Mum’s the Word
A radical re-design of the home pregnancy test aims to protect women’s privacy – and the planet
Joanna Cummings |
The humble pregnancy test has altered little since the 1980s. Home tests are extremely accurate, but there are drawbacks – for one thing, disposing of the test in the trash means the result might not be as private as you’d like. Then there’s the environmental impact – it is estimated that two million pounds of plastic and digital pregnancy test waste is produced each year in the USA alone (1).
Lia Diagnostics think they have the answer: the world’s first flushable (and compostable) pregnancy test. Small, discreet and made of plant-based materials, the pad boasts the same 99 percent accuracy as regular pregnancy tests, but is fully water-dispersible and decomposes by 98.2 percent after three months in soil.
Women urinate on the test as usual, and wait for it to do its job – detecting the presence of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG, produced when a fertilized egg attaches to the uterus). After getting the result, women can simply flush the test away – or bury it in the garden (which seems a little strange, but to each her own).
Discreet, easily disposable and eco-friendly? Seems that from now on, pregnancy testing could be as easy as 1, 2, pee...
- Lia Diagnostics, “Why Lia”, Available at: meetlia.com/why-lia/. Accessed January 10, 2018.