This highly sensitive finger-prick laboratory blood test measures the amount of the hormone hCG in the blood. HCG is the hormone secreted when a fertilised egg becomes implanted in the uterine wall. Present in very small amounts in early conception, the level of hCG increases as your pregnancy develops.
Levels of hCG rise rapidly in pregnancy and this test can also be used to monitor how well your pregnancy is progressing. High levels of hCG in the blood can also indicate a multiple birth.
This test is for you if:
- You are trying to conceive and want to see if you are pregnant
- You are experiencing early pregnancy symptoms and want to investigate
- You want to monitor hCG levels to check how your pregnancy is progressing
- You suspect twins and want to see if this is indicated by your hCG levels
The difference between this test and an over the counter urine test, is that it is very sensitive and can detect even very low levels of hCG, possibly giving a positive result earlier. A blood test like this can tell if you are pregnant about six to eight days after you ovulate.
Please remember though, these tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor. The doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.