Determine the Pregnancy By a Blood Test
A pregnancy blood test is based on identifying the level of “pregnancy hormone” in blood. This special pregnancy hormone is human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), which is produced by the chorion, a membrane that covers the embryo. The presence of chorionic villi in the blood means a pregnancy. That makes an early pregnancy blood test possible: you can get the positive result in one week after the conceiving. Usually, the hCG blood level of a woman who is not pregnant is about 0-15 mIU/ml.
The hCG test is also performed to find any pathology in the pregnancy (weeks 14-18). You can take an accurate hCG test at any time convenient for you (express result available) in the Traditional Midwifery and Family Care Centre.
How the HCG Test is Performed
Traditionally, a pregnancy blood test is performed on the 8th day after conceiving, but not earlier than 3-5 days of period delay. The blood is drawn from the arm vein on an empty stomach in the morning. If you can’t do the blood test in the morning, just remember that you have to fast for 4-6 hours before the test. Please inform the doctor or the nurse if you have been taking any drugs or hormonal medications. You can take another test in a couple of days to receive even more accurate results.