The 7 Best Homemade Pregnancy Tests

Do you just have a gut feeling you’re pregnant?

Are you stuck at home with all the kids and can’t get out to the store, but want to find out NOW if you’re pregnant or not?

Homemade pregnancy tests have been around since before over-the-counter tests were available, and are a quick, reliable way to confirm pregnancy without having to run to the store.

They’re also a great option if you’re short on money or want to be discreet.

In this post, we’ll cover how accurate homemade pregnancy tests are, how they work, when you should take them, and what to do if you get a positive result. You will also learn how to take and read seven of the most common ones.


How Accurate Are Homemade Tests?

While homemade pregnancy tests are reasonably reliable, no pregnancy test (including over-the-counter tests) is 100 percent accurate. Always confirm your pregnancy with a blood test or ultrasound through your OB/GYN or midwife.

Homemade tests are trickier to read, and one person could interpret the results different from another. You can also have false-negative and false-positive results.

False-negatives

A false-negative is where you got a negative result, but are indeed pregnant. This could happen if you took the test too early, checked the results too soon, misinterpreted the results, or your urine was too dilute.

A false-positive is when you got a positive result, but are not pregnant. This kind of result is rare but could happen if you misinterpreted the results, took the test too soon after taking a fertility drug with hCG, or had a pregnancy loss soon after the fertilized egg attached to the uterine wall (source).

It’s always a good idea to take a few homemade tests, rather than just one. If you get mixed results, wait a few days or a week and retake the test. Be sure to follow up with your healthcare provider to confirm your pregnancy and start your prenatal care.

How Do They Work?

Homemade pregnancy tests work the same way as any over-the-counter pregnancy test; by detecting the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). If you test positive, you will observe a chemical reaction between the hCG in your urine and the substance you are using to test.

Your cells start to produce the hCG hormone when they start creating the placenta. This hormone increases rapidly early in pregnancy and enters your bloodstream and urine, confirming conception (source).

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When Should I Take The Test?

Take Note

To get the most accurate results, it is wise to wait until a week after your missed period. It is also best to test first thing in the morning, as your urine will have a higher concentration of the hCG hormone.

However, not every woman will have a missed period, and some women experience implantation bleeding, which could be mistaken for a period.

If you absolutely can’t wait for your missed period, then you can take the test as early as two weeks after conception. If you get a negative result, wait five days and retake the test.

Early Signs Of Pregnancy

It may also be time to take a pregnancy test if you are experiencing any of these symptoms:

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What If It’s Positive?

You will probably experience an overload of mixed feelings once you see that positive result. You’ll be overjoyed, but yet so nervous at the same time, especially if you’re first time parents.

I mean you’re about to bring new life on to this earth! You’ll think “now what?”

Here are nine things you should do once you find out you’re pregnant:

  1. Write down the first day of your last period to help calculate your due date.
  2. Call your OB/GYN or midwife to schedule your first prenatal appointment and confirm your pregnancy.
  3. Start taking a prenatal vitamin.
  4. Talk with your doctor to find out which medications are safe for use during pregnancy.
  5. Eliminate or reduce your caffeine intake to 200mg per day (which is equivalent to one 12 oz. cup of coffee).
  6. Cut out alcohol, raw meat, fish and eggs, soft cheeses, unpasteurized milk, deli meat, and fish high in mercury, such as swordfish, shark, and king mackerel (source) from your diet.
  7. Engage in low to moderate pregnancy-safe exercise four to five days a week. Take a 30-minute walk, swim some laps, or sign up for a prenatal yoga class.
  8. Decide when you’ll announce your pregnancy. Many women like to wait until after the first trimester, when the chance of miscarriage drops drastically, to announce their pregnancy. Others are comfortable with announcing early on. If your workplace could be a hazard to your pregnancy, you’ll need to tell your employer as soon as possible so they can plan to accommodate you and your baby.
  9. Start documenting your pregnancy, preparing yourself for pregnancy, and be sure to take lots of belly pictures.

7 Best Homemade Pregnancy Tests

Here are seven pregnancy tests you can make at home and how to take and interpret them.

For best results, use your first morning urine and make sure your products are not expired.

1. Urine In A Jar Pregnancy Test

For this test, you need nothing but a clear jar (or cup) and your urine.

  • Collect your urine in a clean jar first thing in the morning.
  • Lay the jar on a flat surface and let sit for 24 hours.
  • Negative Result: no change observed.

Positive Result: A thin white layer has formed at the top of the urine.

2. Sugar Pregnancy Test

I’m sure you have some sugar lying around in your kitchen. Sugar is a cheap way to test the hCG in your urine and confirm your pregnancy.

  • Place three tsp. of white granulated sugar in a clean bowl.
  • Either directly urinate into the bowl or urinate in a clean cup and add it to the bowl of sugar.
  • Wait five to ten minutes.
  • Negative Result: sugar dissolves.

Positive Result: sugar clumps together, does not dissolve.

3. Toothpaste Pregnancy Test

Everyone brushes their teeth; if you have nothing else in your house, you can use your toothpaste for your pregnancy test. Be sure to use white toothpaste for this test.

  • Add two TBSP. of white toothpaste to a clean container.
  • Either directly urinate into the container or urinate in a clean cup and add it to the container with toothpaste.
  • Wait five to ten minutes.
  • Negative Result: no reaction.

Positive Result: the toothpaste starts to turn blue and starts to foam or froth.

4. Bleach Pregnancy Test

Bleach can be used to determine if you are expecting or not. Use plain bleach for this test, not use scented or chlorine-free bleach.

Since bleach is a potentially hazardous chemical, you will need to take some precautions to use this safely. Wear gloves, a mask, and old clothes when handling bleach, especially if you think you might be pregnant. It is also best to run this test outside, rather than in a confined space.

  • Add one cup of bleach to a clean cup or bowl.
  • Urinate in a separate clean cup. Try to get at least half a cup of urine.
  • Add your urine to the bleach.
  • Wait three to five minutes.
  • Negative Result: no reaction or very little fizzing.

Positive Result: the mixture will start bubbling up or fizzing up.

5. White Vinegar Pregnancy Test

White vinegar is another product many people keep in their kitchen and can also be used as a DIY pregnancy test.

  • Add half a cup of distilled white vinegar in a clean bowl.
  • Either directly urinate into the bowl or urinate in a clean cup and then add it to the vinegar.
  • Wait three to five minutes.
  • Negative result: no change in color.

Positive result: a change in color.

6. Dandelion Leaves Pregnancy Test

Who knew that the nature in your backyard could help you determine if you’re growing a human inside of you or not?

  • Collect two to three dandelion leaves and place them in a clean container.
  • Urinate in a separate clean cup.
  • Pour some of your urine over the dandelion leaves – enough to soak the leaves.
  • Wait ten minutes.
  • Negative Result: no red spots or blisters appear on the leaves.

Positive Result: red spots or red blisters appear on the surface of the leaves.

7. Baking Soda Gender Test

If you already know you’re pregnant, but just can’t wait to find out the gender, you can use another common household kitchen item, baking soda, to see what you’re having. This may be an old wives tale but has been proven accurate for many women.

  • Add two TBSP. of baking soda to a clean bowl.
  • Urinate in a separate clean cup.
  • Add your urine to the bowl with baking soda.
  • If it fizzles like beer or soda, you’re probably having a boy.

If there is little to no reaction, then you are probably having a girl.

Take Note

Remember, these tests are not 100 percent reliable and should only be done for fun. Perform a pregnancy test using a home kit and confirm with your midwife or OB/GYN before making conclusions.

Share Your Experience

Homemade pregnancy tests have been around for centuries, and are a quick, inexpensive, and fun way to see if you ‘re pregnant. However, no homemade or over-the-counter pregnancy tests are 100% accurate, so be sure to follow up with your OB/GYN or midwife to confirm your pregnancy and start prenatal care.

Believe it or not, many items around your house like vinegar, sugar, toothpaste, bleach, and even dandelions can be used for DIY pregnancy tests. You can even get a better idea of the gender by seeing how your urine reacts with baking soda.

Have you ever tried any of these homemade pregnancy tests? Were your results accurate? Share your experiences with us in the comments and be sure to share this post with your friends who think they may be pregnant.

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183 Reader Comments

  1. Well, I just tried the sugar and baking soda.. the sugar didn’t dissolve, looked more like a thick gel rather than a clump… I wonder if any one else has tried the sugar what it look like exactly? And the baking soda fizzed as if I added vinegar to unclog a drain… Way more fizz that a soda, well a thick fizz…. If someone else has tried these methods, please comment, your experience is needed…

    • Did you end up pregnant?

    • Are you pregnant?

    • Hello Kate?
      Did you end up pregnant I did the sugar test as well and my results were the same..

      • ariana

        I had the same results, did you end up being pregnant?

        • Jenny Silverstone

          Hi Ariana,

          Have you taken a pregnancy test yet? I’d love to hear your results.

          • Kelly

            I tried sugar and vinegar but i know that i am not pregnant, but the sugar partly dissolved and partly not, and the vinegar slightly changed its color but i got my period last last week.

          • Team Mom Loves Best

            Hey Kelly! Thanks for sharing your findings 🙂

    • Holly Rodgers

      I just did the sugar test and it was clumpy and it didn’t desolve

    • LaShawn

      I have done three different tests. The vinegar test didn’t change at all, but I had a lot of foam with both the bleach and baking soda tests. So according to my test, I am pregnant with a boy.

      I hope this helps. I will return once I do an actual pregnancy test and let you know how it goes.

      • Jenny Silverstone

        Thank you for sharing your experience. Have you taken a store bought test yet? Please check back when you do and share your results. Good luck!

    • Chelsea

      I have been getting the depo shot for about 7 years now. It’s not due till January 2nd, but I’ve had unprotected sex and see some signs of pregnancy. Nausea, cramps, mood swings, heightened sex drive, excessive hunger. None of this is like me and I’m so confused. I’m afraid I’ve gotten pregnant somehow.

      • Team Mom Loves Best

        Hey Chelsea, it may be time for a home pregnancy test! Did you take one already? How was it? We’d love to know. We’re rooting for you 🙂

  2. Crystal

    I did the bleach and urine test. It bubbled and fizzed up. I’ll keep you updated after I take an actual test

    • Jenny Silverstone

      Great! Let us know how it goes Crystal 🙂

    • Jasmine

      Were you pregnant?

    • Shauna

      I took the bleach and urine test today. It fizzled up right away. I let it sit for five minutes, and the entire time it bubbled like a pot on the stove. Mind you I have four children. My last baby is 15 months old, and I had my tubes tied and burned. But now I have missed my period, so I’m going to have to take a test and see what is going on. There is no way I could be pregnant, could I?

      • Jenny Silverstone

        Although pregnancies after tubal ligations are extremely rare (1/1,000 after the first year and 2-5/1,000 after five years according to americanpregnancy.org) it can happen. With that said, there are other reasons that your period might be late. Have you spoken to your doctor? Good luck!

        • Willow

          I did the sugar test and it became a thick gel-like substance after five minutes. I think I’m only a week or so pregnant. Is it still too early to tell, even with home tests?

          • Team Mom Loves Best

            Hi Willow! It might be, but also keep in mind that many of these tests aren’t necessarily accurate. It may be best to see your doctor for a blood test and ultrasound. We wish you all the best. Please, keep us posted 🙂

      • lara Barnhouse

        Hi Shauna,

        I had my tubes tied and burned ten years ago as well. I just did the bleach test and got the same results. I have not taken a home pregnancy test yet because I am only ten days past ovulation.

        Did you end up being pregnant?

        • Jenny Silverstone

          Hi Iara,

          Thank you for sharing your experience. Have you taken a pregnancy test yet? I hope you get the results that you want.

  3. In the first month, has anyone that was or is pregnant had breast pain and no appetite? Also, anyone ever been repelled by certain foods that you weren’t before you where pregnant? ????

    • Serrena

      Tara,

      I know this is probably irrelevant now since your comment question was from a while ago, but I thought I’d still respond just in case you still were wondering or if someone else has the same question. Yes, with all of my pregnancies my breasts (especially my areolas and nipples) were incredibly tender and sensitive.

      With my first pregnancy, I craved Mexican food like crazy, and I did not like Italian food. However, with my second pregnancy, I couldn’t even handle the smell of Mexican food, but I craved Italian food. What’s even funnier is with my first pregnancy I had a boy and my second was a girl.

      When I got pregnant the third time, I didn’t even need to take a test because I knew right away when just the smell of food made me nauseous. Sure enough, I was pregnant. My third was also a girl, but thankfully after the first trimester, I could eat all types of food without getting sick.

      • Jenny Silverstone

        Thanks for sharing your experience Serrena, it’s funny how our bodies work! Has anyone else experienced this?

    • Kendayl

      I’m very scared and haven’t taken any tests yet, but I have all of the early symptoms including the ones you mentioned. Is that common?

      • Jenny Silverstone

        Hi Kendayl, it’s hard to tell with early symptoms. Some of them can be the same as your period. Have you taken a test yet?

  4. I’ll be trying the sugar one tonight and the sitting cup one in the morning.

  5. So I figured I would try:

    1. Sugar test
    2. Bleach test
    3. Toothpaste test
    4. 24 hour sitting pee test
    5. And one where you crush 2 Tylenol and add peroxide…. Then pee…. Wait and it should fix and turn color….
    6. I will also be taking actual pregnancy tests next week

    • Jenny Silverstone

      For science! Please let us know what your results are Faith, I am interested to know 🙂

  6. Gladys

    Yesterday I tried using the salt pregnancy test by collecting my urine in a bowl, adding a little amount of salt, stirring and then leaving for a few minutes. If the urine turns into a cheesy or milky color, it is a positive, but if no change occurs, it is a negative.
    Mine did not change which goes together with a negative pregnancy test I did today with a strip. I guess the home tests are very accurate.

  7. Why has no one posted their results? ! I’m dying to know if any of them worked! I’ve done five at home tests since yesterday that were all positive, so I may just do this sugar one tonight!

    • Jenny Silverstone

      I think most people just forget Jess. I hope you will be one of the first to share your results with us 🙂

    • Everlyn

      I did the sugar test, and it worked, although I lost the pregnancy after a few days.

      • Jenny Silverstone

        I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your pregnancy. Thank you for taking the time to let us know that the test worked.

  8. I tried doing sugar test but sugar got dissolved and toothpaste was same no change observed. I guess m not pregnant,

  9. Myriah

    I did the sugar test and it clumped together it didn’t disolve. I’ll be taking a test friday to see if it’s positive I’ll try to repost results friday.

  10. Which method worked the best for you? Please let me know. I want to do my pregnancy test.

  11. Scared teen

    I just did the bleach test and only a few bubbles came to the top, but not a lot. What does that mean?

    • Jenny Silverstone

      If it was only a few bubbles I would consider it a negative result. Have you followed up with a store-bought test?

  12. Sherry K Rogers

    I tried the bleach test, and it fizzed within two minutes. My breasts are tender, I have headaches, and I am so tired. Could I be pregnant? I’m waiting for my husband to bring home some tests.

    • Jenny Silverstone

      Hi Sherry, those all sound like signs of pregnancy. Please update us once you take the store-bought test. Good luck!

      • Agada Presley

        Can you get a positive result after only a few days, or a week, of having unprotected sex?

        • Jenny Silverstone

          Hello,

          Implantation usually occurs 7-10 after ovulation, and it would take a few days after that for the hormone levels to build up enough to show on a test. How long ago was it that you think you got pregnant?

  13. I did the sugar test back when I was pregnant, and it worked. The sugar clumped together instead of dissolving.

    • Jenny Silverstone

      Thanks for sharing your experience. Did you try any of the other tests?

      • Trisha Webb

        Hello, I’m new to this. I just did the sugar test, my husband and I are trying to get pregnant. I’m having cramps and pain in my right side of my stomach, and I’m spotting dark brown. But I don’t understand what y’all mean by dissolving and clumping up!

        After five minutes I moved the bowl around, and the sugar stayed in one spot. Is that what you meant by ‘clump up’? It’s like a gel, but it doesn’t dissolve as it would in a hot drink.

        • Jenny Silverstone

          Hi Trisha, what you are describing does sound like it clumped up. Have you tried any o the other tests, or taken an over the counter test to confirm your results?

  14. Jackie

    This morning I did the bleach test, and it foamed up quickly. At first, I thought it could be right, as it was right on point for a positive result. I didn’t want to get my hopes up though, so I kept thinking it was wrong. Later that night I took a cheap pregnancy test from the store, and it came out positive. As much as I’m excited I’m also nervous because I’m experiencing sharp cramp like pains that don’t feel normal. But I haven’t had any bleeding, thankfully. I went through a miscarriage before, so I hope all goes well this time. I hope this helps everyone who is wanting to try the tests!

    • Jenny Silverstone

      Congratulations on your pregnancy Jackie! Cramping can be a completely normal aspect of pregnancy as your body changes and gets ready to hold your growing baby. If you feel like it is abnormal, do not hesitate to talk to your doctor though. Good luck, I hope you have a healthy and happy pregnancy!

      • Emilee

        So I just took the sugar and urine test and it didn’t clump or dissolve. I’m a little confused and I am 10 days past my ovulation.

        • Team Mom Loves Best

          Hey Emilee! These tests are just for fun, so the results rarely mean much. If you do suspect you might be pregnant, please try a home pregnancy test. We wish you all the best 🙂

  15. The sugar one doesn’t work as I tried it and so did my boyfriend to see what would happen. We both got the same clumped up result, and he definitely can’t be pregnant!????

    • Jenny Silverstone

      Thanks for sharing your results! Have you tried any of the other tests?

  16. I did a bleach test yesterday, and it got fizzy like a beer, so I assumed it was positive. Today I took a clear blue test, and it was negative, I’m so confused. Am I pregnant?

    • Jenny Silverstone

      It’s possible that the first test was a false positive. It’s also possible that you are pregnant and just don’t have enough HCG in your system to detect on the second test. I would wait a few days and test again. Good luck!

  17. I did the bleach test, and it fizzed up a lot. I also did the sugar test, and maybe I didn’t wait long enough, but it turned into a gel and didn’t dissolve. I then took an actual pregnancy test, and it was negative. Am I pregnant?

    • Jenny Silverstone

      It’s possible that the first test was a false positive. Have you gotten your period yet? If not I would wait a few days and test again. Good luck!

  18. Angela

    I’m assuming people who never responded with their results are actually pregnant and too excited to come back to us.

    • Jenny Silverstone

      I’m hoping so too. Have you taken the tests yet? I’d love to hear how they worked for you!

      Best,
      Jenny

  19. Hey Everyone,
    Today I tried the bleach homemade pregnancy and when I did, it immediately started to foam. The foam was there for over 10 minutes. According to the video and articles I’ve read, this is a positive test result.

    On the other hand, I did the sugar and salt test and for the salt, it did not turn creamy. The sugar partly dissolved but on the bottom, there was still sugar. I don’t know what this means? I haven’t taken an over the counter pregnancy test yet, but I’ll be doing so soon. So, what does this mean?

    • Jenny Silverstone

      Hi Andi,

      I recommend taking a store-bought test to check, or following up with your doctor to get a blood test done. Have you tried any of the other tests? I’d love to hear how they went.

      Best,
      Jenny

  20. neelam dhaigude

    Is it necessary to use only morning urine for all of the tests? Please reply.

    • Jenny Silverstone

      Hello,

      It is best to use morning urine because the more concentrated your urine is the more HCG will be able to build up in it. Have you tried any of the tests yet? I’d love to hear your results.

      Best,
      Jenny

      • Shamsia

        Hello, I did the urine pregnancy test at the hospital, and the results were positive. After two weeks I took another test at a different hospital, and the results were negative. Then the same day I took a test at home, and the results were also negative. I’m so confused, am I pregnant or not?

        • Jenny Silverstone

          There is a possibility that the first test was a false positive, it’s also possible that you were pregnant but no longer are. What did the doctor at the hospital say?

      • Mama&BabyMajor HTD

        So I’m doing the 24hr test in a jar now and a pregnancy test at the same time. I’m just waiting for 7:40 am and my morning pee. I’m letting it sit for a while before adding the drops because I’m scared of a BFN. I hate doing this every month. ????

        • Jenny Silverstone

          What did your test say? I hope you get the results you want. Good luck!

  21. Terri

    I did the sugar test, it didn’t dissolve. It just sat at the bottom.

    • Jenny Silverstone

      If the sugar didn’t dissolve I would assume that was a positive result. Have you tried any of the other tests? I’d love to hear how they went.

      Best,
      Jenny

    • Kayla

      The same happened to my sugar test. Did you find out if you were pregnant with a store bought test?

      • Jenny Silverstone

        Thanks for sharing Terri, has anyone else experienced this with their test?

  22. Ayesha

    I also tried the sugar test and the sugar settled like a gel at the bottom of the container. But two days later bleeding started. So does it mean I’m not pregnant?

    • Jenny Silverstone

      There can be a lot of reasons for bleeding in pregnancy. I would recommend confirming your pregnancy with a store-bought pregnancy test or contacting your doctor to have your pregnancy confirmed. Your doctor can give you a checkup and help you determine the reason for your bleeding.

  23. Miranda

    I tried the toothpaste test, and my urine was a light yellow color. Now my urine has become cloudy about half a centimeter above the toothpaste. It has not fizzled, and the toothpaste is still white. Is this a positive result?

    • Jenny Silverstone

      If the toothpaste did not turn blue, or the urine did not foam at all I would lean towards a negative result. Have you double checked by using a store-bought test?

  24. Flab

    The Bleach Pregnancy Test didn’t work for me. The Urine In A Jar Pregnancy Test will do the trick, it was slightly accurate.

    • Jenny Silverstone

      Thank you for sharing your experience. Did you try any of the other tests? I’d love to hear how they went.

      Best,
      Jenny

  25. Megan

    I did the toothpaste test and saw a small amount of foaming. I can’t decide because if the foaming is because I put the toothpaste in second, or if the test was positive. I waited 5 minutes before I checked and that’s when I saw the foam. I’ll update you all when I know for sure.

    • Jenny Silverstone

      That one is hard, have you tried to test again by placing the toothpaste in the jar before your urine? I hope you get the results you want!

  26. lara

    I tried the urine in a jar test and the sugar pregnancy test. I also tried the baking soda pregnancy test. All three of the tests were negative.

    I still miss my period though, what should I do?

    • Jenny Silverstone

      Hi Lara, have you tried taking an over the counter test? If not I would take one and see what it says. It’s not unheard of to have a late period, you might have ovulated late, or stress could be keeping you from starting.

      If you are worried, I recommend contacting your doctor.

  27. Mary

    I am sure I’m not pregnant, but I did the tests anyway to see if they are accurate. Something isn’t adding up though, I did the sugar tests, and the sugar hasn’t dissolved even after 15 minutes. With the vinegar test, I can’t tell if the color has changed or not. I’ve missed my period for quite a long time now. What do I do?

    • Jenny Silverstone

      Hi Mary, the best advice I can give is to follow-up with an over the counter pregnancy test and see what it says. Have you spoken to your doctor about your missed periods? Good luck, I hope you get the results you want.

  28. Susan Nickol

    I took the sugar test, and it sat at the bottom, then I did the vinegar test. Although the color lightened, it was only a little. My period is late, but I have been spotting a little this morning. I’ve had heartburn and nausea for the last five days. Could I be pregnant?

    • Jenny Silverstone

      All of these could be signs of pregnancy, but there is a chance that your period could be late for other reasons as well. Have you taken an over the counter pregnancy test yet?

  29. Ke'ara Simpson

    I tried the bleach test and it automatically started to fizzle and foam. Does this mean I am pregnant?

    • Jenny Silverstone

      It sounds like it is a positive result to me. I would confirm with a store-bought pregnancy test though. Good luck!

  30. Nath

    I tried the toothpaste and vinegar tests but got a negative result. My period is late and I am noticing signs of pregnancy. I had light brown discharge the last 1-2 days and I am wondering if it could be implantation bleeding? I just don’t understand how the tests can be negative, but I will buy a pregnancy test to make sure.

    • Jenny Silverstone

      Our bodies can be very weird and hard to decipher. It’s possible that you are pregnant, it’s also possible that you ovulated late or that your period is late for another reason. Have you taken a store-bought test yet? Good luck!

  31. Anastasia

    I did the sugar test, and when I mixed the two, it fizzed right away. It sounded kind of like a snake. I looked at it again after five minutes, and again after 10 minutes and the sugar is just sitting at the bottom.

    My breasts are also sore, and I have no appetite. Am I pregnant?

    • Jenny Silverstone

      If the sugar didn’t dissolve, I would count that as a positive result. Have you followed up with a store-bought test? Good luck!

  32. Unknown

    I know it’s foolish, but I’ve noticed many pregnancy symptoms lately. I’ve been pregnant three times and miscarried all three pregnancies. I think it has to do with my age since no one else in my family has seemed to struggle with this. Even my mom, who was 16 when she got pregnant.

    Many women don’t know that when you do the bleach test, you have to take it first thing in the morning. You need to pee into a clean cup and put equal amounts of pee and bleach into the cup. I think you can tell whether the test is positive by how much foam is in the cup. I first did the test yesterday afternoon and only saw a small amount of foam, I retook it this morning, and there were about two inches of foam in the cup.

    I’m going to take an over the counter test in a month, to be safe, but until then I will try as many home pregnancy tests as I can to see if they work. I promise to post my results!

    • Jenny Silverstone

      Thank you for sharing your experience with the bleach test. Have you tried any of the other tests yet? I’d love to hear how the worked for you. Good luck!

  33. Irine keter

    Last month my period started on the 17th. Based on my cycles it should have started on the 13th of this month, but it hasn’t come yet. Could I be pregnant?

    • Jenny Silverstone

      Hi Irine, if your period is late there is a chance you could be pregnant. Have you taken a test yet? Good luck!

  34. Jaedamae

    My boyfriend and I were trying to figure out if we were pregnant or not, so I tried the vinegar and bleach tests you described. Both said positive, so I am currently waiting for my boyfriend to get home from work so I can take an over the counter test. I hope it’s positive, thank you for these test ideas.

    • Jenny Silverstone

      Thank you for your feedback! Have you taken the over the counter test yet? I hope you got the positive results you were hoping for, good luck!

  35. Mikala

    I am on birth control, and I don’t get my period because of it. I have been had spleen issues earlier this summer, and they changed my diet because I was so bloated and in so much pain.

    The doctors have slowly let me go back to eating grains multiple times a day. I just started school back up, so I think I am really stressed out and that probably has something to do with me being bloated and constipated. But, I took the sugar test and most of it dissolved, with some of it rested on the bottom kind of like a gel. I don’t ever get a period, so I have no idea if I missed my period. Could I be pregnant?

    • Jenny Silverstone

      Hi Mikila, if you are on birth control and taking it correctly the chances of you being pregnant are low. I would take a store bought test, however, just to make sure. Good luck!

  36. Elena

    Hello,

    I have tried the sugar test three times. The first time it dissolved completely. I took a pregnancy test after that, and it was positive. After a couple of days, I took the sugar test again, and it stayed at the bottom. Today the sugar crumbled up. Am I pregnant?

    • Jenny Silverstone

      Hi Elena,

      If you took an over the counter pregnancy test with positive results, I would say that you are pregnant. If you want to be sure you could always take another test. Have you only taken one over the counter test?

  37. kay95lowther

    So, I’ve done the baking soda test, as well as the sugar one, the salt one, and the bleach one. All of them except the salt came back with positive results.

    Last week I took an over the counter pregnancy test, and it was negative. My period hasn’t come yet, and I’m waiting to take another test. Could I be pregnant?

    • Jenny Silverstone

      Hello, it’s possible that your HCG levels might not have been high enough when you took the first test. Have you taken another test yet? I would take one more and if it is negative talk to your doctor about what’s going on. It’s possible that you just ovulated late.

  38. Arlene Latoza

    Last month my period started on the 28th, so based on my cycles it should have started on the 22nd of this month. It did not come yesterday as it should have, but today I am experiencing bleeding. I’m confused. Is this my period, or is this implantation bleeding? Am I pregnant?

    • Jenny Silverstone

      Hi Arlene, it’s hard to say with the dates as close as you are describing. If the bleeding is like a normal period, I would assume that your period was just a day late, which is entirely normal. If it is light and does not get heavier, there is a chance it could be implantation bleeding. Have you taken a pregnancy test yet to be sure?

  39. Teddy

    I had my last period on August 24th, and it lasted until the 28th of August. I was supposed to get my next period on September 23rd, but it didn’t come. I thought it would, since I keep having cramps, but so far it’s stayed away.

    I had sex with my boyfriend on the 19th, but he didn’t ‘finish.’ I can’t figure out why my period is late, could I be pregnant?

    • Jenny Silverstone

      Hi Teddy, there are several reasons why your period might be late. It could be that you just ovulated late, or that stress is keeping it away. Yes, if you have had unprotected sex there is always a chance that you could get pregnant as well. I would wait a few days and then test again. Good luck, I hope you get the results that you want.

  40. Ellen

    I had unprotected sex last month, and before it was time for my period I had some bleeding. Could I be pregnant? I did the sugar test, and it didn’t dissolve, but on the same morning I took a store bought test, and it was negative. Am I pregnant or not?

    • Jenny Silverstone

      Is your period late yet? If it isn’t late, it’s possible that you are pregnant and you just don’t have enough HCG in your system to show on a pregnancy test yet. If your period is already late, I would contact your doctor to see about getting a blood pregnancy test done.

  41. Mally

    I had sex on the 19th of August. My cycle was due for September 2nd, but I didn’t get it until the 7th. It was watery and medium pink; I had a little bit of bleeding on the 23rd of September as well. Could I be pregnant? I have sore breasts, and I’ve been moody. I’ve also gained weight.

    • Jenny Silverstone

      Hi Mally, If you had unprotected sex there is always a chance that you could be pregnant. However, based on the timeline given, there is also a chance that the bleeding you had on the 23rd could be ovulation spotting. Have you taken an over the counter pregnancy test?

  42. I am on 91-day birth control and have been using it for over eight years. I have had normal to mild cramps with a usual Tuesday start, and Thursday ended. It’s been the same for years now.

    Today is Friday and my period has not come. I have zero cramps, and zero signs of it occurring. I’ve also had daily headaches for over a week, and I’ve had trouble eating, but I would say it’s a food aversion.

    I took a store bought test last night that was negative, but I am still not convinced as this is nowhere near normal. Nothing has changed in my life as far as stress or anything that I would think would cause my body to miss a period. I have been far more stressed and been sick in the past and my cycle was never affected in this manner. What is going on?

    • Jenny Silverstone

      Hello,

      There are a lot of things that can make your period late, and sometimes it seems to come out of nowhere. Have you spoken to your doctor? I recommend waiting a few days and if your period still has not come to give your doctor a call.

  43. Saba

    Hi, I’m a bit confused. I did a home pregnancy test, and it came back positive. Then I went to get checked at the doctor, and she did a blood test, which came back negative. I have lower abdominal cramps, and I’ve missed two periods. What is going on, could I be pregnant?

    • Jenny Silverstone

      Hello,

      If you got a positive test and have missed your period I would lean towards you being pregnant. It is possible that your doctor’s test might be less sensitive than the test you took at home, and so it might take longer to show up on it. I would wait a few weeks if your period has not shown up give your doctor another call. Did the doctor have any other ideas about why you might have missed your period?

    • Safi

      Not to scare you, but sometimes a positive test with missed periods but not being pregnant could also be a symptom of polycystic ovarian cancer. I’m not sure if that’s the exact name of the abnormality, but it really can indicate something more serious.

      • Team Mom Loves Best

        Hi Safi, thanks for reading and commenting. While this may be true, Saba, please see a doctor before making any conclusions. All the best!

  44. Ealissa

    I’m 21 days late, and I have taken three pregnancy tests, all came out negative. I did the sugar test, and the sugar didn’t dissolve, it was gel-like at the bottom of the cup. What does that mean? The toothpaste test did not have a reaction, and the bleach test immediately foamed over the cup. Do you think I’m pregnant?

    • Jenny Silverstone

      Hmm, that’s a tricky one. I 21 days late is quite a bit, have you gone to your doctor and asked for a blood test? Maybe they could help you get to the bottom of this. Good luck!

  45. Stephanie

    Hello,
    I started the birth control patch on September 8th and kept it on for three days. It came off when I was in the shower, and I didn’t replace it. Four days later I got a nasty period again, which was way too early for my normal cycle. It lasted for about four days.

    I’m expecting my period based on my normal cycle, which is like clockwork, but for the last few days I’ve only had light pink spotting, today I had nothing. Since this is weird for me, I tried the sugar test, and it turned to a gel at the bottom. The bleach test fizzed immediately, and the vinegar test was not noticeable.

    Could I be pregnant or is my body still reacting to the patch forcing my cycle to be this late? Or maybe that mid-cycle period is my new period?

    • Jenny Silverstone

      Hi Stephanie,

      My guess is that the patch just threw off your cycle, and maybe that period after you took the patch off might be your new period cycle. Don’t be surprised if your period is irregular for a little while after you come off of birth control as well. If you are worried, you can wait a couple of weeks and test again. Good luck!

  46. Ginelle

    I did the toothpaste test and there was no reaction at all. Should I assume that it is negative?

    • Jenny Silverstone

      Yes, if your test had no reaction, it means it’s negative. Have you tried any of the other tests?

  47. Tisha Booker

    It’s 3:55 in the morning and I had to pee. According to my period tracker, I’m six days late for my period. I just did the sugar test, and the sugar is still at the bottom. So should I take that as a positive result or should I try the other methods?

    • Jenny Silverstone

      If the sugar did not dissolve then, that would be a positive result. Have you taken an over the counter pregnancy test to back up your findings? Good luck, and let us know how it goes!

  48. Danielle

    I did the sugar test, and the sugar didn’t dissolve, it just sat on the bottom. Does this mean I’m pregnant? I’m fifteen days late for my period, but I have a negative pregnancy test.

    • Jenny Silverstone

      If the sugar didn’t dissolve, I would say the result was positive. How long ago did you do a test at home? It might have been that at the time your HCG levels were too low to detect on the test. Either way, I recommend giving your doctor a call to see if they can help you figure it out.

  49. mrs joseph

    My period is 14 days late, but I have no symptoms of nausea or tender breasts. I am experiencing cramping, headaches, and I’ve noticed some brown discharge.

    I do not want to test and get disappointed as always. Last night I tried the salt test, and there was a little bit of foam on the surface. Do you think I might be pregnant?

    • Jenny Silverstone

      If your period is 14 days late, I’d say the chances are decent that you could be pregnant, especially if you did not ovulate late. With two of my pregnancies, I barely had any symptoms other than fatigue, so symptoms don’t necessarily make or break a pregnancy. Good luck!

  50. Janet

    I did the 24-hour urine test, and although there wasn’t any film at the top, there was some white inside the urine. What does this mean?

    • Jenny Silverstone

      I’m not quite sure if I am honest. Have you taken a store-bought pregnancy test yet? I would recommend taking one to see what it says. Good luck!

  51. Abdulrahman sifatullahi busayo

    My baby is three months old. I had my last period 45 days after she was born, and I haven’t seen anything since. Is it possible that I’m pregnant?

    • Jenny Silverstone

      It can take a long time for your period to regulate after having a baby, so it isn’t unheard of for you to go several months without a period. This can happen especially if you are breastfeeding. Are you having any pregnancy symptoms? It wouldn’t hurt to take a test to ease your fears.

  52. Alyssa

    I did the sugar test, and the sugar is still at the bottom of the bowl. I’ve been trying to get pregnant with my husband for six months, and every test has been negative. I do not want to get my hopes up, the first day of my last period was October 14th. I took the test today, November 4th. Is this real? Can I be pregnant?

    • Jenny Silverstone

      If you still have a week until your period is due then it is still very early to test. I recommend waiting a few days and testing with an over the counter test just to make sure.

  53. chichie

    I had unprotected sex two days after ovulation during my last cycle. I did get my period, and now it is the time for me to ovulate again. The thing is, I am feeling cramps, back pain, and nausea as well. Could I be pregnant? I have tried the 24-hour urine test and am waiting for the results.

    • Jenny Silverstone

      Was your period a normal one for you? If it was, I would lean toward you not being pregnant. It is possible that these symptoms could be normal when you are ovulating. Of course, the only way to know is if you take a pregnancy test or go and talk to your doctor. What were the results of the 24-hour urine test you tried?

  54. I tried the bleach test, and it fizzed all over the place. I will now be following up with a pregnancy test. Wish me luck!

    • Jenny Silverstone

      How did the test come out? I hope you got the results you want!

  55. Kiesha Johnson

    I did the sugar test tonight, and the sugar sat at the bottom of the bowl, but it didn’t clump. Is that a positive result? I am about to do the toothpaste test in a little while.

    • Jenny Silverstone

      Hi Kiesha, I’ve never seen this. I would think since it didn’t dissolve it would be positive. Did you take the toothpaste test? I would suggest taking an over the counter test just to be sure.

  56. emily

    I’m pretty young and had been on the depo shot for a year and a half. I recently got off of depo and switched to a low dose birth control pill, and I am scared that I am pregnant.

    I have feared I have been pregnant before I went to the obgyn, they did an exam, and didn’t say anything about pregnancy. Could they tell if I was pregnant just by looking inside of me? I didn’t ask, or tell them I was afraid I was pregnant. They also did a urine test but never got back to me.

    • Jenny Silverstone

      Hi Emily, the urine test your doctor did more than likely included a pregnancy test. They would have checked to see if you are pregnant before putting you on a different type of birth control.

      Do you think that you got pregnant on the depo shot? What symptoms are you having? I recommend calling your doctor and explaining to them your fears.

  57. Hephzy

    I did the bleach test, and it foamed up a lot, I then took the sugar test, and it never dissolved. Two days after I missed my period I took a home pregnancy test, and it was negative. The following day my period arrived.

    It was fun experimenting with these tests, but they did not work for me.

    • Jenny Silverstone

      I’m sorry the tests didn’t work for you, thank you for sharing your experience!

  58. Shantae

    I had my period on October 21, last month. Online, they said my period should have been here November 18th, but today is the 28th and still no period. I have light cramping and white discharge and its uncomfortable to sit leaned forward.

    • Team Mom Loves Best

      Hi Shantae. Perhaps you may get your period after waiting a few more days? If you have doubts, feel free to do a home pregnancy test using a proper kit. Let us know how it goes, please. Thanks for commenting!

  59. Samaira

    Hi Jenny,
    Thank you, this article was. I’m taking a test tomorrow; I will let you know the results. Wish me luck!

    • Jenny Silverstone

      Good luck! Please come back and let us know how it goes.

  60. Faheemah

    I just wanted to know if I had to pee in an actual jar or if it could just be a cup. You see I’m not getting any signs that I’m pregnant. However, I missed 2 periods back to back and I am on a implant birth control. I’m worried some however because of the missed periods.

    • Team Mom Loves Best

      Hi Faheemah, yes, you can use a cup instead. All the best! Please let us know how it goes.

    • Racheal

      I have tried the sugar test this morning and it sunk to the bottom. I feel all the pregnancy symptoms, though, and am 11 days past ovulation. Could I be pregnant?

      • Team Mom Loves Best

        Hey Racheal,it might be best to take a home pregnancy test just to be sure. Let us know how it goes? All the best 🙂

  61. Sadteen

    My period is irregular so it’s hard for me to know if I’m pregnant or not. It came in October and ended about the 22nd. I had unprotected sex on the 29th and I don’t know if it’s in my head but I was having backaches, tender breasts and cravings about a week after. It’s now December 8th and I haven’t had my period yet but I’ve been feeling bloated for a while but my breasts aren’t tender or anything anymore. I did the toothpaste test but there was no reaction. Could I be pregnant?

    • Team Mom Loves Best

      Hey Sadteen, it may not be time for your next period just yet. But if you’re feeling unsure, you can always take a home pregnancy test. Let us know how it goes, and thanks for reading 🙂

  62. Ashley

    Hello, I did the sugar test. It became more like a gel in the container. I also did the vinegar test but it became clear — that was the color change — within maybe 3 minutes. Then it just got clearer until it was clear like water, within maybe 8 to 10 minutes. What does that mean? Thank you. Have a great day.

    • Team Mom Loves Best

      Hi Ashley! We’re glad you tried out the test. Most of these are highly inaccurate and just for fun, so unless you’ve missed your period, we wouldn’t encourage that you focus too much on the results 🙂 Thank you for reading, and all the best!

  63. Edna

    My period is late by two days. The first day of my last period so was 27th December 2018 and the last day was the 30th. I was last intimate with my boyfriend on 1st January morning. Could I be pregnant? I was expecting my period to start yesterday but I still haven’t gotten it. I tried the sugar and toothpaste tests but I didn’t understand the sugar one and the toothpaste is still white. Am I pregnant?

    • Team Mom Loves Best

      Hi Edna, thanks for sharing your situation with us. The only way to be sure would be to use a home pregnancy test kit and/or see a doctor. Please let us know how it goes. All the best!

  64. bhavna

    It’s fun to see how fast/much your body changes with your growing fetus. I really enjoy reading the posts on this blog! Well done.

    • Team Mom Loves Best

      Thanks, Bhavna! We’re glad you’re enjoying our posts 🙂 What are your favorite kinds of posts from us — baby, pregnancy? We’d love to know, so we can keep creating great content.

  65. ArmyWifeyToBe

    So I’ve tried the sugar and toothpaste test.

    Most of the sugar dissolved but I might have put too much urine? Or does that even matter?

    The toothpaste test, the white did not change at all.

    I took a test about a week ago and it said negative. Though that was a dollar tree test that I just had at my house.

    My period should have started on the 18th of January and now it’s the night of the 26th. Still nothing. I think I’m going to still take another test from the dollar store then possibly get tested at the Heath clinic on campus.

    I WILL be coming back to update. Too many non updates!

    • Team Mom Loves Best

      Hi ArmyWifeyToBe 😉

      Your case is definitely interesting! While the tests seem to be negative, you’re still waiting on that period! We’re crossing our fingers and toes for you! We think the health clinic is a good idea. Please let us know how it goes.

      • ArmyWifeyToBe

        So I took two more test on the 28th of January. Both came back negative as well.

        Yesterday my period started.

        I feel like it might have been delayed because of the stress of wedding planning as well as starting another semester of school.

        So it seems that in my case, both the sugar and toothpaste test worked.

        • Team Mom Loves Best

          Aww, ArmyWifeyToBe, thank you for the update! We think it’s exciting that the tests worked, but were you hoping for a baby? Stress can indeed affect period schedules.

          • ArmyWifeyToBe

            At this time no we are not. I still have the rest of this semester and the fall semester to finish. Also, he’s away for a while. So no, we’re not planning for one right now but we will be in the future!

            The stress is still affecting me with my “period” that’s occurring. It’s almost as if it’s stuck in the first stage of barely-there dark blood. So maybe we’re still not out of the water yet.

          • Team Mom Loves Best

            Hm, that could happen with stress. Be sure to keep us posted anyhow. And all the best! 🙂

  66. Nana Yaa

    Hi I’ve done the sugar and salt test and both didn’t resolve
    I’ve also try the test kit and was negative. Could it by that I’m not pregnant?

    • Team Mom Loves Best

      Hey Nana Yaa, thanks for reading and for trying out these tests 🙂 But remember, these tests are not 100 percent reliable and should only be done for fun. Please perform a pregnancy test using a home kit and confirm with your midwife or OB/GYN before making conclusions. All the best, and please keep us posted!

  67. Diamond Rivas

    So I’ve had excessive hunger, fatigue, nausea in the morning and sometimes at night (usually around 12 am and lasts a few hours) heightened sex drive, and mood swings. Also I’ve been feeling a little weird (body wise) lately, any indication as to what this is?

    • Team Mom Loves Best

      Hey Diamond, thanks for reading. Please see your health provider for medical advice. All the best! 🙂

  68. Christa Berkowitz

    Tried the bleach and the toothpaste test. Within seconds there was a reaction between the bleach and urine. However, the toothpaste wasn’t quite as definite. It became frothy but no color change. I also took 2 expired tests (11/30/2018) and 2 nonexpired test. The results are conclusive–I’m pregnant. I have a doctor’s appointment to decide where to go from here. Lol.

    So based on this experience, if an expired test says you’re pregnant, you are. Also, the bleach test works. Just be careful how full the cup is. And I’m so thankful for this site!!!

    • Team Mom Loves Best

      Hey Christa, Congratulations! We’re delighted for you. Thanks so much for taking all these tests and sharing your feedback! We hope you’ll find all our articles useful as you begin your pregnancy and parenting journey 🙂

  69. Goodness

    I had unprotected sex on the day I was ovulating. Then I did a hpt and it was faint, but I’m in my period now. Could I still be pregnant?

    • Team Mom Loves Best

      Hi Goodness, try re-taking your HPT. If you’re still not sure, we’d advise you to see your doctor. Thanks for reading and all the best! 🙂

  70. Jasmine

    Just did the sugar test. It didn’t dissolve and I’m two days late. My fingers are crossed.

    • Team Mom Loves Best

      Hey Jasmine, all the best! 😉

  71. Autumn

    So I am at 10 dpo. I tried the salt test today and the salt raised to like the middle of the container. It was kind of clumped together like curdled milk. Barely any foaming except around the edges like a ring around the container. I did take a home pregnancy test which was negative. I’ve had the symptoms of pregnancy and of course my period which is still six days away. I had weird cramping around 8 dpo, so if I am indeed pregnant, it’s probably a day or so too early to be taking a test and expecting a positive result. I’ve had eight children and nine pregnancies, so you’d think I would just know, but here I am Googling excessively anything and everything I can about pregnancy. I have a test to take for Wednesday (11dpo) and Thursday (12 dpo), if I can figure out how to get back to this site, I would be happy to update. I’ll probably give the salt test another try as well as the sugar and bleach tests as I have those things in my home.

    • Autumn

      I am 12 dpo now. I did the salt challenge again and got the same result as I did on 10 dpo. I also did the bleach test and got a negative. All it did was bubble kind of like a carbonated soda. I started spotting yesterday afternoon which today (12 dpo) has I believe became my period. It’s five days early. The tests are fun, but I prefer purchasing one in the future if I believe I am pregnant as the homemade pregnancy tests tend to be a little confusing and hard to read. I promised I would update.

      • Team Mom Loves Best

        Hey Autumn! Thanks for the update! Yes, these tests are definitely just for fun. Please be sure to get a home pregnancy test kit if you should ever feel a real need. 😉

    • Team Mom Loves Best

      Wow, Autumn — 9 pregnancies, kudos! We’ll be waiting for your update 🙂

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