(Closed) are cheap pregnancy tests accurate?

posted 5 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

They are accurate in that they are programmed to detect a specific level of HCG.

Cheaper tests will typically need a STRONGER level of HCG to show “positive”, which is why you may get a negative if you test early or if you aren’t using first morning urine.

But – as you get further along (and typically by 14 DPO) ALL urine tests would show up as positive once they detect HCG in your urine.

Make sense?

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Mrs_Grenier:  i’m in Aus, so haven’t used them myself, but i’ve seen lots of Bees getting evaporation lines with Dollar Tree tests, which turn out to be negative on FRERs. So I’d just prepare myself to check any positives with a more expensive test before getting TOO excited 🙂 Good luck!

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I used a dollar store test the morning after my period was due and I got a faint second line (got a much darker line a few hours later with a FRER). 

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

They won’t be any more likely to give you a false positive, which is super extremely rare, but they might not detect lower levels of HCG as well, so you may get negatives while actually pregnant.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Yep they work just as well.  

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I got an accurate positive with a dollar tree test a few days before my period was due.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper

Here is a great thread that explains why they are still as accurate as others, THANKS MrsPuddingFace for this:

Pregnancy Tests by Sensitivity!

Also, I buy mine from Amazon.com – a brand called “wondfo” which are even cheaper or early-pregnancy-tests.com <– great site!! 

GL! FRERs can get sooo expensive if you are testing all the time!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Mrs_Grenier:  peeonastick.com has a comparison

I’ve actually heard that the cheap ones tend to be the best.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Mrs_Grenier:  Yes, they are just as good. I got a very faint positive with a dollar store test 2 days before my period was due, then a still faint but more visible positive the next day. I continued to test for a few days and the line never got very dark, but I’m still pregnant! Depending on the brand some cheaper tests may not be as sensitive so you would have to wait until your period is due or even later, to be sure that a negative is really a negative.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2002

wondfo’s from amazon. amazing. also ive heard a lot of false positives or evap lines from the early pregnancy website. but you cant go wrong with ordering wondfos from amazon! 25 tests for $6-8! & my wondfo gave me my bfp at 10dpo.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Yup! Mine worked- I used two tests just to be sure.  When I called my doctor to make an appt I asked if I needed to get a more expensive test or a digital, and she said, no need.  I tested the day after my period was due.

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Of course.  I only used dollar store ones and I am 19 weeks 🙂

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