A HEAP Of Pregnancy Kits Have Been Pulled From Shelves
If you’ve had uncertainty about whether or not you could be pregnant, it’s worth getting a second opinion.
Batches of DIY at-home pregnancy test kits have been withdrawn from sale in Australia after they were - worryingly - found to be unreliable and inaccurate.
The move was sparked by the Therapeutic Goods Administration's (TGA) recent review of a wide range of pregnancy self-test kits that rely on detecting the hormone known as human chorionic gonadotropin, or hCG, in a woman's urine shortly after conception.
"Some devices were found not to work reliably and accurately and have either been corrected or removed from the market," the TGA said in a statement.
"All devices remaining on the market in Australia have been shown to work reliably and accurately."
hCG is produced by cells that will develop into the placenta, and those levels in our system rise fast and significantly once a woman is pregnant.
This is usually detected in a woman’s urine about six weeks after fertilisation, but some kits claim to be EXTRA sensitive and can pick up on the spike much earlier.
The TGA began testing the kits after receiving reports of three false negative results of the One Step HCG urine pregnancy test.
This sparked concern, and the makers of 38 other kits were then asked by the TGA to provide info on their pregnancy tests. One brand, the First Response Digital kit from Church and Dwight, could not be tested as too many devices malfunctioned.
These are the pregnancy kits that failed the test:
- PregSure digital - recalled and cancelled from sale
- First Response Digital Pregnancy Test/First Response Test & Reassure - manufacturing fault corrected
- Pregsure test strips - recalled and cancelled from sale
- One Step Pregnancy test - removed from sale by manufacturer
- QuickVue One-Step hCG urine test kit - removed from sale by manufacturer