Why a Blood Pregnancy Test?
For the most accurate results, as early as possible.
Yes, you can get a home test at just about any drugstore. But you'll have to wait until you've missed a period - and taking hormones to help you get pregnant may lead to a false positive in home tests.
For just a few dollars more, a blood pregnancy test is more sensitive, and may be accurate after only after only one week of pregnancy.
A blood pregnancy test is the proof of pregnancy required by insurance companies and government programs such as Medicaid. A home urine test won't be accepted.
When you're pregnant, your body begins to produce the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). This can lead to the most common early signs of pregnancy, which include fatigue, nausea, sensitivity to smells, and breast tenderness. All of which may happen even before you miss a period.
Both blood pregnancy tests and urine pregnancy tests look for the hormone hCG, but a blood pregnancy test is more sensitive and will give you an answer earlier.
And if you're seeking medical and social services during your pregnancy, it's important to remember that in most cases, a home test will not be accepted as proof of pregnancy.
Qualitative or Quantitative?
Qualitative blood pregnancy tests tell you if you have hCG in your blood, and whether you are or are not pregnant. Like home tests, a qualitative test is either positive or negative. It will not determine the stage of pregnancy.
This test fulfills the requirements of most insurance companies and government agencies.
Quantitative blood pregnancy tests measure the amount of hCG in your blood, this may tell you your stage of pregnancy, because the hCG hormone raises during the first trimester and begins to level off and then falls during the second and third trimester.
This test will help you determine how far along you are in your pregnancy, and may be helpful to determine if there are any abnormalities or complications that you may be experiencing that would necessitate medical intervention.
A healthy baby needs a Healthy Mother
If you are pregnant, a blood test determines important hormone levels and also test for STDs and other infections, which often have no symptoms, yet may cause serious harm to you and your unborn child. It is recommended that every pregnant woman be tested for HIV.
This profile of tests offers a full range of testing to measure hormones and overall health and wellness, including testing for STDs, including HIV, hepatitis and other viruses such as herpes simplex, which can be passed on to an infant during vaginal birth.Add to Cart$455
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