Pregnancy Blood Test, from our experts to you.Dr Sam Rodgers MBBS, MRCGP
Chief Medical Officer
What is a Pregnancy Blood Test?
What can I learn from a Pregnancy Blood Test?
When should I take a Pregnancy Blood Test?
Limitations of the test
How to prepare for your test
Frequently asked questions
As hCG levels rise rapidly in the early days of pregnancy, an hCG test can tell you if you're pregnant from about six to eight days after you’ve ovulated.
How soon can a blood test detect pregnancy?
An hCG blood test is more accurate than an at-home urine hCG test, as the concentration of hCG in blood is higher than in urine. A blood test is also more sensitive than a urine test, so it can detect hCG at lower levels, giving you earlier confirmation of your pregnancy.
Is an hCG blood test more accurate than a urine test for pregnancy?
What causes low hCG levels?
Low hCG levels can sometimes indicate a problem such as an ectopic pregnancy, but they aren’t always a sign that something is wrong. There are various causes of low hCG levels, and it may simply mean that you’re not as far along in your pregnancy as you expected.
There are several reasons why your hCG level may be higher than expected. It may be a sign that you’re having a multiple pregnancy, which is more common after IVF. It can also indicate that you miscalculated the date of your last period and you’re further along with your pregnancy than you thought.
What causes higher-than-normal hCG levels?
Yes, you can take our Pregnancy Blood Test at home with our finger-prick pregnancy test kit. We’ll send you everything you need, including a pre-paid return envelope for your sample.
Can I take an hCG test at home?
You can access the results of your at-home Pregnancy Blood Test on your MyMedichecks dashboard, alongside doctor’s advice and any next steps. You will see your hCG level alongside expected hCG levels throughout early pregnancy, so you can check if your result is in the normal range.
How can I access my Pregnancy Blood Test results?
During pregnancy, your body is flooded with hormones. This means you can experience emotional and physical changes, from feeling weepy to changes in your digestion.
In addition to our Pregnancy Blood Test, we have a range of tests covering other pregnancy hormones, including our Pregnancy Progress Blood Test.
Early symptoms of pregnancy
Every woman’s experience of pregnancy is different, including when the first symptoms start to kick in and how much they affect your daily life.
Many of the early symptoms of pregnancy are due to the surge in hCG, and confusingly, they’re very similar to ones you might have right before your period. They include breast tenderness, feeling tired and sluggish, needing to urinate more often, irritability, and feeling sick.
As most of these symptoms aren’t unique to pregnancy, a Pregnancy Blood Test can help you find out if they’re down to pregnancy or to rule this out as the cause.
Where can I get support with my pregnancy?
Pregnancy can be an exciting time, but it’s also common to feel anxious and overwhelmed. If you need support or reassurance, your doctor and midwifery team can help.
There are also organisations that can support you on your pregnancy journey. These include Bounty, which has a wealth of resources for mums-to-be, and Tommy’s, which has a support line giving midwives’ advice.
If you’re having trouble getting pregnant, our Fertility Guide has information and advice on the causes of infertility, increasing your chances of getting pregnant, and treatments that can help you conceive.