Flushable pregnancy test receives FDA approval

by pregnancy journalist

You’ll soon be able to flush away fears of your pregnancy test being discovered.

Lia, a startup from Philadelphia, has gotten clearance from the Food and Drug Administration to sell its flushable pregnancy test on the market.

The product is the first and only FDA-approced flushable, biodegradable pregnancy test.

The test has no glass or plastic and requires no batteries. It is made with a special paper that works long enough to take the test, but then degrades in water. Just like plastic pregnancy tests, the Lia tests will react to the pregnancy hormone, human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), found in urine, displaying two lines if pregnant, one line if not.

Lia was founded in 2015 by Bethany Edwards and Anna Simpson, based on Edwards’ previous Master’s degree research in Integrated Product Design at the University of Pennsylvania.

The two UPenn grads wanted to innovate home pregnancy tests, which haven’t changed in decades.

Lia is a new flushable pregnancy test that just received FDA approval.

Lia is a new flushable pregnancy test that just received FDA approval.


“It’s been the same stick test since 1987, and that’s kind of crazy,” Edwards said at TechCrunch’s Disrupt Berlin 2017 last week. The two creators won the Disrupt Cup at the Berlin conference, winning $50,000 in prize money.

The company says the product was 99% accurate in their advance tests and expect it to come to market in mid-2018.

When it becomes available on Lia’s website and Amazon, the test could cost anywhere between $9 and $22. Those who want to support the new product now can donate $10 for tests to be provided to organizations like Planned Parenthood, Whitman-Walker Health, PreserveFertility.org and others.

Edwards is hoping this is the beginning of a wave of sustainable, flushable tests.

“What we’ve done here is essentially creating a new category of water-dispersable, biodegradable diagnostics,” she said at TechCrunchDisrupt. “This is just the start for us.”

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