When it comes to taking a pregnancy test, the options can be a little overwhelming. There are so many on the market these days (and some of them can get fairly pricey). When I was trying to get pregnant, I remember standing in the CVS aisle, wondering if I should buy the digital or old-fashioned kind — you know, the ones with the two lines. If only there were an easier way, I remember thinking. Like a pregnancy test you could make yourself.
Enter: the pregnancy toothpaste test. Yep, this is actually a thing. According to a YouTube tutorial that’s going viral, you can find out if you’re pregnant without ever leaving your bathroom, as long as you have some white toothpaste in stock. The test has reportedly been around for decades, and it used to be more popular among pregnant women when store-bought pregnancy tests weren’t as prevalent or readily available.
Here’s how it (supposedly) works: Squeeze a little bit of white toothpaste into a cup or a dish, and then add a few drops of morning urine. After mixing, the toothpaste will reportedly start to froth after a few minutes (and maybe even turn blue) if you are pregnant. The reasoning is that the toothpaste can purportedly detect the hormone human chorionic gonadatrophin (HCG), which is found in pregnant women’s urine.
It sounded a bit too good to be true, so I decided to try it as an experiment. Because I’m 100% pregnant (I’m halfway through…