Nowadays there are many easy and over the counter pregnancy tests that are easy to use, accurate and affordable to use.
But there are other methods that were used in the past before modern pregnancy tests that are classified as more traditional. While their adherents swear by their efficacy, modern medicine doesn’t support the methods as much.
The salt pregnancy test is just one of these many DIY pregnancy tests that are experiencing a resurgence in popularity online.
Here’s how it’s done and whether you should give it a try.
The salt pregnancy test is a do it yourself(DIY) pregnancy test that requires two ingredients: salt and your urine, which you then mix together in a clear, clean bowl.
Those who swear by this test claim that if someone is actually pregnant, the salt will react with a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), which enters your bloodstream and urine after an embryo implants in your uterus.
This is also the same hormone that is detected in home pregnancy tests, which you can buy at the chemist.
All you have to do is combine a tablespoon or two of salt with a sample of your morning urine and wait a few minutes to a few hours.
If your urine turns “milky” or “cheesy,” then you’re supposedly pregnant. If the mixture doesn’t change appearance, then legend has it that you’re not pregnant.
But while its proponents might endorse the method saying that hCG will react with salt, causing the mixture to curdle or change texture, there’s no scientific explanation to back it up as there’s zero evidence backing up that theory, and no reason why salt and hCG would cause this reaction.
The pregnancy test with salt is not accurate at all, just as other DIY pregnancy tests aren’t accurate either.
There’s no reliable evidence — either from studies or major medical organizations — to suggest that the salt pregnancy test can accurately tell you if you’re expecting.
And for the women who say it worked for them, they got lucky. Why? There are only two results from a test-either positive or negative, a 50-50 split that can be explained in their results.