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I know, it's an odd question

I've started doing my own urinalysis, and I have a plastic cup that is perfect for peeing in. (As in... it all gets in the cup and not on my hands I know it has to be clean so it doesn't alter the results, but how clean does it have to be? Soap and water? A disinfectant? I have no clue.

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My mw has always just rinsed it out with water and dried it.

Since I now do all my own prenates I do the same.

I have used the same pee cup for three pregnancies.
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What makes the perfect pee cup? I've been using little dixie cups and it would be nice to not pee on my hands.

If it's just dip sticks a good rinse should be fine (and a soap water wash one in a while)

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What makes the perfect pee cup? I've been using little dixie cups and it would be nice to not pee on my hands.
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LOL... I use little plastic dixie cups. But my big ol' twin belly is so darn big that I can't see a thing under there, and pee all over my hand, blindly flailing the cup underneath me in the hopes of catching something. :

And I haven't really tried sterilizing them or anything. Are we supposed to?

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LOL... I use little plastic dixie cups. But my big ol' twin belly is so darn big that I can't see a thing under there, and pee all over my hand, blindly flailing the cup underneath me in the hopes of catching something. :

And I haven't really tried sterilizing them or anything. Are we supposed to?
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Blindly flailing!

Sterilization would only be necessary for urine cultures. I haven't attemted this on my own yet, but I was tempted to buy agar plates off ebay and have a go at doing my own urine cultures and GBS screening. . . alas no extra $$ for such fun.
As long as the cup doesn't have sugar, blood, protein, etc in it it should be fine.

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LOL... I use little plastic dixie cups. But my big ol' twin belly is so darn big that I can't see a thing under there, and pee all over my hand, blindly flailing the cup underneath me in the hopes of catching something. :

And I haven't really tried sterilizing them or anything. Are we supposed to?
laughup OK, I'm getting *such* a visual at that.

FTR, I use an old jelly jar, used it for all the opk's and pg test strips, and by this time am so darn comfortable with it, it just wouldn't be a trip to the bathroom without peeing on my own hand it would seem. : heehee

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Or y'all could just pee directly on the strip! It makes no difference in the result, unless you need to do a clean catch to send to a lab. If you've just got the simple 2 or 4 strips, just stick it midstream. You will probably still pee on your hand, oh well!

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apparently 1 good skill learned from my pee-stick habit.

clear plastic disposable cups.
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As long as the cup doesn't have sugar, blood, protein, etc in it it should be fine.
Ah! That's the answer I was looking for.

I've tried just peeing on the stick, but I ultimately pee everywhere BUT on the stick. The cup is working great for now... though I think as this twin belly gets bigger, I may need to use a big plastic tupperware or something

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