Get answers to your most Frequently Asked Questions about the Rapid Results Pregnancy Test by selecting from our list below. If your question isn't listed here, you can contact our First Response Advice line here.

How can I use the test?

Remove test stick from the foil wrapper and take off the Overcap.

Holding the test stick by the Thumb Grip with the Absorbent Tip pointing downwards and the Result Window facing away from your body, place the Absorbent Tip in your urine stream for 5 seconds only. (You may also collect your urine in a clean, dry cup and immerse the entire Absorbent Tip in the urine for 5 seconds). With the Absorbent Tip still pointing downwards replace the Overcap* and lay the stick on a flat surface with the Result Window facing up.

*Replacement of the Overcap is not necessary for the proper functioning of the test.

Diagram of pregnancy test

How do I read the result?

Read your result at 45 seconds. If the result is not clearly visible, wait 45 seconds longer


TWO PINK LINES in the Result Window


One may be lighter than the other.


ONE PINK LINE in the Result Window.


The result window

How does the test work?

The First Response Rapid Results Pregnancy Test works by detecting the presence of the pregnancy hormone hCG (human Chorionic Gonadotropin) in your urine. The amount of pregnancy hormone increases as pregnancy progresses. First Response Rapid Results is sensitive enough for most women to detect hCG from the first day of their missed period.

When can I do the test?

Most women, if they are pregnant, will have enough hCG present in their urine from the first day of a missed period. You can use First Response Rapid Results Pregnancy Test any time of day. You don’t have to use first morning urine. Generally, however, your first morning urine contains the highest level of the pregnancy hormone.

How accurate is the test?

First Response Rapid Results Pregnancy Test is over 99% accurate at detecting typical hormone levels in laboratory testing.

What do I do if the result is positive (pregnant)?

Remember, this test is not intended to replace your doctor’s diagnosis. A positive (pregnant) test result shows that the pregnancy hormone (hCG) was detected. See your midwife or doctor to confirm that you are pregnant.

What do I do if the result is negative (not pregnant)?

You are probably not pregnant. If you do not get your period in a few days, you should retest with another First Response Rapid Results Pregnancy Test. It is possible that either you miscalculated the length of your cycle or your urine may not have had enough pregnancy hormone for the test to give a positive result. If you retest and again no hCG is found, and your period still has not started, you should consult your doctor.

The line(s) in the result window took longer than 45 seconds to appear. Is this a valid result?

Yes, in some cases it may take longer than 45 seconds to obtain a result. The presence of at least one pink line in the Result Window indicates a valid test.

I have waited longer than two minutes, and still there are no lines in the Result Window. Is there anything wrong?

Your result should appear within two minutes. If at 5 minutes there are no lines within the Result Window the test is invalid. This could be due to insufficient urine on the Absorbent Tip or not holding the device with the Absorbent Tip pointing downward while replacing the Overcap. You should retest with another First Response Rapid Results test, carefully following all directions.

Will the result change if left standing for a certain period of time?

The test result should be read as soon as possible after waiting 45 seconds. A positive result will last for at least 48 hours. However, a negative result may not last and should be read after ten minutes.

Do any medications or alcohol affect the test?

Only medications that contain the pregnancy hormone (hCG) affect the result (for example, A.P.L.* Pregnyl +++ and Pergonal++). This test should not be affected by hormone therapies containing clomiphere citrate (for example, Serophene** Clomid+), alcohol, painkillers, antibiotics, or the contraceptive pill.

Who can I contact if I have any other questions?

Contact the FIRST RESPONSE Advice Line and ask for Carol Moore on 01303 221686 or Freephone 0800 52 55 22, between 9.00 am and 4.30 pm Monday-Friday. In correspondence please quote the lot number printed on the carton. For advice and information on all issues from conception to birth and maternity care visit the First Response Midwife Advice Service at www.firstresponsefertility.com.

How can I use the First Response Midwife Advice?

First Response Midwife Advice Service is free and simple to use. Just visit our website at www.firstresponsefertility.com for expert advice and information on fertility, conception and pregnancy. You can confidentially email a midwife direct via the site and receive a personal response from our team of professionals.

I have been trying to become pregnant for some time. Is there any way I can increase my chances for conception?

The First Response Ovulation Test detects the sudden surge of luteinising hormone (one of your 'fertility hormones') that indicates ovulation (the release of the egg) should occur within 24 to 36 hours. This simple urine test finds the 2 days you are most likely to become pregnant, giving you time to plan, thereby maximising your chances of conception.

To increase your chances of a healthy pregnancy for you and your baby, you should consider the following:

Maintain a well balanced diet

Stop smoking

AVOID alcohol consumption

The first three months of pregnancy is the most important time and you need to see your doctor immediately for proper care and nutrition counselling. Medical research has shown that folic acid (a B Vitamin) can greatly reduce the chances of babies being born with neural tube defects such as spina bifida. The Department of Health (www.doh.org) recommends that women planning pregnancy take a daily 400mcg folic acid supplement and eat a diet rich in folic acid from the time they are trying to conceive up until the 12th week of pregnancy.