Why use AL-SENSE™?
AL-SENSE™ is the only home screen test available in Australia that can help you know if a fluid leak during pregnancy is more likely amniotic fluid or urine.
Using the test is as simple as wearing a panty liner – in fact, the test is a panty liner, created to detect amniotic fluid by testing the pH (acidity level) of a leak.
Combination of the chemical formulation and panty liner composition reduces interference from urine. If you leak amniotic fluid, this panty liner will react: part of it will turn blue-green. The stain can be in any size, any shape, and appear anywhere on the yellow background of the liner.
If, after a leak, you look at the panty liner and there’s a blue-green stain, you may be leaking amniotic fluid. You should then contact your doctor immediately.
When to use AL-SENSE™
Pregnancy can be a wonderful time, but the changes in your body can sometimes cause uncertainty. An increase in vaginal wetness is a normal part of pregnancy, but it’s also a cause for concern.
Studies show that up to
46% of pregnant women will experience urinary incontinence during their pregnancy
10% will experience amniotic fluid leakage as a result of a premature rupture of membrane.
With AL-SENSE™, you can now monitor your leaks with a simple panty liner test, and it is safe for you and baby.
You should use AL-SENSE™ whenever you experience unidentified vaginal wetness. Wear the panty liner as soon as possible after feeling wetness. AL-SENSE™ will help you determine whether you are experiencing urinary incontinence or an amniotic fluid leak.
Who should use AL-SENSE™?
- It is recommended as the first response when a pregnant woman experiences wetness.
- This would help distinguish if the wetness was due to amniotic fluid leak or any other reason.
- There is a risk of leakage during the first 48 hours after amniocentesis, AL-SENSE™ should be worn after amniocentesis to ensure the sac is sealed.
- In high risk pregnancies, first time pregnancies, pregnancies by IVF, history of miscarriages.
- To use as a standby kit in case of a feeling of wetness at home.
How to use AL-SENSE™
Simply attach the special AL-SENSE™ panty liner to your underwear and get on with your day (See the Package Insert for detailed instructions). When you feel a fluid leak check for a colour change on the yellow background. The pad colour change can be partial or complete (any intensity, shape, size or location). Note: a colour change appears within 10 minutes following a fluid leak. If there is a colour change to blue or green, amniotic fluid may be leaking from your uterus, or you may have a vaginal infection.
You should consult your doctor or go to the hospital without delay.
If the panty liner remains yellow or turns yellow after 10 minutes, the fluid leak is probably urine, which is common during pregnancy. Any minimal amounts of amniotic fluid leakage which can be sensed as wetness by the user will create a visible blue or green stain. For further diagnosis and medical care, report the results to your doctor.
Reading your results
Quick and easy to interpret results
10 minutes after removing the panty liner, look at its colour:
If you observe any signs of vaginal bleeding, disregard the results, and contact your doctor immediately.
If the yellow panty liner is stained blue-green, you may be leaking amniotic fluid, and you should contact your doctor without delay.
If the yellow panty liner did not change colour (remained yellow), the vaginal wetness was probably not caused by amniotic fluid. If you continue to experience vaginal wetness, use a new panty liner and repeat the test or contact your doctor.
Showing the results to your doctor
When showing the results to your doctor, bring the panty liner with the package insert to your doctor (amniotic fluid stains stay visible for at least 2 hours).
For complete information, please see the AL-SENSE™ product insert.
Reading results for the AL-SENSE™ panty liner
|Test Result||Stain colour when removed|
The presence of a blue-green stain (any intensity), in any size, shape or location on the panty liner is a positive result and may indicate amniotic fluid leakage. An elevated urine pH (above 7.5) may give a false positive result even in the absence of amniotic fluid. You should always advise/contact your doctor when results are positive.
If there is a possibility of remaining wetness from shower, bath, etc., disregard the positive result and retest, as these conditions may interfere with the results.