All it takes is 3 drops; 3 min­utes to know.

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Preg­nancy is a life-changer. For the woman who wants it, know­ing she’s preg­nant is bliss; for the un­pre­pared, it can mean a lot of chal­lenges ahead. But whether a woman’s preg­nancy is a de­ci­sion or an ac­ci­den­tal, con­fir­ma­tion is fore­most in her mind.

A num­ber of hor­mones are in­volved in preg­nancy, one of which is called hu­man chori­onic go­nadotropin (HCG) or preg­nancy hor­mone. It is pro­duced when a fer­til­ized egg im­plants in the uterus, usu­ally about six days af­ter the egg and sperm merge. It is the pres­ence or ab­sence of HCG that in­di­cates whether a woman is preg­nant or not dur­ing a preg­nancy test.

There are two types of preg­nancy tests – one uses a blood sam­ple and the other uses a urine sam­ple. Blood test­ing for preg­nancy tests needs to be done in the clinic by a doc­tor and can there­fore be ex­pen­sive and in­con­ve­nient. Urine test­ing is also done by doc­tors but nowa­days women pre­fer to do it them­selves pri­vately us­ing a Home Preg­nancy Test (HPT) which is easy to use and in­ex­pen­sive.

Used cor­rectly, HPT’S can be re­li­able and ac­cu­rate. There are a few things a woman who wants to know if she is preg­nant should do to get the best re­sults:

- Choose your HPT wisely. There are var­i­ous HPT kits in the mar­ket and you will do your­self a big fa­vor by pur­chas­ing the one made by a rep­utable com­pany that has been around for a while

- Be sure to check the ex­piry date of the kit you are buy­ing as an ex­pired kit will not give ac­cu­rate re­sults

- Keep your HPT kit at room tem­per­a­ture

- Read and un­der­stand the in­struc­tions on the HPT’S lit­er­a­ture or la­bel and fol­low them pre­cisely

- Do not drink ex­tra amounts of wa­ter the pre­vi­ous day as this will make the urine more di­lute and make it more dif­fi­cult to de­tect the HCG

- Use the first urine sam­ple in the morn­ing as this is more con­cen­trated

- Col­lect the urine in a clean and dry cup or con­tainer and use it for the test within 15 min­utes

- Make sure that what­ever med­i­ca­tion you are tak­ing does not in­ter­fere with the preg­nancy test re­sults; read the lit­er­a­ture of your med­i­ca­tion or check with your doc­tor first

Among the ex­ist­ing brands in the mar­ket, prob­a­bly the most re­li­able is MEDIC, a One-step Preg­nancy Test with over 99% ac­cu­racy. With its ul­tra-sen­si­tive tech­nol­ogy, MEDIC can de­tect HCG on the first day of missed pe­riod on women with reg­u­lar men­strual cy­cle.

MEDIC One-step Preg­nancy Test is easy to use. All you need is 3 drops of your urine on the strip and a short wait­ing time of 3 min­utes to get the re­sult: one stripe (NEG­A­TIVE) means you are not preg­nant and two stripes (POS­I­TIVE) means you are.

So if you missed your pe­riod and sus­pect you are preg­nant, you don’t need to guess, con­sult a manghuhula, buy a pack of tarot cards or play the ouija board.


- The ear­li­est writ­ten records of a urine-based preg­nancy tests date back to 1350 BC. Egyp­tian women who might be preg­nant would uri­nate on wheat and bar­ley seeds for seven days. If the bar­ley grew, it meant a male child; if the wheat grew, it meant a fe­male child. If both did not grow it meant there was no preg­nancy.

- Sel­mar Aschheim and Bern­hard Zon­dek in­tro­duced test­ing based on the pres­ence of HCG in 1928. In their test an in­fan­tile fe­male mouse was in­jected sub­cu­ta­neously with urine of the woman to be tested, and later the mouse was sac­ri­ficed. Pres­ence of ovu­la­tion in­di­cated that the urine con­tained HCG and meant that the woman was preg­nant. A sim­i­lar test was de­vel­oped us­ing im­ma­ture rab­bits, the rab­bit test. Here, too, it was nec­es­sary to kill the an­i­mal to check its ovaries. An im­prove­ment ar­rived with the frog test that was still used in the 1950s. A fe­male frog was in­jected with serum or urine of the pa­tient. If the frog pro­duced eggs within the next 24 hours, the test was pos­i­tive. In the frog test, the an­i­mal re­mained alive, and could be used again.

- The first home test kit for HCG was in­vented in 1968 by Mar­garet (Meg) Crane in New York. She was granted two U.S. patents: 3,579,306 and 215,774. The kits went on the mar­ket in the U.S. and Europe in the mid-1970s.

- Med­i­cal Cen­ter Trad­ing Cor­po­ra­tion, dis­trib­u­tor of MEDIC One-step Preg­nancy Test was es­tab­lished in

1946 and be­came a sub­sidiary of the Mer­cury Group of Com­pa­nies in 1972. It is now one of the coun­try’s lead­ers in im­por­ta­tion, distri­bu­tion, and mar­ket­ing of hos­pi­tal, med­i­cal, den­tal, sur­gi­cal and lab­o­ra­tory equip­ment and sup­plies. MCTC has branches in Metro Manila, Cebu City, Davao City, Iloilo City, Lipa City, San Fer­nando City, Pam­panga, and Ur­daneta City in Pan­gasi­nan.

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