Also Known As
Beta hCG, hCG Test, Quantitative hCG Blood Test, Quantitative Serum Pregnancy Test
The Purpose of the Quantitative Blood Pregnancy Test
If you think you’re pregnant, it’s important to get a definitive answer. You could purchase an at-home test at the drugstore, which will measure your urine for levels of human chorionic gonadotropin (or hCG) to confirm your pregnancy. (This is a hormone your body starts producing post-conception.) Or, you could get a more sensitive blood test.
You have two types of blood tests to choose from: qualitative (which delivers a positive or negative result, similar to the at-home urine test) or a quantitative test. With the quantitative blood pregnancy test, you’ll get results with a numerical value. This doesn’t just confirm that you’re expecting, but it also provides an estimate of how far along you are in your pregnancy.
An hCG quant blood test may also be used to help diagnose an ectopic pregnancy, which occurs outside of the uterus. If you have suffered a miscarriage, your physician may use the test to track your recovery progress. Finally, you may get tested to monitor or detect germ cells or trophoblastic tumors in the ovaries.
What Does the Pregnancy Blood Quantitative Test Measure?
This test measures the level of hCG in your blood. This hormone is released by the cells that form the placenta after a fertilized egg implants in your uterus. The pregnancy blood quantitative test is administered because hCG rises rapidly during pregnancy’s early stages before peaking around eight to 12 weeks after conception.
Who Should Take an hCG Quant Blood Test?
The quantitative pregnancy blood test is recommended if you have missed your period and you think you are pregnant. Your obstetrician may also use the test if you have a high-risk pregnancy.
Quantitative Blood Pregnancy Test Preparation
There are no specific preparation requirements for the quantitative blood pregnancy test.
Pregnancy Test Quantitative Results
Your hCG levels will continue to rise during the first two to three months of pregnancy. Here are some general guidelines for your results:
- Less than 5mIU/mL is typically negative.
- Above 25 mIU/mL is generally positive.
- Results between those levels will likely require further testing to make a concrete determination of pregnancy.
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Where Can I Get a Quantitative Blood Pregnancy Test Near Me?
It’s easy to shop for the health tests you want at Personalabs. Among our 400-plus general health tests, you’ll find a comprehensive selection of women’s health tests, including pregnancy tests. Plus, it’s simple to order a test and book your lab appointment (just check to make sure you don’t need your doctor’s approval, which will depend on the state where you live):
Step 1: Buy your desired test and download the lab order.
Step 2: Visit the lab locator on our website to find a convenient facility among our 4,000-plus Quest Diagnostics and Labcorp partner sites. Book your testing appointment.
Step 3: Bring the lab order to your appointment and give your blood sample.
Step 4: Get your test results in your secure Personalabs portal, usually within 28 to 48 hours (excluding weekends).
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