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Hcg Levels Pregnancy

Hcg Levels Pregnancy

What is an HCG urine test?

A human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) urine test is a pregnancy test. A pregnant woman’s placenta produces hCG, also called the pregnancy hormone. If you’re pregnant, the test can usually detect this hormone in your urine about 10 days after your first missed period. This is when the fertilized egg attaches to the uterine wall.

During the first 8 to 10 weeks of pregnancy, hCG levels normally increase very rapidly. These levels reach their peak at about the 10th week of pregnancy, and then they gradually decline until delivery.

This type of urine test is commonly sold in kits that you can use at home. It’s often is referred to as a home pregnancy test.

What are the uses of the hCG urine test?

The hCG urine test confirms pregnancy about one to two weeks after your missed period. This is a qualitative test, which means that it will tell you whether or not it detects the hCG hormone in your urine. It’s not intended to reveal specific levels of the hormone. The presence of hCG in your urine is considered a positive sign of pregnancy.

HCG Dosage

The dose of injectable HCG that your doctor prescribes depends on your sex and the condition being treated.

HCG Overdose

If you suspect an overdose, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately.

Missed Dose of HCG

If you've missed an injection or an appointment to receive your injection, call your doctor's office to reschedule as soon as possible.

How is the HCG urine test performed?

You can take an hCG urine test at your doctor’s office or at home with a home pregnancy test. Both will require the collection of a urine sample. An hCG urine test conducted at home is similar to the test that your doctor conducts. Both have the same ability to detect hCG in your urine.

Most hCG urine tests sold for home testing follow a similar procedure for accurate testing. While you should carefully follow the instructions included with your kit, the process typically follows these steps:

Wait one to two weeks after your first missed period to get the most accurate results. Irregular periods or miscalculations of when a period is due can affect your test. In fact, 10 to 20 percent of pregnant women may not detect their pregnancy by testing on what they believe to be the first day of their first missed period, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

What other drugs will affect HCG?

There may be other drugs that can interact with HCG. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.

 

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