Women will no longer be afraid of their better half finding a pregnancy test in the trash bin as a new flushable version will hit shelves next year. Not only that, but the new product is said to be eco-friendly as well.
A company named Lia Diagnostics developed a flushable pregnancy test which marks the first breakthrough of this kind in nearly thirty years.
“It’s been the same stick test since 1987, and that kind of crazy,” Bethany Edwards, co-founder of Lia Diagnostics explained to the crowd at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin.
The new product is said to be 99 percent accurate on the first day of a woman’s missed period and the results will appear after a few minutes. Lia Diagnostics claims the new pregnancy test will have a wider collection area for peeing as opposed to the usual testing kits. The flushable pregnancy test will be sold by Amazon in mid-2018 at an estimated price of $9 ((£6.70) to $22 (£16.39).
Besides its revolutionary means of disposability, the Lia pregnancy test will also have a lower environmental impact due to its paper composition. The product is made from the same natural plant fibers as toilet paper and is water resistant for the duration of the test. Its biodegradable nature means the pregnancy test can also be added to compost. Lia Diagnostic’s paper-based pregnancy test will no longer contribute to the two-million pounds of plastic waste that piles up in landfills every year.
The flushable pregnancy test will still rely on urine for determining pregnancy results and will show two lines if positive and one if negative. It basically works the same as a traditional pregnancy test but it’s easier to dispose of and more eco-friendly as the company website reads:
„There’s no trace, no waste, and no pee going anywhere it doesn’t belong.”
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