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How To Save Money on Pregnancy Tests When Trying to Conceive

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Updated June 22, 2009

When you are trying to conceive after a miscarriage, it is easy to feel a sense of urgency over the prospect of a new pregnancy. You might feel anxious to know as soon as possible so that you can track the progress of the new pregnancy, or you may simply want that new pregnancy so as to get your mind off the grief from your previous loss. In either case, you may find yourself considering the merits of early pregnancy tests, which can cost you a sizable amount of money if you are not careful.

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Here's How:

  1. Consider waiting to test until your period is late. Because of the high risk of a false negative with an early test, you may find yourself using several pregnancy tests each menstrual cycle in the hopes that any negative results were simply because you tested too early. Remember that even though you want to know about the new pregnancy as soon as possible, finding out a few days earlier is not going to change anything in the grander scheme of things.

  2. Don't buy more than one pregnancy test at a time. If you only have one pregnancy test in your home at any given time, you may find you are less likely to test on a whim just to see if the result is positive yet.

  3. Check for pregnancy tests at your local discount or dollar store. Leading brands of tests in a drug store may cost between $7 and $15 each, making the dollar store brands considerably cheaper -- especially if you know you will want to test more than once per menstrual cycle. (Note that sensitivities vary among pregnancy tests and the less expensive tests sold in discount stores may or may not detect pregnancy as early as the brand name tests.)

  4. Read the pregnancy test instructions carefully before using the test. Knowing the best time of day to use the test, the best time to read the result, and the correct method of performing the test will reduce the odds that you will accidentally "waste" the test kit by using it incorrectly. The specifics of how to perform the pregnancy test may vary by the brand.

  5. Buy your pregnancy tests in bulk from an online retailer. This option may be especially attractive if you know that you will not be able to restrain yourself from testing early and often. Many online retailers will sell pregnancy tests in large packages for less than $1 each, which can save you a lot of money if you tend to take several pregnancy tests per menstrual cycle. (Search online for "home pregnancy tests" in order to find a wide range of options for where to buy them.)

  6. Talk to friends and family members who have an established pregnancy or who have recently given birth. If you have a friend who spent time actively trying to conceive before her pregnancy, she may have unused pregnancy tests that are collecting dust. And pregnancy tests do have expiration dates, so she may be willing to give you her spares rather than throw them away.

Tips:

  1. Remember that having an irregular menstrual cycle will affect the calculations of when you will ovulate, and subsequently, when you will be able to detect that you are pregnant. It may help you determine when to take a pregnancy test if you also use ovulation test kits to track your ovulation date.

  2. Note that early pregnancy tests do increase the chances of detecting chemical pregnancies, or very early miscarriages. Waiting to test until after your period is due may mean it is less likely that you will be aware of a chemical pregnancy if you have one.

  3. The coloring of the line on a home pregnancy test has nothing to do with whether or not you will have a miscarriage; the biggest factors affecting the shade of the test line are the dilution of your urine and the sensitivity of the test brand.

  4. It's hard to relax when you want very badly to be pregnant, especially after you have had a miscarriage, but try not to stress too much about pregnancy tests. Keep in mind that the date you take the test will not change the answer of whether or not you are pregnant -- and odds are good that you will be pregnant at some point even if it is not this cycle.

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