12
Jan
09

Ahh, the two week wait.

I have decided to start the Women’s Health series with one of my favorite scams, ever.

Pregnancy tests.

Seriously. Pennies to produce, sometimes $20 to buy. It’s all in the packaging here, folks. I am frequently asked where someone can buy cheap pregnancy tests, because those couples trying to conceive can easily spend hundreds of dollars. That’s even before the sperm hits the egg, in a lot of instances.

I direct people to: The Dollar Tree, and Ebay.

Uh huh.

I know you are going “You are insane. I’ll just spend $8 on a pregnancy tests a Walgreens and get a brand I am familiar with.”

Let me introduce Peeonastick.com . Not only a catchy name, but a treasure trove of resources when it comes to pregnancy tests and ovulation detectors. They have researched a huge variety of tests, from sensitivity to how easy the reading is to understand on the test itself. Start over here, at HPT overviews.

There are a lot of familiar name brands on there. ClearBlue Easy, EPT, etc. But take a look under “sensitivity.” In a pregnancy test, you want the lowest number possible. This means, as the pregnancy hormone starts to show up in your body, it will detect a lower amount and therefore detect a pregnancy quicker. Some of the tests have pretty high numbers, names like ClearBlue Easy, EPT One Step, Fact Plus Pro, etc. They all register at 50-100 mlU/ml. Surprisingly, though, the cheaper tests – Equate (wal-mart, around $2-3 per test), New Choice (Dollar Tree, at duh, $1), and Target all come in at 20-25miU/ml. That’s some good stuff right there. That means that the $1 New Choice better at detecting pregnancy than a number of more expensive brands. Packaging on a pregnancy test means nothing. It’s the stick inside you want to be good, and you want it to have accurate results. Some companies are starting to tap the market of overpriced pregnancy tests by marketing tests that are less expensive and without all the fancy plastic and packaging.

I ran into a woman at the Dollar Tree that was trying to conceive, and she was buying over 20 tests. (Just a note, though, they tend to keep them behind the cashier counter so people don’t steal them.) It’s not a bad idea to go buy $5 worth just to have on hand, if you are testing for one reason or another.

I tend to see the “early pregnancy detection” tests as a scam. Any test is pretty effective from two weeks from the “questionable” sex (the sex that might have caused conception.) Instead of just going by the words on the box, take some time and get to recognize the names that are more sensitive. Also, it tends to take 6 weeks after a pregnancy ending early (either naturally or through medical means) for the pregnancy hormones to disappear, so testing in that 6 week time frame might not be the most effective.

I think that’s it for now – if anyone has any questions or other things to add, feel free to comment! I am always looking for news and websites to pass on to others.

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