Cheapest Pregnancy Test

Pregnancy tests can range from pennies per test to $10 per test. With such a wide range of prices, it can be difficult to identify the cheapest pregnancy tests that still are accurate. As it turns out, even tests purchased in dollar stores measure the same hormone, HCG, and usually at the same concentration as the much more costly tests. Effectively all of these tests consist of antibody test strips that react with HCG in the urine and yield a positive result either with a pink or blue line or with a digital readout of Yes/No or Pregnant/Not Pregnant.

The cheapest pregnancy tests I have found can be purchased on Amazon.com for as little as $6.06 for 25 tests with free shipping to the continental United States. At such a low price, even the dollar store brands seem expensive, but certainly the $10/test First Response Digital Gold pregnancy test seems outrageous. What is the cause of the wide range in tests? It is mainly marketing, but also includes a little bit of added convenience.

For instance, the cheapest pregnancy tests come as single pack thin strips packaged with a desiccant. These tests must be dipped in a cup of urine and placed on a flat surface for at least 3 minutes (but fewer than 10). Many women do not want the hassle of urinating in a cup and instead prefer the most expensive, mid-stream tests that you can simply hold under the urine stream for 3 – 5 seconds. In either case, the actual readout and the sensitivity is the same.

In addition, some of the cheapest pregnancy tests require even more effort on the part of the user. Many of the dollar store brands require not only that you urinate into a cup, but also that you use a dropper to add a few drops of urine to a test region. These “cassette-based” pregnancy tests require the most hands-on time, and for many women, handling urine is a uncomfortable thing.

The most expensive tests include the digital brands that give a yes/no readout rather than requiring the user to discern a second line in the test region. These allow for the more hands off, automatic readings, and not surprisingly, they typically cost much more than the cheapest pregnancy tests. If you are willing to wait until your missed period, the test line likely will be quite dark if you are pregnant, and therefore, the difficulties of reading the test are mitigated. Indeed, the most expensive pregnancy tests are geared toward women who are trying to conceive and will spare no expense to determine their pregnancy status as soon as possible.

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