Vinegar test is one of the simple homemade pregnancy tests using vinegar. It is considered the most reliable method of all homemade pregnancy tests because of its immediate reaction with Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) hormone to give quick results. This hormone is formed in placenta and helps nourish the egg after fertilization. It is also a safe method because vinegar does not have adverse reactions with urine if used correctly before its expiry date lapses.
Prerequisites for Testing
In this process, you will need white distilled vinegar because of its clear nature and will, therefore, enable you to notice color changes. Avoid red vinegar or apple cider vinegar.
You also need the first urine collected early in the morning. This urine is considered the best to perform this test because it is highly concentrated and has components that can react with vinegar.
How to Perform Vinegar Pregnancy Test?
Take a clear and appropriately sterilized, plastic bowl and add about one cup of vinegar. In it add about half to one cup of the urine sample you had collected, stir the mixture then observe for about five minutes for a color change.
If the color of the mixture remains unchanged, it means that the result is negative. However, if the color tends to change, it means positive effect, and you should consult your doctor for prenatal advice. The mixture usually produces foam and forth and this should not bring confusion as far as a result is concerned. It is a regular occurrence, and it does not mean a positive effect. You should, therefore, concentrate only on the color change.
How Reliable is Vinegar Pregnancy Test?
As mentioned earlier, this test is proven to be the best of all homemade tests. However, the reliability of this test can be compromised by certain factors and practices.
If you are under medication, it is advised that you wait until finish the medication before you can perform this test. For example, if you are taking medicine to correct the hormonal imbalance in the body, vinegar will not be able to detect the hCG hormone in the urine and as a result, no reaction. Likewise, a woman taking antibiotics will not be able to get accurate results since the medical condition can make urine change its color but not as a result of pregnancy. Another challenge is the negligible change in color of the mixture. It needs very close observation and less distraction otherwise you will not be able to notice any difference.
The quality of urine used also determines the accuracy of the result. Urine collected during later hours of the day is not the best to conduct the test. Because its quality might be compromised by other liquids taken such as coffee and water. So its is recommended that collect urine from morning hours when you got up.
It is advisable that you use a clean and properly sterilized container to ensure it is free from contaminants and chemicals. The presence of these can react with urine and consequently make vinegar have wrong color change.