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Do You Really Need a Bluetooth Pregnancy Test?

​Technology has made our lives easier, or so it seems. It is integrated in most of our daily activities, and now we have a pregnancy test that syncs up to an app on a smartphone—an app that will distract a woman while she’s trying to kill three minutes waiting for the results of her pregnancy test.

​Whether you’re expecting a baby or trying to avoid getting pregnant, it can be really stressful while you’re looking down at the stick that you just peed on or dipped into a urine sample. So some thought it would be nice to help women calm their nerves while waiting for those three never-ending minutes.​

What is a Bluetooth-Enabled Pregnancy Test?

Haven’t heard about it yet? In simple terms, it is a pregnancy test that communicates via Bluetooth with a companion app on a smartphone. The very first smart Bluetooth pregnancy test was developed by Church & Dwight Co. Inc., the creators of First Response ovulation and pregnancy tests.

This pregnancy test, known as First Response Pro Digital Pregnancy Test Kit, was unveiled in April 2016 and has so far garnered positive reviews from many to-be moms (both on Google Play and Amazon​). According to the manufacturer, First Response Pro Digital Test can detect pregnancy as early as six days before the day of your expected period. It has an accuracy rate of > 99% accuracy from the day of the expected period. ​

​How Does the First Response Pro Digital Pregnancy Test Kit Work?​

What makes this pregnancy stand out from the rest is that the app can inform the woman if the test is working properly and guide her throughout the process. Talking of an app that tells you the steps to follow to perform your pregnancy test, including telling you whether the amount of urine provided is enough to perform the test and time remaining to result.

First, you have to download the app on the AppStore or Google Play and open it. Then remove the pregnancy test stick from the wrapper and follow the instructions in the app to connect your pregnancy test. This video shows you how to perform the test.

The Three-Minute Wait

This is where the fun part begins. Since most women are anxious during this time, the app puts together options for you to plow through those seemingly interminable minutes while counting them down. You’ll be prompted to select one of the following three options: “Educate me,” “entertain me,” or “calm me”.

If you wish to know a little bit about female fertility, then the “educate me” option might work for you. If you love watching videos or wish to listen to supposedly calming music, then “entertain me” or calm me would be just good for you, respectively. If you’re not keen on taking quizzes on fertility and reproduction or viewing cute pet videos or potentially calming content such as ocean waves and breathing exercises, then you might just want to skip this pregnancy test entirely.

The Results

As soon as the results are ready, these will be displayed on the test stick and will sync to the user’s phone. The app will display a “Congratulations” for users who indicated that they wanted to get pregnant when initially entering their information. In addition, the app offers a calculated due date and help with booking an appointment with a physician. If the results are negative, it suggests methods for the couple to get pregnant faster. Users who indicated they were not planning to get pregnant simply read their negative results and are provided information on pregnancy symptoms as well as tips to avoid a pregnancy.

Users can also access post-results information such as the basics of fertility, pregnancy fitness and nutrition, and necessary questions for a woman to ask her physician. Users can also learn about the stages of fetal development for a normal pregnancy.

Pros

  • Convenient and user-friendly.
  • Fast and accurate results without the need to visit a doctor's office.
  • Results can be communicated to a medical health information network.

Cons

  • The app requires a certain number of permissions that some users might not like.
  • Some users might not like a clause in Church & Dwight's Privacy Policy, stating that they may share a user's personal information with third parties for third party marketing purposes. Read their full Privacy Policy here.
  • Some users feel it's not worth the extra money to be entertained or educated while waiting for their test results.

Conclusion

The First Response line of products are among my favorite ovulation and pregnancy test brands, and Church & Dwight are certainly trying to create innovative products to renew women’s interest in their products. However, I would be worried about sharing personal information on the app knowing that these can be shared with third parties. Although the First Response Pregnancy Pro Digital Test Kit can show positive results six days sooner than a missed period, I would be cautious about performing a pregnancy test too early and wait at least one after a missed period to test. Finally, if you think you can find other means of distraction–​besides watching videos of little cute animals or listening to calming music–​​while waiting for your pregnancy test results, then the Pregnancy Pro ​is definitely a test you can skip.

Princila
 

Hi! Thanks for visiting. I'm a science geek and proud mom of two adorable kids. I love to research, learn, and write about personal improvement, healthy living, and fertility. On this site, I'll be reviewing the best fertility and ovulation tests as well as discussing tips to help couples trying to conceive. I appreciate you visiting my website, and I'd be glad to answer any questions you may have.

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Matendi - September 17, 2017

I had never heard of the bluetooth pregnancy test. It is pretty neat I must say. I remember when my wife and I were trying to conceive. I suppose the few minutes of waiting could be nerve wracking.
I see where this pregnancy test could help someone pass the time especially if they are hoping for a negative result. Those three minutes could be the three longest minutes of your life.
The education that comes with the device, is it thorough or is it generic information that is available everywhere?

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    Princila - September 18, 2017

    Hi Matendi,

    Nice to have you around again. 

    The “educate me” section includes links to fertility overview pop quizzes, how long it should that to get pregnant, top conception questions, how fertility works, and am I pregnant or experiencing symptoms of the premenstrual symptoms? There is also a link to a relatively in-depth article on pregnancy and PMS, but it’s nothing you wouldn’t learn from articles elsewhere. If you click on the “pop quiz” link, you would find questions such as “do you know the status of your ovarian reserve?” and refer to follicle stimulating hormone and luteinzing hormone. Although it is pretty informative, I think this is info that you can find on any other website. Even after a user gets a positive pregnancy test, the app gives her general info about “fertility facts you must know.” It isn’t tailored to the user’s specific situation or needs.

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SJ - September 19, 2017

Wow, we have definitely come very far with technological advances. I never thought I would see Bluetooth pregnancy tests.

I do like the fact that you can choose whether you want to be educated or distracted while you wait. Those 3 minutes can be very long indeed.

I’m not sold whether we need the bluetooth function as a whole though. It’s a fun addition, with possible privacy erosion but not necessary in my opinion.

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    Princila - September 19, 2017

    Hi SJ,

    Thank you for visiting and commenting. 

    Personally, I think women are grown up enough to be able to wait out those 3 minutes without breaking. LOL. If I have to encourage anyone to buy this test, it’s just for the fun part. 

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Brian and Cassie - September 23, 2017

Thank you for all that thorough information. I also have never heard of a bluetooth pregnancy test, but can completely understand why they make one. I’m sure it sells well given that one third of people can’t even go to the bathroom without taking their phones with them.
I do think that it would be beneficial to have all of that pre-screened information right at your fingertips when you are having that moment in your life.
Thank you again for breaking that down for us, it will help clarify it for a lot of people.

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    Princila - September 23, 2017

    Hi  Brian and Cassidy and thanks for visiting.

    I’m happy you found this informative. Actually, this Bluetooth pregnancy test has been around since last year, but many people, including  bloggers who write about fertility, do not know about this test, suggesting that it is not really popular. But I won’t be surprised if women who try it out do so merely for the fun part. Plus, it’s the First Response brand, which has a reputation of having pregnancy tests with high accuracy rates.

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asmithxu - September 27, 2017

It is amazing how far technology has come into our lives. It seems like this might be really good for someone who is trying to conceive, since they will likely have to take pregnancy tests more often and it could add to the anticipation and excitement around that whole time in their lives and since it seems to help track the pregnancy.

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Sherry - September 30, 2017

I usually love technology, especially if it makes life faster and easier. I don’t always love the prices of these new devices.
I think this is a good example of being too smart for their own good. Yeah, it’s cool, but I’m not sure of its convenience and I am uncomfortable with their marketing policy.
Sometimes new tech devices lowers prices after it’s been out a while or competition comes up. Do you think the price would drop some after more people are using it?

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    Princila - September 30, 2017

    Hi Sherry,

    Thanks for stopping by. 

    I also agree it’s a cool device, and if anyone’s planning to try the First Response Pro Digital Test, it should be for the fun of it. It’s true that prices of new tech devices typically drop after sometime when competition comes up, but I’m not sure about this test. Until now, I haven’t seen anything like it, except for an underarm basal thermometer that records body temperature every 4 seconds and the data is linked to the app via Bluetooth. Lets wait and see what the manufacturer decides. After everything, this test has been around for a little over a year.

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James Harvey - October 5, 2017

Wow, its amazing the access we have to technology nowadays. This was a very interesting article to read. I and my wife haven’t yet had our first child. But it was very good to read up on some of the things we have access to. So we can better prepare for when that special time comes.

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    Princila - October 5, 2017

    Hi James and thanks for stopping by.

    I’m glad you found this helpful and wish you and your wife the best when you go down the baby-making journey. Who knows? Your wife might want to try this Bluetooth pregnancy test just for fun. 

    Cheers!

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Sylvain - October 17, 2017

Hi, i have no clues before your post that there were some pregnancy Bluetooth tests ! It’s seems like a pretty good stuff. Maybe we will try it with my wife for our second child !
Thanks
Sylvain

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    Princila - October 20, 2017

    Hiya, Sylvain!

    Thanks for visiting again. Yep, technology has a place in every aspect of our lives, including the baby-making domain. Who could have imagined a Bluetooth pregnancy test a few years ago? This is probably a test to try for the fun of it, as I don’t imagine an adult woman needing an app to calm her nerves while she’s waiting for her test results. 😉

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