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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 M
 

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