Considering the tests all look to detect the same thing, the pregnancy hormone, when the products are used correctly, they are essentially equal.
HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The pregnancy test purchased at the dollar store says 'Over 99% Accurate' but the price is just one dollar. Is this a case of you get what you pay for or is the test as accurate as the label claims?
Tara Ledford wasn't going to spend a lot of money on something she knew was going to be negative, so she went to Dollar Tree one night after work to pick one up. The test can be pretty pricey after all, ranging up to $35.00. But after Ledford took the test, low and behold it was positive, and accurate. Now she's 22 weeks pregnant, expecting her first child, a baby girl.
"Her name is going to be Page Elizabeth Harter," she says.
A reproductive endocrinologist with Coastal Fertility Specialist in Myrtle beach, Dr. Michael Slowey, says the basic technology is the same for all the products. Considering the tests all look to detect the same thing, the pregnancy hormone, when the products are used correctly, they are essentially equal.
Slowey says other factors are what can make a product less effective. Things like how long the product has been sitting on the shelf and how it was handled prior to arriving at the store, because the tests are very sensitive.
"Antibodies are heat sensitive and so [the question is] 'how have these boxes of tests been handled'," he says. "Have they been sitting out in a nice South Carolina summer on a loading dock?"
You also need to make sure you are following the directions correctly. The box may say ‘Over 99% Accurate' but Slowey points out that's usually under controlled laboratory conditions.
"There's a difference with having someone with laboratory experience do the test versus all the rest of us do the test and in those instances, those tests are about 75 to 80 percent accurate," Slowey adds.
Most tests have an expiration date on the side of the box and that can be helpful when shopping. So, why pay eight times the amount for the same product?
It could be psychological. After Ledford's dollar store test showed positive, she doubted the results and purchased a more expensive one from the drug store…which also tested positive.
The fact is, the only test that is 100% accurate is a blood test. But when you need to know right away, store bought tests offer convenience and privacy. Ledford plans on keeping the dollar store test forever. The double pink lines are starting to fade but in a few short months her life will change forever.
Possible tie between fever, flu in pregnancy and autism Working late into pregnancy could be as dangerous as smoking while pregnant I'm pregnant: Health concerns and questions answered 'Moderate' drinkingMore>>
Sunday, May 19 2013 1:01 AM EDT2013-05-19 05:01:02 GMT
Crash victim Juan Rodriguez with his fiance Amanda Lujan.
You hear a lot about deadly accidents involving motorcycles A Valley couple wants to share their story in hopes drivers will pay more attention to bikers on the road. "The fourth of July, Juan proposed,More >
You hear a lot about deadly accidents involving motorcycles. A Valley couple wants to share their story in hopes drivers will pay more attention to bikers on the road.More >
Sunday, May 19 2013 10:54 AM EDT2013-05-19 14:54:18 GMT
Scottsdale police say a body found in a canal has been identified as a man who was reported missing after he failed to return from a bicycle ride earlier this week. A police officer discovered the bodyMore >
A police officer discovered the body of 78-year-old Edward Allan Brawley on Saturday morning near Hayden Road and Indian Bend.More >
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.More >
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.More >
Tuesday, May 14 2013 8:25 PM EDT2013-05-15 00:25:14 GMT
Amy's Baking Company was featured on Kitchen Nightmares season finale, and let's just say things didn't go well. For the first time in the show's history it's host, Gordon Ramsay walked away. The showMore >
Scottsdale restaurant owners made a big splash on national television for being impossible to work with, and now it appears they've taken their bad attitudes to the internet. Or have they?More >
Sunday, May 19 2013 8:40 PM EDT2013-05-20 00:40:44 GMT
Fallen first responders
A 23-year-old firefighter is in surgery at St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix. Officials told CBS 5 he is in extremely critical condition after being crushed between two fire vehicles. The firefighter wasMore >
Phoenix police officer Daryl Raetz, 29, and Phoenix firefighter Bradley Harper, 23, died within six hours of each other from injuries suffered in two separate incidents.More >
Saturday, May 18 2013 11:06 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:06:03 GMT
The mayor of Phoenix is calling Groceries for Guns the largest buyback program in state history. In fact, Greg Stanton said nearly 2,000 guns are now off the street and unable to fall into the hands ofMore >
The mayor of Phoenix is calling Groceries for Guns the largest buyback program in state history. In fact, Greg Stanton said nearly 2,000 guns are now off the street and unable to fall into the hands of criminals.More >
Wednesday, May 15 2013 2:57 PM EDT2013-05-15 18:57:11 GMT
The old saying goes, "If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen." Perhaps, this applies to Kitchen Nightmares, as well. An Arizona bakery was featured on Friday's episode of the Gordon RamseyMore >
The old saying goes, "If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen." Perhaps, this applies to Kitchen Nightmares, as well.More >