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szdaily -> Lifestyle
Lia launches ‘world’s first’ flushable pregnancy test
    2017-December-15  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

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 of the U.S. startup behind the product 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.

The “modernized” design is made from the same non-woven, natural plant fibres that make up most toilet paper. The testing kit weighs less than six squares of toilet paper.

It’s 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 plastics are wreaking havoc on marine wildlife.

According to the makers of Lia, the test performs with a 99 percent accuracy rate when taken on the day of the user’s expected period.

Lia has just recently been FDA approved and is set to hit Amazon some time in 2018, with prices ranging from about US$9 to US$22.

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.

The release of Lia also highlights changing attitudes towards female health products, as seen in the Nixie Girl menstrual cup which aims to normalize periods, and the growing trend towards more sustainable female health products such as the mCycle tampon which can be turned into compost.(SD-Agencies)

 

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