When you’re trying to conceive, it’s normal to go through a few pregnancy test sticks each month, trying to ensure you’ve taken it at the right time to get an accurate result. Yet all that plastic often ends up in the bin, and two women trying to change this is Bethany Edwards and Anna Simpson.
The first-ever flushable pregnancy test has been designed by the two women, who have founded a company named Lia Diagnostics. At TechCrunch’s Disrupt Berlin 2017 conference, Edwards said: ‘The at-home pregnancy test is still the same stiff plastic relic highlighted in movies for its lack of privacy. Someone finds the test in the trash and breaks the news before you can. Worse yet, they’re bulky, expensive and add over 2 million pounds of plastic to landfills every year.’
The Lia pregnancy test works much in the same way as the traditional, plastic test, using urine to tell if you are pregnant, with one line meaning no and two lines meaning yes. Yet unlike the plastic tests, the Lia test has a larger ‘collection’ area, and is made from a special paper that disperses in water and biodegrades, meaning it can be flushed or composted.
Lia has already received FDA approval for its flushable test and plans to sell them next year.
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