Whether you’re TTC (that’s "trying to conceive") or not, we can all agree that pregnancy is most definitely a personal matter. And that no matter what result you’re hoping for, having someone come across a discarded pregnancy test that wasn’t meant for their eyes is seriously awkward. Well, those days of wrapping that stick in wads of toilet paper and hiding it in the bottom of the trash are soon to be over.
The FDA just approved Lia, the world’s first flushable and biodegradable pregnancy test that’s expected to be available to purchase over the counter by mid-2018.
Lia works just like a traditional pregnancy test: You pee on a stick, the stick reacts to the presence of hCG (the hormone found in pregnant women) and then you wait. One line means that you’re not pregnant and two lines mean that you are. Lia promises 99 percent accuracy, which is consistent with most over-the-counter pregnancy tests.
But the difference is that Lia is made from paper, not plastic, which means that it can be flushed like toilet paper (or composted) for a lesser environmental impact. Great for the environment and for your privacy. That’s a win-win in our book.