Pregnancy tests are available for purchase in corner stores, gas stations, pharmacies, and supermarkets, but it would seem women are looking elsewhere to find out if they’re expecting a child — about three paces down the toiletries aisle, to be exact.
HuffPost reports that ladies are taking to their bathroom cabinets in a questionable new method of finding out their pregnancy status.
Apparently, mixing toothpaste with urine can produce a chemical reaction which could potentially indicate a pregnancy (though experts are skeptical).
One YouTube tutorial, which has been viewed a whopping 2.4 million times, outlines the method for the unconventional test.
Step 1: Collect a sample of your first-morning urine, as if you are indeed pregnant, the first urine would contain the highest amounts of the HCG pregnancy hormone.
Step 2: Add a few drops of your sample into a separate container of white toothpaste and stir. If the paste takes on a bluish tinge and begins to foam, then the tutorial says you might be expecting.
Check out the tutorial in the video below!
While we’ll never quite be able to look at our tubes of toothpaste in the same way, Stuart Gale, owner and chief pharmacist at Oxford Online Pharmacy, has slammed the method’s credibility, saying it’s nothing more than “a bit of fun”.
“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,” he tells the publication.
“The more acidic the urine is, the greater the fizz. Whether or not a person is or isn’t pregnant wouldn’t make any difference.”
Gale says a take-home kit, or better yet, a blood test from your general practitioner, is the most accurate way of detecting pregnancy.
So what do you think? Reliable or just plain kooky?
This post was written by Katie Skelly. For more, check out our sister site Now to Love.