We’ve come a long way from injecting urine into rabbits.
And now, yet another leap forward in determining whether a woman is pregnant.
As TIME reports, the first home pregnancy test to determine not just if you’re pregnant, but how far along you are has hit the market.
Basically, instead of one hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) testing strip, The Clearblue Advanced Pregnancy Test with Weeks Estimator has two. Of course, if your urine contains the hCG hormone, you’ll get a “Pregnant” response.
The second detection strip uses the hormone to estimate the length of the pregnancy based on time since ovulation. If you’re pregnant you’ll get a “1-2, 2-3 or 3+” to indicate by how many weeks pregnant you are.
The company says the test is about 93% accurate in estimating number of weeks a woman is pregnant. The Food and Drug Administration approved the kit for market in December, 2012. Starting September 1st, the test will hit store shelves in America. It’s already available in Europe.
The test can definitely be helpful for women who have irregular periods, as offering a bit of information before an ultrasound can ultimately determine dates. Doctors also tell TIME they hope it inspires women to seek prenatal care sooner, which can improve their chances of a healthy pregnancy and child.
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