58,000 pregnancy tests in the U.K. recalled
Taking an at home pregnancy test can be nerve-wracking enough, without having to worry if it’s accurate or not. More than 58,000 pregnancy tests in the U.K. are being recalled over concerns they might give a false positive result—meaning the test could tell you that you’re pregnant when you’re actually not.
The company, Guangzhou Wondfo Biotech, recently announced that it is recalling one lot of Clear & Simple Digital Pregnancy Tests after they produced a “small number of false positive results,” a spokesperson for the U.K.’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said this week.
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Anyone who may have bought this product is advised to check and see if they have one of the affected tests, they have the catalog number DM-102, lot number DM10220170710E, and expiration date of January 2020. “This fault is limited to one lot and has now been resolved,” the MHRA spokesperson says. They can be returned to the place of purchase for a refund.
At-home pregnancy tests work by detecting the presence of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), which your body produces during pregnancy. During the first trimester, your HCG level usually doubles every 72 hours. About two weeks after you conceive, your hCG level is usually high enough to be picked up by at-home urine tests, according to the American Pregnancy Association.
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Digital tests have a sensor inside that detects the chemical change that happens when you have HCG in your urine. These faulty digital tests have a large gap between the test strip bracket and the pregnancy tests plastic casing, which interfered with the sensor, according to the MHRA spokesperson. This caused the sensor to read a positive when there actually wasn’t one.
If you get a positive pregnancy test result, you should call your doctor. They’ll want to see you in a few weeks and will run their own test to confirm the pregnancy.
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