Know How to Make a Homemade Pregnancy Test Kit In These Super Easy Methods
Have you been trying to conceive? Well, if the answer is YES, you would be eager to see those two elusive lines on the pregnancy test strips. If you have not purchased one yet and you feel like taking the test now, all you need to do is to head to your kitchen and learn how to make a homemade pregnancy test kit from scratch.
A missed period is clearly one of the first signs to know if you are pregnant. However, note that many women tend to have their periods late. So, instead of waiting in agony to know whether you have got a bun in your oven, you may want to try these homemade pregnancy tests and know the result instantly.
Six Easy Homemade Pregnancy Tests You Can Try
Whether you are opting for homemade or commercial pregnancy test, results are determined by detecting the presence of the human chorionic gonadotropin or hCG levels in the urine or the blood. If you opt for a more natural method, you may try any of the following:
#1. Observing for Natural Changes in Urine
One of the first method you can do only involves the collection of your first urine in the morning and placing it in a clear bottle. Let it sit and observe after four hours. The appearance of thin whitish film on top is a good indication that you may be pregnant already.
Pregnant women go through renal physiological changes. In the book written by Dr. Gary Thibodeau called Anatomy & Physiology, the hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin or hCG is one of the clear indicators of pregnancy. This hormone is present in the urine and blood of women.
When there is a higher level of hCG in the urine, it creates a strong pungent smell that is different from the odor the usual liquid waste. Women who have already experienced pregnancy can easily tell the difference. Therefore, observing the changes in urine is one of the most natural ways to predict pregnancy.
#2. Checking the Reaction of Dandelion Leaves to Urine
Dandelion (Taraxacum Officinale) is used as one of the oldest pregnancy test tools. This is one top of its extensive uses as a traditional herbal medicine. The leaves of this plant react to the hCG content in the urine of a pregnant woman which makes it an effective tool in predicting possible pregnancy.
To use this, you simply have to collect a fresh few leaves and place them in a dry plastic container. In the same container, add an early morning urine and soak the leaves completely. Soak the leaves for at least 15 minutes and wait for the result.
After 15 minutes, check for any changes on the leaves. If you find some reddish blisters on the surface of the leaves, then there is a high chance that you are pregnant. If there are no blisters, try to wait for another 10 minutes and check back again.
Aside from using dandelion leaves as a natural method of predicting pregnancy, these can also be used as a gentle diuretic to eliminate water retention during pregnancy. Moreover, it helps alleviate system sluggishness that pregnant women typically experiences.
#3. Observing for Possible Changes in the Physical Properties of Sugar
Urine with high-level of hCG content cannot dissolve sugar. The test is simple to make and it only requires about 3-5 spoonfuls of sugar in one container. Add the collected urine.It is better to add the first urine in the morning as it has the highest level of hCG.
Observe how the urine and sugar mixture reacts when combined. If the granules start to form tiny clumps then you are likely to be pregnant. Note that the longer you are pregnant, the higher the hCG level. This means that the sugar tends to formulate clumps more easily.
On the other hand, if the sugar is dissolved after just a few minutes, then it is likely to be negative. The principle is the same reason as to why people on hCG diet cannot consume food with higher sugar content. Instead, these people are advised to consume sugar substitute instead.
#4. Checking for Consistency and Color Change in Toothpaste
One of the easiest homemade pregnancy tests you can do in just a couple of minutes is with the use of a toothpaste. All you need is about 2 tablespoons of toothpaste, about 10 ml of a urine sample, and anything you can help mix the combination.
You have to first place the toothpaste in a container and slowly incorporate the urine sample. Gently mix them together. If the hCG is present in the urine, the toothpaste will turn foamy in consistency. Aside from the change in consistency, a positive result could also change its color into light blue.
This test is more advantage than others as it only requires a few seconds to see the potential change in the color and consistency of the toothpaste as compared to other homemade pregnancy tests involving dandelion leaves and sugar.
#5. Observe Sudden Changes in the Baking Soda-Urine Combo
If you are in a hurry and would like to do some tests before seeing a doctor, you may opt for the baking soda-based pregnancy test. As with the prior tests, all you need is to have your urine sample ready and a couple of tablespoons of baking soda.
In one bowl, place the baking soda and then slowly incorporate a tablespoon of urine. Wait for about1-2 minutes and observe for any changes. If the solution begins to fizzle, this is an indication that you are possibly pregnant.
#6. Check Out the Reaction in Urine when Combined with Tylenol and Peroxide
While these two may not always be readily available at home, you can always get them quickly at your nearest pharmacy. This homemade pregnancy test requires the use of crushed Tylenol and an equal amount of Hydrogen Peroxide.
To begin, you need to take about 1-2 tablets of Tylenol and crush it. Place this in the glass bowl. Slowly add the Hydrogen Peroxide and the urine sample. Wait for at least 10 minutes before checking the reaction or possible changes in the mixture.
If the mixture slowly changes the color to blue, the there is a probability that you are pregnant. On the other hand, no change means that you are not pregnant. Also, only use the white Tylenol pills for this test, as the red ones would automatically turn your mixture to brown.
How to Boost the Homemade Pregnancy Test Accuracy
Let’s face it -- there is no pregnancy test that is 100% accurate. Even the commercial pregnancy tests claim 99.9% accuracy. So, if you are conducting the pregnancy tests through the aforementioned homemade methods, it would be helpful to apply the following tips on how to increase the accuracy of the results.
Firstly, it is recommended to always collect the first urine in the morning. This has the higher concentration of hCG hormone making the components used in the homemade methods (e.g. toothpaste, sugar, baking soda) more sensitive to any chemical reaction.
Moreover, when doing the test, it is better to use a glass or plastic container than a metallic one. This is to avoid any potential reaction with the components. For instance, the use of metallic bowl on the urine- Tylenol-Hydrogen Peroxide test would not be effective due to the chemical reaction called oxidation.
Another tip is to repeat the tests at least three times to check the accuracy. Also, to obtain more accurate results, it is best to always perform the test on a flat and stable surface. As much as possible, try not to shake or move the samples when waiting for the reactions.
So, what’s next after doing the tests? If you keep getting negative results even after applying all these methods but you still somehow feel pregnant, you may want to see a gynecologist for better assessments. This should also be done if you achieve positive results after testing the methods.
Nothing beats the excitement of knowing you are pregnant. However, we should not simply rely on these tests. Bear in mind that pregnancy is a serious matter and is better handled with the help of the right doctor. Seeking the help of an OB Gynecologist is an inevitable part of prenatal care.
Furthermore, we cannot discount that there will always be a need for further studies to establish the authenticity and effectiveness of any method. The most important thing is you get to know certain techniques that can somehow ease your worries on being truly pregnant or not.
Being pregnant is truly an exciting journey, and validating pregnancy is one of the most memorable experience for any parent. If you would like to start that journey today, the choose from the methods above and discover whether you are on your way to parenthood.
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