Pregnancy test, 5 seconds or 20 in pee?

I have a First Response Early Result pregnancy test. The instructions say that if you pee in a cup, then you only hold the absorbancy tip in the pee for 5 seconds only. However, other tests suggest that you pee on the stick for 5 seconds, but if you pee in a cup you keep the absorbancy part in the pee for 20 seconds.

So, should I go with the 20 seconds or the 5 seconds?


I used the very same test. I actually left my tip in for about a minute or so just to be sure it absorbed properly. I peeked before the minute was up & i saw a positve result after about 20-30 sec.but i left it in to let it get darker. Good luck! Hope this helped.


20 seconds.


Wait 2 minutes to read the result. A line will appear in the square window as a control to show that you have done the test correctly. Be sure to read the result before 10 minutes have passed.


A (+) sign in the round window indicates that you are pregnant. The lines that make up the plus sign can be different shades of blue. Please see your doctor to discuss your pregnancy and the next steps. Early prenatal care is important to ensure the health of you and your baby.

Not Pregnant

A (-) sign in the round window indicates that you are not pregnant. If your period does not start within a week, repeat the test. If you still get a negative result and your period has not started, please see your doctor.


personally i found just peeing on the stick quicker and easier! but its what ever you feel more comfortable doing!

mum to 3.5yrold, 2.5 yrold & 7month old!


Whatever you are more comfortable doing, they are supposedly equally accurate. If you can aim well with your urine stream, you may find it more convenient to not have to dispose of urine and clean a cup after the test. If you are afraid you'll miss, or won't be able to hold the stick in the stream for at least 5 seconds, the cup is a better idea.


The company has tested the product to know approximately the exact amount of time for the HCG to be detected. Follow direction as specified in the direction. The whole purpose is to detect HCG in your urine and if this particular hormone is present than the individual is in fact present. Trust the manufactor and do the test! If you destroyed it by doing 20 seconds... buy one from the 99 cents store and test as directed.