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Understanding Pregnancy Test: Blood and Urine

There are two types of tests when it comes to pregnancy— one is done using your blood sample while the other is carried out using your urine sample. These tests can detect the presence of the hormone called Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG), which is only present in the body of a pregnant woman.

It is produced in the placenta shortly after fertilisation which is the attachment of the embryo to the walls of the uterus. This hormone builds up rapidly in your body during the first few days of pregnancy.

This rapid increase in the levels of the hormone is responsible for the symptoms of pregnancy.

At Blood London Clinic, we can help you carry out any test you want, and pregnancy is one of the numerous tests we carry out. To ascertain your pregnancy status, do book an appointment today by putting a call through to us on 020 71830244 and we will be glad to carry out this test.

Pregnancy Test with Urine

Urine test is carried out in two different ways; it can be done at home or in a clinic like ours. One of the ways involves collecting your urine sample in a cup and dipping a stick inside.

Your urine can also be put in a special container with an eyedropper. You can also put a stick into your urine stream and stop your urine in midstream.How fast you get your result depends on the test carried out, you will have to wait cause we have to look for a change in colour, a line, or symbol like a plus (+) or a minus (-).

There is a new digital pregnancy test offered by Clearblue Easy, it makes reading and interpretation of result simple. The words “not pregnant” or “pregnant” will be displayed on the window.

Contact us today at Private Blood Tests London Clinic for your pregnancy test!

When Can I Take a Urine Pregnancy Test?

Most doctors advise that you wait until you miss your period; on the first day of your missed period, you can take a urine test. This is well calculated because it will be around two weeks after conception.

However, some tests can be done earlier because their sensitivity differs.

Whatever test decision you might be taking, you can always rely on our expert medical team to correctly test for pregnancy.
Don’t hesitate to contact us on 020 71830244 for your pregnancy test today.

How Accurate are Urine Pregnancy Tests?

When done correctly, urine tests are about 97% accurate, and one advantage of the urine test is that they can be done at home. They are very affordable, easy to use, promotes privacy, and they give fast results.

However, when this test is carried out too early or done incorrectly, you might have a negative result.

If you get a negative result and you still notice symptoms of pregnancy like fatigue, missed period, breast tenderness, and nausea, you can repeat the test after a week or contact us at Blood London Clinic to carry out another test on you like the blood test.

Pregnancy Blood Test

There are two types of blood tests to confirm pregnancy; the quantitative blood test and the qualitative blood test. A quantitative blood test will measure the exact amount of the HCG hormone in your blood while a qualitative blood test will simply detect whether you are pregnant or not.

Advantages of a Pregnancy Blood Test

  • It is more sensitive than a urine test; it can detect pregnancy earlier than a urine test. Especially at 7 to 12 days after conception. Repeat the test if the result comes out negative, but you till missed your period.
  • It can measure the amount of HCG hormone in your bloodstream; this will help us track pregnancy problems.

Disadvantages of a Pregnancy Blood Test

  • It is more expensive than a urine test, although the price depends on the lab fees and the cost of doctor’s fees.
  • It must be done by a doctor and carried out in the medical laboratory; you can do it in the comfort of your home.
  • It takes a longer time to get the result

Frequently Asked Questions About Pregnancy Tests

If a home pregnancy test (urine test) gives me a positive result, does it mean I am pregnant?

You will get a positive test when there is a presence of HCG hormone in your body. HCG hormone is produced, developed, and multiplied in your body when an egg is implanted in the lining of your uterus.

This is a major sign that you are pregnant.

What if I get a negative result on a home pregnancy test, does it mean I am not pregnant?

A negative test result might indicate that you are pregnant, it might also come out negative if you did the test in a wrong way or you did it way too early. Pregnancy tests have different sensitivity; this means the length of time taken to detect the presence of HCG hormone is different for each test.

You have to give your body enough time to produce enough HCG hormone that will show positive when using urine or home pregnancy test.

To get an accurate result, you have to follow the instructions written on the box. Don’t allow the test to sit for too long, or your result will be invalid or inaccurate.

The best time to carry out this test is when you’ve missed your period and follow the instructions properly when taking the tests. Most pregnancy test strips are two in a box, and it is advisable to use both.

When is the best time to take a home pregnancy test?

The best time to take a urine or home pregnancy test is when you have missed your period. This is also one of the first signs of pregnancy.

If you can’t wait that long to know if you’re pregnant or if you know the day you may have conceived, then you can take the test 14 days from the date of possible conception, or you request for a blood test from us.

What if I get different answers from a couple of home pregnancy tests?

If this happens, you have to get a blood test; this will give you an accurate answer.

What Next?

After a home pregnancy test, you can take a blood test, or you can wait to see if your period comes. You can also repeat the urine test to see if they will show the same result.

We specialise in carrying out a wide range of blood tests, including pregnancy tests. We have a team of experts who have been well-trained and licensed.

We are located at Suite E, 117a Harley St, Marylebone, London W1G 6AT. You can also reach us through phone 02071830244. Our lineis open 24/7.

Blood London have been providing Private Pregnancy Blood Test UK on a self-referral basis to patients in Central and Greater London for over 20 years. Simply walk-in weekdays between 9am and 6pm or on weekends between 10am and 2pm, to have your blood taken by a highly experienced professional in our private, Harley Street clinic using some of the best labs in europe.

Please note that when ordering blood tests on a self-request basis, we will forward you the laboratory report without note or comment from our doctors unless you are under their care.

Following the results of your test, if you would like to undergo a consultation, further testing or treatment please feel free to reach out to the clinic and we'll be happy to help.

How Blood London Works

Order your test

Order your test

Select the test that you would like to undergo

Provide your sample

Provide your sample

Go to the Harley Street clinic for your blood draw and pay for your test in person

View your results

View your results

As soon as the results are ready, the will be sent to you by your chosen method

World class partner lab (TDL)

World class partner lab (TDL)

Advice from expert UK doctors

Advice from expert UK doctors

Repeat your tests and track your improvements!

Repeat your tests and track your improvements!

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