The modern home pregnancy test is a nifty piece of technology. Two minutes is all it takes. And it can all be done and dusted without having to leave the comfort of your own bathroom.
Even though it’s a bit awkward (sometimes even girls have directional issues), the process of peeing on a stick sure beats what our sisters in Ancient Egypt had to endure.
In order to determine pregnancy in the early stages, these women were required to get very intimate with onions.
Interestingly, the majority of these tests do involve urine, suggesting that our ancient ancestors really weren’t far off the mark. Although they were much more willing to get down and dirty with the animal, vegetable and mineral department than we’re required to today.
1. Wheat and barley test. In Ancient Egypt, circa 1350 BC, women were asked to urinate on wheat and barley seeds over the course of several days, with sprouts appearing if the woman was pregnant. Apparently the test was so accurate that it could predict the gender of the baby – wheat sprouts indicated a girl, while barley suggested a boy.
It sounds far fetched but modern science indicates it actually works:
In 1963, a laboratory experimented with the wheat and barley test and found that, 70 percent of the time, the urine of pregnant women would cause the seeds to sprout, while the urine of non-pregnant women and men didn’t.
2. The onion test. If you happen to enjoy eating onions, we advise you to skip to the next point on the list. Because you’ll never think of this eye-watering vegetable in the same away again.