After unprotected intercourse there is always a risk of getting pregnant, especially if the woman was within her fertile days. After conception the body takes about 10 to 20 days to give the first signs that a pregnancy has began, and it is in that period that the woman can do some home tests that can confirm that she is actually pregnant.
Some examples of home pregnancy testing 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:
2. Pharmacy pregnancy test
Of all the pregnancy tests that can be done at home, the most reliable is the pregnancy test that is bought at a pharmacy, as it measures the presence of the hormone beta HCG in the woman's urine, a hormone that is only produced when she is pregnant .
But despite being a reliable test, the pharmacy test may not detect pregnancy when it is performed too early or when it is done in the wrong way. The ideal time to take the pharmacy pregnancy test is when you have a menstrual delay superior to 7 days. However, it can already give a positive result from the 1st day of your menstrual delay. See how to do it here.
Other pregnancy tests can be:
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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. 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.
7. 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.
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.