Is It Better to Dip or Pee on a Pregnancy Test?

One of the most common questions women have about pregnancy tests is whether it is better to wee on the stick or dip it in a cup of urine. While most pregnancy tests will give you highly accurate results either way, there are some pros and cons to consider before deciding which method is best for you.

You should only place the absorbent tip of the stick in your urine stream if you choose to pee on it. You should not allow the urine level to rise above the plastic housing of the test stick. You should also ensure that the test stick remains in your urine stream only for the designated amount of time. Taking the pregnancy test away too early or not letting it stay in your urine stream long enough can affect the validity of the results. Five seconds seems long when aiming your pee, but pulling it away too soon can lead to inaccurate results.

If you’re more comfortable dipping the pregnancy test in pee, you can use a clean cup to collect a sample of your urine and then dip the test strip into the sample for up to 5 seconds. Make sure to follow the directions as indicated on the box and remove the test strip from the cup as soon as your time is up. This method is beneficial because it’s less likely to cause any spills and you don’t have to worry about peeing directly onto the stick.

Overall, it’s really up to you to decide whether to dip or pee on a pregnancy test. Just keep in mind that the accuracy of the result depends on following the instructions on the box, no matter which method you choose.

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