UK NGO launches first pregnancy touch test prototype
Tactile pregnancy test. Photo: Reproduction
The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), the UK’s leading visually impaired NGO, has released a prototype of the first tactile pregnancy test. It makes it possible for the first time that people who are blind or have low vision have the chance to find out for themselves whether or not they are pregnant.
The test offers more privacy to people with visual impairments because, with it, it will no longer be necessary for someone else to interpret the result. “It’s very invasive, it’s embarrassing to have to ask someone to pick up an object I just urinated on and ask ‘can you read this to me?’,” Danielle Cleary, who is visually impaired, said in an interview with Sky News. .
The way the prototype works is similar to that of pharmacy tests, based on urine. The difference is that the tactile test raises “bubbles” to indicate whether or not pregnancy hormones are present. The product was developed by independent designer Josh Wasserman, in partnership with The & Partnership London.
The creation of the test is part of RNIB’s “design for all” campaign, which says that no one should sacrifice their privacy on account of poorly designed design. The product is still under negotiation with ClearBlue to be produced and marketed.
How to take ordinary pregnancy test at home
To find out whether or not you are pregnant at home you need to buy a pregnancy test from a pharmacy. There are two types: those that contain a stick with the ribbon (which indicates the presence of pregnancy hormones) inside or a pot and the separate ribbon.
The exam should be performed about 2 to 5 days after the menstrual delay and according to the manufacturer’s instructions, which can be:
After this procedure, it is necessary to wait 1 to 5 minutes for the chemical agents to react and reveal the result. Each test presents the result in a different way, such as: