Reading Your Pregnancy Test Results

Finding out you are pregnant can be an exciting time for many – but it can also be a shock to some who hadn’t planned to conceive just yet. Similarly, you may have taken a pregnancy test and hoped to hear positive news, but the result is negative. If you have taken a pregnancy test and need help figuring out what to do next, for the best advice on what to do next depending on your circumstances, click through to follow our simple steps to discover what is right for you.

Positive Result

Finding out you are pregnant can be an exciting time for many but also quite a shock for those who hadn’t planned to conceive just yet. For the best advice on what to do next depending on your circumstances please choose one of the following options:

    • Planned

For the best steps towards a healthy pregnancy, the first thing you should do is make an appointment to see your medical professional. Your midwife, doctor or obstetrician can provide you with much of the information you will need to know about the months ahead. See our Useful Links for more information on where to seek advice.

Learning that you are pregnant should serve as encouragement for you to adopt healthy lifestyle habits. Visit our Family Planning section to learn more.

    • Not Planned

If you haven’t planned for a baby, discovering you are pregnant can be an anxious time. No single choice may feel completely right – just what’s best given your circumstances. You need to act quickly, in order to keep all your options open, and may find it helpful to talk it over with a number of people you feel you can trust. Discuss it with your partner, midwife, doctor, local family planning clinic, or your parent/s or carer. See our Useful Links for more information on where to seek advice

Negative Result

If you’ve taken a pregnancy test and have received a negative result, you may not be pregnant, or it may be too early to tell. If you do not get your period within seven days, you should retest with another FIRST RESPONSE™ Early Result InStream Pregnancy Test or FIRST RESPONSE™ Digital Pregnancy Test.

For further advice on how to increase your chances of conception see our Useful Links for more information on where to seek advice.

Fertility Advice – increasing your chances to conceive.
If you are having difficulty becoming pregnant, it could be that you are not having intercourse in the two days when you are most fertile, around the time of ovulation. Our FIRST RESPONSE™ 7 Day Pregnancy Planning Kit is over 98% accurate1 at helping you identify these days by detecting the rapid increase in luteinising hormone (LH surge), which normally occurs 24-36 hours before ovulation. Your two most fertile days begin with the LH surge. You are most likely to become pregnant if you have intercourse within 36 hours after detecting your LH surge.
You can also visit our Planning for Pregnancy section to learn more on trying to conceive.
Online Calculators – work out your best dates to conceive
    • Ovulation Calculator

Check out the days when you’re most likely to conceive

    • Due Date Calculator

Work out when your baby will be saying hello to the world


1 98% accurate in detecting the LH surge in laboratory studies