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KDKA-TV: FDA Approves "Earliest" Pregnancy Test Reporting

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

 It used to be a woman would have to get a blood test to find out if she was pregnant.

Then, urine pregnancy tests became available about 20 years ago.

But as with many medical products, improvements are made from time to time and now a home pregnancy test has just been FDA-approved that can let you know a little earlier - even six days before missing your menstrual period. That is one day earlier than other available tests.

"The initial tests weren't quite as sensitive as the ones that are out now, and this one just proved to be more sensitive," said Dr. Eugene Scioscia, Jr., an OBGYN at Allegheny General Hospital.

The makers of First Response Early Result Pregnancy Test say that the new technology improves the detection of pregnancy hormones at lower levels.

"I think knowing in advance and as early as possible is a huge advantage for women," says Dr. Scioscia.

To read more, visit the KDKA website.

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