Home Pregnancy Tests: Tests to Detect Pregnancy at Home!

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Published: Jun 21, 2014 | Last Updated: Sep 29, 2018

Home Pregnancy Tests

Don’t have a stock of pregnancy kits at home? Or is going to the doctor to confirm your pregnancy difficult to handle? Throw oneself into a homemade pregnancy test. Homemade pregnancy test is the cheapest, the most convenient, the easiest and probably, the most fun to determine early pregnancy. But there is question that is open to discussion, that is: How are homemade pregnancy tests reliable and efficient?

Did you know that people in the historical past use rabbit as a common means to announce pregnancy? People inject a woman’s urine into the rabbit’s body and when the animal dies, the woman is assumed to be pregnant.

What are Homemade Pregnancy Tests?

The idea of homemade pregnancy test is believed to have started in ancient times where people did not have the luxury of buying a pregnancy kit to confirm early pregnancy. The earliest pregnancy test on record was traced back to Egypt in 1350 BC which involved urinating on barley seeds or wheat. Traditional women then have to wait for the baby to move before they are able to determine they are conceiving. This premise is then being passed on by cultural tradition.

Different Types of Homemade Pregnancy Tests

The following are the most common methods of homemade pregnancy tests.

1. Bleach: Bleach is a common household cleaning agent.

  • Mix bleach (1 cup) and urine.
  • Interpret the result.
  • Presence of bubbles indicates pregnancy.
Pregnancy Tests

2. Dandelion: Dandelion is a flowering plant. Its leaves are used to determine early pregnancy. To use dandelion leaves as homemade pregnancy test:

  • Collect leaves (go for leaves found in the plant’s stem).
    Note: Protect the leaves from the sun’s rays.
  • Urinate on the leaves or pour a sample of urine on it. Make sure the leaves are fully saturated with the fresh sample urine.
  • Interpret the result.
  • Reddish blisters formation on the leaves signifies pregnancy. Result window is between 10 and 30 minutes.

3. Pine Sol: Pine Sol is a popular household cleaning agent commonly known as Clorox.

  • Mix the Pine-sol and urine sample.
  • Interpret the result.
  • Changes in color or presence of bubbles indicate pregnancy.

4. Toothpaste:

  • Place a substantial amount of toothpaste in a basin or container.
  • Put urine sample.
  • Interpret the result.
  • If the mixture turns to blue, it indicates pregnancy.
Toothpaste Taste

5. Vinegar:

  • Secure a cup of vinegar.
  • Add it on a cup of urine.
  • Create a mixture.
  • Change in color indicates pregnancy.
Vinegar Test

Can You Rely on Results of Homemade Pregnancy Tests?

Bluntly speaking, results made by homemade pregnancy tests preparations are not reliable since they are not clinically studied and they do lack of scientific evidences. For this reason, they are not recommended to confirm early pregnancy.

If money is a solitary issue on not being able to purchase commercial OTC pregnancy kits, go to to community health centers as they conduct early pregnancy examination for free of cost.

Benefits of Homemade Pregnancy Tests

  • Homemade pregnancy tests are inexpensive and cost-free.
  • Homemade pregnancy tests evoke privacy, not to mention pregnant teenagers who are inhibitive and afraid to avail conventional pregnancy testing methods such as buying OTC pregnancy kits and consulting a doctor due to social stigma and personal reasons.
  • Homemade pregnancy tests are fun.

Drawbacks of Homemade Pregnancy Tests

  • Homemade pregnancy tests are not valid and true due to poor scientific evidences.
  • Homemade pregnancy tests can be harmful. The use of cleaning agents such as bleach and Pine sol can bring potential threats to the developing baby.
  • Homemade pregnancy tests provide no clear instructions. For example, ‘in what amounts’ of toothpaste is needed, enough to change the color of the mixture. The result window for every homemade pregnancy test is not also clearly stated. The tests per se are filled with inaccuracy and unknowns making them unreliable tools in confirming pregnancy.

To end, homemade pregnancy tests are not good options in substantiating pregnancy. They are null of scientific evidences and their effectiveness are solely based on beliefs and traditions. Opt for accurate and more reliable methods such as taking home pregnancy kits, scheduling a prenatal visit and performing blood tests.

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