Detecting Pregnancy with HCG Tests

embryo-159691__180A human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) test is done to check for the presence of HCG in blood or urine. The hormone is produced in the early stages of pregnancy (as early as ten days after conception). Generally, blood tests are more sensitive than urine tests and can therefore be done earlier with the same level of accuracy. If the first test result is negative but a pregnancy is still suspected, the test should be retaken about a week later. Because HCG rises rapidly, a negative result can turn positive within this time period.

Results from the test can also help determine and monitor an abnormality of the pregnancy. For example, low HCG levels during a pregnancy can suggest an ectopic pregnancy or even miscarriage. High HCG levels can indicate twins or triplets.

An HCG test is often used to screen for pregnancy if a woman is about to undergo a medical treatment or test that can potentially harm a fetus, such as an operation or taking certain drugs. HCG tests are designed for rapid determination, so doctors and surgeons can detect a pregnancy even before performing any emergency treatments.

At RapidTest, we offer a range of accurate, fast pregnancy tests in cassette and strip formats.

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