The product, which has just been approved by the FDA and is set to launch next year, marks a revolutionary change in reproductive healthcare.
Lia Diagnostics last week announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration 510 (k) clearance for over-the-counter use of the Lia Pregnancy Test, the first and only FDA-cleared, flushable, biodegradable pregnancy test. Lia features a proprietary coating technology, combined with nonwoven and paper techniques, that eliminates the need for plastic, creating a new category of water-dispersible, eco-friendly diagnostics. It was that "stick" which revealed the secret and we know that it can be a "déjà vu" moment for many.
Home pregnancy tests have been around for the last 30 years, but strangly, they haven't really changed or developed much in that time - until now.
As well as the anxious wait for the result, there's also the worry of how to discreetly dispose of the used test if you're not keen on sharing the news with other people.
Dubbed Lia, the flushable test is made from the same natural plant fibres as toilet paper, but is created to repel water for long enough to show a positive or negative result.
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Philadelphia-based Lia Diagnostics created the Lia Pregnancy Test for women who value privacy, empowering users to choose how to share their results.
While the design is unlike anything else now available, its creators claim it will be just as dependable as other models - delivering 99% accurate results.
"It's been the same stick test since 1987, and that's kind of insane", co-founder Bethany Edwards explained at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin.
Lia is expected to be available to buy on Amazon next summer, and will be priced between £6.70 to £16.39.
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