Does a Toothpaste Pregnancy Test Work?
Despite the numerous brands of pregnancy tests on the market, toothpaste pregnancy tests are taking the internet by storm. What with a single home pregnancy test strip that can cost as little as $1 these days.
While the chemistry behind the toothpaste test is not clearly explained, there’s this popular YouTube tutorial (currently has more than 2 million views at the time of writing) that teaches women to mix their urine with toothpaste as an alternative to find out whether they’re pregnant.
How Do You Perform a Toothpaste Pregnancy Test?
The tutorial below shows you the steps to follow to perform a “natural” home pregnancy test with toothpaste.
The comments on this video speak for themselves, ranging from women who are happy with this new-found method of telling whether they were pregnant to men who poke fun at they fact that they performed the test and got a positive result.
Is the Toothpaste Pregnancy Test Reliable?
To get the best results the following factors should be considered:
- The type of toothpaste that you use to perform the test.
- The container that you use to collect your urine.
- The time of the day when you perform the test
Type of Toothpaste Used to Perform the Test
Women are advised to use plain white toothpaste to perform the test. If you use colored toothpaste or one that is striped, you won’t be able to see the color change that is expected to occur when the chemical in toothpaste reacts with human chorionic hormone (hCG) to give the toothpaste a bluish tone.
To avoid contaminating the tootpaste and compromising the results, it is advised to use a clean container. A dry disposable plastic cup would do the trick.
When to Perform the Test
It is best to perform the test with early morning urine since this typically contains the highest concentration of the pregnancy hormone hCG. Given that toothpaste was not specifically manufactured to detect hCG levels, there are no data that mention the minimum level of hCG that is necessary to cause a reaction in toothpaste. Thus, to increase the odds of detecting pregnancy, it is best to use your first morning urine sample.
How Accurate is the Test?
There is no scientific evidence to support the use of toothpaste to test for pregnancy. Most of the data on the internet are based on women’s personal account of their experience performing the test, with some reporting that the test worked for them while others got false positives or negative results.
You should not rely on a toothpaste pregnancy test if you’re trying to determine whether you’re pregnant. If you’ve been trying to conceive and wish to save a few dollars by using toothpaste instead, it is advisable to buy a trusted brand of pregnancy tests at your local drug store or on Amazon to confirm the results. This said, lets leave our toothpastes for our mouths and use tests designed to detect pregnancy.
Are you tempted to use toothpaste to perform a pregnancy test? If yes, please let us know how the results turned out. You might want to read this post about the best pregnancy tests if toothpaste is not your thing.