A pregnancy test can check if the hormone hCG is in your blood or urine. Your body makes this hormone when you are pregnant. Many women use home pregnancy tests to find out if they are pregnant. This care sheet focuses on a pregnancy test done in a doctor's office or clinic.
This test will show if you are pregnant or not. A urine test checks if hCG is in your urine. A blood test can also measure the amount of hCG. If you are pregnant, your doctor will use the test results as a guide to care for you and your growing baby.
You don't need to do anything before the test.
A urine or blood test for pregnancy can be done in your doctor's office, clinic, or lab.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines you take. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your test results.
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Current as of: March 16, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Rebecca Sue Uranga, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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