Qualitative Pregnancy Blood Test
Test Code: 004556
Specimen Type: Blood
Qualitative Pregnancy Blood Test (Labcorp)
The qualitative pregnancy blood detects the presence of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) in the blood to help determine if a person is pregnant. The major benefits of pregnancy blood testing are a higher level of accuracy than standard at-home urine tests as well as the ability to detect a pregnancy earlier than other methods.
Shortly after conception, the placenta begins producing the hormone hCG. HCG is typically detectable as early as 7 days after conception. During the first 14-16 weeks of pregnancy, hCG levels normally increase quickly and then begin to gradually decrease.
This test is typically ordered when someone is experiencing signs of pregnancy or has already had a positive result on an at-home pregnancy test. Some of the earliest signs of pregnancy include a missed menstrual period, unusual tiredness or fatigue, frequent urination, and nausea. In the event of a negative result, if the signs of pregnancy continue, it is recommended to wait 1-2 weeks and test again.
The results of this pregnancy blood test are qualitative, meaning they will be either positive or negative. A quantitative hCG blood test that provides numerical results is also available.
Turnaround time for the Qualitative Pregnancy test is typically 1 business day.
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Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.
This test can detect pregnancy as early as 7 days after conception. For the highest level of accuracy, it is recommended to take the test 10 days after a missed menstrual period or any time after.
It is recommended that someone taking Biotin (also known as vitamin B7 or B8, vitamin H, or coenzyme R) stop consumption at least 72 hours prior to the collection of a sample.Pregnancy Overview