9+ Homemade Pregnancy Tests & When to Take Them

  1. Mustard Powder

Mustard powder is an effective and accurate homemade pregnancy test if used after a missed period.

  • Add mustard powder (freshly ground) to a bath filled with hot water.
  • Soak the entire body in the water for at least one full hour before taking a shower.
  • Wait a day or two, and if the menstrual cycle shows up, that indicates no pregnancy.
  • If there is no menstruation after two days, it may indicate a pregnancy.

Warning: See a health care specialist for problems with delayed menstruation that is not related to pregnancy.

  1. Tuna Juice and Vinegar

A simple and accurate homemade test for pregnancy is a combination of vinegar and tuna juice.

  • In a plastic container, combine a quarter cup of vinegar with a quarter cup of tuna juice.
  • Collect first morning urine in a cup and add it to the mixture of vinegar and tuna juice.
  • Let the mixture sit for a few minutes before observing it for changes.
  • If there is a noticeable difference in color, with the mixture taking on a green tinge, pregnancy is likely.
  • If the mixture becomes orange-yellow, pregnancy is not likely.
  1. Plain Urine

A free and easy way to confirm a pregnancy is by using a sample of plain first morning urine.

  • Use a glass jar to collect a sample of first morning urine.
  • Place the jar on a flat surface and let it sit for a full day before examining it.
  • After twenty four hours, look at the surface of the sample. If there is a layer of white covering the top it may indicate a pregnancy.
  • If there is no white layer on the surface of the sample, pregnancy is not likely.

How to increase the accuracy of homemade pregnancy tests?

There are several simple ways to improve the accuracy of homemade pregnancy tests, which include the following tips:

  • For best results, always use the most concentrated urine sample possible. Using the first morning urine after full night’s sleep gives the least diluted and highest concentration testing sample.
  • Take precautions when performing homemade pregnancy tests that utilize items such as bleach and vinegar. Those chemicals and solutions can cause damage if they come into contact with the skin or lungs, and in extreme cases may even lead to suffocating. Always wear protective gear and use these products in well-ventilated areas.
  • Only use plastic cups and containers to collect and mix urine samples with additional test ingredients.
  • Never rely on the results provided by homemade pregnancy tests on their own. See a doctor to confirm a positive or negative results if there is a suspicion of pregnancy.
  • Do not disturb homemade pregnancy test samples during testing. Avoid shaking the samples and keep them on a level surface whenever possible.
  • Do not reuse containers that were used to collect specimens or mix homemade pregnancy test ingredients. Throw them away immediately after testing.

Can I rely solely on the result of homemade pregnancy tests?

It is not recommended that individuals expect highly accurate results from homemade pregnancy tests, as they have proven to be inaccurate and unreliable in many cases.

This is because the mindset of the individual performing the test may influence the way they interpret the results. For example, a woman hoping to become pregnant may notice reactions and color changes when there are none.

In addition, homemade pregnancy tests are not based on exact science. There are no specific amounts of each substance to combine, or specific waiting times to get highly accurate results.

There may also be confusion and vagueness surrounding how to interpret the results of each test and the color changes, frothing, bubbling, blistering and foaming reactions that occur.

For these reasons, if there is a suspicion of pregnancy, it is always best to confirm with a pregnancy test guaranteed to give accurate results when used correctly, such as commercially-made home pregnancy tests.

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