About Home Pregnancy Tests - Tips for Using (Page 3)
Check Pregnancy Test Expiration; Discard expired tests!
The pregnancy test's box, or, in the case of generics, the outer package,
should show the expiration date of the pregnancy tests.
You should use the home pregnancy test before the expiration
date. If it's expired, the tests likely will not perform correctly as
the active ingredients that detect hCG will be inert. So, if you find
an old pregnancy test in the closet that expired 6 months ago, or 3 years
ago, toss it and invest in a new one!
The good news is that most tests you buy have a long shelf life
(e.g. we checked several drugstores, and expirations were from
1 to 2 years after the current date). Another oddity we occasionally found:
the expiration date on the outer box did not always match the expiration
date on the pregnancy test's inner wrapping! In all cases, the pregnancy
test's expiry date (on the inner wrapping) was either the same as or
later than that shown on the box's outside!
Tip: If buying at the store, take a minute and check
the expiration date on several of the boxes. Very likely, you'll
find that expiration date varies:
buy the test having the latest expiration, especially
if you are buying multiple tests in the same box. This way
if you don't use all the tests now, the other ones in the box will
expire as far off as possible.
HPTs are not (repeat, not) re-usable.
A home pregnancy test is not reusable. It's used once, the results
are read, and then it's bye-bye. Of course, you might want to
get a digital picture of it first, and share it on your fav internet
HPT sharing site! If doing so, make sure to take a picture of the
results within the valid reading time-frame for the test you
If you're concerned that the cost of HPTs is impacting your
baby-to-be's college fund, you might want to consider
your pregnancy tests online. In bulk, you can often pay a fraction
of the cost of brand-name tests.