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6 Homemade pregnancy tests and why they aren't reliable

After unprotected intercourse there is always a risk of becoming pregnant, especially if the woman was within her fertile days.

After conception the body takes about 10 to 20 days to show the first signs that the pregnancy has begun, and it is during this time that the woman can do some home tests to see if there really is a risk of being pregnant.

Although these tests are popular they are all flawed and have no scientific proof of their effectiveness. So the most recommended ones to do are the pregnancy test bought in a pharmacy or in a laboratory, with a blood sample, because these are reliable and the result leaves no room for doubt.

6 Homemade pregnancy tests and why they aren't reliable

However, some examples of popular home pregnancy tests are:

1. Online pregnancy test

A good pregnancy test that can be done at home, is this online test, which we created based on some symptoms that you can present. Answer the following questions and know your chances of being pregnant or not:

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In the last month, have you had sexual intercourse without using a condom or other contraceptive method such as an IUD, implant,
  • Yes
  • No
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Have you noticed any pink vaginal discharge lately?
  • Yes
  • No
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Are you getting nauseous and want to vomit in the morning?
  • Yes
  • No
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Are you more sensitive to smells, being annoyed by smells like cigarettes, food or perfume?
  • Yes
  • No
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Does your belly look more swollen than before, making it harder to keep your jeans tight during the day?
  • Yes
  • No
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Does your skin look more oily and prone to acne?
  • Yes
  • No
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Are you feeling more tired and sleepy?
  • Yes
  • No
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Has your period been delayed for more than 5 days?
  • Yes
  • No
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Have you ever had a pharmacy pregnancy test or blood test in the last month, with a positive result?
  • Yes
  • No
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Did you take the morning-after pill recently?
  • Yes
  • No

2. Bleach test

In a plastic container add bleach and urine and if it changes color, bubbles or brews, it is a sign that the test is positive.

Why it may not work: This test does not take into account the amount of bleach and can give a 'positive' result using urine from men or women.

3. Boiled urine test

Place the urine in an aluminum pan and let it boil, if it creates a milk-like boiling cream or white foam, the test is positive.

Why it may not work:: To boil the urine, it must be very liquid, due to the consumption of large amounts of water. So it is enough for the result to be "positive" if the woman has drunk large quantities of water during the day.

4. Vinegar test

In a container, mix vinegar and urine and if the mixture changes color, the result is positive for pregnancy. The procedure is the same for the test using chlorine.

Why it may not work: There is usually no reaction when mixing vinegar with urine because the two compositions are acidic and therefore the test is not reliable, presenting the same result in men.

6 Homemade pregnancy tests and why they aren't reliable

5. Needle test

After placing a new needle inside a plastic container along with your urine, wait 8 hours. If it changes color, turning black, the result is positive for pregnancy, when this does not happen the result is negative.

Why it may not work: The more concentrated the urine is, the greater the possibility of the needle turning black, but in most cases it takes more than a few hours for this to happen.

6. Cotton swab test

Insert a properly cleaned swab into your vagina until it reaches the uterus, and rub lightly into the uterus. If the swab comes out clean, with no secretion, there is a chance of 'being pregnant' because there is no sign of menstruation.

Why it may not work: The swab may contain a vaginal discharge and confuse the result. The use of the swab may also injure the cervix, depending on how the test is done.

What is the best pregnancy test?

Of all the pregnancy tests you can do at home, the most reliable is the pregnancy test you buy at the drugstore, because it measures the presence of the hormone beta HCG in a woman's urine, a hormone that is only produced during pregnancy.

But despite being a reliable test, the pharmacy test may not detect pregnancy when it is performed too early or when it is done wrong. The ideal time to do a pharmacy pregnancy test is when your period is 7 days or more late. However, it may already give a positive result from day 1 of your menstrual delay. See how to do this type of test and get a correct result.

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