Beta hCG Test
Definition - What does Beta hCG Test mean?
A beta hCG test is a blood test that monitors levels of the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) present in the body. This test is commonly used by doctors to either confirm an at-home pregnancy test results or to monitor exact hCG levels to determine how an early pregnancy is progressing. Monitoring hCG levels is particularly helpful for women who are undergoing fertility treatments, as it provides the earliest and most accurate indication as to whether or not a pregnancy has developed and is progressing healthily.
FertilitySmarts explains Beta hCG Test
Human chorionic gonadotropin is a hormone produced during pregnancy. During early pregnancy, the hCG levels in the body begin to increase, doubling every two to three days.
There are two types of beta blood tests used for pregnancy: qualitative and quantitative. Qualitative tests are only able to utilize hCG levels in providing a yes or no answer to whether or not a woman is pregnant, while the quantitative tests determine the actual amount of hCG present in the blood.
As a result, a beta hCG test is an early way to monitor the body's reaction following fertility treatment. Using the hCG levels, a physician is able to confirm a pregnancy has occurred and is developing normally. hCG levels may also indicate if no pregnancy has developed, or when a miscarriage is occurring, or has occurred.