Nowadays the only recommended way to find out if you are pregnant is to take a pregnancy test. There are blood tests, urine tests and ultrasound exams administered by professionals.
Basic Principals about Pregnancy Tests
Even when the symptoms you are experiencing all suggest a likely pregnancy, a positive pregnancy test is considered the only guaranteed way to make sure that you do not imagine it. But before these fancy tests were made available, women had come up natural way to confirm their pregnancy.
Homemade or DIY pregnancy tests are a great alternative for the popular over-the-counter pregnancy tests, but not many people know about that. Some people are still skeptical about the reliability of the DIY pregnancy tests, but if taken properly, a homemade test can be as reliable as other common tests.
But how do DIY pregnancy tests work? A DIY pregnancy test can be defined as a pregnancy test carried out at home without direct involvement from health practitioners. Apart from observing possible pregnancy signs, homemade tests work on the same basis as mainstream tests, which is all about detecting hCG.
As you know, a pregnancy test is manufactured to detect the hCG (Human Chronic Gonadotropin) hormone in one’s blood or urine. This hormone is released when the fertilized egg is attached to the wall of the uterus. It helps determine whether one is pregnant or not.
A homemade pregnancy test works by tracking down the presence of hCG hormones in a woman’s urine. If you are still unsure about how DIY pregnancy tests work, keep reading to find out our top 7 recommended tests that will give you both comfort and high accuracy.
One helpful tip for these tests is that you should not depend on the result of one test only. Repeat the test several times to increase the accuracy of the test. Don’t be discouraged if you only get negative results. There are still plenty of opportunities for you to try to conceive.
7 DIY Pregnancy Tests
Before you decide to try one of our tests below, you should look out for any of the common pregnancy signs such as fatigue, nausea and morning sickness, missed periods or swollen breasts. Consult with your doctor immediately if you happen to experience severe pain in the abdomen or vaginal bleeding.
1. The toothpaste test
No, we are not joking, toothpaste can be very useful in determining whether you are pregnant or not. To perform this test, you will need plain white toothpaste to ensure its effectiveness.
Firstly, you prepare a small amount of your toothpaste (2 tablespoons) in a bowl. Next, put your collected urine (the same amount as your toothpaste) into the toothpaste. Mix them slightly.
If the mixture turns blue or becomes foamy, it indicates a likely positive pregnancy. If nothing happens to the toothpaste (no color change, no bubbles), it’s likely to be negative. Remember that it’s best to collect your urine when you wake up in the morning.
- This method is cheap and easy to do
- You don’t know for sure how long you should wait to obtain the result
- Not as accurate as other tests that use different ingredients
2. The sugar test
A bowl of white sugar
It is one pretty common ingredient in the kitchen that can be more helpful than you give it credit for. To make your DIY pregnancy test with sugar work, you will need white granulated sugar. Again always use your first urine in the morning for the test.
First, prepare a bowl of 3 tablespoons of sugar. Second, either pour your collected urine over the sugar or pee directly onto the sugar. If you can see the formation of clumps in the sugar, then it’s a positive indicator of pregnancy. If the sugar dissolves, it’s a negative indicator.
- Cheap and easy to do
- Easy to check if the result is positive or not by looking for sugar clumps
- Only white granulated sugar can be used for the test. Powdered sugar will not be able to produce accurate results.
3. The vinegar test
Bottles of white vinegar
Do you know that vinegar is one of the most common choices for a DIY pregnancy test? The reason why vinegar is favored among other ingredients is that it is super easy to use while highly accurate.
To start the test, prepare a plastic cup, a cup of distilled white vinegar and of course your urine in the morning. Pour the vinegar and the urine into the cup and observe if there’s any change.
If the color of the vinegar changes after a couple of minutes, you are likely to be pregnant. If nothing changes, you are not likely to be. You should wait for 3-5 minutes to conclude.
- This method is cheap and easy to do
- Change is easy to notice
- You have to wait and sometimes the waiting time can affect the result.
4. The soap test
Pieces of Soap
The next ingredient on the list is yet another popular household item, and it’s none other than soap. The soap test is similar to the toothpaste test in which a positive pregnancy will be indicated by the reaction of the soap when it comes in contact with the urine sample.
To take the test, you will need to place a small piece of soap (any kind is fine as long as it’s soap) into a plastic cup or bowl. Pour your urine sample over the soap and watch what happens. If you can see bubbles or froths on the soap, you are likely to be pregnant. If not, then you are likely not.
- Very easy to prepare and carry out
- You will have to wait from 2 to 5 minutes to see if there’s any change.
5. The bleach test
We already have a soap test and a toothpaste test, why not trying bleach to confirm the uncertainty of your pregnancy? Bleach can indeed be used to detect the hCG hormone as well, so let’s add it to your list of shopping items.
Like the previous tests on the list, you will first need to prepare a small amount of bleach, a container and your morning urine sample. Half a cup of bleach and half a cup of urine is more than enough for the test.
Pour the bleach portion into a bowl, then add the urine and watch the chemical reaction between the two of them. If there are some foaming and fizzing going on, your chance of pregnancy is very high. If there’s no reaction at all, it’s unlikely that you are pregnant.
- Quick and easy to carry out
- The bleach may cause you some discomfort. Therefore, it’s good to wear gloves and a facial mask just in case. Performing this test outdoors is also recommended.
6. The dandelion test
To take this test, you will need to find fresh dandelion leaves. Once you manage to get hold of some fresh dandelion leaves, do not wash them with water. Put them in a bowl or any suitable container that you have.
Next, soak the leaves with your morning urine and leave them for 10 minutes. After that, if you notice red blisters on the leaves, you are likely to be pregnant. If there’s no red blister at all, keep the leaves for another 10 minutes and check again. If nothing happens, you are unlikely to be pregnant.
- Highly accurate and free
- The waiting time is a bit long
- Choosing the right leaves is important, and dandelion leaves are not available for everyone
- Recommended leaves are those who are in the shade
7. The urine test
This test relies solely on your urine and requires much more time than the previous ones. To take this test, you need to collect your first urine after you wake up in the morning and keep it in a clean jar or plastic cup.
Keep the jar or cup intact for the next 24 hours. Afterward, check the urine jar or cup to see if there’s any change. If you can see a thin white layer on the surface, you are having a good chance of pregnancy. If not, it is unlikely that you are pregnant.
- No other ingredient is required for this test except for your first urine
- You need to wait for 24 hours to see the result, therefore to increase the test accuracy, try taking some other tests above in the meantime for higher chances of success.
Above are some easy-to-do pregnancy tests that produce reliable results to confirm your chance of pregnancy. You can choose which one you are most comfortable doing to try and see the result for yourself. A DIY pregnancy test won’t cost you a fortune yet can be equally effective.
If you have tried a couple of tests and all of them indicate a positive result, you should seek medical advice to follow up. A homemade pregnancy test cannot substitute professional examination and care for pregnant women. Again, check with a doctor immediately if you notice any unusual symptom.