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The emergence of the home pregnancy test

Updated: Oct 14, 2020

With the arrival of cheaper and more user-friendly home pregnancy tests in the 1980s, women were able to confirm their pregnancies earlier and more easily than ever before. In this excerpt from The Myth of the Perfect Pregnancy, Lara Freidenfelds looks at how these tests evolved into a type of rite of passage with symbolic importance that was distinct from their medical importance.

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