Women are DIYing Their Own Toothpaste Pregnancy Tests

If you haven't been using toothpaste pregnancy tests, apparently you've been doing it wrong. Wasting money on pregnancy tests at the store? That's for amateurs. I've made the mistake of spending tons of money on pregnancy tests every single month when apparently, I could have just been saving my money and using toothpaste instead.

If you're wondering if you could be pregnant, but don't exactly want to head over to the store or wait two days for Amazon Prime to ship you some answers, the latest trend sweeping the Internet is encouraging women to turn to bathroom medicine cabinet instead. Apparently, the trend all started with a YouTube tutorial that has over 2.9 million views and details exactly how to use toothpaste a pregnancy test instead of just a way to get dazzling white teeth.

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So how exactly does it work? According to the video, all you have to do is mix a little bit of your morning urine into a dollop of toothpaste. Just like with regular pregnancy tests, the urine you have first thing in the morning has a higher concentration of the pregnancy hormone that tests pick up, so that's why it's recommended to test first thing in the morning before you use the restroom. 

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According to those who have tried it, if a woman is pregnant, the toothpaste will turn blue and frothy and “fizzy”  (I'm assuming you need to use white toothpaste to start then?). If she's not pregnant, nothing happens to the toothpaste, except now it has pee in it. 

So, does it work? 

Unfortunately, the experts say no. In fact, they say that the reason that the toothpaste would turn frothy and fizzy is due to a chemical reaction between the acid in urine and the calcium carbonate that's in the toothpaste. A basic + an acid = reaction. This means that even men could be a “positive” result from this DIY toothpaste pregnancy test. And in reality, the more acidic your urine is, the more the toothpaste will fizz and froth, which is actually not the greatest thing. If you're well-hydrated, your urine should be more diluted. 

If a woman really is pregnant, her urine may naturally be less acidic. One OB/GYN told the magazine US Weekly that although all urine should fizz when mixed in with toothpaste, a pregnant woman's urine should actually fizz less. “… with pregnant women, the reaction and the resulting fizzing would be less pronounced,” he explained. 

Bottom line is that it sounds like this DIY pregnancy test to do at home doesn't exactly work and if it does appear to work, it's probably not because you're pregnant. So you can put the Colgate away and just stick to hoarding those $1 dollar store tests that work just as well. Good luck. 

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Women are DIYing Their Own Toothpaste Pregnancy Tests

Chaunie Brusie is a coffee mug addict, a labor and delivery nurse turned freelance writer, and a young(ish) mom of four. She is the author of "Tiny Blue Lines: Preparing For Your Baby, Moving Forward In Faith, & Reclaiming Your Life In An Unplanned Pregnancy" and "The Moments That Made You A Mother". She also runs Passion Meets Practicality, a community of tips + inspiration for work-at-home mothers. ... More

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