So you have missed your period and you are wondering that you might be pregnant than this article is for you. It's time to go for a pregnancy test which is reliable and accurate and now days there are lot of advanced digital pregnancy test available over the counter which you can purchase at your local pharmacy store but still a lot of women are not confident in using those test and still rely on the old age homemade pregnancy tests.
A pregnancy test detects the hCG hormone which is generally produced by the body after 14 days of conception. Both urine and blood tests are performed to detect the level of hCG hormone which should be at least 5 mIU/ml for a woman to be considered pregnant. These hormones are released by the cells inside the placenta which is a covering that gets formed to protect the fertilized egg after it has attached itself to the wall of uterus. Both over-the-counter kits or the homemade tests are used to detect this hormone. Depending upon individual body some woman might need to wait for a couple of more days than others for to be able to successfully perform pregnancy test.
When to conduct a homemade pregnancy test?
The homemade tests are said to be effective only after one or two weeks since you have missed your periods because the periods can also get delayed due to various other reasons.
Are homemade pregnancy tests accurate?
No test can give you a reliable and accurate result if not performed properly. These conditions apply to both homemade pregnancy test and as well as the counter test kits available at the local pharmacy store.
- Always use the morning's first urine to perform these tests. As the first urine of the morning contains the most concentrated levels of hCG hormones while making it easier for the test to be able to detect them.
- Only use plastic containers to collect the urine sample.
- Use appropriate amount of urine as using too little urine might not prove to be effective.
- Allow at least 5 to 10 minutes before drawing any kind of conclusion.
- Repeat the process couple of times for next few days.
- Do not just rely on one test but try different homemade tests as outlined in the article below.
- Perform the test on a flat and clean surface.
- Wash your hands properly to prevent the influence of any kind of bacteria which might contaminate the test.
- Do not reuse the same plastic container and dispose them after performing the pregnancy tests.
Since ancient days woman have been using various different techniques to test pregnancy at home but not all of them are very effective hence we have outlined the 5 most effective do-it-yourself homemade pregnancy tests which have proven to deliver most accurate results till date.
Bleach Can be found commonly in each and every household and is one of the most effective way to test for pregnancy. To use bleach for your pregnancy test take some bleach in a plastic container. Collect urine in a different container and then pour that inside the container which contains the bleach. If you see no changes in the bleach than the test is negative as if the bleach starts to foam than the test is positive.
Bleach is considered to be a dangerous substance and should be handled with care, it is recommended to wear gloves while performing this test and if possible perform this test outdoor in your garden as it can produce toxic fumes.
Firstly for this test you will require a plain white toothpaste which does not contain any kind of artificial flavor or other preservatives. The modern gel toothpastes available today with all those artificial ingredients would not work for this. So if you are not sure which one to use, you can buy the Plain one from here.
To perform this test take a small amount of toothpaste in a plastic container and add a slightly less or equal amount of urine to it. If the toothpaste get frothy or turns blue in color that means the test is positive but if in case there is no color change or no froth than the test result is negative.
Like bleach vinegar is also a common household ingredient and can be easily found in each and every home. For this test you will require white vinegar. It is a very simple test to perform wherein you need to mix vinegar and urine in a bowl. Allow it to settle down for some time and wait for a couple of minutes and if in case you see any kind of color change than it means the test result is positive otherwise if in case there is no change in the color than the test result was negative. It is one of the cheapest and most easy test to perform at home but has a drawback that no one can confirm as to how much time you need to wait before concluding the test.
Fresh dandelion leaves react very fast with hCG hormone. This is one of the oldest pregnancy test and is being used since centuries by women throughout the world. To perform this test first gather a few fresh dandelion leaves and store them away from direct sunlight. Collect the first urine of the morning and soak the leaves in the urine while ensuring that they are properly dipped inside the urine. Leave the bowl for 15 minutes and if you see any kind of reddish blisters on the leave than it indicates positive result. If you can wait for 10 more minutes than it would be much better. If even after 25 minutes you do not see any kind of change then it indicates there is no pregnancy. Although if possible allow at least an hour for maximum accuracy.
This is one of the homemade tests which can be performed only after you have missed your periods and requires maximum time to deliver the results and not everyone can perform it at their home because it requires a big bath tub or a container of the size of your body. To perform this test fill your plastic bath tub with hot water and add at least 2 cups of mustard powder in it. Still the mixture fully so that the mustard powder gets uniformly mixed in the water. Now immerse your body and soak your self completely inside the mustard mixed water and wait for 20 to 30 minutes inside the bath tub. After half an hour come out of the bath tub and take a shower with warm water.
Now you will need to wait for two days at least, because if in case your periods are late due to any other reason then you will have them after two days but if in case even after a week of performing this test you do not see any signs of menses then it is an indication of pregnancy.
So if in case you are searching for the best homemade pregnancy test then try any one of the above and let us know in the comments below how did it work for you. Your comments and feedback would help us improve our website and would also be beneficial for other readers as well.