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Old Aug 3rd, 2017, 08:14 AM   1
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Why are FRERs worse than ICs?


Can we just talk about why FRERs are so crappy compared to ICs? I noticed that in my testing that even though I see a line on 2 different brands of ICs, I don't see anything on the FRER which is supposed to be 4 times more sensitive. I thought this was so weird but then I've noticed a lot of people on these boards complaining about the same thing.

What is going on? Are they actually not as sensitive as they claim?



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Old Aug 8th, 2017, 12:58 PM   2
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I'm not sure .

I took some ics today which all showed a faint but obvious line progressively through the day .

The frer also showed a line but super faint and took a little while but I think the ic must be more sensitive ?!



 
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Old Aug 8th, 2017, 15:44 PM   3
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I've always hated FRERs. My Wondfos always performed the best, followed by IC's (knockoff Wondfos), the $.89 Walmart tests, and FRERs came in very last. They have always been the least sensitive for me, even the first responses.



 
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Old Aug 10th, 2017, 06:25 AM   4
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I don't know. Six years ago when I used FRER with our son I tested about 10dpo and saw a line, it wasn't a dark line but it was obvious, you couldn't miss it or confuse it with anything else! But nowadays and for the previous four cycles I have had obvious lines on ICs and Superdrug Early tests and also CB early detection, but nothing more than what I assume must have been an indent on the FRERs because they didn't progress and weren't obvious. I think with a single exception, where the line was super faint but clear to my husband and I.
Having said that, I know that with most tests (with the exception of digital tests obviously) the dye can vary so much with them that even using two in the same sample for the same time can give hugely different results as I have seen with my ICs and Superdrug tests. Some have had obvious pink lines, others have had barely there lines.
For me personally, I don't know if it's just that my hormone levels didn't reach FRERs threshold and that's why, or whether they really are rubbish these days. I don't think though, that they are quite as sensitive as first claimed, since I was still getting fairly good lines on other tests with our most recent early loss even through bleeding and even the day before my blood test came back below 1. hCG does disappear faster from blood than urine, but still, you would have thought a FRER would have detected a line on the days I got my darkest results on other tests so I don't know. I think the best thing to do is use a few different brands rather than relying on a single brand which was once perhaps the 'holy grail' of tests



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Old Aug 10th, 2017, 09:20 AM   5
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I'm new to this - what are IC's? I've only had one pregnancy (which sadly just ended in a loss) and my first BFP was on an easy@home test I bought off Amazon. It was faint, but definitely there. Immediately after I took a FRER and it was quite obvious (I was 11dpo I think..I wasn't tracking my ovulation with temperatures or tests, just guessing based off my cycles/symptoms...it was 2 days before AF was due).



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Alligator, ICs are internet cheapies. Those cheap strips you can buy from places like Amazon and eBay in bulk, tests like One Step, and I'm assuming Wondfo are? I'm in the UK, so I'm unsure on US brands



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Alligator, ICs are internet cheapies. Those cheap strips you can buy from places like Amazon and eBay in bulk, tests like One Step, and I'm assuming Wondfo are? I'm in the UK, so I'm unsure on US brands
Oh I see! DUH! I totally have some of those ha. I thought it was a special brand. UGH, blonde moment. Thank you!!



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Alligator, ICs are internet cheapies. Those cheap strips you can buy from places like Amazon and eBay in bulk, tests like One Step, and I'm assuming Wondfo are? I'm in the UK, so I'm unsure on US brands
Oh I see! DUH! I totally have some of those ha. I thought it was a special brand. UGH, blonde moment. Thank you!!
Don't be silly, I didn't have a clue about all these abbreviations at first, I thought everyone was speaking Martian or something lol



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Old Aug 11th, 2017, 08:33 AM   9
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Haha yeah it's like we speak a secret language on these boards.



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Alligator, ICs are internet cheapies. Those cheap strips you can buy from places like Amazon and eBay in bulk, tests like One Step, and I'm assuming Wondfo are? I'm in the UK, so I'm unsure on US brands
Oh I see! DUH! I totally have some of those ha. I thought it was a special brand. UGH, blonde moment. Thank you!!
Don't be silly, I didn't have a clue about all these abbreviations at first, I thought everyone was speaking Martian or something lol
LOL I'm slowly getting the hang of it. I found myself nearly referring to my period as AF the other day when talking to hubby. Oops!



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