Today it is relatively easy to know if you are pregnant or not, just go to a pharmacy and buy a pregnancy test. And it is that, even if it is finally a doctor who confirms the pregnancy, if a pharmacy test is positive ... it is positive.
However, before the existence of these tests, women thousands of years ago already used other types of more rudimentary pregnancy tests, some have even survived to this day. And, there are those who believe that certain elements react to the urine of the pregnant woman but, Are these home pregnancy tests reliable?
If we go far back in time, back in ancient Egypt, women used to urinate on wheat and barley seeds. If they did not germinate, there was no pregnancy, if the barley germinated, the baby would be a boy and if the wheat did, it would be a girl. It seems like a strange idea, and yet research conducted a few decades ago found this method to be 70% reliable.
We will jump from the Egypt of the pharaohs to ancient Greece. There the renowned Hippocrates pointed out a method that I don't think many women today would be willing to carry out. They had to introduce an onion into the woman's vagina and wait one night. If the onion retained its flavor the next day, she was pregnant.
In the 1960s, the frog test that was done in clinics became well known. Urine was collected from the woman and the frog was injected under the skin, if the woman was pregnant the pregnancy hormone, chorionic gonadotropin, stimulated ovulation of the frog and in about 14 hours, it began to spawn.
Nowadays there are those who resort to certain practices to know if they are pregnant and thus avoid buying the test that is sold in pharmacies. These are tests that were previously known by word of mouth and that today, due to the impulse of the Internet, are more widespread, these are some of them:
- The vinegar test.
- Soap test.
- Oil test.
- Cold urine.
- The vaginal discharge test.
- The chlorine test.
These are just some of the tests that can be done at home and, as you can see, all of them are carried out with elements that are easy to find in a house, inexpensive and accessible materials.
These methods are based on the reaction that occurs when urine is mixed with one of them. And it is that, it is believed that a reaction occurs in the resulting mixture that only occurs during pregnancy, because only at this stage of the woman's life, a hormone called hCG, chorionic gonadotropin is produced, which is responsible for this reaction.
But are these pregnancy tests reliable? The answer is simple, they are not reliable. Why?
- Lack of methodology in the tests: sterilized elements are not used, nor is information about the appropriate proportions of each element usually given.
- Some of these tests state that mixing both elements produces bubbles. But whether you are pregnant or they will not be produced because there are natural substances that react by producing gases when mixed with bleach or chlorine.
- If the test is carried out in the first days, the concentration of the hCG hormone is so low that it could even be negative in a home pregnancy test, therefore it is difficult for it to react to a substance.
In conclusion, if you want to know if you are pregnant you can "play" to perform any of these home tests but knowing that they are not at all reliable and the medical community discards them due to their lack of scientific rigor.
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