Church & Dwight has reported that FDA has cleared its 'First Response' Early Result Pregnancy test, which can determine pregnancy up to six days before the day of a woman's missed period.

First Response has patent pending technology that can detect the pregnancy hormone, human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), up to six days before the day of a woman’s missed period, one day before other at-home pregnancy tests.

The new pregnancy kits work by detecting the presence of the pregnancy hormone (hCG) in a woman’s urine. HCG begins to appear in a pregnant woman 8-10 days after fertilization. The amount of hCG doubles every 36-48 hours as the pregnancy progresses. With patent pending Polymeric Amplification Technology (PAT) that First Response has, it can detect the pregnancy hormone at lower levels.

Mary Jane Minkin, board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist in New Haven, Connecticut, and a clinical professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Yale University School of Medicine, said: “A pregnancy test with results this early sets the stage for a healthy baby and a healthy mother.

“This advancement means pregnant women can initiate a healthier lifestyle even sooner in the critical first stages of a baby’s development. Women who want results quickly will undoubtedly have less anxiety when taking this at-home test.”