A HCG test is performed on pregnant women to monitor the HCG level in the body. Find out why this test test is important for you.
HCG blood test is done to measure the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). This hormone is present only when a woman is pregnant and hence it is also called the pregnancy hormone. HCG levels in a pregnant woman can be measured in the blood or urine;
If you think you are pregnant –HCG blood test can help to confirm it. A positive test means that you are pregnant and a negative test means that you are not pregnant.
The test can determine if you are pregnant anywhere from 7-12 days after conception. It is a very accurate test to confirm pregnancy. The test has to be done in a lab and cannot be done at home like the urine pregnancy test
The types of HCG blood test that are done include;
If the HCG blood test is done at a doctor’s office the accuracy is about 98 to 99 percent. However even the hCG blood test for pregnancy can be false positive or false negative.
Consult your doctor to understand the meaning of your test result.
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