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How to interpret the beta HCG test results

The best way to confirm a pregnancy is through a blood test, as it is possible to detect small amounts of the hormone HCG, which is produced during pregnancy. The blood test result indicates pregnancy when the hormone beta-HCG levels are greater than 5.0 mlU / ml.

It is recommended that the pregnancy blood test be performed after the delay in menstruation so that the results are more reliable. However it can also be performed before the delay, but there is a chance of a false negative result. No medical prescription or fasting is required to perform the exam and the result is given within a few hours after the blood collection.

How to interpret the beta HCG test results

What is HCG

HCG stands for chorionic gonadotrophin hormone, which is produced only when the woman is pregnant or has a severe hormonal change that is caused by any disease. Usually the beta HCG blood test is only performed when pregnancy is suspected, since the presence of this hormone in the blood is more indicative of pregnancy than the presence of this hormone in urine, which is detected through the pharmacy pregnancy test.

However, when the Beta HCG test result is undetectable or inconclusive and the woman has symptoms of pregnancy, the test should be repeated 3 days later. See what are the first 10 symptoms of pregnancy.

If you think you are pregnant but have not yet taken the HCG beta test you can do our online test to know what your chances of actually being pregnant are:

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In the last month, have you had sexual intercourse without using a condom or other contraceptive method such as an IUD, implant,
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Have you noticed any pink vaginal discharge lately?
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Are you getting nauseous and want to vomit in the morning?
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Are you more sensitive to smells, being annoyed by smells like cigarettes, food or perfume?
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Does your belly look more swollen than before, making it harder to keep your jeans tight during the day?
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Does your skin look more oily and prone to acne?
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Are you feeling more tired and sleepy?
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Has your period been delayed for more than 5 days?
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Have you ever had a pharmacy pregnancy test or blood test in the last month, with a positive result?
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Did you take the morning-after pill recently?
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Quantitative Beta HCG Table

The following table shows the amount of Beta HCG hormones present in each week of gestation:

Gestational ageAmount of Beta HCG in the blood test
You are not pregnant - Negative resultInferior to 5 mlU/ml
3 weeks of gestation5 to 50 mlU/ml
4 weeks of gestation5 to 426 mlU/ml
5 weeks of gestation18 to 7.340 mlU/ml
6 weeks of gestation1.080 to 56.500 mlU/ml
7 to 8 weeks of gestation

7.650 to 229.000 mlU/ml

9 to 12 weeks of gestation25.700 to 288.000 mlU/ml
13 to 16 weeks of gestation13.300 to 254.000 mlU/ml
17 to 24 weeks of gestation4.060 to 165.500 mlU/ml
25 to 40 weeks of gestation3.640 a 117.000 mlU/ml

It is recommended that the blood test be performed after menstruation delay, because if it is performed before, it is possible that you can obtain a false negative result, that is, the woman may be pregnant but this does not come up on the results. Most likely the body failed to produce the hCG hormone at concentrations sufficient to be detectable and indicative of pregnancy.

Difference between quantitative and qualitative beta HCG 

As the name implies, the quantitative beta-HCG test indicates the amount of hormone present in the blood. This examination is done from a blood sample that is sent to the laboratory for analysis. From the result of the examination it is possible to identify the concentration of the hCG hormone in the blood and, depending on the concentration, indicate the week of gestation.

The qualitative HCG beta test is the pharmacy pregnancy test that only indicates whether the woman is pregnant or not, not giving the concentration of the hormone in the blood and a gynecologist usually asks for a blood test to be performed to confirm pregnancy.

How to know if your pregnant with twins

In twin pregnancies, the hormone values are higher than those indicated for each week, but to confirm and know the number of twins, an ultrasonography should be performed from the 6th week of gestation.

The woman may suspect that she is pregnant with twins when she can know approximately which week she became pregnant, and compare with the table above to check the corresponding amount of beta HCG. If the numbers do not hit right, possibly she will be pregnant with more than 1 baby, but this can only be confirmed by an ultrasound.

Other exam results

Beta HCG results may also indicate problems such as ectopic pregnancy, abortion or anembryonic pregnancy, which is when the embryo does not develop.

These problems can usually be identified when the hormone values are lower than expected for the gestational age of pregnancy, and it is necessary to seek an obstetrician to assess the cause of the hormonal change.

What to do after you confirm pregnancy

After confirming the pregnancy with the blood test, it is important to make an appointment with a obstetrician to begin prenatal follow-up, taking the necessary tests to ensure a healthy pregnancy without complications such as pre-eclampsia or gestational diabetes, for example.

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