A 33-year-old Texan stands in a bathroom, filming. In front of her on the countertop is a plastic cup containing fresh breast milk donated by a friend, and a pregnancy test stick. She dips the test in the milk and carefully lays it on kitchen towel to dry. The experiment’s aim is to see if breast milk can create a false positive pregnancy test result (it doesn’t).
Her name is Ashley Morrison, and she is a self-confessed pregnancy test addict. Her website, Peeonastickfreak.com, which is constantly updated with the latest information and advice on home pregnancy tests or HPTs, gets up to a million hits per month from visitors in the United States alone. In the last couple of years, Morrison has done more than 50 ‘experiments’ with pregnancy peesticks, which she posts online. In the most popular, with nearly 78,000 views, she pregnancy tested with two samples of first morning urine, to one of which she added sugar, in an attempt to discover if it’s true that sugary urine can create a false positive result (it doesn’t).