Qualitative Pregnancy Blood Test

hCG, Qualitative


Test Code: 004556
Specimen Type: Blood

Description:

Qualitative Pregnancy Blood Test

This test is used to help determine if a person is pregnant or not.  The Qualitative Pregnancy test looks for Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), a hormone which is produced by the placenta of pregnant women.  This test provides qualitative results, meaning the results will indicate positive or negative but will not provide numerical values.  Generally, blood testing is more sensitive than urine testing and can detect pregnancy several days earlier.  Lab testing is typically more accurate than at-home pregnancy testing. 

This test is typically ordered when someone has missed a menstrual period or is experiencing other symptoms associated with pregnancy.  In most cases, hCG testing is most accurate 10 days after a missed period but may be accurate for some people as early as a few days before menstruation would normally begin.  If the initial test is negative, but symptoms persist, it is advisable to retest at a later date.

Quantitative Pregnancy Test which provides more detailed numerical results is also available. 

Turnaround time for the Qualitative Pregnancy test is typically 1 business day.

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.

Incubation Period:

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.

Requirements:

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.

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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.

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