Finding out that you are pregnant can be one of the most joyous moments of your life. Early signs of a pregnancy can include feeling bloated, cramping, nausea, breast tenderness, and food aversions. Finally, a missed or late period can be a telltale sign that you are expecting!
Beyond blood tests and urine sample “pee-on–a-stick” pregnancy tests, there are many at home DIY tests you can take to add a bit of fun and mystery to the process of finding out whether or not you are pregnant. Homemade ingredients for pregnancy tests vary incredibly and carry no risk factor including the dandelion leaf, a urine sample, and white toothpaste to name but a few. However, homemade pregnancy tests can never be relied upon.
Women like to do DIY pregnancy tests for a variety of reasons. Firstly, it is fun to read about old wives tales like the dandelion leaf and then test them out. It is also free: in most cases, you will already own the ingredients you need to perform the test. Some people may also consider at-home DIY pregnancy tests a more natural and holistic method of testing for pregnancy.
It can also be useful to understand these methods in case you ever find yourself wondering if you are pregnant and do not have access to proper medical care or opportunity to buy an at home pregnancy tests. Many of these DIY pregnancy tests stem from areas in the world where it would not be possible to purchase a pregnancy test.
All pregnancy tests rely on reading the levels of HCG hormones in urine. This is the pregnancy hormone that the placenta of a fertilized egg creates when it attaches to the wall of the uterus. The key to accuracy in a DIY homemade pregnancy is whether there is any proof that the ingredient used in the test reacts to the human chorionic gonadotropin hormone. When selecting a DIY method of testing for pregnancy, ensure that you are selecting safe methods. Some chemicals can create toxic gasses when mixed with the ammonia in the urine test. You do not want to be inhaling these and, if you are pregnant, you do not want to be exposing your embryo to noxious substances.
Testing pregnancy with sugar is one of the oldest and most reliable homemade pregnancy tests there is. It is still a urine test where the sugar reportedly reacts differently to the urine of a pregnant woman and women who have not conceived.
For any homemade pregnancy test, there are a few general guidelines you should follow:
- Always use the urine from your first pee in the morning. This urine is the most concentrated and the HCG pregnancy hormone will be the highest in this urine
- Do not drink a lot of water before taking any pregnancy test. This can dilute the probably already minute amount of human chorionic gonadotropin in your system
- Wait 5-10 minutes before attempting to read the results of the pregnancy test
The sugar test is a popular homemade pregnancy test due to the availability and inexpensive nature of the ingredient. Unlike other DIY testing methods, the sugar test is undoubtedly harmless. Here is what you need to perform an at home sugar pregnancy test.
- First-thing-in-the-morning urine
- A clean, sterilized bowl
- Add three tablespoons of sugar to the bowl
- When you feel that you need to urinate, relieve yourself directly into the bowl on top of the sugar
- Wait at least five minutes before attempting to read your results
How to Interpret the Test Results
According to advocates of this test, the presence of the HCG hormone in urine will prevent the sugar from dissolving. If you are pregnant, then the sugar will clump in the bowl.
However, if you are not pregnant, the sugar will simply dissolve, much like it would in hot water.
If the test is positive, you will want to set up an appointment with your doctor or a midwife for a blood test to confirm the pregnancy. Early detection of a pregnancy is the best way to assure a healthy, happy pregnancy from start to finish.
The Bottom Line? While homemade pregnancy tests can be fun to experiment with as long as you are not using harmful ingredients, their accuracy is hardly factual. The best way to test for pregnancy at home is with a home pregnancy test. These are clinically tested and proven to predict pregnancy, usually with an accuracy rate of about 99%. It is also safe and unobtrusive.
If you are worried about the cost of pregnancy test, you need not fret. There are many affordable options out there for every budget. Most dollar stores sell individual pregnancy tests at an extremely affordable price.
If you are actively trying to get pregnant and are testing your urine every few days, there are options that are even more affordable options available to you. Many medical manufacturers sell pregnancy test strips in boxes of 25. Depending on which brand you choose, you could be paying less than .40 cents per pregnancy test. See an example of an available product on Amazon here. HCG strips like these ones can detect a pregnancy 1 day before a missed period with 99.8% accuracy… way more reliable than whether or not sugar clumps up when you urinate on it. These types of strips are mostly ordered online so if your privacy is a concern, you can rest assured that your anonymity is protected.
In conclusion, although DIY pregnancy tests can be fun to try out, you should always confirm with a clinically tested and approved pregnancy test and then with your doctor. You do not want to set yourself up for disappointment with a false positive and these types of tests are far from reliable methods.