Obstetrics and gynaecology

Homemade Pregnancy Test: Top 13 Methods

Most women cannot go for a pregnancy test in the hospital every month; they always look for some homemade pregnancy test that is convenient. Pregnancy is a magical phase of a woman’s life, and the whole life surrounds this fact.

So you want to have a child and be happy for the rest of your life. You’re all aware of the first signs of pregnancy. We use a pregnancy test kit to confirm it, and then we consult a doctor. But what if you get the feeling you’re pregnant but don’t have a pregnancy kit at home?

You can either wait until you get one or test it with some of the great DIY Pregnancy Tests. Yes, there are various types of pregnancy tests available at home.

Homemade Pregnancy Test vs Medical test

A pregnancy test determines whether or not a woman is pregnant. The two most common medical methods are:

  1. Testing for human pregnancy hormone in blood or urine
  2. Ultrasonography

Testing for hCG in the blood allows for the earliest detection of pregnancy. One week after the first day of a missed menstrual period, almost all pregnant women will have a positive urine pregnancy test.

While homemade pregnancy tests are done by using homemade methods with products of our daily use.

So, the homemade pregnancy test is more convenient than a medical one; we don’t need to go to the hospital or any pregnancy kit.

How many ways are there for a homemade pregnancy test?

If you are unaware of the homemade ones then don’t worry. Some of the pregnancy tests that can be made at the home are given below:

1. Pregnancy Test with Sugar

Since ancient times, sugar has been used to test for pregnancy and is the most widely used natural pregnancy test among women.

Requirements:

  • A clean bowl is required.
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • A urine sample is taken as soon as you wake up in the morning

Procedure: Place one tablespoon of sugar in a bowl and pour the urine sample on top. Now sit back and watch.

Positive Sign: A pregnant woman’s urine contains the hormone hCG, which is a good sign. This hormone inhibits the dissolution of sugar. If you notice that the sugar does not readily dissolve but form clumps instead, it is a clear sign of pregnancy.

Negative Sign: If the sugar dissolves quickly in the urine, it means the urine does not contain hCG, and thus you are not pregnant.

Warning: This test is relatively safe, and no special precautions or protocols are required.

2. Pregnancy Test with Toothpaste

Toothpaste is a relatively new addition to homemade pregnancy tests, as it didn’t even exist centuries ago. Even though additional ingredients in colored toothpaste may interfere with the results, only white toothpaste is highly suggested.

Requirements:

  • A clean bowl is required.
  • toothpaste (two tablespoons)
  • A urine sample is taken as soon as you wake up in the morning

Procedure: In a bowl, combine two tablespoons of toothpaste and one tablespoon of the collected urine sample. Wait and watch.

Positive Sign: If you are pregnant, the toothpaste will immediately respond with your urine and turn blue. It may also become frothy.

Negative Sign: If the pregnancy is adverse, the toothpaste will not react with the urine at all.

Warning: While this test is valuable and simple to perform at home, it does have some drawbacks. For one thing, there are no set guidelines for how much urine should be added to the toothpaste. Second, the time it takes for the reaction to occur can differ.

3. Pregnancy Test Using Soap

This is an instrumental test that can be performed at home. Regardless of manufacturer, color, or fragrance addition, almost any soap can be used for this test.

Requirements:

  • a spotless bowl
  • A piece of soap
  • A urine sample is taken as soon as you wake up in the morning

Procedure: Put the soap in the bowl, then pour two tablespoons of urine over it and see it.

Positive Sign: If the soap froths and bubbles, you are most likely pregnant.

Negative Sign: There would be no response between the soap and the urine sample if there was no pregnancy.

Warning: None

4. Pregnancy Test with Mustard Powder

If you have missed your periods and suspect that you are pregnant, you should consider the mustard powder test for pregnancy. Periods are known to be induced by mustard powder.

Requirements:

  • You’ll need a bathtub full of warm water.
  • 1/2–3/4 cup mustard powder

Procedure: Add mustard powder to the warm water in the bathtub and soak for 20 to 25 minutes. Wash your hands and wait two to three days.

Positive Sign: Because mustard aids in period induction, you should have your period in two to three days. If your periods do not start, you are most likely pregnant.

Negative Sign: If your periods start in less than three days of this homemade pregnancy test, it means your periods were delayed for reasons other than pregnancy.

Warning: None

5. Pregnancy Test for Shampoo

This pregnancy test is just as simple as the toothpaste and soap test. It does not require any specialized tools, and the results are visible immediately.

Requirements:

  • A clean bowl is required.
  • Shampoo (two drops)
  • Water
  • A urine sample is taken as soon as you wake up in the morning.

Procedure: Place two drops of shampoo in a clean bowl, add enough water to make a soapy solution, and gently whisk to avoid foaming. Now, add a few drops of the urine you collected and watch what happens.

Positive Sign: If the shampoo solution begins to froth or forms bubbles, you may be pregnant.

Negative Sign: If there is no reaction, it is safe to assume you are not pregnant.

Warning: It is challenging to create a soapy solution without frothing shampoo and water, as the presence of froth can interfere with the results.

6. Homemade Pregnancy Test with Dettol

Dettol is a commercially available mild antiseptic that can be used as a homemade pregnancy test to treat minor cuts and bruises. This item can also be used to perform a natural pregnancy test. This is how.

Requirements:

  • A crystal clear glass
  • 1 tablespoon Dettol
  • A urine sample is taken as soon as you wake up in the morning

Procedure: Pour one tablespoon of Dettol into the glass, achieved in three tablespoons of urine, so that the ratio of Dettol to urine is 1:3. For five to seven minutes, sit back and observe.

Positive Sign: If your urine differentiates from the Dettol and forms a separate layer on the top, you are pregnant.

Negative Sign: If the solution starts mixing and does not detach, the final result is negative, indicating no pregnancy.

Warning: None

7. Pregnancy Test with Salt

Table salt is also a highly effective natural pregnancy test. Its main advantage is that it is one of the least expensive and most reliable tests available.

Requirements:

  • A crystal clear glass
  • a sprinkling of salt
  • A urine sample is taken as soon as you wake up in the morning

Procedure: Pour some urine into the glass, sprinkle with salt, and leave for at least three minutes.

Positive Sign: When the salt reacts with the urine, creamy white clumps form; this is a sure sign of pregnancy.

Negative Sign: If there is no reaction, the outcome is negative.

Warnings: None

8. Pregnancy Test with Vinegar

Vinegar is a dilute form of acid that is an essential ingredient in Chinese cuisine. Vinegar can also be used to perform a natural pregnancy test. You can use plain white vinegar, which is inexpensive and widely available in supermarkets.

Requirements:

  • Clean glass.
  • Vinegar, white
  • A urine sample is taken as soon as you wake up in the morning.

Pour some vinegar into the glass, then add the urine sample. Allow the solution to sit for 5 minutes before observing the results.

Positive Sign: Any change in the color of vinegar indicates pregnancy.

Negative Sign: If there is no visible change in color, this indicates that there is no pregnancy.

Warning: To avoid frothing, slowly add the urine sample to the vinegar. The accuracy of the test would be hampered by bubbles and frothing.

9. Pregnancy Test with Pine-Sol

Pine-sol is a joint antimicrobial agent found in the home. It is golden brown in color and made from needle-like leaves and other parts of the pine tree. A pine-sol pregnancy test is widely used because it is highly accurate

  • A clean glass.
  • Pine-sol
  • A urine sample is taken as soon as you wake up in the morning Method: Pour some pine-sol into the glass, add the urine sample and observe.

Positive Sign: If you are pregnant, the pine sol will turn a bluish-green color.

Negative Sign: If there is no change in color, you are not pregnant.

Warning: Pine-sol with fragrance is available. Unscented, regular golden-brown pine sol should be used for this test.

10. Pregnancy Test with Wheat and Barley

According to an ancient recipe, wheat and barley seeds germinate three times faster in a pregnant woman’s urine than in water.

Requirements:

  • A bowl.
  • Wheat and barley grains
  • A urine sample is taken as soon as you wake up in the morning Method: Place some wheat and barley seeds in a bowl, add the urine sample, and leave for a few days.

Positive Sign: If the seeds germinate within a few days, you may be pregnant.

Negative Sign: No seed germination means no pregnancy.

Caution: None

11. Test with Dandelion Leaves

If you have a dandelion plant in your yard, you can test for pregnancy using its leaves. Pregnancy tests produced from dandelion leaves are thought to be highly accurate and are also used for centuries.

Requirements:

  • You’ll need a plastic sheet as well as some dandelion leaves.
  • A urine sample is taken as soon as you wake up in the morning.

Procedure: Arrange the dandelion leaves on the plastic sheet so that they are not in direct sunlight. Pour the urine sample over the leaves until they are completely saturated. For ten minutes, keep an eye on the mixture.

Positive Sign: If the dandelion leaves turn reddish-brown or form bubbles, it indicates that you are pregnant.

Negative Sign: If the leaves reveal no visible changes, you may not be pregnant.

Warning: Only use freshly plucked leaves, as older leaves may interfere with the accuracy of this test.

12. Test wit eaching Powder

Bleaching powder is another helpful substance for testing for pregnancy. The benefit of bleaching powder is that the results are visible quickly.

Requirements:

  • A crystal clear glass
  • Bleaching agent
  • A urine sample is taken as soon as you wake up in the morning

Procedure:  Fill the glass halfway with bleaching powder, then pour in the urine sample and observe.

Positive Sign: An immediate reaction with a fizzing sound and lots of bubbles and frothing strongly indicates pregnancy.

Negative Sign: If the solution settles down with no bubbles, the pregnancy is over.

Warning: Keep your distance to avoid inhaling the toxic fumes produced by the reaction of urine and bleaching powder.

13. Test with Baking Soda

Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is a critical component in manufacturing leavened bread. As impressive as baking, baking soda can also be used to test for pregnancy at home.

Requirements:

  • A spotless bowl
  • Sodium bicarbonate
  • A urine sample is taken as soon as you wake up in the morning

Procedure: Put some baking soda in a bowl, pour the urine sample over it and watch what happens.

Positive Sign: If you have a reaction with bubbles and fizz, you are pregnant.

Negative Sign: If there aren’t many bubbles, there isn’t a pregnancy.

Warning: This test is relatively safe, as the reaction of baking soda and urine produces no fumes or harmful gases.

Summary

Homemade pregnancy tests provide convenience but are less reliable than medical tests. So, DIY methods are suitable for quick tests.

We need to go to the hospital for confirmation of pregnancy but you can use a homemade pregnancy test as a fast or convenient method. But there are some precautions while practicing them.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Following are the frequently asked questions regarding homemade pregnancy tests:

Are homemade pregnancy tests reliable?

No, sometimes the results are different from the actual situation. Otherwise, the confirmation from pregnancy kit or your doctor is essential. These are the quick and most straightforward methods to get an idea about pregnancy.

Are these tests safe or not?

Yes, these tests are safe if you are taking care of the precautions and warnings.

Rashmi Shrestha

Namastey!! I am Rashmi Shrestha. I am an enthusiast writer and reader. I have completed my degree Bsc. Human biology from Kathmandu University. I love to read poetry and write some too. I am looking forward to working with WOMS

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