Pregnancy Test FAQ

e.p.t® Analog Pregnancy Test

How accurate is the e.p.t.® Early Pregnancy Test?
The e.p.t.® Early Pregnancy Test is more than 99% accurate* in laboratory tests, when used from the first day of your expected period. If you are testing earlier than the day of your expected period, then the accuracy of e.p.t.® Early Pregnancy Test will be lower. Refer to Question 3.
How does e.p.t.® Early Pregnancy Test work?
When you are pregnant your body produces the pregnancy hormoe hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin). The amount of hCG in your body increases in early stages of pregnancy. e.p.t.® Early Pregnancy Test can detect tiny amount of this hormone in your urine.
When can I use the test to determine if I am pregnant?
You can use the e.p.t.® Early Pregnancy Test before you expect your period to start. If you test early and get a (-) sign (‘not pregnant’ result), there is still a chance that you might be pregnant. The table below gives the results of the clinical testing performed with e.p.t.® Early Pregnancy Test before the expected period.
Number of days before the expected period % of pregnant women who got a ‘pregnant’ result with e.p.t.®
-1 Day 87%
-2 Days 84%
-3 Days 74%
-4 Days 53%
When can I test with e.p.t.® Early Pregnancy Test?
If you are testing before you expect your period to start we recommend you test with you first urine of the day. Otherwise, you can use the e.p.t.® Early Pregnancy Test at any time of the day. To work out when your period is due, calculate your usual cycle length by counting the number of days from the first day of you period until the day before your next period starts.
  • Avoid excessive fluid intake before testing.
  • If you have irregular cycles, you should allow for you longest cycle in recent months before testing.
  • If the result is a (-) sign (‘not pregnant’ result), and pregnancy is still suspected, you should test again. Refer to Question 8.
Can any medication or medical conditions affect the result?
  • Always read manufacturers’ instructions for any medication you are taking before conducting a test.
  • Fertility drugs containing hCG can affect the result. These drugs are usually given by injection, and testing with the e.p.t.® Early Pregnancy Test too soon after administration may give a false (+) sign (false ‘pregnant’ result).
  • Other fertility therapies (such as clomiphene citrate), painkillers and hormonal contraceptives (e.g., the contraceptive pill) are unlikely to affect the result.
  • If you have recently stopped using hormonal contraception or are using fertility therapies like clomiphene citrate, your periods may be irregular, leading you to test too soon.
  • If you are in or approaching the menopause, you may get a false positive result even though you are not pregnant.
  • If you have recently been pregnant (even if not carried to full term), you may get a false (+) sign (false ‘pregnant’ result). In addition, ovarian cysts and ectopic pregnancy can give misleading results.
  • If you have a (+) sign (‘pregnant’ result), it is possible that you later find that you are not pregnant due to natural loss of the pregnancy which can occur in the early stages.
  • If you do get unexpected results you should discuss them with you doctor.
When if the lines in the round and square windows are different shades of blue?
It does not matter if one line is fainter or darker than the other. The result must be read within 10 minutes of performing the test.
I have used the test but no blue line has appeared in the square window. What should I do?
If there is no blue line in the square window within 10 minutes, the test has not worked. This may be because too much or too little urine has been used; or the absorbent tip was not kept pointing downward or the test stick was not laid flat after urine was applied. You should test again using a second test stick, carefully following the instructions.
My test shows a (-) sign (‘not pregnant’ result), but my period is overdue. What should I do?
You may not be pregnant, the level of pregnancy hormone in your urine may not yet be high enough to be detected; or you may have miscalculated the day your period is due.
  • If you tested early, test again when your period is due.
  • If your period is overdue, test again in 3 days time. If this test gives you a (-) sign (‘not pregnant’ result) and you still have not had your period, you should see your doctor.
My test shows a (+) sign (‘not pregnant’ result). What should I do?
If the test gives you a (+) sign (‘pregnant’ result), you should see your doctor who can advise you on what steps you should take next.
I have used the test, but the Book Error symbol has appeared on the display. What does this mean?
An error has occurred during testing. It may be that:
  • The absorbent tip was not kept pointing downward, or the test was not laid flat after urine was applied.
  • Too much or too little urine was applied.
Test again with a new test, taking care to follow the instructions.
The display has remained blank. What does this mean?
If the display remains blank after you have used the test, please call us toll-free at 1-800-378-1783.

e.p.t® Digital Pregnancy Test

How accurate is the e.p.t.® DIGITAL Early Pregnancy Test?
The e.p.t.® DIGITAL Early Pregnancy Test is more than 99% accurate* in laboratory tests, when used from the first day of your expected period. If you are testing earlier than the day of your expected period, then the accuracy of e.p.t.® DIGITAL Early Pregnancy Test will be lower. Refer to Question 3.
How does e.p.t.® DIGITAL Early Pregnancy Test work?
When you are pregnant your body produces the pregnancy hormoe hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin). The amount of hCG in your body increases in early stages of pregnancy. e.p.t.® DIGITAL Early Pregnancy Test can detect tiny amount of this hormone in your urine.
When can I use the test to determine if I am pregnant?
You can use the e.p.t.® DIGITAL Early Pregnancy Test before you expect your period to start. If you test early and get a ”Not Pregnant’ result, there is still a chance that you might be pregnant. The table below gives the results of the clinical testing performed with e.p.t.® DIGITAL Early Pregnancy Test before the expected period.
Number of days before the expected period % of pregnant women who got a ‘pregnant’ result with e.p.t.®
-1 Day 95%
-2 Days 90%
-3 Days 82%
-4 Days 51%
When can I test with e.p.t.® DIGITAL Early Pregnancy Test?
If you are testing before you expect your period to start we recommend you test with you first urine of the day. Otherwise, you can use the e.p.t.® DIGITAL Early Pregnancy Test at any time of the day. To work out when your period is due, calculate your usual cycle length by counting the number of days from the first day of you period until the day before your next period starts.
  • Avoid excessive fluid intake before testing.
  • If you have irregular cycles, you should allow for you longest cycle in recent months before testing.
  • If you have no idea when your period is due, we recommend not testing not less than 19 days after the last time you had unprotected sex.
  • If the result is ‘Not Pregnant”, and pregnancy is still suspected, you should test again. Refer to Question 8.
Can any medication or medical conditions affect the result?
  • Always read manufacturers’ instructions for any medication you are taking before conducting a test.
  • Fertility drugs containing hCG can affect the result. These drugs are usually given by injection, and testing with the e.p.t.® DIGITAL Early Pregnancy Test too soon after administration may give a “Pregnant” result.
  • Other fertility therapies (such as clomiphene citrate), painkillers and hormonal contraceptives (e.g., the contraceptive pill) are unlikely to affect the result.
  • If you have recently stopped using hormonal contraception or are using fertility therapies like clomiphene citrate, your periods may be irregular, leading you to test too soon.
  • If you are in or approaching the menopause, you may get a false positive result even though you are not pregnant. In a study of non-pregnant perimenopausal and menopausal women test with different lots of similar pregnancy test, an average of 0.3% of results were positive, with a range from 0% to 1% for different lots. All false results were from women aged over 50 years.
  • If you have recently been pregnant (even if not carried to full term), you may get a false “Pregnant” result. In addition, ovarian cysts and ectopic pregnancy can give misleading results.
  • If you have a “Pregnant” result, it is possible that you later find that you are not pregnant due to natural loss of the pregnancy which can occur in the early stages.
  • If you do get unexpected results you should discuss them with you doctor.
I have used the test, but the Hourglass symbol has not appeared. What does this mean?
The test has not worked correctly. Please call us toll-free at 1-800-378-1783.
I have used the test but no result has appeared in the display. What does this mean?
Your result should appear on the display within 3 minutes. If no result appears, please refer to Error Messages below.
My test says I’m “Not Pregnant”, but my period is overdue. What should I do?
You may not be pregnant, the level of pregnancy hormone in your urine may not yet be high enough to be detected, or you may have miscalculated the day your period is due.
  • If you tested early, test again when your period is due.
  • If your period is overdue, test again in 3 days time. If this test gives you a “Not Pregnant” result and you still have not had your period, you should see your doctor.
My test says I’m “Pregnant”. What should I do?
If your result is “Pregnant” you should see your doctor who can advise you on what steps you should take next.
I have used the test, but the Book Error symbol has appeared on the display. What does this mean?
An error has occurred during testing. It may be that:
  • The absorbent tip was not kept pointing downward, or the test was not laid flat after urine was applied.
  • Too much or too little urine was applied.
Test again with a new test, taking care to follow the instructions.
The display has remained blank. What does this mean?
If the display remains blank after you have used the test, please call us toll-free at 1-800-378-1783.