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When to have a blood test for pregnancy

Discussion in 'Am I pregnant?' started by HappyMum, Jan 8, 2017.

  1. HappyMum

    HappyMum Active Member

    Sometimes when the urine tests seem inaccurate or gives you different results, it's time to get a pregnancy blood test.

    Here is some info about blood pregnancy tests according to the American Pregnancy Association:

    "There are two types of blood tests. A quantitative blood test measures the exact amount of hCG in the blood, and a qualitative hCG blood test gives a simple yes or no answer to whether you are pregnant or not.

    Advantages of having a blood test done:
    • Can detect a pregnancy earlier than a urine test at about 7-12 days from possible conception (but if a negative result is received, a test should be repeated if a period is missed.)
    • Can measure the concentration of hCG hormone in your blood (this is useful information for your healthcare provider in tracking certain problems in pregnancy)
    Disadvantages to having a blood test done:
    • More expensive than a urine test (price depends on cost of doctor’s visit and lab fees)
    • Takes longer to get result
    • Must be done in a doctor’s office"
    This is another option for urine home test kits available in your drugstore. Those kits are accurate too, but there times that you just want to be a hundred percent sure. :)
     
  2. Leiah

    Leiah Active Member

  3. Princess

    Princess Active Member

    I never had any problem with urine tests. They usually show the same result across different brands, when one is negative, all turns out negative, and the same goes when one is positive. :)
     
  4. photosnappr67

    photosnappr67 New Member

    I want to get one done but unfortunately I don't have health insurance anymore. I took a HPT and it was negative but I'm 29 days late. Any ideas of what this could be if I'm not pregnant? I have mild cramping, bloating, horrible fatigue, sense of smell seems stronger, breasts hurt etc.
     
  5. Rose

    Rose New Member

    I'm about 17 days late I took a test yesterday and it was a bfn. I had light bleeding last week for 4 days i did wear a pantyliner, but nothing like af. I have been have some bad acid reflux I've been nauseous as well and the last week or so my ovaries on both sides been aching. Not sure if I should wait till month to see if af comes or just make a doctor appointment. What do you guys suggest.
     

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