(Closed) Pregnancy test

posted 9 years ago in Babies
  • poll: If you or a friend needed a pregnancy test, where would you buy one?
    A reputable pharmacy or chain that sells pharmaceutical products : (59 votes)
    53 %
    A dollar/euro/pound store : (18 votes)
    16 %
    Wait and go to your doctor - no messin' around with over-the-counter stuff : (0 votes)
    The first place I could find one, I'd buy one! : (35 votes)
    31 %
  • Post # 3
    14181 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    The principles are all the same. I imagine a dollar store test works the same as a $10 test from Walgreens.

    Plus, what if you want to test like, 5 times? Then save the expensive one for the final one?

    I was always under the impression the dollar store tests were fine! But i suggested that to a friend one and she looked at me like i had two heads.

    Post # 4
    2865 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I know tons of people get them at the dollar store but I like the digital ones so I shell out the extra bucks at the drugstore and don’t have to try to figure out what the lines or dots mean.

    Post # 5
    3363 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    When you have been trying for oh so long, you NEED the dollar store ones or it gets expensive!!


    Post # 7
    1893 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I just discovered the dollar store near my house a couple weeks ago.  LOVE the dollar store.  GREAT place for greeting cards, wrapping paper and holiday decorations.  Would I buy food there?  No.  Cleaning supplies?  Eh, maybe.  Pregnancy tests?  HELLS no. 

    I heard things end up in discount stores because of minor imperfections (this could be accurate or inaccurate, I don’t really know).  If I’m trying to find out if I’m pregnant or not, I’d rather not rely on a potentially flawed device to tell me. 

    Post # 8
    2820 posts
    Sugar bee

    I first went to drug stores to get pregnancy tests but then did a little research and found out that the dollar store tests are just as sensitive as most of the early detect tests


    Then I bought a bunch of the dollar store tests.  I would definately choose seeing a pink line over digital.  I know it’s not that accurate but I would space out the tests every couple mornings to see the little pink line getting darker.  Since I couldn’t go to the doctors for awhile it was a nice comfort to see, ok still pregnant and much more pink than before.

    Post # 9
    2310 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I am pretty sure all that stuff has to be approved by the FDA, so I am really not sure what the issue is with dollar store brands. I agree with those above that said if you are taking tests every couple of days, the dollar store brands are the way to go.

    Post # 10
    682 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    I agree with @heathaah: when you have been testing so long those digital tests add up! And just a reminder, it is almost impossible to get a false positive. More than likely you will get a false negative. It just depends on your HCG level and how sensitive the test is.

    Post # 11
    1892 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I first took the more expensive tests. I too thought “how could a test from the dollar store possibly work?!”, but after taking the drug store tests with positive results I thought it would be fun to take one from the dollar store to see if it actually worked. Well I’m happy to say that I still got a positive results and kinda kicked ourselves in the butt for spending ~$30 on those expensive tests!

    I also went to a clinic to confirm the pregnancy (I was uninsured at the time) and they made me take another pregnancy test. Do you know what kind they used?! The very same test that I had gotten from the dollar store! I was shocked when she handed over the dollar store test and gave a little chuckle.

    Post # 12
    5496 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2010

    My neighbor just told me a few weeks ago that she had used the dollar-store tests and they worked. If one did confirm pregnancy (she has two kids now), then she would shell out the money for one from a drugstore to confirm the results. She said in her experience, that the dollar store tests WERE accurate, though. I’ll probably do the same thing. I’ll buy a few of those and then use the expensive tests from the drug store to confirm the results. 🙂

    Post # 13
    447 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2009

    I used two dollar store pregnancy tests, and they were both accurate.

    Post # 14
    396 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I don’t see why they wouldn’t be as accurate. Like stated above anything on the market has to be approved by the FDA. Just because it’s not marked up for a name brand doesn’t make it useless. I guess materialistic people might not agree; but I wouldn’t have any reason not to. The dollar stores here carry the same brands of most stuff. Sometimes just in smaller quantities; But equal quality.

    Post # 15
    5398 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I used a more expensive digital one, I used a cheap-o store brand one at a grocery store, and a mid-range priced one from Target.  In the end they all said the same thing. 🙂  I will say, though, the non-digital ones actually gave me the positive quicker, like instantly.   

    Post # 16
    2214 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I’ve used dollar store tests before and they were accurate.  I too was skeptical at first, but those suckers are expensive!

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