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Online Pregnancy Tests: Do they Work?

By Susan Schade
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Did you know there were online pregnancy tests? Upon searching for an “online pregnancy test,” I find pages of results. The first one that I connect to only asks for my name. “Meg Ryan” I quickly type in. As the page changes, a beeping sound begins and the screen advises me to sit as still as possible as the remote testing system apparently is scanning my body for pregnancy hormones. In less than a minute the following message appears on my screen. “Pregnancy detected! Congratulations, Meg Ryan!” It is complete with an image from an ultrasound of what looks to be a baby at about 38 weeks.

Wow! I can’t wait to have another baby shower! Only one slight problem. I am one million percent sure that I am not pregnant. The site further offers to click on a “View my baby” button if you want to know if it is a boy or girl. I am far too reluctant to do this for fear that a porn virus will be sent to every contact in my computer. Did I mention that at some point during my results, I got a pop-up for Publishers Clearing House? Maybe I am pregnant and I won the sweepstakes.

When trying another site, it is more of a quiz than an actual test. Then towards the end of the quiz, the company tries to persuade you to order their pregnancy test with the claim that it is more accurate than store tests. The big promise is that it can detect pregnancy sooner than other tests. But is it really sooner if you have to wait for them to ship it to you?

Many of the online sites that I searched, welcomed me to take their “test” and answer questions to find out my chances of being pregnant. After going through a series of questions on Babymed.com, my results showed that it was “highly unlikely” that I was pregnant at this time and stated that pregnancy could only be confirmed by taking an actual pregnancy test. It appears this site, like some of the other on-line pregnancy sites, are designed to offer tips to women that are in the process of trying to get pregnant.

There are many online resources to provide symptoms of pregnancy and ways to focus on getting pregnant. Do I really trust an online remote pregnancy testing system? No.

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I have been a childless woman since I got married over 9,yrs ending last year my husband told me he wants to divorce me that he needs a child from another woman that he can't keep my marriage anymore, my life was miserable when I had such comment from him and I bear all the pains in me because no man will ever keep such patience all i could do is to please him to hold his anger that one day my prayers will be answer. I have cried all in me my friends do advised me crying will not solve my problem. December 20'th 2013 I traveled home for Xmas after spending 2,weeks I meant an old friend who ask of my kids, and I explained my situation to her she was shocked and surprise says for good 9,yrs in marriage I have no child, immediately she take me to a man called Dr diamond when will got there ! The man looked at me and smile, I wanted to explain my problem to him he told me to stop! that he already know what bring me to his temple is all about child, I said yes. Later on He gave me some herbs & oil with instructions. When getting to my husband house I used the herbs for 1,week the other week I missed my monthly sign and I told my husband he don't respond to me because he thought I was lying and I told him this is serious and he take me to the hospital and confirmed my conceived my husband was very happy after 1 month i call Dr diamond and told him that I am pregnant he said yes he already know, that I will deliver twins when the time comes and I told my husband what Dr said there was enough smile on him September 18'th 2014 my delivery was successful with twins boys my husband was very happy I so much appreciate to Dr diamond in my life. I am writhing out this email to childless women so that you will also found help from this Dr. diamondtemple@hotmail.com

October 12, 2014 - 9:45pm
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