Apart from testing with the kits available at pharmacy stores, the test could also be done at the doctor's medical lab. This kind of test is known as the quantitative pregnancy test and provide the most accurate result while also revealing since how long the woman has been pregnant and if there are any complications involved or not. It gives the most accurate result and is also quick and pain-free. If you're not sure about the results of over the counter test kits than it is highly advisable to get your blood test done at the doctor's office.
While most of the home-based pregnancy kits fail to deliver early results, the quantitative test can pick up even the smallest trace of hCG also known as human chorionic gonadotropin hormone. A woman body generates these hormones generally after 14 days of her pregnancy. The test done at the lab requires only a few minutes of your time while you might have to wait for a couple of hours for the final result. Since the doctor would be extracting blood from your veins so it is recommended that you do not go empty stomach for this test. That blood is taken to the facility lab for further chemical testing. This test is not just an hCG detection test and doctors actually take into consideration various other factors and based on medical standards conclude that whether a woman is pregnant or not and if yes then how long the pregnancy has been.
How To Test Pregnancy Quantitatively?
If the diagnosis revealed that the hCG level is less than 5mIU than the woman is considered to be not pregnant however if the level is between 10 to 50 mIU then it is estimated that the pregnancy is of around three weeks. These hormones does not have a very rapid growth rate and they get doubled only after every 72 hours and they can grow up to more than one lakh mIU when a woman is approaching near the end of its pregnancy. So the range or the value of hCG in the units of mIU/ml helps identify how long a woman has been pregnant.
These tests also reveal if there are any medical complications and if in case the levels start to fall then there are high chances of miscarriage or even a chemical pregnancy. If the numbers are too higher than the general value than the woman might be pregnant with twins. There are several other factors which doctors take into consideration like when was your last period Date, the size of the stomach etc. and if the numbers do not match with the expected results then you could also be recommended an ultrasound.
Simply stated the tests which are done at home are qualitative and one which are done by the Doctor at their lab are quantitative.
While the qualitative tests that are performed at home with the help of a pregnancy test kit can accurately tell whether the woman is pregnant or not but they cannot reveal other things about the pregnant woman condition as discussed in the article above. While the qualitative tests can also be done early and produced results within few minutes but as the next step you should always go for quantitative test at the doctor's place to overrule the possibility of any complication or issues. The home-based test do not give you the mIU range which is required to determine the length of pregnancy. By some preliminary examinations a doctor can advise whether you need to go for the quantitative test after the qualitative test which you have already done at your home. The quantitative test is also important so that the woman receives timely prenatal care required for safe, healthy and complication free pregnancies.