Pregnancy tests, an essential tool in many women’s reproductive journey, have undergone significant technological advances over the decades. Since the emergence of the first tests in the 20th century, which depended on complex and time-consuming laboratory processes, technology has rapidly evolved to make the pregnancy test a simpler, faster and more accurate process.
Today, with the combination of biotechnology and digitization, pregnancy tests are not only able to provide results with near-perfect accuracy, they also allow women to test in the comfort and privacy of their own homes.
This article will explore recent technological advances in the field of pregnancy testing, the impact of these innovations on women’s experience, and future prospects for the development of this crucial technology.
Technological Advances in Pregnancy Testing What Has Changed?
Is there a way to know if I’m pregnant on my cell phone?
As of the date of my knowledge in September 2021, it is not possible to confirm a pregnancy using just a cell phone. Traditional pregnancy tests, whether it’s the home test you buy at the pharmacy or a blood test done in a lab, detect the presence of a specific hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG).
This hormone is produced by the body after implantation of the fertilized egg in the uterus. Until now, smartphones do not have the ability to detect this hormone.
However, there are health and fertility apps that can help track your menstrual cycle and identify potential pregnancy symptoms.
Additionally, certain apps may offer features such as reminders to take a pregnancy test if your period is late. But it’s important to remember that these apps can only help with observing symptoms and cannot confirm a pregnancy.
If you believe you may be pregnant, the best thing to do is take a home pregnancy test and/or consult a healthcare professional.