In the earlier times, there was no option to buy an over-the-counter pregnancy test at home from a pharmacy or to visit a doctor. So, women used to rely upon the homemade pregnancy tests which are still being used and are helping today’s women.
Pregnancy is not a new or the immediate occurrence in the world. Females have been giving birth since ages. Earlier also they used to take a pregnancy test at home and in the present times also but the difference is only the between the tools to check for it. (Also read: How soon can I take a pregnancy test?)
Why choose homemade pregnancy test?
- It might be expensive for someone to visit a doctor and have a check-up.
- Maybe it’s the point of secrecy and the woman doesn’t want to tell anyone or she is embarrassed about being pregnant.
- There is no good doctor nearby who can tell with the true results.
- It can also be out of curiosity that a woman could not control her patience till the time she gets herself checked with the doctor, so try with the test at home only.
How to Test Pregnancy at Home?
1. Bleach pregnancy test
Bleach can be easily found in almost every home, may be under the kitchen sink or a laundry shelf, waiting to be used for whitening clothes, disinfection or stain removal.
You can use bleach to detect pregnancy at home. Just put a few amount of bleach into a vessel and add the sample of your urine into it. Wait for a short period of the chemical reaction. If the mixture fizzes and foams, there is a good chance that one is pregnant, but if there is no reaction, the result is negative.
Also, remember that bleach can be a dangerous substance. For safety, wear the disposable gloves or the rubber ones to keep your hands away from any harm, and take the container of bleach outside before adding the urine so as to avoid any harmful fumes inside a particular place.
2. Sugar pregnancy test
Sugar is another easily available item in the house that one can use for a home pregnancy test. Take some spoonsful of sugar into a bowl and add your morning urine to it. This time you are going to look if there are any clumps of sugar being formed into the mixture.
If sugar forms clumps, it is a positive indication. And, if sugar hardly dissolves when the urine is added, then the result is negative.
3. Toothpaste pregnancy test
For this, you will require the plain white toothpaste and not any coloured one as it might not provide with the correct results. After the process, two things could happen to indicate for the pregnancy when you are going to add urine.
Either the toothpaste will change to light blue in colour, or it may start to froth and foam. Both of the two reactions are considered as a positive indicator towards pregnancy.
Well, there is no guidance about how much toothpaste or urine one should use, or for how much time one should wait for the result. An additional drawback of this test is that the toothpaste, in any case, will froth if left in contact with the urine for a long time, even when the point is not pregnancy.
So, this confusing result suggests that this test should be used only as a backup to other tests or we can say this only test will not provide us with the true results.
4. Dandelion pregnancy test
For doing this test, one can use the leaves of dandelions that are growing in shade to have an efficient test. You have to protect the leaves from sunlight afterwards collecting them as well.
Put the leaves in a plastic container and add the early morning urine for the leaves to be soaked into it thoroughly. Check after 10 minutes for any sign of red blisters kind of thing on the leaves. These red blisters are accountable for the positive result.
If there are no blisters, you still have to keep checking the solution at a ten-minute interval. Once, you get convinced that the leaves will not react with the urine anymore, leave it as the result is negative.
5. Pine solution pregnancy test
Let’s look out for another DIY pregnancy test with pine. You can either buy a bottle of pine solution from the grocery store, or just take the pine cones, pine twigs, leaves and pine needles from the garden or any park and add urine to them to carry out the process.
If there is pregnancy, the solution will form froth or foam or there would be a change in colour from brownish gold to green or blue to indicate pregnancy. The change in colour from will be detected more quickly and easily if you are using the commercial Pine-Sol.
6. Vinegar pregnancy test
It is the cheapest ingredient to use for a homemade pregnancy test if there is any cost issue involved. Proceed by adding your morning urine to a cup of white vinegar and wait for the change in colour as a positive indicator of pregnancy.
You have to use the trial and error trick for each of the additive’s quantity and also for how much time one should wait for the colour to change.
7. Stored urine pregnancy test
Here are four steps for the procedure
- For this, collect your urine in a container or a vessel like you would do for a normal urine test.
- Then leave it still for about 3 to 4 hours.
- If a white film appears on the surface of the urine, chances are, the result is positive.
- And, if there is no change in the urine and it remains clear, the result is that you are not pregnant.
All home pregnancy tests should be done as the first thing in the morning after waking up to get the best results as by that time, the urine is much more concentrated as compared to the later times.
If it is not possible to conduct the test in the morning, you can collect a sample of the first urine of the day and conceal it in a sealable container to use it later.
The other problem with all the DIY pregnancy tests is that neither there is any specified amount of either the additive or of the urine to be used, try a half-and-half ratio, nor there is any specific time limit within which the chemical reaction should take place.
Drawbacks of homemade pregnancy tests
All the above mentioned homemade pregnancy tests have one problem with them as all of them lack the role of scientific data to prove with the accuracy. In addition, the results are uncertain. Also, it is important to conduct all the pregnancy tests in a sequence before declaring your pregnancy.
Homemade tests usually do not work if they are conducted when it’s less than six days before the due date of the next menstrual period. However, it is also true that homemade pregnancy tests are not that much effective.
They do not provide the true and best results like the pregnancy test kits produced by the pharmaceutical companies provide. One should not rely completely or solely on these pregnancy tests rather should get it confirmed by the doctor only.