First flushable pregnancy test receives FDA clearance

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given clearance to the world’s first flushable pregnancy test.

Produced by startup Lia, the test is made of biodegradable paper that will repel water long enough to take it. Like other pregnancy tests, the new Lia test will react to human  chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), the pregnancy hormone found in urine.

Speaking to Refinery29, Lia co-founder Bethany Edwards said: “The original inspiration was driven more from the sustainability side, but then we also realised that no one had innovated the pregnancy test in the form aspect for more than 30 years.”

The test will feature 99 per cent accuracy, which is the same as most tests on the market at present. It will be available for purchase from mid-2018.

Ms Edwards hopes her company’s product will mark the beginning of a wave of new sustainable tests.ADNFCR-2094-ID-801842974-ADNFCR