The qualitative urine human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) test is a pregnancy test that can be performed at home by a woman to determine pregnancy. To perform the test the woman places the test strip, which has a chemically sensitive substance, under her urine stream. Within minutes the test reveals whether the woman is positive (pregnant), or negative (not pregnant).
Review Date 12/3/2020
Updated by: LaQuita Martinez, MD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Emory Johns Creek Hospital, Alpharetta, GA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.