How does the sugar pregnancy test work? How do you make it? Is it accurate?
There are many DIY pregnancy tests out there today. Some of them require ingredients you’d need to buy at the store, some of them require ingredients you already have access to in your home. Some of them use household chemicals (such as the Bleach Method or Pine-Sol Method). Some of them, such as this one, use regular household ingredients. Regardless of which test you choose to try out, keep in mind that DIY pregnancy tests are more for fun than to confirm a pregnancy. If you need confirmation of a pregnancy, the best way to confirm it is to take an at-home pregnancy test and/or schedule a doctors appointment with your OB/GYN.
What is the Sugar Pregnancy Test?
The sugar pregnancy test is one of the most common (and fun) DIY pregnancy tests that exist today. Among many of the others; The Dandelion Leaves Method, the bleach method, the vinegar method, and the toothpaste method for example.
Not only is this pregnancy test fun to do, but it is much safer than other common DIY pregnancy tests (ie. The Bleach Method or The Pine-Sol Method). This allows you to test for pregnancy inexpensively without the use of harmful chemicals.
A lot of DIY pregnancy tests are accessible and easy to-do. However, many of them are completely inaccurate. The sugar pregnancy test, though far from being as accurate as an over-the-counter pregnancy test, has proven to be more accurate than many of the other DIY tests out there.
This test also allows you to test for pregnancy as many times as you want. Considering how inexpensive and easy to do it is, you can test as many times a week (or even a day) as you want! If you are looking for an alternative to an over-the-counter pregnancy test, whether it’s too soon or it’s just for fun, this is the probably the safest and most affordable out there. Not to mention, a little more accurate.
The sugar pregnancy test, like all other pregnancy tests, tests for HCG levels in the urine.
What is HCG?
HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) is the hormone that at-home pregnancy tests detect to confirm if you are pregnant or not. It is first detectable just 10 days after fertilization in both the urine and blood. It is the basis of all pregnancy tests.
This is also known as the ‘human growth hormone’. The purpose of this hormone is to let your body know to keep its progesterone levels elevated, to keep you from having your period and expelling the fetus.
HCG level rises are what make us experience some of those more daunting pregnancy symptoms, along with a missed period, such as:
- Breast tenderness
- Frequent Urination
HCG nourishes the fetus during pregnancy via the uterus and is also in breast milk, to nourish the fetus after birth.
This hormone is used for many different things other than pregnancy due to its benefits. Some women eat or encapsulate their placenta after birth for the nutritional benefits from the high HCG levels to keep their breast milk healthy or to use it as an alternative to prenatal vitamins after birth. It is also used to treat fertility problems in women by increasing their egg development.
How Does the Sugar Pregnancy Test Work?
The sugar pregnancy test is recommended for anyone wanting to try a DIY pregnancy test because it is safe, free, and easy to do. It is one of the most popular tests because it is much safer than other alternatives, has easier to read results, and has the most accessible ingredients. Here is how it works:
What You Need:
- 3 tablespoons of sugar
- A sterilized bowl (you can boil the bowl before use to sterilize)
- Your first urine of the day
How to Perform the Sugar Pregnancy Test:
- Add 3 tablespoons of sugar to the sterilized bowl
- Urinate over top of the sugar in the bowl
- Wait at least 5 minutes before reading the results
According to theory, if you are pregnant, the sugar will not dissolve at the bottom of the bowl due to the high levels of HCG in your urine. Instead, it will form a sort of ‘sugar chunk’ at the bottom of the bowl. If you are not pregnant, the sugar will simply dissolve.
Note that, if the test states that you are pregnant, you should be able to pick up the sugar out of the bowl and keep it intact (try using a spoon to pick up the clump of sugar to see if it stays together).
If your test comes out positive, follow your results with an over-the-counter at home pregnancy test or a doctor’s appointment to confirm the pregnancy.
An alternative to this method is using 2 tablespoons of sugar on a sterile plate and applying a few drops of urine to it via a dropper. The same results should occur either way (If the sugar clumps, it’s positive. If the sugar dissolves, it’s negative).
Is the Sugar Pregnancy Test Accurate?
According to reviews, the sugar pregnancy test is more for fun than to get accurate results. Though there have been cases where this test has been accurate, it is hardly a high enough number to deem this an accurate pregnancy test. The best way to confirm a pregnancy is to take an over-the-counter pregnancy test or confirming a pregnancy with your doctor.
Although this test is far from accurate, it is a fun way to test your HCG levels and your possibility of pregnancy while you’re waiting for the right time to take an actual pregnancy test. And, it is a much safer alternative than the Bleach or Pine-Sol methods.
If you are exhibiting signs and symptoms of pregnancy and want to take a pregnancy test but it is too soon, this is a great, and safe, way to bide your time until you’re ready to take the actual pregnancy test. DIY pregnancy tests are fun, and a great way to get us ready for the actual test-day. However, their results are far from accurate and should be taken as such.
Do not interpret the results of the DIY sugar pregnancy test as confirmation or fact. It is simply for fun. The only true confirmations of pregnancy are from over-the-counter pregnancy tests and doctors appointments. Otherwise, have fun and enjoy the process!