Urine Pregnancy Test (hCG Qualitative)


The Urine Pregnancy Test (hCG) determines if a person is pregnant by the presence of the human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) hormone. For most people, a Urine Pregnancy test is able to detect hCG in the urine about 7 days after a missed period.

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Sample Type

  • Urine sample

Who should get tested?

  • A Urine Pregnancy test detects the presence of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG), a hormone produced in the placenta after conception, hCG can be detected in urine about 7 days after a missed period. This test is usually ordered when you have missed menstruation or suspect you may be pregnant. This test may be done as an initial test but can also be used to confirm an at-home test. The Urine Pregnancy test only gives qualitative results, meaning the results will either be positive or negative.

Turnaround time

  • Note: Result turnaround times are only an estimate and may be subject to change.
  • Test turnaround time for Urine Pregnancy Test is typically 1-3 business days.

Patient Preparation

  • We recommend providing samples first thing in the morning, the urine is more concentrated and has higher hCG levels at this time of day.

Test Results

  • Positive Test Results – A positive test simply means that HCG is present in the urine. If the result is positive, the woman should make an appointment to see a healthcare professional, who can guide her about the next steps.
  • Negative Test Results – A negative tests can mean that there is no pregnancy, or they can mean that the test was either taken too early to detect HCG, or that it was not done correctly. If the woman has the signs and symptoms of pregnancy, she should test again after 1 week or ask a doctor about a blood test instead.


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