This test is used to help determine is 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 that urine testing and can detect pregnancy several days earlier. Lab testing is typically more accurate that 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.