Blood Test and PregnancyWhen a woman is trying to conceive, each day can seem difficult. She is almost dying in anticipation to know if she has hit the jackpot or not! When the ovum (female egg) is fertilized by the sperm (male egg), an embryo is formed and when the embryo attaches itself to the walls of the uterus, the woman’s body produces a hormone called Beta HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin) – the pregnancy hormone. A blood test is supposed to check for Beta HCG in the body. A blood pregnancy test is also referred to as the pregnancy serum tests. There are two types of blood pregnancy tests.
- Qualitative Test – This test checks the presence of Beta HCG in your blood and gives a simple result – either ‘yes’ or ‘no’.
- Quantitative Test – This test measures the exact level of Beta HCG in your blood. If there is less than 5 mIU/ml of Beta HCG, it’s a negative. If the level of Beta HCG is between 5 and 25 mIU/ml, then it is considered to be equivocal and you would need to take the test again so that the pregnancy can be confirmed.
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