Experts say there is ‘no scientific basis’ for this DIY video
By Jenny Cook
We’re all for a bit of DIY here at NetDoctor, but make-your-own pregnancy tests are definitely a step too far.
Experts have been quick to debunk the claims of a YouTube video, which seemingly demonstrates the ways in which toothpaste can be used as a handcrafted indicator of whether or not a woman is pregnant. Watch the video below:
The clip shows someone mixing urine with toothpaste before waiting for the mixture to turn “bluish and foamy” – an apparent sign of pregnancy. The makers of the video then go on to attribute the changing colour of the concoction to the presence of HCG – the hormone that is produced when an egg is fertilised and attaches itself to a uterus. However, Dr Alex Eskander, consultant Gynaecologist at The Gynae Centre, says this is nonsense. Speaking to The Independent, he said:
“There is no scientific basis for detecting pregnancy by mixing urine with toothpaste… Modern pregnancy tests will detect whether urine contains the Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) hormone.”
He added that only shop-bought, medically approved tests can be used as a reliable indicator of pregnancy.
“Some sensitive pregnancy tests can be positive as early as 12 days after fertilisation i.e. before the missed period. But if you think you are pregnant, ideally you should only test 3-5 days after the missed period with a proper approved CE marked test and not with toothpaste.”
It’s true that some pregnancy tests can be expensive, but others can cost as little as £4.45 for 4 (Amazon.co.uk). Alternatively, if you think you might be pregnant, you can always visit your GP. Just don’t go looking for your answer in the oral hygiene aisle!