Dollar store pregnancy tests are as accurate as brand name tests, but they’re all only 80% accurate!
Most American women pay almost eight times as much for home pregnancy tests as they have to because they do not want to buy them from dollar stores.
There seems to be a general opinion that dollar store pregnancy tests are not as accurate as the more expensive types, but this is not at all true.
Dr. Michael Slowey, a reproductive endocrinologist with Coastal Fertility Specialists in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, confirms that the technology used is the same in all basic pregnancy tests no matter where you buy them.
They are all made to detect the pregnancy hormone, and when used correctly, they are all equal.
However, Slowey notes, if the box says "over 99% accurate," regardless of the brand, the consumer must realize that percentage is under laboratory conditions only. If used at home by the general public, he says, the accuracy of all these tests is about 75% to 80%.
The accuracy of a home pregnancy test lies in how it is used. If the directions are followed to the letter and the expiration date is checked before it is used, it really does not matter where you bought it or how much you paid for it. To be absolutely certain, keep in mind that the only test that is 100% accurate is a blood test.