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Q&A: Types of home pregnancy tests?

What different types of home pregnancy tests are there?

Re: What different types of home pregnancy tests are there?

The Bump Expert

There are oodles of different home pregnancy test brands to choose from, but don’t get overwhelmed -- you don’t need to try them all! Still, it's a good idea to test at least twice before you make an appointment with your doctor. You can swing into almost any drugstores and buy an over-the-counter home pregnancy test for anywhere between $8 and $20, depending on the brand and how many tests are included in the kit.

But first, get a grip on the basic types of tests. Some will have you pee on a stick,others will ask you to pee in a cup, and these days, some are even digital. They all test for the same thing, though -- a hormone called hCG, which is produced by the placenta and therefore indicates a pregnancy.

Pee-on-a-stick tests
Most common are tests that require you to pee on a stick or strip. Follow the directions loosely. You'll probably just need to pee on the stick or strip and wait for the result to show (usually a particular color or symbol that signals a positive or negative test).

Pee-in-a-cup test
After peeing in a cup, you'll either put a testing device in the cup itself, or place small drops of urine onto the device. If your urine contains hCG, it'll cause a portion of the stick to change color after several minutes.

Digital tests
These are designed to make the sometimes tricky results-reading process a little less confusing. If you find yourself frustrated over faded lines and barely-there plus or negative signs, pick up a digital test. They take away the guess work by giving a point-blank result of either pregnant or not.

Remember that with any test, false positives and negatives are always a possibility. Testing twice and consulting with a doctor is the best way to confirm.

The Bump Editors

Q&A: Types of home pregnancy tests?

I always had good luck with E.P.T. Test My doctor with my first child had said that's the brand they use...

acooby09 |

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I used the digital kind.

Lisa111007 |

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ept

tasheen |

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there are many differnt types of pregnancy tests

suga lu |

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I heard that pregnant tests at the dollar store is effective... yet, I have not tried using it but I am curious about what you guys think?

EOLCIN |

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I have used a pregnancy test from the doller store and they do work. I also did a ept just to confirm.

twonicelady |

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pee pn stick. pee in cup, blood test,

anniemech24 |

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I used First Response, it worked quiet well for me.

edithEMMALINE |

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Could someone please let me know how far you have to be for the PTS to work?

Glendak |

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EPT

adnanshirin |

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The dollar store has a $1 test and a $5 test. They both actually work! I was mortified when my husband came back from the store with a $1 test! When it came back positive, I immediately second-guessed its validity. I went back myself and was told they didn't have EPT or First Response. I took their most expensive option ($5) and it also came back positive. That was confirmed later that dat with my doctor.

mhchampion |

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Most of the HPT work exactly the same. They may pick up different levels of hormone; the more precise ones can be used the day of a missed period or the day before and the less precise ones are typically accurate as soon as the day after a missed period. I just buy whatever is cheapest and convince myself to wait a few days or a week after a missed period to test. The waiting is killer, but it makes the BFP even more exciting! Besides, after a few BFN, it's even more painful to pay for the expensive HPT with no baby to show for it.

ReiszsPieces |

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I TRY A PEE ON A STICK TEST FROM WAL-GREENS...THEY GAVE ME A POSITIVE ANSWER. I BOUGHT THE ONE THAT HAS TWO IN A PACKET I TOOK ONE EARLY IN THE MORNING... W UR FIRST URINE IN THE MORNING IS MORE EXACT TO TELL IF UR PREGNANT OR NOT??. THE NEXT MORNING I DID THE SAME THING AND THEY BOTH WERE POSITIVE ME AND MY HUSBAND ARE REALLY HAPPY...BUT TO MAKE SURE U SHOULD REALLY CONSULT A DOCTOR TO DUE A TEST TO CONFIRM UR ANSWER.

Ana N Jesus |

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I bought a 2 pack of First Response and took the 1st one when my period was a day late and it came out negative. I took the 2nd test when my period was 5 days late and it was a BFP!

Alyssamc04 |

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First Response

BOWJI |

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pee on a stick, pee in a cup, digital tests

pixiedoodle17 |

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Those Dollar Tree tests work! Their sensitivity level is 25! They are some of the best tests out there.

valerine1234 |

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I used 2 of WalMart's Equate brand pregnancy tests....both were positive!

manda_momma |

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Clearblue Easy

evadizzle |

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I've taken 3, and in ll three they appear to be positive results, but the line (or plus sign as the case may be) was faded. What experience does anyone have with this? Am I pregnant or not? Trying to decide if I should tell my husband tonight at Midnight - it's New Year's Eve! If I am pregnant it's early, like 4 weeks. Could that be why I am getting the slightly inconclusive results?

reginaraudabaugh@gmail.com |

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I take preg test at home it postive preg .. It started jan 17th

purplepunkmama |

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pee on a stick, pee in a cup, and digital tests

anneherron |

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I used First Response today. I saw one dark, solid line and one VERY light pink line. The second was only visible when i held the test up not when it was lying on the counter. I also took one 5 days ago and was clearly negative. I was supposed to get my period today. Is it still too early to tell? Has any one had problems with FIrst Reponse?

dani920 |

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I have used Clear Blue, First Responce, and EPT. The first 2 (CB & FR) said neg, however when I took 2 of the EPT there was a super light second line. Like you said dani920, I could only see it when I picked it up, but this happened twice! I really want to know. Its driving me crazy. Was supposed to start Jan 30 but nothing. Have some preg symtoms. Boobs are bigger, had cramps back when i was supposed to start but no AF. Im more tired that usual and my husband says Ive been more emo than normal. Idk if I am thinking things are different bc I want to be pregnant so bad or what. Going to the doctor March 2nd so I guess well see then....

KaristaG |

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I tested three times -- Once two days after my missed period, another 3 days later, and another 3 days after that -- all with three different brands of test and all were negative. I went to my doctor two days after my last negative test and there was a BFP on the test I took in the office!

Copernicus08 |

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I'm brand new to this site, and my husband and I are trying to conceive. What does BFN, BFP, and AF mean?

vbharrington |

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I took an EPT test on 10/27/09 and it came back that I was pregnant. YIPPEE!

Capricey |

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3

MMuccio |

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first response on tuesday (positive) and equate brand (wal-mart, $4 - also positive) this morning; doctor took blood for serum test yesterday afternoon, but said results could take a day or 2 to get back to him (which is why I did a second home test, and a different brand...so I could start telling people!)

AmbrosiaHino |

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On Monday, I took a Walgreen's brand HPT and got a thin blue line (positive), not as thick as the one next to it. So I then tried 3 Clearblue Easy + or -, all + (positve). On Wednesday, I bought the EPT digitals and made my friend take it with me. You know, I needed a control. LOL! Mine said "Pregnant," hers "Not Pregnant." So 5 positive pregnancy tests later, I've decided I'm pregnant. Going to the OB/GYN tomorrow afternoon to see what he says.

ttharp88 |

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I used the pee-on-a-stick test. I did 3 of them and they were all positive.

abuck21 |

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i used 2 of the dollar kind my second test i didn't take with my first pee of the day i waited till like noon on my day off... it's the pee in the cup variety.. after placing 4 drops in the indicated spot you should wait 3 min... the positive line was turning bright pink in less then 4 seconds! so yeah lol i'm preggy's :D

tiffkatz |

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all kinds duh lol

copperbeard |

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I have taken the digital e.p.t. twice now and I have gotten two negatives. I am a week late and have had many pregnancy symptoms but these negatives are throwing me off. Any thoughts?

mrsjoshualoch |

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I did 2 Clear Blue Easy. Both came out the same with just a normal horizontal line and a very faint vertical line (which would complete the plus). So I think that yes, I am preggers but just to be sure I'm going to go spring for the digital version tomorrow.

sugacattey |

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i took 2 dollar general test and they both came back positive. then tree days later yto make sure they werent lying i took two more and both came beck posotive

babyrussell10 |

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i had been having symptoms like a week or two before my missed period and then on the day my period was supposed to have come i took an ept, i took two of them as soon as i let loose on the sticks they immediatley turned to a plus sign, so i took it again and the same thing happened i made an dr i got in the next day and they said my due date is the first week of feb 2011

reedejadestiny |

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Here's a random question - to set up the situation: first thing Thursday morning I take a home test. Comes out clearly positive. Later that day go to doc (unrelated to possible pregnancy), need an x-ray. Doc takes urine (not blood) test, says it's negative. Couple days later, still feeling nauseous, vomiting, etc., so I take another home test - in the afternoon, different brand. The line was super faint, so neither my friend or I were "SURE". Back to the drug store to buy a 2-pack. First test (that night) comes back negative. Second test (first thing next morning) comes back positive. So I am wondering... is the urine test at the dr more reliable than a urine test at home? Especially curious since someone above said their doc uses EPT. I am scheduled to go see my doc for a confirmation blood test, but am across country until next week. Until then, just trying to (1) manage my curiosity, (2) reconcile two positives, two negatives, and a maybe, and (3) resist the temptation to go back to CVS for yet another round of stick tests. :)

SandK042 |

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I got a positive test on First Response digital yesterday (ovulated 2 weeks ago and no period yet). Doctor won't see me for 10 days, so now I don't know if I trust the positive and know I'm pregnant or be skeptical. Does everyone take multiple tests or do you ever just trust the positive?

heidi101407 |

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Hey everyone! I just bought up some stock in HPT's and with my Period more than a week away, I've felt wierd warming sensations in my belly, nausea last week, body aches this week. I'm wondering if anyone has ever gotten a BFP before the Early PT's say they read results. I've taken two so far and got BFN's but I don't know if I should hold out hope that the HPT will test positive before it says it can.. Or if I need to come to terms with the fact that I'm not Preggo, just a girl with flu-like symptoms while we're TTC. THANKS!!

h2ojock13 |

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I'm having another issue - my doc is treating interstitial cystitis so I am on and off AZO standard, which changes the color of your pee - should I use digitals? I am finding it's making for some funky results with the color-change-tests! Also I've heard that if the HCG is there, it doesn't matter what test you use, it'll show up loud and clear.

acadiababy |

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I used first response!

forddn |

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For my first baby I used EPT once and it was positive. This time I used 3 EPT and they were all negative. The next day I bought more but this time I got Clear Blue and it was positive! The next day! So no sure if it was the test or my hormone levels just needed that extra day

heathj245 |

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Well today I stopped by the dollar store and got the pee on the stick test and they came up positive and I am only a week late. So yes the cheap test do work. I have took the pregnant test from walmart that was like 15 dollars and it came back negative a few days ago. So all in all if you think you maybe pregnant and your getting negative and positive pregnancy test the best thing to do is get in to see your doctor and have blood work done. By me asking for blood work with my oldest child I was able to have her the doctors were going to do a dnc on me cause my test were doing that. Sometimes if you drink a soda or smoke a cig it can through off the result

lizzyandgeorgiasmommit |

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first choice. clear blue

nickithompson20 |

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I used the Walmart Brand a week ago and got a faint positive line. I tested again today with the Walmart Brand 2nd test and it was a bright positive line. I am going to buy a different brand of pregnancy test today to see for sure. I had false negatives with my first son who is now 5, so I was shocked to go in and find out I am pregnant and have a child 18 hours later, so I don't need any shocks this time.

kcazteacher |

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clear blue, the one with the digital screen i took 17 of them, everyone said positive.

tuesdaydawn |

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I did blood and HPT both were negative. After noticing my body changing I did and ultrasound and I am pregnant.

Promise72011 |

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pee

sigmafade |

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I tried the ones with the plus and minus sign which is confusing then I got the digital ones that say pregant or not pregnant. The pee on the stick you can put the pee in the cup but make sure it is clean.

iloveu4ever |

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First response line test worked for me. It showed positive a week earlier then the clearblue digital.

kaylaelaine20 |

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I used EPT digital and got a positive in the evening, after not having peed for about 5 hours. Then, I chugged a bottle of water and took the second one and it was neg. I called my sis-in-law who is preggy for the 4th time and she said that taking it at night and after a bunch of water can water down the test and that hormone levels are highest in the AM. After a completely sleepless night I took another one this AM and its positive!! So excited! Trying not to get to caught up until I get the blood test, but how can I help it?? If it helps, my sis-in-law, who happens to be fertile murtle says that the digital EPT have given her a lot of false negs.

ACAsomeday |

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I used CVS' digital home pregnancy test. The one that tells you "pregnant" or "not pregnant."

erinandmikewhitt |

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Just wanted to say that Dollar Tree has $1 pregnancy tests and $1 ovulation tests. Both totally work! If you were like me and wanting to test yourself all the time, why waste $$$ on so many tests! If youre skeptical of the test, you can always buy the real one...I took 3 in a row and they were all positive!! Then I checked it with a 4th, "real" cvs test! just think, you could spend $10 on 10 tests, or $10 on one!

ashleycca |

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For clear blue easy test takers, what if the verticle line is very very faint? I will take again in the AM, but dying to know :) Any thoughts?

petunia007 |

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Clear blue easy,First Respond, ept, rapid result , accu-clear

shameka1982 |

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I took about 5 home tests and a blood test because I was completely shocked:) All came back Positive. But the 5 home test were all dollar store brand...so they do seem to work.

wychets |

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I used equate (walmart brand) and then I didn't think it was right and took 3 more from the dollar store then went to the dr's. Yep im preggers! Lol

ElleC22 |

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You can buy home pregnancy test kits without a prescription in many pharmacies and supermarkets.

tkfrontend |

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dollar store tests worked for me all 3 pregnancies!

Elly loves Ray |

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I used stick tests two days apart - both positive.

gloriacbest |

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Just thought I would give you a website that you can purchase bulk strips (they just don't have the plastic casing). This is great if you a compulsive everyday tester like myself. I just purchase 20 strips at 0.80 cents a a strip. They come at a 20 mlU/ml/hCG sensitivty which is really great! The lower the sensitivity number means the better they work. Meaning they will show you a BFP with the smallest hint of hcg in your urine. Go to http://www.early-pregnancy-tests.com and you can read success stories and check out ovulation kits, pregnancy tests, basil temp thermometer, pre-seed lube...anything you might need to try to conceive on your own. I know I sound like a commertial for them, but I'm just really excited to find something that works so well for such a great price! Hope this helps :)

Wildasin0926 |

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Clearblue Easy digital

hazelcruzWed191180 |

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Don't use the Answer brand. I had hard to read results twice before I went to the doctor for a blood test!!

MaryEric |

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oh my goodness.. ladiesss!! I go to the dollar store and get my tests there.. they are more accurate then the digital ones.. P.S. thats the same ones the doctors use :)

Morgunbaby |

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pee-on-a-stick

lowryne3 |

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I bought 2 tests from the dollar store but wasnt sure if they were ok but they both said positive and they were right so i guess theyre ok.

jenneca11 |

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all different ones

dianatorres56089@yahoo.com |

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Pee-on-a-stick tests

bayanee |

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just took one clear plus!

amoelvjes |

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I took two pee on the stick type. One on 9 days past ovulation was a negative, and the other this morning 12 days past ovulation faint positive! OMG I'm so excited. It was unplanned but I am thrilled. I knew I was pregnant based on the symptoms starting 3 days after ovulation, but the neg test really made me sad. I was sure I knew my body better then that. So I started reading how long before I could test I found this amazing website. If you want to know your result chances just click on how many days past ovulation and is shows percentages of very faint pos, faint pos, standard pos, strong pos, blood pos, neg, and evap (what ever that is) Surprise surprise the blood test and the evap are the weakest link ladies. check out the site its amazing ohh and the calendars super cool. I would love to see the bump put in a direct link to this site for you all. "pregnancy test results" http://www.countdowntopregnancy.com/pregnancy-test/dpo-chart.php?dpo=21 Best of luck congrats to you all. And for all the neg reslults keep trying its lots of fun to try ;)

pearlsnow |

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buy a home pregnancy test

aviana5711 |

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what home test are from free

annachinadoll101 |

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joneskat99 |

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I used ept, clear blue digital, and first response. The first response and clear blue digital were positive and the ept was negative. I took them 2-3 days before my expected period so I know that has an impact. I wouldn't trust ept if you're hoping for early results.

awolchko |

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first response pregnancy test

nellymax |

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urine test

Mariana Kish |

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The good thing is that many of these tests are readily available and affordable. No longer do we need a lab test to know accurate results, when such testing kits can be found in your corner convenience store. Testing twice is always a good idea to avoid bad scares.

Htaylor12345 |

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I used Answer HPT and tested 3 days early with a positive result. The small strips I bought on Amazon were unable to register a positive at the same time.

Rachel Goldstein |

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I took clear blue and it came out pregnant

Shanicca23 |

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I used a Dollar Store brand with both of my pregnacies and they worked great!!

sbiederman00 |

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first response- i got a + four days before my missed period...saved me some money :)

williala |

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I have tried quite a few, I've found that the Dollar Store tests can detect them sooner, the digital will give you a negative if you do not have enough hCG in your urine. I've had 2 positive lined tests, then 1 negative digital then 3 more positive since then.

vwalker92 |

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I bought the Target brand early pregnancy test and tested 6 days early with a very faint but positive result!!!

jimmyandmarciwilliams |

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Clear blue

TaraHartis |

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I have used Dollar Tree ones for 9-10+ years & they work great as do their OPKs. NEVER a false positive yet & I have probably taken at least 100 of them over the years. I also just had my 1st experience w/the cheap tests from Wal-Mart & they also work. Believe it or not, they are LESS sensitive than the Dollar Tree ones... they took a good 5 days longer than the Dollar Tree ones to get a line that looked like a pink line (there was a hint of a line a couple of days prior, but it was questionable... it can be clearly seen on the dry test, but again, it's very faint). I personally find the name brand tests to be a huge waste of money when the Dollar Tree ones work just as well. My urine tends to take a while to show a BFP line, so for them to show a line for me they work well & for a small fraction of the price! Also, stay AWAY from ANY blue dye tests... they have an obnoxiously high rate of FALSE BFPs... such a horrible disappointment!!

mrsw00 |

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I bought the Target brand early pregnancy test and tested 6 days early with a very faint but positive result!!! Copy Marriage Certificate | Lost Birth Certificate>

Knottie08209572 |