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Submitted August 8, 2005, 8:14 AM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
I took my first pregnancy test in 2003 when I was 21. It was my first cycle off birth control pills and my period was two days late. I had planned on waiting another two days to take a pregnancy test, but in the middle of the night, my husband and I decided we wanted to know right away. I went to the store and bought a test. I took the test in the bathroom of our apartment and my husband waited outside. We were thrilled when it was positive.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
It was a little difficult to decide which test to buy--do I want 1, 2, or 3 tests? Which one is the most sensitive? etc, but actually buying it wasn't difficult and I didn't feel uncomfortable. I ended up buying the First Response Early Result test with 3 test sticks. The first test showed a very faint positive line so I took another one in the morning just to be sure.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
We definitely wanted the result to be positive. We were thrilled when it was and hugged and I called my sister to tell her the news.
If you took a pregnancy test before home pregnancy tests were widely available in 1978, please describe your experience.
N/A
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
I have taken a few home pregnancy tests, the experience has been more or less the same except that was the only time I got a positive result.
Name
Michelle
Submitted August 8, 2005, 2:46 AM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
My first experience using a home pregnancy test was in 1995 or 1996. I was about 31 or 32. I remember my period was late, and I had never ever been late in my life. I was a late bloomer as far as relationships and sex went. I didn't get involved in a committed, intimate relationship until 30. I was well informed by this age, regarding birth control. I mostly used over-the-counter contraceptives. I was living alone,(my boyfriend had his own apt.) and I took the test alone at home. I informed him a couple of days later about it.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
The test was fairly easy to use. Yes, I used probably about 4 tests in total. I remember using a couple of generic brands, and an EPT brand. Purchasing the tests did not bother me.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
Yes, I knew what I wanted the result to be. It came out negative, but I wasn't convinced, because my period was about 3 weeks late and I had NEVER EVER BEEN LATE!!! I went to Planned Parenthood to take another test (& was kind of upset, when I realized they really use a test similar to the over-the-counter tests I had already bought & taken). It came out negative also. The nurse asked me was I trying to get pregnant, and I emphatically said, "NO" I asked why was my period so late if I wasn't pregnant??? She explained some women need to take a blood test to determine pregnancy, and that if my menses didn't start in a week, to contact my regular MD & have a blood test done. The day of my appointment "Flo" showed up. I was very else was seriously wrong with me, if I wasn't pregnant. Then I remembered thinking, well if I had known it would eventually "SHOW UP" I would have enjoyed not having it.
If you took a pregnancy test before home pregnancy tests were widely available in 1978, please describe your experience.
N/A
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
In my first relationship, I was happy they were negative, because the relationship was beginning to fall apart, and the possible father-to-be expressed his displeasure regarding me possibly being pregnant. He offered to help me "take care of it" but I declined his offer, saying I would give the child up for adoption, if I was pregnant. He said why go through a pregnancy, if you're only going to give it away? I said because I don't believe in abortions. Thank God I wasn't with child.

In my 2nd relationship around 2003, I had mixed feelings about possibly being pregnant, by this time I was in my late 30's & my biological clock was 'ticking', and I was sort of contemplating having a child or two. I was in LOVE & happy & at the time thought it would lead to marriage. Unfortunately it didn't. So now that this relationship is over, I'm glad the two times I thought I might be pregnant, turned out to be false alarms.
Name
Nikki
Submitted June 6, 2005, 5:34 AM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
My first experience with a home pregnancy test was in 2000, I was 20 years old. I was living in an ancient college dorm with community bathrooms. I took the test at 4:30am, to ensure that I would be alone.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
I purchased the test, along with two others, on the internet. I felt very comfortable purchasing them, they came in the mail anonymously, and the charge on my credit card was also fairly anonymous. I purchased the tests just to help soothe my nerves; my periods had always been irregular.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
I definitely wanted the result to be negative, since I was still in college and unmarried. However, the result was positive. I was very scared, but knew I would keep the baby. I called my now husband and he went with me to planned parenthood the following week day, for a confirmatory test. This test was negative. We were both relieved, but would have been okay with the positive result too. We just would have been married younger, and I may still be working toward my college degree.
If you took a pregnancy test before home pregnancy tests were widely available in 1978, please describe your experience.
N/A
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
The first test I took was the type to pee in the cup, then dip the strip in. The other was the pee on the stick type. Both seemed equally easy to me, though I never trust just one test anymore, after a false positive.
Submitted June 6, 2005, 9:32 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
It was 2004, and I was 22. I was at my own apartment, packing to move out. My boyfriend had moved out a week before, and I was preparing to join him in a new state. I had recently switched pills and my period was way lighter than I thought it should be, and I was worried that it was "implantation bleeding". I took the test mainly to assuage the worry that had possessed my boyfriend when I told him about it.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
It was easy to find - I just bought one, the cheapest, which happened to be generic. I had a slight twinge of guilt buying it, like maybe I'd meet someone I knew who would ask... but nothing happened.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
In some ways I wanted it to be positive, but I felt way too young and my boyfriend was DEFINITELY not hoping it was positive. I figured it would be negative, and it was.
Submitted May 5, 2005, 6:25 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
My first experience with a home pregnancy test was January 2005. I was 24 years old and living with my boyfriend. At the time of taking the test I was at my mothers.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
The test was very easy to purchase all I needed was one. I felt very comfortable purchasing the test.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
I kind of had a feeling of what the results would be. My reaction was just confirmation. Kind of like I knew it.
Submitted May 5, 2005, 1:52 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
My first experience with a home pregnancy test was in 1988 shortly after my 22nd birthday. I was living with my parents, but I took the test at my boyfriend's house. My best friend (who was engaged to my boyfriend's brother) was present.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
It was easy to purchase (since I went to a pharmacy where NO ONE knew me!) but not so easy to use. I had to pee in a cup and use a dropper to add the urine to a vial along with some sort of reagent and my hands were shaking so violently that I almost dropped it. I only used that one brand...can't remember which one...because it was the least expensive and I was broke.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
I desperately wanted it to be negative. We were both young (he was younger than me) and neither of us were ready to be parents. I think I almost passed out when it came back positive. I panicked. I had a lot of thinking to do.
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
Since that first experience, I've taken several pregnancy tests. The new tests are SO MUCH easier to take! I still pee in a cup to collect the urine (because I can't aim) but the process is so much simpler. I've not tried the digital ones personally, but did buy them for my 18 year old step-daughter and she managed to mess BOTH of them up! I went back to the store and got her an EPT and luckily for her and us, the result was negative.
Submitted May 5, 2005, 3:18 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
My first experience with an HPT was in June of 1997. I was 20 years old, and I was living in my first apartment. I was with my boyfriend at home when I took the test.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
The test was extremely easy to purchase and use. I only used one brand, and I felt incredibly comfortable purchasing the test. It was simple - no thinking required!
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
I had mixed feelings about what I wanted the result to be...but was really happy when I got a positive result.
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
I have taken MANY home pregnancy tests. I have mixed feelings about the early tests because they allow you to get positive results, only to learn it really is a chemical pregnancy or "early miscarriage". I love the fact that HPT's allow you to learn of your pregnancy right away so you can get the proper prenatal care. Overall, my experiences with them have been very positive.
Submitted April 4, 2005, 7:37 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
In August 2004, when I was 34 years old. I had gotten married in July 2004 and we decided to try to get pregnant during our honeymoon.

I was living in Virginia. I was at home, alone.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
Test was very easy to use and very easy to locate at the store and purchase. Used more than one brand. Felt fine purchasing the tests.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
I did want a certain result, and was disappointed when I didn't get the desired result. I did, of course, try to early in my cycle... went through maybe 6 pregnancy tests before finally realizing I was not pregnant. When I tried the following month, I was getting the absolutely faintest line....and only after missing my period and getting a blood test was I sure I was pregnant.
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
I am trying the test that says "Pregnant" or "Not Pregnant" and I am not sure if I like it. It definitely is clear and there is no ambiguity...
Submitted March 3, 2005, 9:40 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
The first time I took one of these tests was when I was about 22 or 23. I was in college and living with a couple of roommates. I was on the pill, but had been taking antibiotics. I was pretty sure that I wasn'tpregnant, but this was just to ease my mind towards the end of my cycle. My boyfriend wasn't there, but knew that I was taking the test just to be sure. I called him shortly after the results were clear...I tested negative.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
The test was easy to purchase, I wasn't embarassed, and I only purchased one test.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
I knew that it would most likely be negative, and that was the desired outcome. I was relieved when it showed that I wasn't pregnant.
If you took a pregnancy test before home pregnancy tests were widely available in 1978, please describe your experience.
N/A
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
I am now 30 years old and am 6 months pregnant. These last couple of tests were stressful. I am living in Germany and have had to purchase the tests here. I speak German, but not fluently. The first two tests I took were negative, even thought my period was 10 days late....and I'm never late. After re-reading the test instructions I discovered that I was supposed to be taking the tests in the early morning....I don't recall having to do that with the U.S. tests....very annoying.
So I waited until the next morning, peed in a cup...because I can't aim, and then I watched. The test was supposed to show a pink dot if I was pregnant. Well it showed a very, very, very, faint pink dot.
I returned to the pharmacy and asked for another. The nosey germany pharmacist wanted to know why I was wanting to use a different brand. I showed her the quasi-positive-negative stick and she declared me "not pregnant." I insisted on purchasing another test, much to the irritance of the very german pharmacist, and left. This one had two test windows: one to indicate that the test was properly activated and one to remain clear, or to show a bluish vertical line when pregnant.
Again, I waited until the next morning to take the test....I figured why not let those HCG hormones multiply a little longer...at this point I was pretty sure I was pregnant. The next morning I peed in a cup, dipped the stick and waited. My husband and I waited and waited. After the time was up there was nothing; I was sad and he went off to work, slightly disappointed. Shortly after he went to work I went into the bathroom to throw the test away....and wouldn't you know it, there was a very, very, very, faint blue line where there hadn't been before! Of course my very german gynecologist was on vacation, so I had to go see another...Dr. Grimm. (Yes that was really her name.) She confirmed the pregnancy and said that I shouldn't be too excited because it was too early to celebrate. All very german and very serious, but the little guy has decided to stay a while...despite all of the grimm germans, and he's due in June.
After the testing experience I am not a fan of these little sticks. They are unclear! I think that they should be developed to play some sort of marching tune when positive. I hated the doubt surrounding the ever-so-faint lines that were only visible in certain lighting situations...can't they make them better!
Name
S.M. Heyder
Submitted March 3, 2005, 6:31 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
I think it was 1998. I was 21. I purchased the test at a local drug store and then went home alone to master the delicate art of peeing on the stick. I was on birth control at the time, but had experienced mid-cycle spotting, and a nurse told me over the phone that I might be pregnant.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
The test was easy for me to purchase, but I'm really comfortable purchasing 'personal' items like tampons or condoms. I only bought one brand, but two tests came in the box, and I used them both. . . for certainty (and, I'll confess, I didn't do well aiming towards the stick on the first attempt).

Strangely, though, the woman at the counter assumed that I had purchased the test with the hope of positive results. So there was an odd discussion in which she was wishing me luck and encouraging me to come back with the baby, and I was being cordial but dying to get home and get negative results.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
I definitely knew that I wanted the test to be negative. It was negative, and I cried and cried from relief.
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
I've regularly experienced unexpected spotting, and I'm really nervous (1) about becoming pregnant and (2) about unknowingly harming a baby if I am pregnant but not aware of it, so I've probably taken more home pregnancy tests than anyone. It seems silly to repeat the pattern, but every time it happens again, I have the irrational fear that the one time I don't use a test will be the time that I AM pregnant.
Submitted February 2, 2005, 11:24 AM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
It was 1999 and I was 31. My husband and I were living in an apartment and he was with me. He kept prodding me to test but I wasn't sure if it would turn out right because it was the middle of the afternoon. I had read on the internet that it was best to use first morning urine.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
The test was easy to purchase, I wasn't embarassed at all. I purchased Confirm because I heard it was the most sensitive. Confirm didn't give as clear of a result as I would have liked so I also purchase Fact Plus.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
I was indifferent at first because at 31 I was kind of used to not having kids. When I did get the positive result my husband was very excited but I was in disbelief.
If you took a pregnancy test before home pregnancy tests were widely available in 1978, please describe your experience.
N/A
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
I've taken many home pregancy tests over the years, I think I've tried them all! After having my first child I was ready for a second, we tried for a long time and finally became pg again in February of 2005. Of all the tests I took the positive ones were of course more exciting than the negative ones. The negative ones are very depressing! :)
Name
Karen
Submitted February 2, 2005, 6:01 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
I was 18, and it was 1994. I was home alone. My Fiance' and I had just become sexually active that cycle. We were using protection but I was so hungry all of a sudden I KNEW something was up. I could not remeber when my period was due but I figured it was about time. So I bought a test.

Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
It was actually easier to purchase then I thought. I had these ideas that everyone would stare at me, the cashier would make some kind of comment. Or the dreaded, "We need a price check on this home pregancy test" over the load speaker. ;) I was 18 but I looked MUCH younger. My friends would tease that I was only 14, I looked that young. So that is part of why I was so terrified.

However I went to the store after work, walked up to the section, sat in dismay at the prices for a bit, picked the store brand and purchased it. No big deal like I had envisioned. I purchased one test that night but I ended up taking 3 before it was all said and done. 1 more because my friend said EPT was the only brand to trust. 1 more because my father insisted I was not pregnant.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
Yes. I wanted it to be positive. I told myself it would be "ok" if it was negative because we were young, we had plenty of time. However once the thought of us having a child was there, I wanted us to. I was thrilled when the test came up postivie but scared at the same time. How would my fiance' react? Would he be thrilled?

I knew I was emotionally ready. I was one that I did not have sex, till I knew I could handle a baby, because I knew birth control could fail. Like it did the first cycle I was active. ;) However did my fiance feel the same? Was he ready? Our Wedding was planned for March, and by my estimation I was due in March.

He was!
If you took a pregnancy test before home pregnancy tests were widely available in 1978, please describe your experience.
N/A
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
Well I like the midstream. One of the first I took you had to pee in a cup and use a dropper. I don't like those. It seems like the tests work faster now, and you can test much sooner.

I have used the digital I like it except I did not like that it said Not Pregnant. Which was the first sign I was having a miscarriage. I had several positives over a few days, and I got the digital because a recent Miscarriage had me scared I would miscarry this time as well. My friends suggested I get the digital because seeing the word might make it feel "real." Well sadly I saw Not Pregnant, and started to miscarry the next day.

Overall though I love the digitals.
Name
Jennifer
Submitted February 2, 2005, 4:37 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
I was 19, it was 2002, and I was at home, alone, drunk and nervous. I had had unprotected sex for the first time with a guy I had been dating for about a year.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
I was embarassed to purchase the test. I thought I looked young and I was scared the person at the register or others shoppers in the local drug store might know me so I drove about 3 cities over to buy the test. I was still embarassed, I looked down through the entire transaction. I bought 2 e.p.t's. I was also upset at the cost!
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
Deep inside I wanted a positive result because I wanted a child, but the negative result was a relief because my life didn't have to change. I was still young so I wasn't too upset and the I did have the comfort of things being the same.
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
Wow. I've taken many. Mostly negative results with 2 that I was not able to read. I took to negative tests and it turned out that I was pregnant anyway. I found out via a blood test at the hospital. I turned out to be 4 months along by the time I found out.I miscarried.
Name
Presh
Submitted February 2, 2005, 10:55 AM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
I was 22 living with my now fiance`. We had been trying for months to have a baby and finally I felt like I should test.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
Buying the test was no problem for me. Things like this never bother me although I know most people do get emabrassed. Actually the day I bought the tests, I bought probably about 5-6 different kinds just to make sure. Everything ranging from EPT to First Response to ANswer and on and on. I also later purchased loads more because I had waited so long to be able to test I loved it.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
POSITIVE. POSITIVE. POSITIVE. And it was, many, many, many times. Come to find out I was pregnant with twins which is why my lines were so fantastic even though my cycle was not due for another 4 days. (I later lost this pregnancy as well as a few others but finally got one)
If you took a pregnancy test before home pregnancy tests were widely available in 1978, please describe your experience.
I wasn't born until after then. But I remember speaking to my mom and she said the tests back then were horrid. She said she just sat there sometimes for hours in suspense waiting for the result even though she already knew in her heart.
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
I've learned from now years of testing that each and every test on the market is different. I have taken every test known to man and they work very differently. Even two tests in the same box do not always give the same result
Name
needababybadly
Submitted November 11, 2004, 6:30 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
I was living at home at the time, and seeing a guy my parents strongly disapproved of. I told my boyfriend my period was late, so we went to the 99 cents store and bought four pregnancy tests, the ones with the cup. The first test i took when he and I met for breakfast at a local restaurant. The other four I took at his house.
There was a fifth one involved, which was an expensive one, just for confirmation. This was in 2002.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
The tests were self explanatory.
I was comfortable purchasing the tests. The fifth test was an e.p.t., the other four were generic.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
I was hoping it would be negative. But my reaction was shocked and happy at the same time. I didn't know what to think.
But now I have a beautiful baby girl and couldn't be happier.
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
The generic tests required I pee in a cup and put the stick in it ,and wait. The expensive one I peed directly on. All of my test results were immediate.
Name
Nadine
Submitted July 7, 2004, 12:53 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
In November of 1979, we (my wife and I who were just out of graduate school) purchased a home pregnancy test. I thought that at that time they were pretty common but, after reviewing this web site, realize they were quite new on the market. We followed the instructions, went out for a drive (purchased a used dining room table and chairs), and returned home to discover that "we" were pregnant. We were overjoyed! Our son is now 23 and our daughter is 16.
Name
Greg M.
Submitted June 6, 2004, 6:44 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
September 2000, I was living with my mother, in-between jobs, single. I was off the Pill, having no heath insurance and having decided taht since I was not sexually active, I needn't fill my body with expensive hormones. [I had gone to a friend's party a couple of weeks before and had drunk far past my usual one drink, feeling rather sad that I was one of very few single people at the party. I remember flirting with a guy and drinking wine, but the next thing I remember is waking up naked with him. I have no idea if I consented to having sex with him or not, though I cannot imagine I would have, even drunk as I was.]
I took the test in the bathroom at my mom's house, when my mother and brother were gone.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
It was easy to purchase and use, though my hands were shaking and I peed on my finger. I was very very embarrassed to buy the test, but knew I had to know, and would rather face an anonymous drugstore employee than a doctor who would know my name and I hers or his. I used cash so my name would not show up in connection with the test, and I threw away the results in the outside trash, not inside, lest I suffer like all those women on tv whose family members "find" their pregancy tests in the trash.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
I definitely did not want the result to be positive. I was terrified, single, absolutely poor, and without a job or support network in my city then, having just moved. I cried when I saw it was positive and had no idea what to do. I continued to cry for a few hours and then called a friend from elementary school. I went over to her house and she helped me decide to have an abortion and call for an appointment. She also let me use her phone to inform the "father," who I asked to contribute half of the $300 cost (which he did, sending me a check, with not even a note enclosed).
If you took a pregnancy test before home pregnancy tests were widely available in 1978, please describe your experience.
I had no idea that these tests had been developed so recently--I'm very grateful to live in an era where I can determine whether I'm pregnant privately and almost immediately, and have options to pursue regardless of the result.
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
I've taken about 8 since then, being ridiculously paranoid when my period comes 6 hours after I think it should. I have a 3-year monogamous relationship now, and am back on the Pill, which I take religiously, but still am worried I'll be part of the 1% ineffective group. I took one yesterday--actually, I took two, since drinking lots of water can apparently mask a positive, and I'd had 2 glasses that morning, so I didn't trust the negative and took another test a few hours later to reassure myself. I would have continued the pregnancy this time, but I did not feel ready (I'm in school and not yet married), so I was very relieved not to be pregnant.
Submitted March 3, 2004, 8:32 AM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
It was 1995. I was 22, in graduate school, and living with a roommate (not my boyfriend) in an apartment in NC. The test came wtih two testtubes (one full of liquid),a little cup, and an eye dropper. Simpler tests were available, but being an impoverished grad student I bought the cheapest one. It took about 1/2 hour total to read and follow the instructions.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
It was easy; no problem. I was not the least bit embarassed to buy it; on the other hand, I didn't tell anyone I knew about it, let alone my boyfriend.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
It was negative (phew). I thought it would be anyway (I was on the pill), but it was still a relief.
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
The last one I took (2003) was after my husband and I started trying to get pregnant. It only took 1 minute (compared to 10 minutes for the first one) for the postive result to appear, and all I had to do was pee on a stick! Much faster and simpler. We were very happy it was positive, and we celebrated with sparkly grape juice.
Submitted March 3, 2004, 10:22 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
It was 1984 and I was 36 years old. My husband was at work, so I was at home with just our dog. I took the test and, back then, you had to wait a period of time for the result...maybe a half hour? I forget exactly--but I remember it felt like an eternity! Anyway, I waited until the time was up, and then looked. I was pregnant! Our dog was the first to hear the news! My husband, of course, heard the good news when he came home.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
The kit was easy to purchase. But I remember being nervous with excitment when I bought it!
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
I really hoped the test would be positive. We had put off starting a family for a long time. I think I screamed when I saw that I was!
Submitted January 1, 2004, 2:23 AM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
The date was Oct. 25, 2002. I was 19 yrs old and had been with my boyfriend for about 4 months but we've known each other for 4 years. I was about a week or so late and had taken a test a week prior to this one and there was one line and I could see another very faint line. I didnt think it was positive and I ended up walking out on my job a couple days later. Then it was Oct.25 and i had gotten out of school early that day (I was studying to be a mortician). My boyfriend went home with me and i took the other test and walked out of the room to go eat, not worrying too much that it could be positive. He and I decided to go look at it together and UH OH!! There were 2 dark red lines! It was positive!
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
The test was easy to purchase. The guy that rang it up for us asked us if we hope its positive which i thought was none of his business. The ones i took that week was EPT (POSITIVE), then i tried Confirm(POSITIVE),then we went to have one done at planned parenthood (POSITIVE) I was uncomfortable buying the tests because i was so afraid they'd be positive and they were.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
I wanted it to be negative since i was so young and was in school and had a new job. When I got the result, I didn't believe it. So I had him go to the store and get a different brand and i took it and it was positive, then i said take me to planned parenthood. I had 3 different types of tests in one day and all came out positive so i had to realize that day is that all the tests i took were positive and that i was really pregnant. I thought my life was over, but it had only just begun!
If you took a pregnancy test before home pregnancy tests were widely available in 1978, please describe your experience.
I wasnt even born by 1978. I was born in 1983. My mom said the pregnancy test she took with me in 82 was a home test. There was a bottle with a yellow liquid that u drop urine in and over an hour a dark ring is supposed to form in the bottom of the bottle. She said within 10 minutes there was a dark ring and she knew she was having me!
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
I have had to take more tests since the birth of my daughter on June 26, 2003. Ive had some scares and each time it comes out negative, i thank god that i'm not having another baby
Name
Crystal
Submitted January 1, 2004, 12:10 AM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
It was November of 2003, and I was living alone in the Midwest. I was at home when I took the test, by myself.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
The test was easy to purchase, although I did do two different brands, generic the first time and EPT the second ( I didnt trust the generic brand)I definitely did not want to be pregnant, and didnt really think I was - my b/f at that time and I were not having intercourse, but were sexually active in other ways. I remember feeling extremely uncomfortable buying the tests. I live in a small town and know a lot of people. I refused to go to WalMart because I just knew that I would run into someone I knew. I went out of town to get them both times.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
I definitely did not want to be pregnant and I was elated with the results of negative. I remembered almost crying I was so happy and thanking God.
If you took a pregnancy test before home pregnancy tests were widely available in 1978, please describe your experience.
n/a
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
I think that EPT tests were alot easier to read, use and understand ( and the stick is wider to pee on!!)
Submitted January 1, 2004, 7:26 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
The first time I took a home pregnancy test was in 1996, I was 20 years old, and living in Duluth, MN. I was in college, and living with 4 other girls in a house. My friend and I had been friends with 2 guys from Minneapolis. We went out on a double date with these guys, and ended up having a one-night fling with them one evening. Although we had both used protection, we were both late on our period, so we got pregnancy tests, and took them together. Neither of us were pregnant.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
The test was easy to purchase and use. We each purchased the same test, I don't recall what brand, just whichever one was the least expensive. We both felt comfortable purchasing the tests, as we figured we were probably not pregnant, just paranoid. We did joke about the cashier thinking bad things about us.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
We definitely wanted the results to be 'not pregnant'. Since we had used protection, we figured that we were just being paranoid. We were very relieved to see we were not pregnant. I think our bodies were too, because we both got our periods with a day or two of taking the test.
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
I recently took a home pregnancy test, and when I heard on CNN that you could 'tell your story' this is the one that came to mind: My boyfriend and I have been together for a number of years now, and we're not interested in having children at this time. He had started teasing me, that there was a 'baby inside' and that was the excuse for every mood or desire. We had no reason to believe we were expecting a baby, but his joking, coupled with a late period got me paranoid. Finally, I couldn't take it. Although it was midnight, and we were in the middle of watching a movie, I asked him to please take me to the store to buy a pregnancy test. The first store we went to didn't have any, but the second store we went to did. We took it home, I immediately took it. While we were waiting for the results, we joked that we would name the baby 'Khan Meijer' because we had been in the middle of 'Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan' and we had purchased the test at a Meijer grocery store. We weren't pregnant, but the baby jokes still keep coming.
Submitted December 12, 2003, 3:15 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
My very first one was when I was 20 and in the Navy, stationed in Sicily and single. Needless to say I was terrified. I was living in the barracks and my roommate and mines period were late.
It seems so wierd now to have to pee on the stick (how was I supposed to get the aim right when I was shaking like a leaf?).
That one was negative but a few weeks later I almost fainted during a ceremony and found out I was pregnant (so was my roommate)
Oh and this was in 1987.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
They were (I have bought a few) easy to buy but the looks given by the people when I bought them made me feel uncomfortable. I felt like it was obvious I was single and pregnant and alone.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
Everytime Ive bought one I wanted it to be negative. When I was 20 and it was negative I thought it was lying.
The last one I bought was almost two years ago. I hadnt had sex in 6mths (single again) and a friend and I had some fun, well I was late for my period so I bought a test and sat in my bathroom, peed in the cup and it was very positive very quickly.
I was in my apt alone so I sat there and sobbed. I called a friend of mine crying and she came over and helped me make the appt for the abortion.
That is one experience I dont want to ever go through again.
If you took a pregnancy test before home pregnancy tests were widely available in 1978, please describe your experience.
No I didnt but I think there is still a stigma attached if you are single or perhaps that is the way it feels. Being pregnant and single is a very isolating feeling.
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
The first one was horrible.. please pee on the stick and dont move it for such and such minutes. And use your first mornings sample. Terrified and upset how are you not supposed to move the stick and my aim has always been off.
The last time was very easy, pee in the cup, dip the stick in the cup count to a number and set down in dry place (or put the cap back on and wait) no aiming for a small stick involved.
Submitted December 12, 2003, 9:48 AM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
It was 1988, I was 22 and married for about one year. I bought one of the tests where you had to drop urine into a well and if the dot at teh bottom of the well turned pink, it was positive.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
I felt comfortable purchasing the test because it would have given me some exciting news.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
I wanted the result to be positive, but it was negative. The test was really hard to read because I couldn't tell if it was slightly pink and if it was pink due to reflection or reality. Obviously not due to reality since I only became pregnant for the 1st time in 2001.
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
I took numerous tests over 12 years, different brnads, etc. In 2001, with a new husband, my test came out positive and we were speechless. Completely ecstatic.
Submitted December 12, 2003, 1:57 AM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
I found out I was pregnant on Sept. 7, 2001 while visiting NYC. I was 32 and my husband and I were just about to celebrate our 1st anniversary. I thought my period was late, but my friend convinced me to get a pregnancy test. The package came with three tests and I had to use them all before I believed the results, even though we had been trying. It was a great feeling. We flew home on Sept. 9, celebrated our anniversary on Sept. 10, and when we woke up on Sept. 11 the world was falling apart. It was difficult to think about bringing a life into this world, but it also gave us hope.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
Easy to purchase, one brand, no problem buying it.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
Yes - I didn't believe it at first.
Submitted December 12, 2003, 8:17 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
my first test was done in april of 1978. I was 21 and married for 1 year.I remember getting up in the morning to collect my first urine of the day. It took two hours for the results to come in so I had to refrigerate the urine until I came home from work later that day. The test could not be disturbed.You had to put it where it would not feel any vibration.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
I do not remember having any trouble buying or findin the tests in the store.I only used one brand for all my pregnancies. I have three children. It was ept.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
I wanted a positive reaction each time.I remember being scared though the first time and seeing the circle.
If you took a pregnancy test before home pregnancy tests were widely available in 1978, please describe your experience.
I did not do it until 1978.
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
Each experience was the same for me I was happy to get a positive result.
Submitted December 12, 2003, 7:26 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
It was June 1989. I was 19 years old. I was living with my then boyfriend (now my husband) and his mom. We were at home, it was about 5:30 in the morning since my boyfriend had to be to work at 6:30.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
I can't remember the brand, but it was NOT easy to use. I remember buying the cheapest one, because we were just starting out and broke. You pretty much felt like a chemist when you did this particular test. There were droppers to put drops of urine into a tube, you had shake it up and then put this stick with little white beads in the end into the tube and wait something like 10 or 15 mins. If it turned bluish or greenish, it was positive. That sucker turned navy blue, lol. I wasn't the least bit uncomfortable buying the test.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
Well, I was only 19 at the time, so I was scared but at the same time, I would have been sad if it were negative. I was shocked and excited at my positive result! In February, 1990, our daughter was born. She'll be 14 years old soon!
If you took a pregnancy test before home pregnancy tests were widely available in 1978, please describe your experience.
N/A
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
It took a simpler pregnancy test in 1990. My daughter was 6 mos. old and I thought I was pregnant again (I was REALLY freaked out!). Again, I can't remember the brand, but it was one where you just had to pee on the stick. Then you had to wait about 5 mins. for the result.
Name
Amber
Submitted December 12, 2003, 2:00 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
I was 20 and in college in 1994. My high school sweetheart and fiance had just visited on leave from the Army. I was two weeks late and decided to take the test. In the bathroom of my college dorm I got out the little white stick and waited for the pink line(s) to appear. Only one, thank goodness!
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
All of the tests I have used were very easy to purchase and use. I prefer EPT, but have used similar types in other brands. Including store brands, though I don't tend to trust the others as much. Purchasing the tests became much easier once I was married. Though my city is very liberal, there's still a perceived stigma of an unmarried woman having sex.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
On my fisrt use, I wanted it to be negative. I was in college, planning on studying abroad, and not married. Pregnancy would put an end to all that and force a marriage I wasn't ready for.

When it came out negative, all my girlfriends and I celebrated.
If you took a pregnancy test before home pregnancy tests were widely available in 1978, please describe your experience.
n/a
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
When I was with my first fiance, I always prayed the tests were negative. Something told me being connected to him for life through a child would not be a good thing. I was right and we never married.

Once I met my husband, I knew that he was "the one" and didn't worry about "having" to get married if we were pregnant. Though I was still nervous taking one and didn't want to be pregnant before marriage, there wasn't the same small voice telling me to run the other way if it was positive.

Once we were married and trying to have children, it was a nervous and joyous occasion. We conceived after 6+ months of trying. Unfortunately, we lost the baby at 7 weeks gestation.

Then, to our surprise, FOUR weeks later, we were blessed with a second pregnancy that resulted in a beautiful baby boy 6 months later. (Though premature, he is beautiful and perfectly healthy)
Name
Carly
Submitted December 12, 2003, 7:40 AM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
July 24, 1997... My husband and I had been married less than a month. We had hoped to get pregnant right away. The second line popped into view immediately - mission accomplished! A healthy baby boy the following April.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
I purchased the test at our local drugstore. It was easy - I used the brand I had seen advertised most often. I was completely comfortable buying it, but then I had never had trouble purchasing things like tampons and condoms either...
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
We were so hoping it would be positive. We were also naive and thought "Of course we'll get pregnant right away!" Well, we did and we were so ecstatic.
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
I have taken a number of pregnancy tests since. In November 1998, my husband suspected I was pregnant again after our son's April birth. I looked at our 6-month-old son and just laughed. My husband persisted and I used one of the tests left from when I was previously pregnant. It was positive! I was shocked. Sadly, I miscarried that baby in December 1998. I remember laying in bed watching the Clinton impeachment hearings while my body rejected the new baby. After that loss we decided to try again. I was leaving on a business trip and we had a small window (according to the OPK we were using). We went for it and it worked! On Valentine's Day 1999 I secretly took a home pregnancy test and got a big positive. I presented the test to my husband as a V. Day gift. We were so happy. Our beautiful daughter was born in October 1999 - on her father's birthday. My most recent experience with HPTs was in October of this year (2003). We had planned to try for a third child in early 2004. In October, while away for a weekend, I started feeling unmistakably pregnant. How did this happen? When I returned home I tested. This test, however, was very faint. I tested a number of times over the next few days - crazily holding the tests to the light and pulling them apart to confirm the pink positive. I became a regular at the CVS - throwing around the cash to buy more tests. The faint tests were foreshadowing. I miscarried on Halloween at 5 weeks/4 days. As I type this, a box of HPTs is menacing to me from my medicine cabinet upstairs. I am currently 8 days past ovulation and have been charting my BBT. My period is due Dec. 29. The test instructions state you can test four days before your expected period. That would be tomorrow - Christmas Day! I am unsure how to proceed. Test and have the most fantastic Christmas present or wait, lest a negative impact our day...
Submitted December 12, 2003, 4:15 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
In 1998, I was 39 years old. It had been three days since I had unprotected intercourse. I knew that I was pregnant. My husband didn't think I was and suggested that I do a home pregnancy test. I waited a while before I took the test. When I finally took the test, I tried to observe the process. It seemed like I was still urinating when the strip turned positive.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
I remember once when I purchased a test, the sales person asked me if I wanted them to put it in a bag or did I just want to carry it.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
I had always wanted to have children. When my home pregnancy test came back positive, my reaction wasn't what I expected. I was scared and wondered if I did the right thing.
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
The tests previous to my positive test were all negative and I was pleased at those results.
Submitted December 12, 2003, 8:57 AM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
I'm 32, a lesbian, and my partner and I were using a known sperm donor to try to conceive. I stocked up on multiple packs of home pregnancy tests, figuring it could take a few months.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
I felt fine about purchasing the tests, although I remembered back to high school and the panicked call of my friend who wanted moral support as she drove to a different town to buy a test... things certainly had changed from being 17. And yes, I used both store brands and name brands.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
Well, it took me 6 months to conceive. Not surprisingly, my cycle got quite screwed up with ths stress of trying, and so there were several months where I sat in the bathroom, fighting tears, as no second line appeared on the test.
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
The morning in late June when I finally got a positive result was, well, terrifying, no matter how much we wanted to be pregnant. I watched the second line appear and began shaking with anxiety, and then brought the test upstairs and woke up my partner to show it to her. I'm due in March 2004.
Name
girlhappy
Submitted December 12, 2003, 8:43 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
It was 1983, I was 16, and living at home with my family. My parents did not know I was having sex at all. I bought the test from a chemist and had to set it up in my cupboard very carefully so it wouldn't be discovered or knocked over.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
I can't remember the brand or where I bought it, but I am sure I was uncomfortable! The test seemed quite complicated as I recall, with a little test tube that had to be fixed on a holder, and sit there for a few hours.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
I wanted it to be negative! It was positive! I could not really believe it at first, then I was petrified. I told my boyfriend, and he arranged an abortion for me. He was 18 and had just left school.
If you took a pregnancy test before home pregnancy tests were widely available in 1978, please describe your experience.
N/A
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
Since then I have had three tests done at the doctor's - all were instantenous, and both were positive (as hoped for). These were all in the 1990/2000s. I think the home tests are best for terrified young girls with stern parents!
Submitted December 12, 2003, 9:47 AM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
Christmas 1971 ... I was a 20 year old college junior. L., a female friend of my soon to be husband, was terrified that she was pregnant, but also feared going to the university health service to find out. I knew that home pregnancy tests were available in Canada and offered to get her one as she lived about 200 miles from Canada.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
Had to go to Windsor, ON to purchase it but at that time crossing the border from Detroit into Canada was like crossing a state line--no big deal. Can't remember the brand but it was of the test tube variety and I recall the instructions explicitly stating not to disturb the vials while the test was processing.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
L. most definitely did not want to be pregnant, but it wasn't clear from the results if she was or not. It was difficult to read and we decided to make another trip across the border to get another kit. Fortunately, two days later her period started so we cancelled our travel plans.
If you took a pregnancy test before home pregnancy tests were widely available in 1978, please describe your experience.
Like today, Canada was ahead of the game with pharmaceuticals. It seems strange that it took years for these tests to be available in the U.S. while they were available in Canada and other countries. Perhaps because if women were testing themselves it cut into laboratory profits?
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
Personally, I never used a home pregnancy test. I "diagnosed" my first pregnancy by observing the changes in my cervix (had a plastic speculum left over from the do-it-yourself pelvic exam days). I thought about buying a pregnancy test recently to have on hand just in case--I'm menopausal and not using birth control (any eggs I have at this point must be fried), but haven't.
Submitted December 12, 2003, 11:42 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
The year was 1993. I was 32 and it was at my home. I was married with 18 month old twins through an assisted fertility process. I was told by the fertility specialist that he was 99.9% certain that I would never conceive naturally.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
My husband actually went out and bought the test for me because I didn't think I could be pregnant. I recall that he commented on the high cost of the test.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
I wanted the results to be negative because I already had my plate full with twins. My reaction was tears. I couldn't even tell anyone for days.
If you took a pregnancy test before home pregnancy tests were widely available in 1978, please describe your experience.
n/a
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
n/a
Submitted December 12, 2003, 3:15 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
I don't remember much about my first use except it was thankfully negative as I wasn't married yet. It was old-fashioned kind with test tube that you looked for a ring in. It had 2 test kits- I used the second one in 1988, thinking it probably would be too old. Boy did I get a positive test though!
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
My boyfriend purchased it. It was easy to use for someone who had lab experience, but may have been difficult for someone else.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
The second time I used it, I was surprised and excited. We were going to try in six months- things just got accelerated a little.
If you took a pregnancy test before home pregnancy tests were widely available in 1978, please describe your experience.
Didn't.
Submitted December 12, 2003, 12:30 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
I purchased the Clearblue Easy box with about 5 test strips most likely from Drug Fair?! about 1986. I was living in my own home and was probably 28; and dating my ex-husband after just one month. He most likely was there. The diaphragm method failed us during a winter storm! Let this be a lesson to you girls.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
Yes, easy all the way around - Clear Blue Easy used.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
Yes, negative, but got a positive. Mixed feelings, once divorced, in a new relationship, etc. Ended in a miscarriage after about 6 weeks. God works in mysterious ways.
If you took a pregnancy test before home pregnancy tests were widely available in 1978, please describe your experience.
It was after '78
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
Later in 1992 when married to boyfriend mentioned above and trying to get pregnant used Clearblue Easy. Never conceived again. Low sperm count and endometrosis complications. LAVH/Hysterectomy/fibroids in 2002.
Submitted December 12, 2003, 11:04 AM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
It was 2000, I was 31 years old and living in Pawtucket, RI. I was at home with my husband.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
I got a couple of tests on sale at CVS Pharmacy where there was an easy-to-find section and a good selection. I used the same brand and was comfortable purchasing the test (it helps to be in your 30s and wearing a wedding ring!).
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
We were trying to get pregnant but it was my first time so I was unsure of the result. I thought I was not pregnant since I waited the required amount of time and there was no second line. I called my husband to look and he said "what do two lines mean?" I freaked out and realized (happily but shellshocked!) that I was pregnant.
If you took a pregnancy test before home pregnancy tests were widely available in 1978, please describe your experience.
n/a
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
The second time I was surer that I was pregnant having experienced it before. The result was also MUCH clearer to read . . .
Submitted December 12, 2003, 5:57 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
It was 1995, I was living at my mom's house with my boyfriend. I was 18 years old, and I took the test alone (but my boyfriend was in the next room, reading or something).
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
The test was easy to purchase, I felt comfortable purchasing it. I don't remember the brand at this point, but I only purchased one. As I recall, it had two different testing strips.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
I knew whta I wanted my result to be, and was happy with the results. The test was VERY difficult to read though, so it took a little while for me to figure the results out.
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
I've used 3 or 4 different brands of pregnancy tests. The first time I had trouble reading the results, and the second time (I actually took 3 tests the second time, about a day apart, each different brands) only one had results clear enough to read. The thirs collective time I took a home pregnancy test the results were very clear. This was in spite of first morning urine, etc.
Name
Jessica
Submitted December 12, 2003, 4:13 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
It was August 2003 and I was 34. My husband and I were married in July 2003. We had decided to "not try, but not NOT try" to get pregnant. I had been feeling a bit nauseous and bloated, but I certainly didn't think I could be pregnant just a month after our wedding! My brother insisted that my nausea meant I was pregnant, and he told me to take the test. My husband and I both thought "no way, we're not pregnant." Well, I bought a package of three tests. I took them all because I couldn't believe it. They were all positive. STRONG positive. My husband couldn't read the test because his allergies were acting up and his eyes were red and blurry. I kept saying "what do you see!" And he said "lines, I think I see lines"
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
I felt very comfortable purchasing the test. I think I might have felt more uncomfortable when I was younger, but not much embarasses me these days! I used one brand, all three tests. Picking the brand was hard, because I wanted one where it would be easy to read the test results.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
I didn't know what I wanted the result to be. I knew that we were ready to have a child, but we both really thought that it would take a year or so to get pregnant. I was in total shock and disbelief when I got the result. I didn't believe it. I wanted a glass of wine to calm me down, but didn't want to drink because I wasn't sure if I was pregnant! I called my sister-in-law and asked her if she thought the tests were accurate. Then I went to the doctor the next day and got another test! Now that the shock has worn off, I am THRILLED to be pregnant and can't wait to be a mom.
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
I only took one once. Well, I took three tests in rapid succession!
Submitted December 12, 2003, 2:49 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
It was 1988 or 89, I was married and trying to conceive. I took the test at home with my husband.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
I purchased the ept kit at the local drugstore. I was a lab tech, and thought the directions were clear and the test easy to use. I'm not shy, so didn't have a problem purchasing the test (my husband also relied on me to buy the condoms, which he was embarrassed to be seen with!)
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
We were hoping for a positive result, and that's what we got. I miscarried several weeks later, however.
If you took a pregnancy test before home pregnancy tests were widely available in 1978, please describe your experience.
Right after graduation from college, I had to travel to an "abortion clinic", complete with protesters out front, in order to get a pregnancy test. I didn't want to go to my own doctor for reasons of privacy.
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
I divorced the man mentioned above, in part because we never did have kids. I'm now married to someone else, and we had three pregnancies (one miscarriage and two kids). Each time we used a home pregnancy test, and I always thought it was nice that we knew before my doctor did.
Submitted December 12, 2003, 12:58 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
I was 34, living with my military husband of 9+ years in Massachusetts, and feeling under the weather. As a Family Nurse Practitioner, I thought of ALL the things that could possibly be wrong... It it was my HUSBAND who suggested I try a pregnancy test! My husband and I had decided (three weeks earlier!) to try for a child in 2004. I took the test the first day of my ?missed period. In the past, we both would watch the color change. This time, I took the test alone right before I jumped in the shower to get ready for work - completely confident I was NOT pregnant! sure enough, once I popped out of the shower to check the pink strip it was a little pinker than I had imagined it would be! A blood test two hours later confirmed the test! I surprised my equally thrilled and excited husband with a stork bouquet! He knew the night it happened! Amazing how life works out!
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
I purchased the AFESS brand single test. It was easy to buy even though we know everyone in the community!
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
I was CONFIDENT I was NOT pregnant! My AMAZING husband was certain the night it happened I was! It was about 6 months earlier than we had planned... but some of the greatest events in Life happen without a plan! We are expecting in June and are THRILLED!
Submitted December 12, 2003, 11:57 AM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
In 1999 I was sitting in an office being offerend my dream job. I was 28. As they went on about how wonderful my creditials were, I felt my breast throbbing. I told them, I'd have to get back to them about the job. I went to the drug store bought a text and 30 minutes later called them back to say I may not be able to take the job because I just discovered I was pregnant. They laughed at the irony and welcomed me (and my bundle) with open arms.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
I bought a generic brand because I didn't want to spend the extra money if I really wasn't pregnant. Crazy, huh.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
I wanted to be pregnant, but I scared about my professional future.
Submitted December 12, 2003, 11:07 AM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
It was Summer 1993. I was 17 and about to leave my home for college 9 hours away. I was with my boyfriend at his house.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
I made my boyfriend buy the test as I was too embarrassed. We only used one. The test was very easy to use... pee in a cup and dip the tip in the urine, then wait for the lines.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
I wanted the result to be negative. I was very happy with the result.
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
They have all been pretty much the same. Anxiety about possibly being pregnant, and fortunately (knock-on-wood) all have been negative so far.
Submitted December 12, 2003, 9:44 AM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
My first experience with a home pregnancy test was just 3 weeks ago in November 2003. It was my first home pregancy test at the age of 31. I live in the DC area, and I was alone when I performed the test.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
The test was easily purchased and I did not use more than one brand.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
I wanted the result to be negative, and that is what the test said. So I was relieved that it was negative. But the pregnancy test was incorrect and I am currently 9 weeks pregnant, due July 5, 2004. So from my experience I would never rely on a home pregnancy test again.
Submitted December 12, 2003, 8:33 AM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
It was 1989 and I was a happily married man with no kids. I was hoping to become a happily married man with a kid.

One morning I rolled out of bed and headed downstairs where my wife greeted me with a big smile and a home pregnancy tester wrapped in a bow.

I didn't know she had purchased a tester, had never previously seen one and hadn't had my coffee yet. I didn't know what she was handing me. I looked at it, puzzled. I sniffed it. Slowly it dawned on me. "Does this mean you're pregnant?" "Yes", my wife replied, someone flustered by my bizarre EPT sniffing behavior.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
You'd have to ask my wife.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
I was pleased with the result. I'd rather smell coffee than urine though.
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
The next time I knew better than to sniff it.
Name
Carl
Submitted December 12, 2003, 1:51 AM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
I took my first home pregnancy test when my husband and I were on vacation in Japan this October 2003. Before our trip I had been experiencing many classic pregnancy symptoms and my husband--who usually remembers my periods are due before I do--had finally asked me if it hadn’t been a rather long time since my last period. We are in our 40s and were not anxious about our childless state, but the thought of my being pregnant was alternatively exciting and terrifying, especially since we had just moved to the Philippines this past August.

I had looked for a home pregnancy test in the local Philippine pharmacies but didn’t see any. So my husband suggested I try to find a testing kit while we were in Japan. We looked at a large Tokyo pharmacy and made our best guess on what product was actually a home pregnancy test, but I was too nervous to actually purchase the test that evening. A few days later we went to a pharmacy in Kyoto, my resolve high to go through with the purchase and learn the results. I picked the box that had the most obvious pictogram of how to use the test and asked the pharmacist, using a pantomime of a very pregnant stomach, that a plus sign meant “hai” (yes). It did. “Good luck!” he wished me in English and we both laughed.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
There were very basic English directions inside the box, confirming what I figured I needed to do from looking at the drawings on the box. I was shocked to see that the test was negative, although not strongly so. My husband was waiting in our room for me to return from the bathroom and he was a surprised as I was that the test was negative. I wondered if I had did it correctly because the results were so murky.

We were unable to get to another pharmacy before we left Japan. On our arrival in Manila, my husband I went to a large pharmacy across from our hotel. The Philippines is a very Catholic country, and I was embarrassed to have to ask the clerk if they had home pregnancy tests. I made a point of making sure he saw my wedding band! The pharmacy did carry the tests; it turns out that they are kept under lock and key, although they are relatively inexpensive at 100 pesos per test (about $1.90). There is only one brand sold in the country.

The Filipino pregnancy test kit was much less nice than the Japanese brand, basically a plastic box with a small cup and eyedropper. There were not many more directions than the Japanese brand’s English directions; the packaging was too full of drawings of cute babies, ribbons, and flowers to convey much information.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
I took the Philippine test and again the results were faintly negative. I was so surprised with the test result in Japan, and flooded with both great disappointment and relief that we would not be parents. The Philippine home test provoked more confusion than anything else, but by the time I had the ultrasound, I was no longer experiencing strong pregnancy symptoms, and was ready to hear once and for all from the medical profession that I was indeed not pregnant. It shook my confidence in health care here when the local doctor used another home pregnancy test instead of relying on the blood work and the ultrasound. A couple of weeks later, my period came, and that was that. I am a bit sad that I was not pregnant after all, but in truth, I am also relieved I will not be having a baby at age 42 in the developing world!
If you took a pregnancy test before home pregnancy tests were widely available in 1978, please describe your experience.
n/a
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
The results of the pregancy tests I took were the same, but it was interesting to see how the Japanese brands differed from the Filipino brand. The Japanese brand I used was very high tech looking, and the packaging was more straightforward and "medical" in its appearance. There seemed to be no direct preference by the manufacturer that the user find out she is pregnant. The drawing of a happy woman on the box of the Japanese brand could be smiling because she is or is not pregnant. On the other hand, the cute babies and flowers depicted on the Filipino brand's package made it seem very clear that there was only one result that a woman would want to see when taking the test.
Submitted December 12, 2003, 5:11 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
In 1959, I was working at my first job as a medical technologist in a pathologist lab in the city. The testing for pregnancy had just changed from injecting rabbits and inspecting their ovaries to using frogs for pregnancy testing. The frogs were kept in the refrigerator until use so they would be subdued enough to handle. A small sample of the patient's urine would be injected under the skin of the male frog and after several hours at room temperature, the frog was held in a way to press his bottom against a glass slide which was then examined under the microscope for sperm. My aunt and her husband were in their early forties and had been trying to start a family without success for several years. She worked near me downtown, and during lunch one day, talked about not feeling well and going through early menopause. I asked her if she might be pregnant, and when she shared her story with me, I offered to test her to see if she was pregnant. She was very dubious, that it could be trusted and that her young niece, could actually give her this kind of news. However she decided to let me test her and the test came up positive. I remember the thrill of seeing the sperm under the microscope and her scream over the phone when I told her she was pregnant. She worked in a beauty parlor in a large department store, and by the end of the day the story was widely spread. We tested it again to be sure, and she never forgot her first exposure to lab testing. She went on to deliver a healthy baby girl, at 45.
When I think of all the changes and complexities involved in laboratory testing today, compared to those days, I feel privileged to have worked in such a challenging and interesting field. I have worked in laboratories since 1958, and am near retirement, but still find pleasure in the work.
Name
Martha Young
Submitted November 11, 2003, 9:45 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
In the spring of 2000 when I was 34, my husband and I had just finished our 2nd IVF cycle (in NYC). I had gone to the clinic in the morning for a blood pregnancy test and found out I was pregnant. For 3 years, every single month, we had found out that I wasn't pregnant so we really couldn't believe that it was different this time. After an evening of grinning at each other, my husband went across the street and bought a pregnancy test so that we could see this miracle for ourselves.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
The test was each to purchase and to use. The drug store across the street has them on an open shelf right in front of the register that is hidden in the underground level of the store.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
We cheered when we saw the lines appear and we hung up the little piece of cardboard on our bulletin board (where it still hangs).
Submitted November 11, 2003, 8:41 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
It was 2001 and I was 31 years old living in New York City. I was a resident in a hospital and I took the test alone in the bathroom of the residents' call room, and tried to act like nothing was unusual.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
I didn't purchase the test. I took one from the emergency room, figuring that it must be a good quality test and pretty accurate! I had to sneak into the room to get it and sneak past my fellow residents so they wouldn't know what I was doing. I took the test twice, but used the same brand.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
I knew it would be positive (I'm a doctor and it was obvious), and I wanted it to be positive, but I was pretty overwhelmed when it was confirmed positive. I did it twice even though I didn't need to. Even though I knew what the result would be, I didn't quite believe it was really happening.
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
I took another test at home a few months after my baby was born. I was exhausted like when I was pregnant and just wanted to make sure I wasn't. It was negative and I was relieved. I used the same test from the emergency room. I had a few extras.
Submitted November 11, 2003, 3:42 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
It was fall of 1986 and I was fresh out of college. While in college I was not really sexual active, but with my graduation I thought that I was sophisticated enough to handle sleeping with someone.

Opps!

I made a stupid mistake with my method of birth control and (Yikes!) that was all my fertile e3ggs needed!

I knew I was pregnant before I even took the test. I had been living with my parents but had planned on moving away as soon as possible. I refused to take the test while in their house because a thread of denial can help you hide the truth and not taking the test gave me that thread.

But, I knew I had to move quickly so I could make a choice on what to do about the pregnancy. I moved across country to live with my sister. She met at the airport, asking "How are you?" I told her, "I think I am with child."

We bought the pregnancy kit on the way home from the airport. In those days users of the kit had to use their morning urine and follow strict precautions to insure the results.

My results were what I knew they would be.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
I do not remember.

I felt like a stupid kid buying it.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
I knew I was pregnant before the test. My reaction was relief and fear. I was just a naive kid with no future. Yuck.
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
I have taken the test of and on mainly when my cycle is irregular. I know that I am not pregnant but the negative result relieves my stressed system and my cycle usually starts back up.
Submitted November 11, 2003, 7:35 AM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
I was 19 and going to college. I was on a holiday break at my parents house. I took the test alone because I was way too freaked out to tell anyone else my suspicions.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
The test was very easy to purchase and to use. I only purchased one test. It was so embarassing buying the test, I thought I was going to die.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
I wanted the result to be negative. At 19 years old, I was not ready financially or emotionally to be somebody's mother.
When the result turned out to be postive, I wasn't shocked but was very afraid.
If you took a pregnancy test before home pregnancy tests were widely available in 1978, please describe your experience.
N/A
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
The second time I took a test varied greatly from my first experience.
I am happily married, and although we weren't trying to get pregnant we were both very excited that we might be. The acutal pregnancy test came out negative. When I still hadn't gotten my period a week later, I went to the Dr. for a blood test and then found out we were PREGNANT.
Submitted November 11, 2003, 8:06 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
My first experience with a home pregnancy test was at age 19. I was so afraid to buy it but couldn't mix it up with anything else because I had no money, I finally decided I'd just steal it but was afraid of the consequences of getting caught AND getting caught stealing a pregnancy test. I finally bought it and never made contact with the clerk. I took it at home all alone by myself, when I saw the results. I cried for 2 hours all by myself.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
I used a simple store brand. I believe it was a Long's Drugs brand....but the result was still the same. It was very easy. I peed in a cup and then stuck the end of the tip in. In a matter of seconds it went from blank to a bright pink plus sign in the middle.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
At the time I wanted a negative result although I knew it would be positive. My gut already told me. I still cried forever.
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
My second time taking the pregancy test I begged for it to be positive. I had a husband that I adored and we really wanted a baby. I cried tears of joy when the test came up positive.
Name
Nesha
Submitted November 11, 2003, 9:28 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
It was May of 2000. I had bought a pack of pregnancy tests from a nearby CVS. I was 29 years old. We were living in our home. We had moved in about 16 months before. I was alone; my husband was at work when I took the test.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
The test was very easy to purchase. I kind of hoped I wouldn't be spotted at the drugstore where I was making the purchase. It was very early on (in what I hoped was the start of a baby) and I didn't want anyone guessing what we were up to until it was "safe" to tell people that we were expecting. I just used one brand, and other than not being spotted, felt comfortable buying it. Using the test should have been easy, but for me it wasn't so simple. I had been using ovulation predictor kits for a couple of months beforehand, so I just assumed the pregnancy test would work the same way. I took the test three times before finally realizing that even though I only saw a faint line, that meant it was positive!
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
I wanted the result to be positive. I was excited, kind of breathless, and couldn't wait to call my husband and tell him!
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
See answer #2.
Name
Lisa Davis
Submitted November 11, 2003, 1:10 AM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
It was 1994. I was 24 years old. From what I can remember, I was living in Brookline MA and I took it at home with goof friend there.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
The test was easy to purchase and use. I only used one brand. I didn't feel comfortable purchasing the testu but only because I was so worried about the result.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
I did know what I wanted the results to be and I was very relieved at the result.
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
While trying hard to get pregnant in 2002-2003 I took many pregnancy tests. I always took them at home alone, or with my husband around (but not present). The tests mostlly came free with ovulation predictor kits so I don't think I bought any separately but if I needed to I would have had coupons for it from the ovulation predictor kits. I knew what I wanted the results to be and was disappointed by the results until the last time. I took two tests that time to confirm the result. It happened to be 2 different brands.
Submitted November 11, 2003, 5:06 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
It was in 1988 w/ my 2nd child. I was 28 at the time and living in Daly City, CA. I took the test while at home, alone.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
It was easy to purchase but a little expensive considering they would also repeat a blood test at the doctors office. They did not just take your word for it that you were pregnant just from taking the at home test. In fact, physicians/nurses always said, the at home test isn't as reliable as the blood test done in their office/lab. Anyway, I always felt embarassed buying it because they knew what you were getting it for. One person at the register even commented on it so it made it worse.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
Yes, we planned our kids so the 2nd pregnancy was planned and we were ready for it. I was excited to see it change color.
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
I also took the test in 1991 w/ my 3rd (and last) child. I actually ended up taking it 3 times and buying different brands because each one said positive but my blood test said negative...or atleast that's what the lab said. The 2nd blood test was positive so that proves the lab was wrong and the at home test WAS more accurate! I took it the first time for my 3rd pregnancy while at work.
Submitted November 11, 2003, 3:20 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
It was 1996 and I was 24. I was living in an apartment with my husband of 3 years. I took the test at home in the morning. My husband was asleep.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
The test was easy to purchase and use. We used 2 different brands at 2 different times. I felt a bit uncomfortable buying the test. Mostly because I didn't want anyone to know we were trying to have a baby.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
I wanted to results to be positive. It was a negative result, so I was really disappointed.
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
The experiences were the same, only the results varied.
Submitted November 11, 2003, 9:50 AM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
It was 1990 and I was 29 years old. I was at home in Washington, D.C. with my husband.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
Yes the test was easy to purchase. I purchased only one test. I remember not wanting anyone to see me purchasing it, but only because until I knew I was pregnant I did not want anyone else to know that we were trying.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
I wanted the result to be positive and was delighted that it was, although I did not really believe it until I went to the doctor and had a test there. I did not think of the home pregnancy test, which I was sure I or the manufacturer could get a mistaken reading from, as a definite answer, but rather as the sign that it was time to go to the doctor for her to confirm it. Afterwards, however, the sticks became treasured items and are on the first page of each child's baby book.
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
My experiences were actually very similar both times, because in both instances I was hoping to be pregnant and had been trying. The second time, however, I was more willing to believe the home test without running to the doctor's office, probably because it had been correct the first time.
Submitted November 11, 2003, 12:57 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
The first home pregnancy test was 2000, when my husband and I found that we were pregnant with our daughter. I was 31 years old. My husband and I were at our apartment.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
It was easy to purchase, easy to use (pee on the stick). I used 3 tests until I believed the good news-although the results were apparent, I was in disbelief. I was scared to tell people I was pregnant and be wrong.
I prefer the dropper tests. With the pee -on- the- stick tests my morning pee stream was so strong, it seemed to splash. I guess they have splash gaurds for this reason.
I did use 2 different brands.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
Yes.
Elated.
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
I learned to buy the 2 or 3 pack, as I like to see the result more than once.

We are trying again to get pregnant. We had a weak positive, repeatly weak 3 times. It turned out I miscarried and had low hcg. The test's instructions say a positive is positive, that the intensity of the line doesn't matter. But when it wasn't getting brighter, I knew there was a problem, and went to see my doctor.

Let's hope that sucker lights up this time around!
Submitted November 11, 2003, 8:34 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
My first (and only) pregnancy test, was on Superbowl Sunday - January 2003. I was 28 years old, living in Palmyra, VA with my husband, my dog, and my cat. I took the test at home and shared the positive results with my husband who was sitting in the other room.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
The test was very easy to purchase - we bought a 3 pack at Sam's Club - and very easy to use. There was no question that I was pregnant. I was a bit nervous purchasing the test, only because I had not yet told any friends that I was trying to get pregnant so I didn't want to have to answer any questions if they saw me with the test.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
I was hoping the test would be positive, but was not convinced that it would be since we had only been trying to get me pregnant for a few weeks. I was pleasantly surprised by the result, but not immediately convinced that it was right. I wanted the reassurance of the doctor.
Submitted November 11, 2003, 3:24 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
My first experience with a home pregnancy test was in the mid-1990s, when I was in my twenties. I suspected I might be pregnant and told my husband. Shortly afterwards, he went off to the drugstore with a list of items to buy, but after getting there could not think what "e.p.t." could possibly mean. He asked a store clerk to help him decipher it -- to his great embarrassment once he learned the answer. That little story sticks in my memory more than the anxiousness that must have accompanied my actual taking of the test. The result was, thankfully for that time, negative.

I remember the (brief) period waiting for results much more clearly with regard to my second pregnancy test experience. This was in 2001. I made myself leave the room for the designated period -- a watched home pregnancy test never boils? I wish I had saved the wand, as my first memento of my son, announcing his future arrival.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
Each time I've used the test, it has been easier to use. I've used both name brand and generic types. They have always been accurate. Certainly it makes one feel a bit conspicuous to go up to the counter with a pregnancy test; there's the temptation to try and "hide" it with lots of other purchases in the basket as one might in the case of condoms or even sanitary products or anything related to reproduction. But that's far from feeling uncomfortable buying the test. I imagine the comfort level depends a lot on what you would like the result of the test to be...
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
Each time I've taken a pregnancy test, I've known what I wanted the result to be. To my great fortune, each time I've been happy and relieved upon getting the result.
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
This is difficult for me to say right now, beyond the obvious that the experience differed according to my personal circumstances rather than the technology of the test itself. But as the test got even easier to use over the last decade, it reduced by degrees my anxiety at _not_ knowing -- whether I wanted to be pregnant or not.
Submitted November 11, 2003, 1:37 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
My first home pregnancy test experience was in 1996 when I was 17. I was living at home with my family - a mom, a dad and two younger sisters. Unfortunately, it was not much of a Kodak moment. My boyfriend at the time, who was abusive, (Ha! An understatement!), sat down in the middle of the entrance foyer at of Top Foods Grocer and opened up the package. He laid out the instructions all over the floor and told me to go pee on it and bring it straight back to him. He told me he wanted to make sure I didn't tamper with it. So, I did what he asked, and in the middle of the entrance, he yelled at me that I couldn't even pee on a stick right, I even f*&$%d this up. Apparently the window had steamed. I wasn't allowed to see the test, and he kept it with him. By the way, I had to sneak out of a Bible class with a friend so he could pick us up and blow cigarette smoke at me the whole ride to the store and back. Not one of my better evenings. I'm so glad I had a friend there to support me. It took me over another year to finally break things off with the jerk once and for all.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
The test was very easy to purchase. We bought EPT, for the same reason listed above - he wanted the least opportunity for me to mess it up. We only used this one test. Obviously, *I* was able to somehow mess it up and steam the windows.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
I was disappointed to not be able to get a result. I definitely wanted a negative.
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
I haven't had great experiences with OTC HPT's. I've had problems with evaporation lines, negatives turning positives, and less-than-helpful customer service. When we started actively trying to get pregnant, I bought a 6-pack from www.craigmedical.com for much less than any I could buy in the drug store. They were very easy to use, and I had no problems with evaporation lines. When we tested positive, it was very clear, and extremely exciting.
Name
Erin Taylor
Submitted November 11, 2003, 1:27 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
I used one for the first time sometime in 2000 when we were trying to conceive our first child. I was at home, most likely alone.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
It was very simple to purchase and to use. I always buy whatever brand is cheapest. It's a bit uncomfortable purchasing it, just because I am a professor and worry about running into my students (whom I may or may not recognize) at the store.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
I'm sure I was hoping for a positive, and was disappointed the first time when it was negative.
If you took a pregnancy test before home pregnancy tests were widely available in 1978, please describe your experience.
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If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
It's always very different (and much more fun) when you get a positive result! Also the new digital ones are kind of cool.
Submitted November 11, 2003, 1:18 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
i was either a junior or senior in college. it must have been either 1990 or 1991, and i was living with my sister in off-campus housing. i took the test at home but took it alone.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
the test was easy to purchase and use. i used one brand and did not feel comfortable purchasing the test.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
yes, i knew what i wanted the results to be and i was relieved when i got them.
If you took a pregnancy test before home pregnancy tests were widely available in 1978, please describe your experience.
n/a
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
the first two times i've taken a hpt i was single and in unstable relationships. the 3rd and last time i took one i was married and wanted to be pregnant.
Submitted November 11, 2003, 12:59 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
My first experience with a home pregnancy test was in November of 1991. I was in the Army and was living in the barracks at the time. I was 18 years-old and fresh out of high school. I took the test the morning of our floor inspection because the directions on the box stated that you should use your first urine of the day for the most accurate result. I was alone in my room.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
The test was easy to purchase and use. I did not feel comfortable purchasing the test because I did not want to be pregnant and felt embarrased going into the PX to get it. I believed at the time that everyone would think I was a slut because I was young and in the army and away from home which would mean that I was having sex with someone other than my boyfriend.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
I wanted the result to by negative but the tip of the stick was as blue as the sky on a bright summer day. I was shocked and couldn't beleive that it was positive. I remember reading the directions over again to see if blue meant negative even though I knew that it meant positive. I wanted to cry and did later on that day. Two days later I went to the doctor and it was confirmed.

I was pregnant and not happy. I did what I felt was in my best interest at the time.
If you took a pregnancy test before home pregnancy tests were widely available in 1978, please describe your experience.
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If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
I took my second pregnancy test in July 2003. I am married and planned to get pregnant. I purchased a EPT pregnancy test because the directions stated that you could take the test four days before your period. I was proud as I stood in the test aisle and took a great deal of time reading all of the boxes to see which one would give me the most accurate result. I tested three days before my period was due and I got two lines. I cried this time too but they were tears of joy. I was pregnant and happy. 12 years later, three college degrees, a husband and a much better result.
Submitted November 11, 2003, 10:55 AM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
I had never had a pregnancy "scare." Thus, I never used a pregnancy test until the fall of 2001. My husband and I had been married for six years and could never quite commit to "trying" to have a baby. We could think of wonderful reasons to have a baby and darn good reasons not to have a baby. So, we decided to leave it up to fate. I honestly thought we'd have time to change our minds. We didn't. It was just a few days after I'd missed my period. My husband had a terrible cold. I got up early and took the test "just to ease our minds." When two lines appeared, I had to keep reading the instructions over and over again to convince myself that the test did, indeed, say I was pregnant. I was laughing as my sniffling, bleary-eyed husband came down to the kitchen that morning. We were both a little dazed by the news!
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
As a woman in my mid-30s, I had no qualms about purchasing the test. I bought just one and used just one.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
I wasn't quite sure what I wanted the result to be. My initial reaction was utter disbelief followed by giddiness followed by regret and anxiety followed by excitement followed by more fear and ultimately resulting in what I might call happy resignation.
Submitted November 11, 2003, 8:12 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
I was 18 years old, 1993, living at home with my parents. I took the test at my boyfriend's house. He was with me at the time.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
Yes it was easy. No, I only used on brand. I was nervous about buying the test, probably because of my age.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
Yes, NO!!! I was very happy! At 18, ready to graduate from high school and my boyfriend in college, we were not ready for kids.
Name
Nicki
Submitted November 11, 2003, 5:35 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
I was 20, a junior in college, living with a few roommates. I peed on the stick in the bathroom of the campus center, alone. Then I went to hear a gospel choir and cried during the performance. I told my friends during intermission that I was pregnant.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
I don't remember buying it. I assume I walked down the hill to the supermarket. I probably felt a little sheepish.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
I KNEW I was pregnant and I knew I didn't want to be. It was a messy, ugly situation.
If you took a pregnancy test before home pregnancy tests were widely available in 1978, please describe your experience.
n/a
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
I have taken many. Another time it was positive, again I KNEW I was pregnant, and I didn't want to be, but my life was a little more stable so it was not as gut wrenching. The second time I took it with my boyfriend in his house, and he was absolutely not expecting it to be positive.
Submitted November 11, 2003, 4:58 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
The first time I took a home pregnancy test I was about 23 years old (1992). I was in a long-term relationship with someone I married years later, but we were not ready to be parents at the time. I took the test alone and stayed in the bathroom waiting for the results.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
I was pleased by how easy the test was to purchase, although I was a bit embarrassed, and surprised by how expense it was (or at least it seemed.) I chose the cheapest brand and took it once.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
I very much was not ready to be pregnant and was very relieved to be told by science that I was not pregnant. My boyfriend was even more relieved.
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
The experience taking the test as a married woman (who was not trying to get pregnant) in 2003 (age 33) was entirely different. Although my husband and I were not planning on my getting pregnant when I feared I was, I took the test with a bit of excitement and anticipation. It feels very different taking it when you are 100% sure that you would have the baby, then when you are pretty sure you would not. I was not pregnant.
Submitted November 11, 2003, 4:20 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
It was 2003 and I was 32. I was living on my own in Washington D.C.. I took the test at a friend's apartment with my boyfriend with me.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
It was very easy to purchase and use. I did two tests but used the same brand. My boyfriend bought the test. I suspect he was extremely nervous about the pregnancy potential but not necessarily uncomfortable about purchasing the test.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
Yes. We strongly wanted a negative result. Our reaction was strong relief. We were still slightly skeptial and anxious though because my period was only 2 days late and were were concerned there was still a chance I was pregnant but the test wouldn't pick it up.
If you took a pregnancy test before home pregnancy tests were widely available in 1978, please describe your experience.
n/a
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
n/a
Submitted November 11, 2003, 3:00 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
My husband and I were visiting relatives and I came down with a cold. We had been trying to get pregnant so I took a home test to see if I was pregnant. If I was, I had decided to forgo taking cold medecine. The test came out negative even though I was late and actually (it turned out later) pregnant with a pregnancy that ended in miscarriage. I don't remember telling anyone.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
A friend had given me an ovulation kit. You should do an exhibit about those! I think it came with a coupon for a pregancy test, which I bought. I am not very brand conscious. so I don't remember the brand. I didn't have a problem purchasing the test.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
I wanted to be pregnant, but I was relieved when I wasn't because I really wanted to take over-the-counter cold medicine (I felt so sick with a cold) and I didn't feel comfortable taking any drugs if I was indeed in the early stages of pregnancy.
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
The second time I took the test, I waited nearly two weeks after I missed my period because I didn't want to be disappointed. I found out I was pregnant with our son on our first anniversary. My husband was traveling in Europe on business at the time and it was a few days before I spoke to him. Since I wanted him to be the first person to know, I kept the secret to myself. That was hard. I wanted to blurt it out to all my friends and family. But I was so pleased after the devasting miscarriage to finally be pregnant. That's the closest I have come to feeling warm and fuzzy.
Name
Christina Capinski
Submitted November 11, 2003, 2:41 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
In the early 1990s I was a young twenty-something. My first tests were taken as reassurances that I wasn't pregnant. Usually I knew deep in my heart that I wasn't pregnant, but I wanted to be sure. It would help get my period started! I wasn't married. I was at home in my apartment and took them alone, though I told my sister, with whom I lived, about it. I also told my boyfriend, though he wasn't around when I took the tests (maybe three different times).
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
I don't remember the brands but they were easy enough to use. The stick kind was the best. I felt comfortable enough buying it because I lived in an urban area with lots of young singles.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
Then I wanted the results to be negative. I was always relieved when it was and then my period would start.
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
When I got married, then I wanted to be pregnant! The stick kind was so easy. My husband waited downstairs and when I saw the positive result I thought, "What have I done!?" I was scared and excited at the same time. I went to tell him and he got sick. We were both scared and excited!
Submitted November 11, 2003, 1:33 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
The year was 2001. I was 30 years old and living in MD with my husband. I was home with my husband when I did the test and saw the results.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
The test was very easy to purchase and use. I got it at the local CVS store and had a choice of several different brands. Over the two months of trying to conceive, I tried two different brands of tests. I felt comfortable purchasing the tests.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
Yes, I knew that I wanted the result to be positive. The first month when it was negative, I was disappointed. The second month when it was positive, my husband and I were happy and happily wondering what we had gotten ourselves into.
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
With my first pregnancy, I tested while my husband and I were both home. With this second pregnancy, I tested once when I was home alone (negative result) and once when my husband was home (postivie result).

With this recent attempt of trying to conceive, I tried the "digital" test which displays the words "pregnant" or "Not pregnant" instead of displaying one or two lines. It seemed a little harder to perform the test. The results were "Not pregnant". The second month, I went back to the "lines" and got a positive two-line result.
Submitted November 11, 2003, 11:48 AM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
1996. My best friend bought it for me, I believe it was an EPT early pregnancy test. A double pack. I was 17 and lived in Washington and tested at her house. I was about 6 weeks pregnant and the line showed up within seconds. This was my second pregnancy. I didn't test with my first one, which ended in miscarriage.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
Very easy to use. I only used EPT, and I did feel uncomfortable buying it...I wasn't married yet.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
We wanted it to be positive. My finacee and I were elated.
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
With my third pregnancy..I took one test. It came up positive within seconds. It took us two months to get pregnant.

With my fourth pregnancy...I took about two tests. I got very faint lines each time...and I miscarried at 5 weeks.

With my fifith pregnancy I took 8, yes.......8 tests. The lines seemed to get fainter and the days went on and this pregnancy again ended in miscarriage at 5 1/2 weeks.

With my sixth pregnancy I got a positive pregnancy test at 11 dpo....it showed up within seconds. When I had a blood test done at the dr's it showed my hcg numbers very very high. I started bleeding and thinking I was miscarrying again...but my numbers stayed high. Turns out I miscarried a twin early. But I was still very pregnant. Baby boy was born in May 02.
Name
Andee
Submitted November 11, 2003, 11:45 AM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
I took my first home pregnancy test in October 2001, I was 30, living in Maryland. I took the first test by myself, it didn't work, I took another one by myself and the line was really faint. So I bought more the next day and that time my husband was there with me.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
Well, I was kind of an idiot and couldn't do it right the first time. But after that it was easy. I took 3 total, all the same brand. I'm pretty sure it was Clear Blue Easy. I was a little embarrassed getting them, I bought them all at CVS in my neighborhood. But I didn't know anybody at the store and the salesclerk didn't really give me a knowing look or anything.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
We'd been trying to get pregnant that late summer/fall, but had stopped trying after September 11th. Because of that, I was unsure what I wanted the results to be, so I wasn't deleriously happy at first. I was mostly scared but also excited. It took awhile for it to sink in, even though I didn't even take the test until I was 8 weeks pregnant.
Submitted November 11, 2003, 10:13 AM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
It was 1992/93 and I was 19 years old. It was the summer between my freshman and sophmore year of college so I was living at home. My period was a couple of days late and so I went to the local Kmart and purchased a test. I was freaking out because I was 19, single (but in a committed relationship), and at a time in my life when I definitely wasn't ready to have a baby. So I went home and took the test, alone, and it was negative. What a feeling of relief!!
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
The test was very easy to purchase - all I did was go into Kmart, find the contraceptive/feminine hygiene aisle and I picked it up. I believe I chose e.p.t. - the box with two tests because I wanted to make sure of the results. The test itself was fairly easy to use, with clear instructions.

To be honest I did feel a little weird purchasing the test because I felt so young. I thought the check-out girl was scrutinizing my purchase and making a judgment of me. But I got over it -- I'd rather find out the results of the test than worry about a stranger's opinion of me.

The one thing I was struck by was the number of brands of pregnancy tests to choose from. There really are quite a few brands and they all promise quick and accurate results.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
I definitely knew I wanted a negative result. My heart was beating so fast, my palms were sweaty, and I felt lightheaded as I waited for the results. The thought of being pregnant at 19 really freaked me out!!

When the test was negative I felt so relieved and lucky.
Submitted November 11, 2003, 10:08 AM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
The first time that I used a home pregnancy test was in 1990. I was 20, a sophmore in college, and my boyfriend had just left the country for a 6 month sojourn in SE Asia. We had agreed that he should go ahead and leave for his trip, with the understanding he would come home immediately depending on the test results.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
The test was easy to purchase and to use, though I remeber feeling like I was sharing a part of my life with the public (or at least, with the people in the grocery store) that I wouldn't have chosen to otherwise. I don't remember which brand I purchased. I do recall that there was an option to buy either one test or two (packaged together) and that I chose to buy only one...kind of as a promise to myself that I would use the test correctly and accept the results, rather than fretfully testing repeatedly.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
Yes, I knew that I did NOT want to be pregnant at that time. I was incredibly relieved to find out that I wasn't pregnant...especially because it was very likely that we would have gone ahead and become parents at that time, even though I was still in college and it was not at all the life plan that either of us had envisioned for ourselves.
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
I took a pregnancy test again about a year ago. The basic experience of purchasing and using the test was quite similar, though I was less self-conscious purchasing it this time. I was also more ambivalent about what I wanted the result to be, however, there was still a real sense of relief when the test was negative.
Submitted November 11, 2003, 9:59 AM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
My first experience with a home pregnancy test was in 1999. I had just moved in with my boyfriend, and we were very, very poor. We could barely afford food most weeks. I was 20 years old.

I had just started a new brand of birth control pill, and one month later, I missed my period. Since my period was always regular, after one week, I took a HPT at home with my boyfriend. We were petrified. It came up negative. When my period was a month overdue, I took another one, again it was negative. I then went in for a blood test, which also was negative.

I found out years later, from a new doctor, that the brand of BCP I had been taking does stop menstration- that's one of the side effects. It hadn't been explained to me, and if it had, it could've saved my boyfriend and myself a lot of worry.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
The test was very easy to purchase and use. I went to the local Walgreens drug store and purchased a 2 pack. When I got home, I urinated on the stick, waited 3 minutes, and had my results.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
Yes- I wanted the result to be negative. I was very happy when it was.
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
The second time I took a home pregnancy test was in October of 2001. My period was 4 days late, and my husband and I decided I should test, since we were using a diaphragm as birth control, and they do have a higher failure rate than the pill. We still weren't quite ready to have children, but we were much more financially and emotionally stable than the first time we went through that in 1999.

We both hoped the test would be negative, for selfish reasons. When it came up positive, we were shocked, and a little scared. After a couple of days, though, we were happy, and we would never ever change it for the world now.
Submitted November 11, 2003, 9:55 AM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
The year was 2001. I was 30 years old. Living in Florida, but on vacation at the time. I was with my husband.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
very easy to use and purchase. Just purchase one kind. No problems purchasing it.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
Yes, I knew what I wanted the results to be, but I was still overwhelmed with the results.
Submitted November 11, 2003, 12:05 AM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
1983, I was 24, married, and living in an apartment with my husband and 1st child. I bought the test because I was pretty sure I was pregnant, but wanted to know for sure.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
The test was easy to purchase, but back then they were more compicated ;-) Had to urinate in the little cup, place the end of the stick into the urine for several seconds, etc. The whole process took longer and it seemed easier to mess up than these new home pregnancy tests :-)
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
I was sure I was pregnant, so I sort of expected it to be positive. It was still shocking to see a positive test though! I was happy :-)
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
I've taken countless pregnancy tests over the years... It has gotten easier and easier~ and the tests have gotten more and more accurate. The last test I took was amazingly simple~ no way to screw it up ;-)
Submitted November 11, 2003, 10:53 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
The first time that I can remember taking a Pregnancy test was when I was 21. It was 1994. I was living in Detroit with my new husband. My husband and I were at home, alone.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
Yes. It was easy to purchase. I had bought the stick kind, so yes, it was very easy to use as well. At the time, I was 21 so I was a little uncomfortable in purchasing it. But, as I got older, it didn't bother me anymore. I'm pretty sure that I stick to mostly one brand. Although it doesn't really matter to me. They are mostly the same. I do prefer the stick kind.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
I wanted it to be negitive. I was happy! I was not ready to be a mother yet.
If you took a pregnancy test before home pregnancy tests were widely available in 1978, please describe your experience.
N/A
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
I have taken a lot of test over the years. Mostly, "just to be sure". I wanted all of them to be negitive, until recently. I was finally ready to start a family and I took tests often to see. They were all negitive, except the last one. :)
Submitted November 11, 2003, 9:46 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
I took my first pregnancy test in Sept. 2001. I was 24 years old living in Longview, Texas. I actually took it in the bathroom at my work alone. I stayed in the bathroom until it showed my results & called my hubby (still in the bathroom) to tell him that we were expecting our first child!
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
I actually didn't purchase the test myself. A co-worker bought it for me b/c I didn't believe that I was pregnant, but she did! (ha!) It was very easy to use. I only took one test with one brand and it was 100% accurate the first time.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
I actually did not think that I was pregnant, so it was a shock to find out I was. I was extremely happy though and very excited... but definetly shocked!
If you took a pregnancy test before home pregnancy tests were widely available in 1978, please describe your experience.
n/a
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
n/a
Name
Casie
Submitted November 11, 2003, 9:28 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
I was in a hotel room with my husband - actually - he was sleeping and i woke him up with a stick in my hand - a positive test result - i was pregnant with my second child... this was in 1992.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
I felt quite excited about buying the test - quite comfortable too... It was very easy to use. I don't remember the brand - but I only used one...
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
I hoped beyond all hope that it would be positive - i was "positively" giddy! lol
If you took a pregnancy test before home pregnancy tests were widely available in 1978, please describe your experience.
n/a
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
There was really not much difference - I hoped each time that it would be positive - three times it wasn't - three times it was - each time it was negative I was disappointed - each time it was positive, I was elated!
Name
Mary
Submitted November 11, 2003, 9:13 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
I was 23, It was 1996, I was living with my boyfriend at the time, and I was alone.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
Yes very easy, I only used one test, yes I felt fine buying the test~
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
I wanted the test to be negative since I was not married and it was~
If you took a pregnancy test before home pregnancy tests were widely available in 1978, please describe your experience.
nope I was only 5 then~
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
Very different, In April of 1999, I took a test and my husband and I were trying for a baby, when we got the postive sign I was very happy.
Name
Amy
Submitted November 11, 2003, 8:51 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
I was 16, so 1983. I was living at home with my parents.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
I had my boyfriend buy me one. Not sure where he got it from. We just used one.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
I definitely wanted it to be negative. I was upset.
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
My other pregnancies have all been planned, so therefore, I was happy when the results were positive.
Submitted November 11, 2003, 7:53 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
Gosh, I think I was 1986 - I was about 17 years old. I was still in high school and living with my parents in Brooklyn, NY. You needed your first morning urine and I was too nervous to do it at my own house, so I slept at my best friends house, whose mother was very cool and never home either. I remember the feeling of dread waiting for the color to turn on the preg test. I knew I was pregnant, but that damn little test would confirm all my worst fears.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
Yes, the test was very easy to purchase and to use. I only used one brand (but I don't remember what brand that was now 17 years later!). I don't remember too clearly, but I probably wasn't too comfortable buying it, as I was not comfortable buying sanitary napkins at the time!
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
I desperately wanted the results to be negative, but in my heart I knew that it was going to be positive. I was sick to my stomach when it was confirmed that it was positive. I was only 17 and with a boyfriend who was always cheating on me. I knew that I'd have to have an abortion.
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
Ahhh, what a difference it was 15 years later when I anxiously ran to the ladies room at my office to take a pregnancy test and praying to God that it was positive...and it was!!! Instead of a feeling of dread, I felt elated and blessed. I looked forward to a healthy baby to share with my wonderful husband.
Name
Ali
Submitted November 11, 2003, 7:05 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
i was 22, married 5 months. SO I guess it was 1994. I had told my hubby that i thought we were pregnant because my belly button looked different. He had a basketball game to go to that night (it was a thursday). I told him I bought a test. He said "you're not pregnant". SO I went to the bathroom after supper, saw both lines turn to blue instantly, but waited the three minutes with my husband, him all the while saying "you're not pregnant".
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
I was so embarrassed to buy the test, after all everyone knew I was a newly wed, and what if I bump into someone at the pharmacy. The actual purchase was fine, I read the instructions like 50 times, but only used one test.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
I knew I wanted to be pregnant. I was excited and scared all at once.
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
I have taken so many - I have 4 kids, miscarried twice, had some false negatives, some really pale second lines.
Submitted November 11, 2003, 6:53 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
In 2001, I was 25 and living in New Jersey. My husband is in the military and had just left for overseas in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in the weeks following September 11th.

We had hoped for a baby and I got my test at the local drugstore. It was a 2-test pack and I used both tests "just to make sure." I saw the 2 lines show up and when my husband called on a satellite phone from the Middle East a few days later, I had happy news to share!
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
Yes, the test was easy to use. I used both tests in the package--the brand was EPT I believe. I felt fine purchasing the tests--I even told the clerk to "wish me luck."
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
Yes, I wanted a positive, but when I saw it , I couldn't believe it. Funny how you can scrutinize a stick with urine on it for so long, gazing at those 2 lines. I ran next door and had my neighbor look at it too!
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
I am currently expecting our second bundle of joy and this time I tried one of the new "early response" tests that are available. They claim you can test as soon as 4 days before your period is due. I didn't believe it, so I tested the day mine was due and saw the positive show up immediately. I was so excited and felt silly for not trying it out a few days earlier.
Name
Maria
Submitted November 11, 2003, 5:55 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
I was 17 or 18, it was my senior year in high school (graduated in 1986). I remember driving to larger neighboring town so I wouldn't be recognized purchasing the test.

I do not remember the brand, but it was shaped like a cube. It had a collection cup and an eyedropper. The eyedropper was used to place a certain amount of urine into a small test tube that was then placed into the cube (which had a mirror so the bottom of the test tube could be seen without picking up the whole cube).

We were at my boyfriend's home and he was with me.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
Yes, it was easy to purchase - except for the embarrassment factor. We just purchased the one and took the negative at face value.

Ease of use? Well, no. It was quite complicated compared to the stick models of today.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
We were definitely hoping for a negative. I had a scholarship to college in the fall and he had another year of high school. We were very pleased with the results.
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
I think my reactions to the tests were very closely linked to my emotions regarding a potential pregnancy. I've cried over both positive and negative results - both out of sadness and joy, depending upon my life circumstance at the time.

The most emotional time was the very last time I used one. I had a "surprise" baby in May 2002 after a very difficult and high risk pregnancy. I knew (hoped) he would be my last. When I thought over this summer that I was pregnant again, I was simply devastated. I took 2 home tests and still phoned the doctor to confirm that the results were correctly in the negative.
Submitted November 11, 2003, 5:42 PM
Please describe your first experience with a home pregnancy test. (What year was it, how old were you, and where were you living? Were you at home, somewhere else, alone, or with someone?)
It was 1999, I was 23 years old. I was living at home with my mom, sister and future hubby. The test was taken with everyone home.
Was the test easy to purchase and use? Did you use more than one test or brand? Did you feel comfortable purchasing the test?
Yes the test was easy to purchase. I just hate that everyone in the store stares at you as you exit the checkout. I have used a couple of brands.
Did you know what you wanted the result to be? What was your reaction when you got the result?
I was surprised that I got the results I did. As I had been told several times that I could never have babies. But yes I loved the results.
If you\'ve taken a home pregnancy test more than once, please describe how the experiences were different.
The second time I took one at first I was disappointed it took too long to register an answer. I got the answer I wanted, but darn it took too long.
Name
Laura


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