On the way to achieving today’s super-simple, one-piece pregnancy tests that give results in two or three minutes, women needed to spend many years playing amateur chemist with test tubes, then waiting a very tense two hours for a result (assuming they performed the test perfectly). Here a look back at the evolution of home pregnancy tests!

EPT (Early Pregnancy Test): March 1978

The EPT In-Home Early Pregnancy Test is a private little revolution any woman can easily buy at her drugstore. It is highly accurate… That means you can confidently do this easy pregnancy test yourself — privately — right at home without waiting for appointments or delays. (Results in two hours.)

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EPT: October 1979

e.p.t. is the only in-home pregnancy test proven accurate by more than a million women. (Results in two hours.)

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Daisy 2 pregnancy test kit: August 1982

No other pregnancy test gives you all this:

1 hour test time (most home tests require 2 hours).

A toll-free number so you can talk to our registered nurse to ask a question… get advice and counsel.

Our double-check system with 2 tests in every kit so you can reassure yourself as to the accuracy of your test result.

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First Response: November 1985

Am I pregnant? New First Response. The truth in 20 minutes.

New First Response Pregnancy Test is the most sensitive ever perfected. It’s based on breakthrough technology form the makers of Tampax tampons.

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