So, you think you might be pregnant. You’re nauseous, everything smells just a little bit off, and you suddenly crave Doritos dipped in caramel. It’s time to go to the drug store to pick up a home pregnancy test. But what if you feel like hell and the thought of going out to the store sounds terrible? What if you could conduct the test yourself with just a couple easy steps at home? You can with the toothpaste pregnancy test.
Now, don’t get me wrong, this test is total BS. Anyone with a high school diploma can tell you there’s zero indication it’s even remotely accurate. Still, let’s talk about it for fun.
How does the toothpaste pregnancy test work? Well, people who believe in it say a chemical reaction occurs when urine makes contact with toothpaste. So, all you have to do is squeeze some white toothpaste into a cup, add a few drops of pee and you’ll get your answer.
Supposedly, if a woman is pregnant, the toothpaste will start to fizz after a few minutes. It’s a pretty simple process, but just like everything else, there’s a YouTube video showing you how it works.
As you may already know, the hormone hCG is only produced in a woman’s body when she’s pregnant. Well, there are people who claim toothpaste can detect hCG in a pregnant woman’s urine.
Here’s the thing: the acidity of your urine is going to cause a fizz anyway.
“The fizz in toothpaste is caused by the acid in the urine reacting with the calcium carbonate in the toothpaste to give off carbon dioxide,” pharmacist Stuart Gale told The Huffington Post UK. “The more acidic the urine is, the greater the fizz.”
Suffice it to say, it’s probably not the best idea to rely on toothpaste to tell you if you’re pregnant.