What Is The Toothpaste Pregnancy Test And Does It Work?What Is The Toothpaste Pregnancy Test And Does It Work?
Pregnancy tests are available at the majority of supermarkets and pharmacies, but some women are using an alternative method to check if they’re pregnant, without leaving their bathroom.
The “toothpaste pregnancy test” is the cheap, DIY method gaining popularity and it’s just as bizarre as it sounds. To conduct the test, women mix a small amount of their urine with some toothpaste in a dish.
Advocates of the test claim that if a woman is pregn@nt, the toothpaste will change colour and sometimes froth. If the woman is not pregnant, the toothpaste will remain unchanged.
It may sound far-fetched, but there’s been a recent spike in people searching “toothpaste pregnancy test” on Google, suggesting a growing number of women may be giving it a go.
There’s even a multitude of YouTube tutorials demonstrating how to do the test. But Stuart Gale, owner and chief pharmacist at Oxford Online Pharmacy, said the test shouldn’t be taken too seriously and is not an accurate way to detect pregnancy.
“This is a bit of fun for anyone who thinks they might be pregnant,” he told HuffPost UK.“The fizz in the toothpaste is caused by the acid in the urine reacting with the calcium carbonate in the toothpaste to give off carbon dioxide.
Gale added that regular pregn@ncy tests are 99% accurate, if used properly.
“Even if the ‘toothpaste test’ does appear to be ‘positive’ I would strongly recommend that any possible mum-to-be gets official confirmation of the fact that they are indeed Pregn@nt with a proper pregn@ncy test,” he said.
According to NHS Choices, you can buy a pregn@ncy test to use at home from a supermarket or pharmacy, or you can ask for a test at:::
S3xu@l health clinics/ GUM clinics.::
Some GP surgeries.::
Most NHS walk-in centres (England only).
Except for some pharmacies and in supermarkets, pregn@ncy tests are usually free and are confidential, even if you’re under the age of 16.
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