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No, home pregnancy tests don’t include a ‘Plan B’ pill

Despite what viral videos claim, the tablets found inside home pregnancy tests are not hidden “Plan B” pills and are not safe to ingest. Let’s take a look at the facts.

A still from a video posted to Facebook showing someone prying open a home pregnancy test to reveal what appears to be a tablet. Text over the video says, “Plan B inside pregnancy test, omg.” The News Literacy Project has added a label that says, "DANGEROUS FALSEHOOD."
Home pregnancy test kits do not contain a secret “Plan B” emergency contraceptive pill inside.
Home pregnancy test kits include a desiccant tablet that absorbs moisture to keep products dry but, manufacturers warn, should not be ingested.

NewsLit takeaway

Videos that test “amazing” tricks and “life hacks” are popular, but often don’t tell the whole story. While some “life hack” tests are benign, amateur claims about health and medical issues should always be approached with extreme skepticism — and verified with trusted health authorities.

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