There are many symptoms that can indicate you're pregnant -- being repulsed by smells that used to bring you joy, craving the Thai food from across town, and also feeling like you might vomit at any second are all excellent clues.
When you feel terrible, the last thing you want to do is go to the drugstore to buy a pregnancy test. You may have heard of the toothpaste pregnancy test, and wondered if it actually works. Again, skipping the trip to the drugstore sounds so appealing ... and while some people trust these DIY tests, you probably shouldn't.
How the toothpaste pregnancy test is supposed to work
Proponents of this method claim that a chemical reaction occurs between toothpaste and your urine, so they instruct people to squirt toothpaste (preferably white) into a cup, urinate into a separate cup, and then slowly pour the urine into the toothpaste cup.
When the two combine, the chemical reaction of a fizz or color change, is supposed to indicate whether or not you're pregnant. They theorize that it works similarly to a traditional urine pregnancy test by detecting the hormone hCG. This hormone is only produced in a woman's body during pregnancy and is believed to cause many of the tell-tale signs of pregnancy like nausea and fatigue.
And while people claim this "test" can detect the hCG hormone, in reality, any chemical reaction when the urine and toothpaste are mixed is likely just caused by the acidity of your urine.
Is the toothpaste pregnancy test accurate?
As you may imagine, no, it is not. If you think you're pregnant, as tempting as it may be to try some easy DIY pregnancy tests, you really do need to take an actual pregnancy test. Confirming you're pregnant is the most important thing to do before making any other decisions about your pregnancy.
The Open Arms Pregnancy Clinic offers free pregnancy confirmation and consultations. All of our appointments are confidential, and our consultations are designed to give you the information you need to make a fully-informed choice if you are pregnant. We also offer free ultrasounds to determine how far along you are, the viability of the pregnancy, and to detect if there is a fetal heartbeat.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us today.