Can I Take a Pregnancy Test at Night?

Can I Take a Pregnancy Test at Night?

Have an inkling you may be pregnant and just can’t wait until morning? ⏰

Or maybe you’ve got a busy morning planned, and peeing on a stick (and the emotions that come with that… 😵‍💫) would kinda slow you down?

We hear you.

And we get why taking a pregnancy test in the evening may be a bit easier.

But, is testing at night less accurate?

Let’s walk through all you need to know about testing in the evening to have the most reliable results. 👶

In this article: 📝

  • Taking a pregnancy test at night: can I do it?
  • How accurate is a pregnancy test at night?
  • How do you take a pregnancy test at night
  • Will a pregnancy test work if you pee during the night?
  • Can 12 hours make a difference in a pregnancy test?

Taking a pregnancy test at night: can I do it?

Yes, you can take a pregnancy test at night.

But, whether you should or not is up for debate…

The best time of day to take a pregnancy test is right after you hop out of bed in the morning. 🛌🏻

That’s because pregnancy tests detect a hormone called hCG in your urine.

And these levels are significantly higher when you’re pregnant.

But if your pee is super diluted (like it could be after a day of regularly drinking water), sometimes, those pesky hCG levels are harder to detect and won’t show up. 💦

So, although modern-day pregnancy tests can detect hCG at night, if your urine is too diluted, it may miss the mark — and could actually produce a false-negative result.

That’s why first thing in the morning is best, as you’ve drunk little-to-no water overnight, and your urine is still at its most concentrated.

At this time of day, it’s much more likely that hCG will show up to the party if you are pregnant. 🥳

🔍 In The Know: Everything You Want to Know About hCG

How accurate is a pregnancy test at night?

Although you can take a pregnancy test at any time of day, testing at night might not be the most accurate…

Let’s jump into some FAQs around testing at night to help you get the most reliable results from your tests. 👇

Does it matter what time of day you take a pregnancy test?

You can take a pregnancy test at any time of the day.

But, a test in the evening may be a bit less accurate than testing in the morning.

So, we’d say, to be safe and not waste any money on tests, stick to the morning test when your alarm goes off. ⏰

When is the most accurate time to take a pregnancy test morning or night?

Testing in the morning is more accurate than testing at night.

That’s because your pee is likely more concentrated from overnight, and drinking water makes your urine more diluted.

So, stick to that morning routine rather than risking it at night, we say. 💤

Why is my pregnancy test negative at night but positive the in morning?

It’ll likely be because your urine is more diluted at night.

Throughout the day and the evening, you’ve probably been keeping your water levels up (as you should be!).

But, that pesky hCG hormone likes to hide behind diluted pee 🫣 — so coax it out by only testing in the morning for the most accurate result.

Can a pregnancy test fail if taken at night?

It won’t necessarily fail — but it can provide a false-negative if your pee is too diluted.

We’d usually think of a ‘failed test’ as a test that’s invalid.

This happens if the test hasn’t worked for some reason.

Reasons for a failed or invalid test could be because of user error (like making a mistake about how long to pee on the stick for), or a fault with the test itself.

🔍 Get clued up: What is an Invalid Pregnancy Test?

How do you take a pregnancy test at night

If your mornings are too busy, or you just can’t wait to take a test, it may just make more sense to test at night…

So, here are a couple of quick tips for taking pregnancy test at night.

🌙 Drink less in the evening

The more you drink before your test, the more diluted your pee will be.

Meaning, the harder it will be to read your hCG levels.

Try not to drink too much before the test and then, once the test has been taken, ensure you rehydrate before bed.

Also, make sure you leave about a 3 hour gap since you last taken a pee. This will ensure that HCG levels are high enough to be detected.

🩸 Wait until your missed period

Testing too early in your cycle could lead to a false-negative result, which may be picked up in a morning test.

To try and be as accurate as possible, wait until the day of your missed period instead.

Will a pregnancy test work if you pee during the night?

It’s not uncommon for any of us to take a trip to the bathroom in the middle of the night, however annoying it might be. 🙃

But will peeing in the night prevent you from having that all-important hCG level accuracy for your pregnancy test the next morning?

Not necessarily, no.

You can take a pregnancy test at any time of day. ⏱️

And, in theory, you’ll still not have drunk any water, so you’ll likely still have very concentrated pee first thing in the morning, so should be still accurate enough to test for your hCG.

Can you use that mid-night urine for your pregnancy test?

For those with an overactive bladder stopping us from getting our 8 hours in, bathroom trips around 3am or 4am (or any time really… 😴) can be common.

But if you decide to use your nighttime urine for your pregnancy test, although you haven’t drunk any water, it may still be diluted from the previous day, as you may have had some water before bed.

But, on the other hand, it may also be fine. 🤷‍♀️

It really depends on how much water you’ve drunk(which can give a negative result), and also how far along into your pregnancy (which can also give a negative result if in early pregancy) you are to detect the hCG levels.

Can 12 hours make a difference in a pregnancy test?

It sure can!

Oh, what a difference those 12 hours can make…

Your hCG levels are likely to be much more detectable in the morning, not hiding behind lots of H20. 💦

So, to be extra sure, test in the morning for the most reliable results — when your pee is the most concentrated.

So, in short, you can test at night.

But, if you are pregnant, it may not show up as a positive until morning.

Finding it tricky to figure work the results (thanks, line eyes 😵‍💫)?

That’s where we can help.

You’re always welcome to join our Peanut Community for a fresh pair of eyes and a supportive chat. 🤗

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