1. What is it?
A human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) urine test is a pregnancy test. A pregnant woman’s placenta produces hCG, also called the pregnancy hormone. If you’re pregnant, the test can usually detect this hormone in your urine about a day after your first missed period.
2. How do you prepare for the test?
There are no special preparations necessary to take an hCG urine test. You can ensure the most accurate results with simple planning.
If you’re taking a home pregnancy test, do the following:
- Carefully read the instructions included in your test kit before collecting your urine sample.
- Make sure the test’s expiration date hasn’t passed.
- Look for the manufacturer’s toll-free number on the package, and call it if you have any questions about using the test.
Use your first-morning urine after your first missed period.
- Don’t drink large amounts of fluid before collecting your urine sample because this may dilute hCG levels and make them difficult to recognize.
- Discuss any medications you’re taking with your pharmacist or doctor to see if they could affect the results of an hCG urine test.