Your Guide To Buying Home Pregnancy Tests Online

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Your Guide To Buying Home Pregnancy Tests Online

Taking the confusion out, providing the answers you need.


So you are trying to conceive.... have found out that pregnancy tests can be purchased online for a fraction of the cost than in the store..... and are left wondering why? which one? whats the difference? whats the deal with brands, aust l numbers and the like?


Firstly, all pregnancy tests, ovulation tests, ovulation microscopes and ovulation thermometers sold in Australia have to be listed with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), to ensure the highest standards of medical devices are  being sold in Australia. Once a medical deivice is listed with the TGA the sponsor (or company trying to sell these tests) are provided with an AUST L which is to be supplied with the tests.

So when purchasing pregnancy and ovulation tests online, it is worthwhile to make sure they are listed with the TGA and therefore have been approved for sale here in Australia.
All of the tests being sold on ebay and the like are required to show their AUST L number in the listing to make it easy to identify those that are legitimately allowed to be sold here in Australia and those that are not.

So what else do you look for when purchasing pregnancy and or ovulation tests online?

** Make sure they are legally allowed to be sold here in Australia (have a genuine AUST L number) many dodgy sellers actually use someone elses number on their listings so it is a good idea to take note if you see two of the same numbers being used by different sellers.
** Are they physically located in Australia? you don't want to risk the shipping effects (heat exposure etc) and therefore quality of the tests when accurate results are so important.
** All pregnancy tests have a specific sensitivity rating which is the level of hcg it can detect in a certain amount of urine. Some are more sensitive. The more sensitive tests can detect pregnancy even if you have only a small amount of hCG in your system. Concentrations of hCG are reported in milliInternational Units (mIU) or amounts equal to 1/1000th of an IU per millilitre. A test with a sensitivity of 20 IU/L is more sensitive than one with 50 IU/L. You should be able to find this information on any pregnancy test box.
** It is VERY imporatnt to remember that many factors can influence the results both negative and positive of home pregnancy tests, not just the sensitivity rating. It depends also on how diluted your urine sample is (which is why first morning urine is preffered), how your body is responding to the pregnancy hormone hcg (the norm is for it to double every 2 days, but this can vary slightly from woman to woman and hence vary when their bodies level of hcg has achieved a detectable level)
** The type of test strip, dip stick, midstream doesn't really have any effect on the actual test results. It is more what you as the consumer prefer to use.

Something for you to think about...
A helpful bit of information for the consumer is that the AUST L number not only tells you that it has been approved by Australian standards to be sold here but it also tells you who "owns" that test so to speak. It inadvertantly gives the consumer the "brand" of test they are purchasing, as no two tests will have the same number.

What do I mean? Lets take a look at the current tests available for sale on ebay today...

ORACLE FERTILITY
 - AUST L number 143328 the name of the test listed with the TGA is ONE STEP URINE PREGNANCY TEST the sponsor or "owner of these tests" is ARG GROUP
 - AUST L number 148351 the name of the test listed with the TGA is ONE STEP URINE OVULATION TEST the sponsor or "owner of these tests" is ARG GROUP
INPREGNANCY (has 2 different pregnancy tests listed)
 - AUST L number 161005 the name of the test listed with the TGA is EARLY PREGNANCY TEST measuring 20miu - the sponsor or "owner of these tests" is Conceive Pty Ltd
        - AUST L number 114684 the name of the test listed with the TGA is PREGNOW PREGNANCY TEST measuring 10miu - the sponsor "or owner of these tests" is Ambermex Pty Ltd
 - AUST L number 136222 the name of the test listed with the TGA is DONNA OVULATION TESTER the sponsor or "owner of this product" is Conceive Pty Ltd.
 - AUST L number 114685 the name of the test listed with the TGA is OVUNOW OVULATION TEST the sponsor or "owner of these tests" is Ambermex Pty Ltd.
FERTILITY NATUROPATH
 - AUST L number 114684 the name of the test listed with the TGA is PREGNOW PREGNANCY TEST the sponsor or "owner of these tests" is Ambermex Pty Ltd
 - AUST L number 114685 the name of the test listed with the TGA is OVUNOW OVULATION TEST the sponsor or "owner of these tests" is Ambermex Pty Ltd.
FERTILITY2FAMILY (occassionally on ebay selling)
 - AUST L number 166646 the name of the test listed with the TGA is HCG SELF TEST KIT the sponsor or "owner of these tests" is fertility2family
 - AUST L number 166647 the name of the test listed with the TGA is LH SELF-TESTING DEVICE the sponsor or "owner of these tests" is fertility2family

Hmm.....so what does all that mean.....
Basically there are few different tests being sold on ebay at the moment, that is;

** ONE STEP URINE PREGNANCY TEST and ONE STEP URINE OVULATION TEST being sold by the user Oracle Fertility (myself)
** PREGNOW PREGNANCY TEST and OVUNOW OVULATION TEST being sold by fertility naturopath and inpregnancy.
** EARLY PREGNANCY TEST being sold by inpregnancy
** HCG SELF TEST KIT AND LH SELF-TESTING DEVICE being sold by fertility2family occassionally online

Having said all that, recently there has been a tendancy for random users to start selling pregnancy tests on ebay using a "stolen" Aust L number. Things to look out for are tests sold at excessively lower than the standard prices, tests packaged in a foreign language, innadequate instructions, poor advertising infomation etc.

The consumer has full access to the TGA'S database of listed pregnancy tests on their website. Here you can search the actual Aust L number being provided and/or a sponsors/company's name.

Well.... we hope this has been of some help in what to look for when purchasing fertility products online...
If we can think of anything else that could be useful or customers have any questions they woudl like answered, please don't hesitiate to ask, and we will try and keep this guide as up to date as possible.

All the best trying to conceive...
Oracle Fertilty.

 
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