Lia is launching the first-ever flushable pregnancy test

Even though there are many naysayers about climate change and global warming and insist these changes are due to the earth going through cycles, there also is evidence of climate change. Things like the increase and severity of hurricanes, flooding, extremely hot temperatures in late September in eastern North America all point to climate change. And then when you see that a place like Antarctica has gotten up to 67 Fahrenheit and has gotten rain, no that is not the earth going through cycles. That is evidence of climate change and that is not normal.

The fact of the matter is not only high amounts of pollution that are mostly coming from countries in Asia contributing to the climate change dilemma, but waste that is taking up landfills that cannot be recycled are damaging to the environment as well.

In fact, it is estimated that there are 2 million pounds of waste in the U.S. produced each year alone that cannot be recycled, and part of this waste created consists of digital pregnancy tests!

However, there is some great news in regards to finding a solution to some of the waste issues in regards to that which has been hurting the environment.

A company which is called Lia Diagnostics that just launched at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin is going to be helping solve the waste issue caused by digital pregnancy tests by creating the Lia pregnancy test! What is that? The Lia pregnancy test is the first pregnancy test that is flushable, disposable and biodegradable that will be hitting the market in 2018.

Lia Diagnostics was founded in 2015 by Anna Simpson and Bethany Edwards after the research she had worked on which had helped her achieve her Master’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania.

Edwards always had an interest in science and innovation, and wanted to create products to help improve the environment, and this is where the idea of biodegradable stemmed from.

Because digital pregnancy tests are made with non-biodegradable materials, they will end up in landfills polluting the environment further if they are not recycled. Her goal was to stop that from happening further.

Because the designs of pregnancy tests haven’t been updated in decades, she wanted to change that as well. She had two objectives by creating the Lia test.

Aside from it being flushable, or something to be added to the compost pile and biodegradable, she also wanted to create a pregnancy test that would be super private.  That means it would not have to be left in the trash just in case a roommate or a snoopy husband could easily find it and then start asking questions.

The Lia test offers an alternative to traditional tests, however it works the same way as the digital tests do. It is a stick that measures the presence of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) in urine- the hormone released when a fertilized egg implants into the uterus. Since hCG levels increase fast, by doubling every few days at first, it is the only indicator of pregnancy.

What makes Lia different from traditional tests is that it is made from a special paper that will disperse in water, and then disintegrate which will allow the material to be flushed. Therefore, women will no longer be having to hide tests in trash or waiting to go to public washrooms to take a pregnancy test for that reason. Nothing is more private than that. They will be helpng to save the environment at the same time, so Lia allows women to kill two birds with one stone!

The way it will work is to test at an angle, and then catch the collection pad with urine and this could be done at any time of the day. Then place it face up and flat, and that is when the result will show after it develops. It works the same way in that regard as a traditional test where it shows one line if negative and two lines for a positive test.

But just know that this product repels fluids long enough so the test can be taken, and then it breaks down once it is flushed. This product has special perforations that cause it to disintegrate while composting or flushing.

Those who are trying to live a more natural lifestyle will be inclined to buy this product, and Lia has patented the technology around the tests which includes utility and design but there are other components pending. It’s been approved by the FDA.

By mid-2018, it will sell on Amazon as well as on its own website before it goes into retail, and the price will range somewhere between $9 to $22 which is how much a digital test can cost. The more advanced ones are obviously more costly. For many of us, the cost will be prohibitive as we are used to tests costing $3 and under usually. So it will come greatly down to cost.

Those who visit the Lia website have the option to donate a test for $10 to organizations such as Planned Parenthood Global and SOS, as well as others. That is an excellent cause, and this will become available worldwide in the end.

Because the environment is more fragile than ever, what Lia has done to create a product that can help cut down the waste produced not just by the U.S. but world-wide will certainly help the environment in the end and hopefully not allow the seriousness of climate change become even worse.

Unfortunately, not enough people take the environmental issues seriously, but for those few who do can certainly help by investing in products from Lia, whether they are flushable and disposable pregnancy tests or any future product the company comes up with that will be environmentally friendly.

Because pregnancy tests are used daily worldwide, if Lia pregnancy tests were used consistently which put an end to digital tests that contribute to the waste production, the environment would be in much better shape. And if saving the environment is not a priority or is debunked by anyone, the idea of this being a super private pregnancy test should be motivation for any woman who suspects she is pregnant to invest in the Lia pregnancy test when she is trying to conceive.