You will quickly have the ability to flush away fears of your being pregnant take a look at being found.
Lia, a startup from Philadelphia, has gotten clearance from the Meals and Drug Administration to promote its flushable being pregnant take a look at in the marketplace.
The product is the primary and solely FDA cleared flushable, biodegradable being pregnant take a look at.
The take a look at has no glass or plastic and requires no batteries. It’s made with a particular paper that works lengthy sufficient to take the take a look at, however then degrades in water. Identical to plastic being pregnant assessments, the Lia assessments will react to the being pregnant hormone present in urine, human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), displaying two traces to point being pregnant, one line if not.
Lia was based in 2015 by Bethany Edwards and Anna Simpson, primarily based on graduate analysis finished by Edwards in Built-in Product Design on the College of Pennsylvania.
The 2 UPenn grads needed to innovate residence being pregnant assessments, which haven’t modified in many years.
“It’s been the identical stick take a look at since 1987, and that’s type of loopy,” Edwards mentioned at TechCrunch’s Disrupt Berlin 2017 final week. The 2 creators gained the Disrupt Cup on the Berlin convention, bringing residence $50,000 in prize cash.
The corporate says the product was 99% correct upfront assessments and it is anticipated to hit the market in mid-2018.
When it turns into obtainable on Lia’s web site and Amazon, the take a look at may value wherever between $9 and $22. Those that need to assist the brand new product now can donate $10 for assessments to be offered to organizations like Deliberate Parenthood, Whitman-Walker Well being, PreserveFertility.org and different organizations.
Edwards is hoping that is the start of a wave of sustainable, flushable assessments.
“What we’ve finished right here is basically creating a brand new class of water-dispersable, biodegradable diagnostics,” she mentioned at TechCrunchDisrupt. “That is simply the beginning for us.”