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#51 cluckychick

Posted 29 May 2008 - 06:18 PM

just thought id add my reviews... biggrin.gif

Pregnow
1. Have you experienced evaporation lines? No
2. Have you experienced false positives? NO, very clear when negative
3. If applicable, how early did you get a legitimate + result? 12po, very faint
4. Rate the test out of 10. 7/10 very cheap but probly better for testing when af is due so no confusion and now at got darker each test over 3 days


First Response
1. Have you experienced evaporation lines? No
2. Have you experienced false positives? NO
3. If applicable, how early did you get a legitimate + result? 12po, came up with pretty clear line befor 3mins
4. Rate the test out of 10. 10/10 Fantastic! i actually chose this after reading these reviews, definately use again!

#52 Mrs-MM

Posted 09 July 2008 - 03:39 PM

IC- orcale
1. Have you experienced evaporation lines? No
2. Have you experienced false positives? YES
3. If applicable, how early did you get a legitimate + result? CD15 before O by accident was grabbing an OPKS
4. Rate the test out of 10. 0/10 the most convincing 2 lines ever yet havent even Oed.

IC- Mytest EBAY
1. Have you experienced evaporation lines? YES
2. Have you experienced false positives? YES
3. If applicable, how early did you get a legitimate + result? 17dpo
4. Rate the test out of 10. 2/10 - says is 10iu in post but didnt pick up hcg tiill 17dpo.... already had bloody test at 30!!

First Response
1. Have you experienced evaporation lines? No
2. Have you experienced false positives? No
3. If applicable, how early did you get a legitimate + result? 14dpo
4. Rate the test out of 10. 10/10 very faint but seeable lines. came up within the 10 min. easy to photograph

Confirm
1. Have you experienced evaporation lines? No
2. Have you experienced false positives? No
3. If applicable, how early did you get a legitimate + result? even with +BT still wont show on confirm wacko.gif
4. Rate the test out of 10. 1/10 waste of money

Discover
1. Have you experienced evaporation lines? No
2. Have you experienced false positives? no
3. If applicable, how early did you get a legitimate + result? 15dpo
4. Rate the test out of 10. 7/10 same at first response..

Pregnosis
1. Have you experienced evaporation lines? yes
2. Have you experienced false positives? no
3. If applicable, how early did you get a legitimate + result? 12dpo
4. Rate the test out of 10. 5/10 cheap ae easy to find and 1st to show faint positive.

Cear blue digital
1. Have you experienced evaporation lines? no
2. Have you experienced false positives? no
3. If applicable, how early did you get a legitimate + result?
4. Rate the test out of 10.

Edited by Mrs-Mommymoo, 16 October 2008 - 09:26 AM.


#53 awhite2306

Posted 14 August 2008 - 01:08 PM

Oracle Fertility HPT
1. Have you experienced evaporation lines?  NO
2. Have you experienced false positives?  NO
3. If applicable, how early did you get a legitimate + result?  16 DPO
4. Rate the test out of 10.  6 - lines are very faint.  It says to read after 5 min but had to wait until 10-15 to really see something

First Response
1. Have you experienced evaporation lines?  NO
2. Have you experienced false positives?  NO
3. If applicable, how early did you get a legitimate + result?  16DPO
4. Rate the test out of 10.  10 - love these!

#54 JLW1969

Posted 26 August 2008 - 12:38 PM

Crystal Clear - the see through kind
1. Have you experienced evaporation lines? Yes
2. Have you experienced false positives? Yes. Trying to work this out can be very frustrating. Some kind of blue line is visible and you can't decipher whether it's a BFP!
3. If applicable, how early did you get a legitimate + result? It wasn't until approx 12DPO that I felt confident.
4. Rate the test out of 10. 5/10 Don't like them! Too hard to read with heaps of false positives or evaps. Waste of time and money.

Crystal Clear - midstream stick kind
1. Have you experienced evaporation lines? Yes
2. Have you experienced false positives? Yes.
3. If applicable, how early did you get a legitimate + result? N/A
4. Rate the test out of 10. 0/10. Hate these tests as it gave me a false positive very clearly. I was almost convinced I was pregnant until I took another 2 other branded tests. In the end I was NOT pregnant. Will never use these tests again.

First Response
1. Have you experienced evaporation lines? No
2. Have you experienced false positives? No
3. If applicable, how early did you get a legitimate + result? Approx 11DPO very faint.
4. Rate the test out of 10. 9/10 Pretty conclusive at 12DPO. Although the line is quite thin so sometimes can't really work out whether there is a definite line until much later DPO.

Confirm
1. Have you experienced evaporation lines? No
2. Have you experienced false positives? No
3. If applicable, how early did you get a legitimate + result? Approx 12DPO, very faint but there.
4. Rate the test out of 10. 10/10 Much easier to read and a clear BFP. Not a great early testing device but great if you want a definite answer closer to when AF is due.

Fertility Naturopath Internet Cheapies
1. Have you experienced evaporation lines? No
2. Have you experienced false positives? No
3. If applicable, how early did you get a legitimate + result? Approx 11DPO, very very faint.
4. Rate the test out of 10. 8/10 Very cheap on ebay and do the job. Good early indicator however quite faint early on.

Pregnosis
Have you experienced evaporation lines? No
2. Have you experienced false positives? No
3. If applicable, how early did you get a legitimate + result? Approx 13DPO, very very faint.
4. Rate the test out of 10. 5/10. Even when I was 17 DPO it still showed only a very faint result which makes you start to worry that it might be a chemical. Personally don't like them.

Edited by JLW1969, 26 March 2009 - 12:30 PM.


#55 2boys2cute

Posted 03 September 2008 - 07:49 AM

First Response
1. Have you experienced evaporation lines? No
2. Have you experienced false positives? No
3. If applicable, how early did you get a legitimate + result? 11dpo (very feint, but definitely there)
4. Rate the test out of 10. 10

Couldn't get a better test than this I reckon - for the price & accuracy, its a fantastic choice, and the best for early testing (ie, before AF is even due).  Definitely my favourite and highly recommended!!!


Discover One-Step


1. Have you experienced evaporation lines? No
2. Have you experienced false positives? No
3. If applicable, how early did you get a legitimate + result? 13 dpo (didn't use it prior to 13dpo) - but the result at 13dpo were 2 very strong lines
4. Rate the test out of 10. 6 (only because of the price - expensive!)

As others have mentioned, this is the same test as the First Response, but it cost me $25 for 2 tests from Priceline Chemist, whereas the 3-pack of First Response tests were $15 from Woolworths - what the???  Same quality from what I can tell, so I too don't understand what the price difference is all about?  Fancier packaging maybe? False sense of better quality maybe?

Lullaby Conceptions (10mlU)

1. Have you experienced evaporation lines? Yes (but I turned out to be pregnant anyway - see below)
2. Have you experienced false positives? No
3. If applicable, how early did you get a legitimate + result? 11dpo (very feint), but definitely turned out to be positive
4. Rate the test out of 10.  8

For the price, these are great cheap, sensitive tests.  However, I found they took ages to become "positive" ie 2nd line would eventually show up, but in the early stages, ie from 9-11dpo especially, the positive line would show up after the 10 min time limit, meaning they should actually be interpreted as negatives.  However, by 12dpo the positive lines were showing up within the first 5 mins, so there were a couple of days of confusion (because I'm impatient & began testing too early  blush.gif ) but it turned out I was in fact pregnant afterall.  So what I first thought were evaporation lines were really feint positives, just showing up after the time limit.  Its worth noting that I did use one of these tests in a non-TTC cycle on 11dpo just to "see" if there were any evap lines - and none whatsoever.  I only got evap lines in the cycle I did turn out to be pregnant, and these lines would appear from 9dpo-11dpo.

Pregnow

1. Have you experienced evaporation lines? No
2. Have you experienced false positives? No
3. If applicable, how early did you get a legitimate + result? 10dpo - again, extremely feint but definitely there within the testing time limits.
4. Rate the test out of 10. 8

Another good, cheap, sensitive test, but I still think I prefer the First Response, maybe because it looks prettier and I got more convincing positives on them than with the Pregnows or others??  Or maybe I just like the First Response the best because they were the first test I got really good, strong BFP's on at such an early stage?

Edited by Ritali, 04 September 2008 - 06:50 AM.


#56 kema

Posted 09 October 2008 - 09:20 AM

First Response
1. Have you experienced evaporation lines? NO
2. Have you experienced false positives? NO
3. If applicable, how early did you get a legitimate + result? 9DPO
4. Rate the test out of 10. 10 - Love them, I din't even use FMU!!!

#57 strawberryblonde76

Posted 15 December 2008 - 12:44 PM

Hi,

Does this ratings list exist for OPK's as well?

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#58 cassidysmummy

Posted 13 January 2009 - 01:59 PM

Not realy a reveiw.
But got A Evep using First responce midstrem, def not preg as AF arrived today, JUST after i had brought some more tests!!!

#59 pinkerbell

Posted 14 January 2009 - 10:47 AM

cassidysmummy -  Me too!  Today.  Used FR midstream and got an evap.  Came up within 3 mins, feint but very definately there, but disappeared at the 8min mark.  cry1.gif  rant.gif  
FR have just changed their tests from 'test 5 days b4 missed period' to 6.  I got an evap last month on same brand but not nearly so bad.  I hheart.gif FR so figured one evap I can forgive.  But now...

Why mess with something that works??
Think I'll switch to confirm now.

#60 cjk76

Posted 09 April 2009 - 10:16 PM

FIST RESPONSE:

1. Evap line - no
2. False BFP - no
3. Earliest result - 14DPO
4. Rating : 10/10

I had been testing wtih the HPT that you get at the Dr's ( took them from work  wwhistle.gif ) and they had given me very, very , very faint BFP's after about 5 minutes.
First Response gave me an instant, very dark line.The Dr one continued to be faint for a few more days.

Am currently in the process of testing - getting faint BFP's 10DPO so will update this in the next few days ....

Edited by cjk76, 09 April 2009 - 10:18 PM.


#61 KSmith007

Posted 02 June 2009 - 11:02 AM

First Response:   0/10 - Have had 3 false positives with them... all three were in different years!

#62 *nix*

Posted 02 September 2009 - 01:39 PM

LULLABY CONCEPTIONS:
1. Evap line - no
2. False BFP - no
3. Earliest result - 9DPO
4. Rating : 10/10

FIST RESPONSE:

1. Evap line - no
2. False BFP - no
3. Earliest result - 11DPO
4. Rating : 8/10

I was getting BFN.gif s with FR at 9 and 10 DPO and very faint BFP.gif s with Lullaby Conceptions from 9DPO. They have been fantastic!

Edited by *nix*, 02 September 2009 - 01:39 PM.


#63 Apple*Green

Posted 21 October 2009 - 07:42 AM

QUOTE (pinkerbell @ 14/01/2009, 11:47 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
cassidysmummy -  Me too!  Today.  Used FR midstream and got an evap.  Came up within 3 mins, feint but very definately there, but disappeared at the 8min mark.  cry1.gif  rant.gif  
FR have just changed their tests from 'test 5 days b4 missed period' to 6.  I got an evap last month on same brand but not nearly so bad.  I hheart.gif FR so figured one evap I can forgive.  But now...

Why mess with something that works??
Think I'll switch to confirm now.


This happened to me yesterday, and todays test it took 3 minutes just for the control line to come up!  oomg.gif  

I knew i didnt like FR  rant.gif  nno2.gif

#64 janabanana

Posted 12 December 2009 - 08:54 AM

Have a question, I am on 2 mths in TTC and I have bought OPK and Maybe Baby but I am not getting any signs for ovulation, also have tried the temperature thing but that is all over the place.  The OPK is called "David Ovulation Kit" (bought off the internet), any suggestions as to what brand I should be using? I am a 31 day cycle and currently at day 15 and nothing ?? How good are they? Thanks - Merry Christmas

#65 strawberry dreams

Posted 07 January 2010 - 11:27 AM

I usually swear by first repsonse but last cycle I had  faulty tests out of 2  3 pack boxes from different batches.  First I was excited bc a pink line came up in the test region but then disappeared within a minute, next day I got a pink dot in the test region and next I got a bfp (witnessed by my husband and everyone knows they're completely BLIND) which disappeared about 5 mins later.  Very disappointing.



#66 angelblake

Posted 26 January 2010 - 04:51 PM

I must say that FR is going downhill and fast.

I had 2 positive lines and a control line on one tests and the others had a few evaps. I am not pregnant so positive lines was a dud test.

I will give them one more go next cycle though as they are usually very accurate. maybe just bad batches coming out. If not ill be switching to confirm.





#67 strawberry dreams

Posted 14 February 2010 - 06:43 AM

I seem to be pregnant! I've been testing from 9dpo with FR and got slight suggestions of lines that I've ignored bc of my bad FR experience I had written about a couple of posts back. Slowly I've noticed I've had stronger evap lines.  12dpo I looked at the test 8 hrs later and there was a definite evap.  I decided to test again that day and got a faint pink line within a couple of minutes.

What I've noticed though is that the line's been slow to come up (12dpo when with my other chem/pregs  I got lines at 9dpo) and the line is taking ages to darken.  I'm 15dpo now and the line's still not as dark as the control line and is so far the same color as yesterday's test.  

I looked up the site www.canyouseealine.com and they have lots of recent posts of FR tests and mine come up as quite strong compared to theirs.  

I just wonder if the change to FR tests includes the darkness of the test.  Talk about playing with very vulnerable women's emotions! I'm scared to go to the dr bc my last fr at 12dpo was stronger than my current bfp at 15dpo and that ended in a chem preg and the dr's test barely showed a line.  

I'll try and post a pic. IT's the last pic in the series of hpt pics http://www.uptheduff.org/index.php/forums/...thread/388/P30/

You will see my old FR bfp's in the pics before this current series and you can compare to see what I'm talking about.  I'm no longer a fan of FR.  They seem to have become cheap with their dye... either that or my preg is struggling.

Edited by strawberry dreams, 14 February 2010 - 07:26 AM.


#68 janabanana

Posted 14 February 2010 - 07:56 AM

thanks for the info, good luck with it and hope you aren't struggling with the pregnancy.

#69 strawberry dreams

Posted 14 February 2010 - 06:00 PM

I decided to get a Discover and to test again this afternoon with FR.  The FR test is still not as dark as the control line but a certain bfp.  The FR is not much if at all darker than this morning's test.

The Discover test freaked me out bc it took a while to brighten up and is quite a bit fainter than the FR test.  I didn't expect that! I was planning to go see the Dr tomorrow for a beta hcg now I'm scared.  I've got 1 more Discover and will hopefully be darker tomorrow.

#70 strawberry dreams

Posted 17 February 2010 - 03:19 AM

OKAY, my hcg from 16dpo was 44.1 so low... and prog 59.7

So prob the FR have shown the kinds of results they should have.

#71 *klc*

Posted 30 March 2010 - 10:26 AM

First Response Midstream
1. Have you experienced evaporation lines? No
2. Have you experienced false positives? No
3. If applicable, how early did you get a legitimate + result? 9 DPO
Overall 10/10 - Tested at 8DPO and got a BFN tested a day later and got a clear BFP original.gif Highly recommend them as last month when not pg I got very clear BFN no guessing etc

In Pregnancy (ebay cheapie)
1. Have you experienced evaporation lines? No
2. Have you experienced false positives? No
3. If applicable, how early did you get a legitimate + result? 11DPO got very very a faint one the day before
Overall 8/10 - These are great if you dont mind not testing to early, after 11DPO the became quite clear. Great for POAS addicts or people who want to keep checking the line is getting darker etc as the are sooo cheap original.gif

Now for OPKs

First Response OPK
6/10 were very hard to read as I kept getting positives for ages when I knew id finished ovulating!

In Pregnancy OPK (Internet cheapie)
10/10 Highly recommend these the were very clear and even faded in and out around ovulation. Cheap to so you can use heaps. My top choice!!

#72 jo-v

Posted 30 April 2010 - 10:47 PM

HPTs

Confirm
1. Have you experienced evaporation lines? No
2. Have you experienced false positives? No
3. If applicable, how early did you get a legitimate + result? 12 DPO - faint but clear as day original.gif
Overall 11/10 - I don't believe it's real until I see a nice line on a Confirm!

Forelife Ultra Plus (by Fortel)
1. Have you experienced evaporation lines? No
2. Have you experienced false positives? YES!!! Came up well within the timeframe and was definitely not an evap line, grrrrr.
3. If applicable, how early did you get a legitimate + result? N.A
Overall minus 10,000/10 - Bad, bad, bad, bad, thought there was no such things as a false BFP until I used these rubbish tests.

OPKs

Confirm OPK
5/10 - I never got a line as dark as the control but I drink a fair amount of water so maybe too diluted?  

Lullaby Conceptions OPK (ic)
10/10 Only used them for one month but got a definite positive and they are much cheaper than the Confims.

#73 Angelina Ballerina

Posted 11 September 2010 - 02:16 PM

QUOTE (julie12a @ 26/04/2007, 03:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Pregnow

1. Have you experienced evaporation lines? No
2. Have you experienced false positives? No
3. If applicable, how early did you get a legitimate + result. Never - for some reason they don't seem to like my wee - ie they don't work at all for me (won't take up my urine). I think they cheap for a reason. I've used Confirm's on the same batch of urine with no problems, gotten BFPs
4. Rate the test out of 10. 0



same. kept giving BFN at 20DPO but no problem getting BFP with another test (unsure which)

#74 *~Luvmy3~*

Posted 13 October 2010 - 01:55 PM

Pregnosis
1. Have you experienced evaporation lines? No
2. Have you experienced false positives? No
3. If applicable, how early did you get a legitimate + result? 1 day past period due date (didnt expect to be pregnant)
4. Rate the test out of 10. 9

First Response
1. Have you experienced evaporation lines? No
2. Have you experienced false positives? No
3. If applicable, how early did you get a legitimate + result? Again 1 day past period due date
4. Rate the test out of 10. 10

Clear blue
1. Have you experienced evaporation lines? No
2. Have you experienced false positives? No
3. If applicable, how early did you get a legitimate + result? Not sure as i dont know when i O but i my period was due to arrive just over a week away
4. Rate the test out of 10. 10

Crystal Clear
1. Have you experienced evaporation lines? No
2. Have you experienced false positives? No but i did get a false negative, tested same night with Pregnosis and it was positive
3. If applicable, how early did you get a legitimate + result? Not sure
4. Rate the test out of 10. 0

Confirm
1. Have you experienced evaporation lines? No
2. Have you experienced false positives? No
3. If applicable, how early did you get a legitimate + result? A few days before i tested with Clear Blue so was a week or so before AF was due
4. Rate the test out of 10. 10








#75 MrsHousewife

Posted 21 November 2010 - 09:38 AM

QUOTE (Nut @ 16/12/2006, 08:19 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Due to popular demand this list has been put together to show the average sensitivity of HPT's. If there are other tests you have tried and know please let me know and I will add it to the list. This will come together to form a basic guide for those wishing to choose a test brand.

Fortel Ultra ? 10mlU
Pregnow - 10ml
Fortel extra - 25mlU
Pregnosis - 25mlU
Answer Early Result Pregnancy Test - 25mlU
Assurance Plus - 25mIU
Crystal Clear - 25mIU
Discover One Step - 25 mlU
Confirm ? 25mIU
Assurance ? 25mIU
Clear blue +/- - 25 - 50 mlU
Clear blue digital ? 50mIU
First response - 25 - 100mlU

Now for the ratings side...

4 questions for each test you are rating (please keep answers short, yes or no and DPO):

1. Have you experienced evaporation lines?
2. Have you experienced false positives?
3. If applicable, how early did you get a legitimate + result?
4. Rate the test out of 10.

1 = very bad
5 = O.K
10 = Highly recommended

You can also refer to THIS site though it is American I believe and some of the test values are not necessarily the same as ours.


I'm so sorry if i seem to be ignorant but can someone tell me what the measurement numbers in bold beside the list of brands mean??????



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