By Jack Xavier
If you’ve ever wondered where to buy a pregnancy test in Japan, you’ve come to the right place. Whether one is trying to conceive or concerned by a late period a pregnancy test offers the confirmation you desire. Luckily, finding a pregnancy test in Japan is fairly cheap and easy.
▪ How to acquire a pregnancy test in Japan?
Finding a pregnancy test is not very difficult in Japan, as they are available at pharmacies by the name: 妊娠検査薬 (にんしんけんさやく, ninshin kensa yaku) or妊娠判定テスト (にんしんはんていテスト, ninshin hantei testo). The following is a list of the top 5 most common chain pharmacies all across Japan at which one can buy a pregnancy test.
- Matsumotokiyoshi (マツモトキヨシ) – Otherwise commonly referred as “Matsukiyo”
- TSURUHA Drug(ツルハドラッグ)
- cocokara fine (ココカラファイン)
- SUNDRUG (サンドラッグ)
- COSMOS (コスモス)
If one of these stores does not exist close by, a local drug store should carry pregnancy tests as well. Alternatively, one can also order a pregnancy test in Japan over the Internet on an online marketplace such as Amazon or Rakuten.
▪ What is the cost of a pregnancy test?
A pregnancy test in Japan will cost about 500 to 2000 JPY depending on the brand and type, and can come in test packs of one or two. In addition, there are two varieties to choose from, analog (regular) or digital, but the function remains the same. The only difference between the two is that the digital kind displays a written message “Pregnant” or “Not Pregnant”, whereas the regular kind displays symbols such as a stipe or a circle accompanied by a chart on the box to decipher the results.
The following is a list of Japanese pregnancy tests along with their cost at the time of this article.
- do test (ドゥーテスト) 1 test pack: 458 JPY, 2 test pack: 669 JPY
- P-Check (P-チェック) 1 test pack: 530 JPY, 2 test pack: 429JPY
- Clearblue (クリアブルー) 1 test pack: 289 JPY, 2 test pack: 628JPY
- Check One (チェックワン) 1 test pack: 535 JPY, 2 test pack: 818 JPY
▪ How does a pregnancy test work?
A pregnancy test works by checking for the presence of HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) within one’s urine. HGC is a hormone made by the body after a fertilized egg attaches to the wall of the uterus. If used correctly, with the right timing, a pregnancy test should be 99% accurate. However, regardless of the test’s outcome, if one is indeed trying to get pregnant, one should schedule an appointment with a doctor to confirm any positive results with an ultrasound, in addition to getting a general check-up.
HealthyTokyo is more than happy to help in this area, and can set up an appointment through its concierge service with an English-speaking medical professional who can answer any questions. Simply contact HealthyTokyo with the chat feature located on the bottom right of the webpage.
▪ When to use a pregnancy test?
A pregnancy test should be used 6 to 8 days after a missed period. As HCG levels increase over time, the test will be more accurate starting from about one week after the missed period, at which point HCG levels will be high enough (or none existent) to determine if one is pregnant.
There are two basic techniques for using a pregnancy test accurately. The first method is to urinate directly onto the absorbent end of the test; otherwise, one can collect the urine in a cup into which to dip the test. Please note, depending on the brand, the amount of time one should expose the test to urine changes, usually about 5 seconds (5秒) for urinating directly onto the test, and 10 seconds (10秒) when using a cup.
Whether excited or unsure about the impending results, finding a pregnancy test in Japan should not be an issue, as they are inexpensive and easy to acquire. If you are having trouble getting pregnant, read our article on fertility therapy in Japan here.
As stated before, if one would like to follow up the results of your pregnancy test with an English-speaking doctor, HealthyTokyo’s concierge service is a great option.
Have a question about the concierge service, or anything else? Please contact HealthyTokyo through the site chat feature on the bottom right of the page.
Before going, just remember:
- There are two kinds of pregnancy tests, analog and digital, but they work the same.
- A pregnancy test will cost about 500 to 2000 JPY on average.
- If you think you are pregnant, wait 6 to 8 days after your missed period to check with a pregnancy test.
- It is recommended to consult a doctor after the results of the pregnancy test, and HealthyTokyo can arrange an appointment.
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