Taking a pregnancy test can be nerve-wracking.
Waiting for the result can feel like an ordeal and most of the time the test is discarded – especially if it’s not the desired result.
But some TikTokers have deconstructed the tests and found a small pill inside the device, with some claiming it is a “plan B” pill — a brand name for the morning-after pill.
A doctor has now warned social media users not to follow the trend, saying you should never take the pill inside, which usually sits above the results strip.
dr Karan Rajan said: “Don’t eat the pills you find in a pregnancy test, they are not a ‘plan B’ or an emergency contraceptive pill.
“They are a desiccant tablet used to absorb and retain moisture to extend the shelf life of a pregnancy test, much like the little silicone packets you find in shoes and bags.
“They are toxic for human consumption and will not prevent pregnancy.
“Don’t eat them and if you do, go to the doctor”.
pregnancy tests Work by checking your urine for a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin.
Your body only has this hormone when you’re pregnant, and a urine test uses a reactive piece of paper to detect the hormone.
Experts at popular pregnancy test company ClearBlue have had to do this before issue a warning to people not eating the pill inside the tests.
They said: “We are aware of videos circulating about Clearblue pregnancy tests and the tablet found inside.
“Clearblue Pregnancy Tests do NOT come with a Plan B. All of our tests contain a small desiccant tablet that absorbs moisture and should not be eaten.”
Women usually show a positive pregnancy test result between eight and 14 days after conception NHS.
At this point, a morning-after pill would be ineffective since the NHS says they only work a maximum of five days after unprotected sex.
That morning-after pill works about 98 percent of the time, which is about the same as the birth control pill or the condom.
But for the 2 percent who fail, it often comes as a surprise.
timing, your weight and any medication They are all factors preventing it from working.
You must take the morning-after pill as soon as you realize you might need it.
Ideally, it should be taken within three to five days, but the sooner you take it, the more effective it will be.
However there is Times in your menstrual cycle when it’s not working.
The effectiveness of the morning-after pill can also be reduced when a woman is high body mass index.
This is because it is more difficult to work out an accurate estimate for the pill.
Guidelines say that the effectiveness of emergency oral contraception may be reduced if a woman weighs over 70 kg, about 11 stone.
If you take these drugs, they can interact with it and affect its effectiveness.
- the herbal medicine St. John’s wort
- some medicines used to treat epilepsy, HIV, or tuberculosis (TB)
- Medicines to make your stomach less acidic, such as B. Omeprazole
- some less commonly used antibiotics (rifampicin and rifabutin)
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