HCG in urine

  • Definition

    This type of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) test measures the specific level of HCG in the urine. HCG is a hormone produced during pregnancy.

    See also:

    • HCG in blood serum - qualitative
    • HCG in blood serum - quantitative
    • Pregnancy test

    Alternative Names

    Beta-HCG - urine; Human chorionic gonadotropin - urine

    How the test is performed

    As you urinate, collect a urine sample in a special (sterile) cup. Home pregnancy tests require the test strip to be dipped into the urine sample or passed through the urine stream while urinating. Carefully follow package directions.

    Usually a first-morning sample (the first time you urinate in the morning) is preferred, because it is the most concentrated.

    How to prepare for the test

    No special preparation is needed.

    How the test will feel

    The test involves normal urination into a cup or onto a stick.

    Why the test is performed

    Urine HCG tests are a common method of determining if a woman is pregnant. The best time to test for pregnancy at home is after you miss your period.