Anyone who has ever taken a pregnancy test will appreciate that it is a nerve-racking experience, no matter which result you’re hoping for. That’s especially the case if you wind up needing to take the test in a public restroom — and even more so if you’re trying to keep it quiet and have to figure out a discreet way to dispose of the thing.
Thankfully, a flushable option is on its way: Introducing Lia, the world’s first flushable pregnancy test, which launches next year.
Talking to TechCrunch, co-founder Bethany Edwards said, “It’s been the same stick test since 1987, and that’s kind of crazy.”
Lia will react to urine in the same way as a regular test — showing two lines for “pregnant” and one line for a negative result.
But unlike regular tests, Lia is made from the same fibers as toilet paper, designed to repel water for long enough to take the test, but then to be flushed away and eventually biodegrade.
So not only does it protect your privacy, it is also environmentally friendly, which can only be a good thing in a world where glitter is playing havoc on marine wildlife.
And let’s not forget how appallingly bad for the environment it is to be flushing our tampons and their applicators.
According to the makers of Lia, you won’t be contributing to the 2 million pounds of plastic and digital pregnancy test waste produced each year in the U.S. alone.
Oh, and it still boasts a 99 percent accuracy scoring.
Lia has just recently been FDA approved and is set to hit Amazon some time in 2018, with prices ranging from about $9 to $22.
So whether or not you get the result you were after, at least you can rest easy knowing that your test won’t be sitting in a landfill.
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