Okay so you have been incredibly patient and waited until 14 days past ovulation (DPO) before testing.
Test-day morning rolls around and… OOPS…
– you forgot to bring a cup to the bathroom OR
– you peed on your hand instead of in the cup OR
– you spill the cup with your preciously collected first-morning sample.
Whatever the reason may be; you no longer have first-morning urine to test with!
Do you wait another day to test because you read somewhere that hCG, the pregnancy hormone, is highest in the morning hours and decreases as the day progresses?
𝐘𝐨𝐮 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐜𝐞𝐫𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐥𝐲 𝐝𝐨 𝐍𝐎𝐓 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐰𝐚𝐢𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐝𝐚𝐲. 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐨𝐧, 𝐲𝐨𝐮’𝐯𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐞𝐧𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡!
The pregnancy hormone is not higher in the morning. It’s just easier to detect because your urine is more concentrated, as you tend to drink/pee less at night.
The hormone will actually keep increasing. In fact, with a healthy pregnancy, you can expect your hCG levels to double every 48 hours or so.
And if you’ve waited until you’re a full 14 days after ovulation, then your hormone levels should be high enough to detect a pregnancy, even with a less concentrated urine sample collected during the day.
This is the case especially if you use a line test and not a digital test, because digital tests can be less sensitive.
So no, you don’t need to wait until you can collect a first-morning urine sample. Just don’t drink excessive amounts of water before trying again and you should be fine!