First Morning Urine and Pregnancy Test Accuracy
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Questions About Pregnancy Tests & Peeing on a Stick
I use "first morning urine" to test for pregnancy?
To increase the accuracy
- or more precisely to increase the possibility of receiving a positive test
result earlier - it is advised to use a first morning sample when testing
for pregnancy. Why? Unless you have urinated in the middle of the night, first
morning urine should exhibit a higher concentration of the the pregnancy hormone,
hCG. This means you can get an accurate result sooner than with other samples
collected during the day or evening.
I do not use FMU, how long should I wait before testing?
Typically, we advise "holding
your urine" for about 4 hours before collecting a urine sample. Frequent
urination can prevent a build-up in the concentration of hCG in a urine sample,
meaning that the hCG level in the urine sample will be low (and you might receive
a negative result when, in fact, you may be pregnant.
I not drink fluids before testing?
Along with holding your
urine, you should not consume an exorbitant amount of liquids (which might cause
frequent urination or dilute a urine sample). However, do not dehydrate yourself
- just drink the normal amount of water you would anyway.
Bottom line - use a first
morning urine sample to test and thereby increase the odds of detecting pregnancy
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