More than 58,000 pregnancy tests in the UK have been recalled after reports of inaccurate results. The affected batch consists of Clear & Simple digital tests with the lot number DM10220170710E and an expiry date of January 2020. Available since November last year, some tests have reportedly delivered positive test results to women who are not, in fact, pregnant.
The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) asked customers who had purchased the tests, manufactured by Guangzhou Wondfo Biotech, to return them to pharmacies and shops, and seek alternative testing.
The NHS advises that positive pregnancy tests administered at home are usually reliable and the packaging of this particular test claims to be 99% accurate.
Taking a pregnancy test can be incredibly intense and emotionally draining – the idea that the information received might not be true is genuinely scary
Without scaremongering, this is a genuine health crisis for potentially thousands of women, who are already burdened with the bulk of emotional, physical, psychological and financial labour when it comes to everything related to reproduction.
Taking a pregnancy test can be incredibly intense and emotionally draining – literal lives depend on the result and the idea that the information received might not be true is genuinely scary. A false positive for a woman who has been trying to get pregnant could be hugely distressing; or for a woman who has spent huge amounts of time and effort, and thousands of pounds, on fertility treatment. It could affect major life decisions, trigger relationship-challenging conversations and cause real psychological damage.
Reportedly, only a “small number” of tests have been affected, but pregnancy, fertility and motherhood happen to individual women and it is crucial that what is already a difficult and sometimes isolating experience isn’t made any harder.