(Closed) Dollar store tests VS. FRER?

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
9053 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

If you got a squinter on a dollar store test, I’d probably splurge on the FRER.  Or give it one more day, do a dollar store again with first morning urine and be prepared to do the FRER tomorrow.

Post # 4
4582 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Yes – I used a dollar store test the morning after AF was due and I got a faint second line. I waited a few hours and used a FRER and I got a super dark second line.

Post # 5
296 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I used a walmart 88 cent cheapie (which is the same as the dollar store ones, I’m pretty sure) and I got a suuuuppperr faint (could barely see it) line and a few hours later I tested on a First Response Gold digital and a ClearBlue Easy digital and they both said “Yes +” and “Pregnant”. I know you were looking for a comparison to a FRER, but I had always thought the digitals required a higher amount of HCG (I could be wrong) and to go from a super faint line to a really fast-appearing positive on the digi was really cool. I think the dollar store/walmart cheapies are less sensitive, or at least the lines don’t get as dark as soon as they would on other test. Just my opinion. Could be wrong.

Post # 6
4803 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Sorry I have no experience with this personally, but if I had reason to believe there may be a line on the cheapie, I would probably splurge for one of the ones that is cut and dry – “pregnant” or “not pregnant”.

Post # 7
268 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@MrsSunshine:  I don’t have any first hand experience, but there is a sticky post on the main TTC page about test sensitivity. And according to this website http://www.peeonastick.com/hpts.html ***First Response Early Result recently began citing their official sensitivity as 25 mIU, but one clinical trial found it to detect 12.5 mIU/mL consistently.  And the Dollar Tree (and most others) are listed as 25 mIU/mL.  Do you think its possible you ovulated late?  If you saw a faint line today and have another cheapie test I’d say use that first thing tomorrow!  Good luck! 

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