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Salt Pregnancy Test: How It Works, Result And Accuracy

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There are several homemade pregnancy tests with varying levels of accuracy. Salt pregnancy test is one such natural DIY pregnancy test that people try to find out if they are pregnant. Although it is quite popular because of its ease of use, medical experts do not recommend it is as it is not backed by scientific evidence.

Read this MomJunction post to learn how the salt pregnancy test is thought to work, and how accurate it is.

How Is The Homemade Pregnancy Test With Salt Done?

To take the test, you need one or two tablespoons of common table salt, a sample of the first morning urine, and a small cup (preferably a transparent one).

  • Put salt into a cup.
  • Collect a small amount of urine in a separate container.
  • Pour the urine over the salt and wait for any changes.
  • If the mixture turns milky or cheesy, it could indicate you are pregnant.

How Is The Salt Pregnancy Test Said To Work?

Proponents of the test believe that hCG combines with salt to give a changed or curdled texture. However, there are no scientific studies to explain how salt would react with hCG to cause a reaction.

How Accurate Is Salt Pregnancy Test?

The salt test for pregnancy is not accurate or reliable, like any other DIY test for pregnancy. It has no evidence from studies or medical organizations, nor does any medical expert vouch for its accuracy.

There are only two possible outcomes, and there is likely to be a 50% chance that you could be right.

When Should You Take The Salt Pregnancy Test?

Most people believe that the first morning urine could give better results for the salt test since it contains the highest level of hCG hormone (1).

You need to understand that the salt test is just a theory. You may rely on a home pregnancy test kit or seek medical advice (for blood and urine tests) for confirmation of pregnancy.

How To Read Salt Pregnancy Test Results?

According to popular belief, allowing the salt–urine mixture to sit for some time might help in delivering the results.

  • A positive salt test result shows the mixture as milky or cheesy. In some, the urine may turn foamy.
  • A negative result shows no changes—the mixture remains intact with the urine and salt.

Alternative Options To Test For Pregnancy

You may consider over-the-counter pregnancy test kits available online or in drug stores. Your doctor can also check for pregnancy by testing your blood and urine samples or via ultrasound.

  • Home pregnancy test kits are affordable, reliable, and provide results in a few minutes. They detect the presence of the hCG hormone in the urine (2). Sometimes, they might result in false-positive or false-negative test results. To get an accurate reading, you may consider taking the urine pregnancy test not before one week after the missed period. Also, take the test using your first urine of the day as it has the highest levels of pregnancy hormones.
  • Clinical pregnancy tests involve a blood test and urine test, or either of them to detect the pregnancy. The urine testing method works similar to the home pregnancy test, but the sample is sent to the laboratory for testing. Blood tests are again of two kinds—qualitative (checks the presence of pregnancy hormone) and quantitative (checks the amount of hCG hormone) (3).

When To See A Doctor?

If you suspect you are pregnant, it is better to consult a doctor. You may start experiencing early pregnancy symptoms such as abdominal pain, fatigue, food cravings or aversions, morning sickness, frequent urination, darkening of the areola, and more that could signal a pregnancy (4).

Also see a doctor if you miss your periods for two consecutive cycles and test negative in a home pregnancy test.

Does The Salt Test Predict The Gender Of The Baby?

According to popular Romanian folklore, sprinkling salt over a pregnant woman without her knowledge could indicate the baby’s sex. If the woman abruptly rubs her nose, it is a girl; and if the woman rubs her lower lip, it is a boy. Remember that this has no scientific backing.

A pregnancy test with salt could be an inexpensive way to determine pregnancy. While it can be done for fun, you should not just go by its results. Get a home pregnancy kit and check with your doctor for further verification.

What are your thoughts on the salt pregnancy test? Let us know in the comments section.

References:

1. Amber Bondurant; When is the best time to take pregnancy test? The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (2019).
2. Signs of Pregnancy/The Pregnancy Test; The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
3. Pregnancy; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – National Institutes of Health
4. Signs of Pregnancy; Beaumont Health