It is generally not a good idea to not seek the opinion of a medical professional when it comes to a pregnancy test.  After all, if you are really pregnant, you should really seek to know for sure so that you can seek the appropriate medical attention.  Although there is a lot of interest in how to make a homemade pregnancy test, these results are really not very reliable. Also, because of the relative inaccuracy of these tests versus medical examination or other store bought pregnancy tests, these results can leave you quite uncertain and looking for other ways to reconfirm.

That being said, pregnancy tests typically work by testing for the presence of HCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin, which is a substance produced by a growing placenta shortly after conception.  This level rises dramatically in the woman and is present in the urine as well as the bloodstream.  Usually about seven days after ovulation, the placenta will release the HCG after the fertilized egg is implanted in the uterus.

Many folks for economic reasons cannot afford to purchase a pregnancy test at the store or visit the doctor.  For that reason, pregnancy tests made with free or household items have always been popular.  Here are a few that some people who decided to  make a pregnancy test at home have found effective.

One of the ways to make a homemade pregnancy test is by using regular household bleach.  Bleach is a substance used in cleaning or whitening.  If one mixes a small urine sample with a cup of bleach, and the subsequent mixture fizzes, then it is a possible sign of pregnancy.

Another test is made using Pine Sol, a cleaning agent made from distilling various species of pine.  This test mixes the urine sample with the Pine Sol and looks for a color change.  If the mixture changes colors dramatically, then there is a possibility of pregnancy.

Dandelion © by D H Wright

Yet another test uses dandelion leaves.  For this test, take the leaves off of a dandelion and lay them on a small piece of plastic wrap.  Make sure that these leaves are away from direct sunlight.  Urinate on the leaves and check on them every ten minutes or so.  If red blisters appear on the leaves, then it may be a sign of pregnancy.

Certainly as a last resort, these may be effective ways to determine if you are pregnant.  However, if you do get a positive result from a pregnancy test made at home, do seek a medical professional or last least confirm with the store bought test as soon as possible.



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