash it & rinse it out thoroughly between uses.
Like any ovulation test you need to perform the test at the right time in your cycle.
Wait at least 2 hours after drinking before you collect your urine sample. It does not matter what time of day you do the test as long as you do it at approximately the same time each day. Best to avoid 1st thing in the morning as the LH levels can be lower overnight. For most people early to mid afternoon is a good time to test.
Read the instructions supplied with the ovulation test before you start the test
Follow the instructions for the test that you have as they may vary slightly, depending on which brand of ovulation test strip you have bought, although most instructions will be quite similar.
Collect the urine sample
Hold the test strip by the correct end (there will usually be a picture with the instructions to help you identify this ) and arrows pointing down to show you which way is down as in the picture above. Often the end that you hold has a plastic or shiny covering.
Immerse the strip into the urine sample, just up to the max mark for a few seconds (i.e. only the bottom half of the strip goes into the urine) You should be able to see the urine being absorbed up the strip. If you have got the strip upside down, you will not see any urine travelling up the strip.
Remove the strip from the urine sample & lie it flat.
Read the result after the designated time, as laid out in the instructions (usually a couple of minutes.) I find it is best to always set a timer as the time that you read the result is very important, and it is so easy to get distracted. Timer keeps you focussed.
If the test has run correctly you will have a control line C visible which means the test has absorbed enough urine. If the control line is not visible, then check that you have put the correct end of the strip into the urine and re-immerse the strip into the urine for a further few seconds, until you see the urine start to be absorbed.
If you have a visible control line then now look the for test line usually marked T . For the LH test to be positive, the T line should be as dark or darker than the C line. If you get this result then you can stop testing & it likely that ovulation is imminent and so this & the next couple of days is your most fertile time.
If the result is not positive then you should repeat the test the next day, and keep doing so until you detect the LH surge.
This all sounds very complicated when I write it down, but in fact it is incredibly easy to do, once you get the hang of it. The key is to follow the instructions to the letter the first few times you do it, and to use a timer. After you have done it a few times you will find it very easy to remember.
Early detection pregnancy tests are the pregnancy tests that can detect a pregnancy at the earliest stage before the period has been missed.
They are more sensitive than a standard pregnancy test kit and detect lower levels of the hormone hcg . This hormone is released in large quantities during early pregnancy and rises rapidly. It can be detected in the urine They are also know as ultra pregnancy tests or sensitive pregnancy tests.
Most standard home pregnancy test kits will give a positive result when the level of hcg reaches 25mIU in the urine. An ultra early detection pregnancy test will give a positive result when the hormone level reaches just 10mIU hcg in the urine making it far more sensitive and able to detect a pregnancy at an earlier stage. This can be as early as 8-10 days after ovulation or assisted conception.