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How to Test hCG Levels at Home

How to Test hCG Levels at Home

hCG or human chorionic gonadotropin levels are reliable pregnancy indicators, as they rise significantly in female urine during the first few weeks of pregnancy. That's because the hormone is “made by cells that form the placenta,” according to the American Pregnancy Association. The hormone can be first detected about 9-11 days after conception and will peak in those first 8-11 weeks. Afterwards, hCG levels go down and level off for the rest of the pregnancy. Typically, doctors do hCG testing in a clinical setting. However, there is now a way to do this right in your own residence. Read on to learn how to test hCG levels at home:

  1. A home-based pregnancy test could be helpful and reassuring for women until they are able to get a confirmation from their physician. Tests that can detect and measure hCG are especially beneficial since they help women with irregular periods get a better idea of when their pregnancy started. With that being said, you can get a pregnancy testing kit that can detect hCG in urine samples. Clearblue Advanced Pregnancy Test with Weeks Estimator is one of the first home-based testing kit that can measure hCG levels.

    etect5 Progressive Pregnancy Test is another example, as this can also tell you your hCG range.

  2. For the Clearblue and Detect5 kits, you will be using a digital device that measures hCG levels and shows results clearly on its digital display, including an estimate of weeks since ovulation.

  3. You must do the actual testing at an optimal period during your menstrual cycle. Ideally, you should measure on the day of your expected period. However, with Clearblue, you can measure even up to 4 days before the expected date. However, it is possible that even if you're pregnant, you may get a “negative” result if you test yourself before the day of your expected period. It happens when your urine's hCG levels are not yet significant enough to be detected. Thus, it's recommended that you repeat the test on or a day after the date your period is expected to occur.

  4. You should do the test using your first urination of the day. When you're ready, remove the test stick from its wrapping and remove the cap. You can either point the absorbent tip downwards into your urine stream for 5 seconds or collect your urine in a clean and dry container and dip the absorbent tip into it for 20 seconds.

  5. The rest of the stick should not get wet. Moreover, never hold the stick upward since doing so can produce inaccurate results.

  6. Then, put the cap back on and lay the test stick flat on a level surface. Wait for the results to show—about 3 minutes. When the hourglass symbol on the digital display stops flashing, you will see a “pregnant” or “not pregnant” reading on the display.

  7. If the display says “pregnant,” it will be accompanied by the number of weeks you're estimated to be pregnant, thanks to the hCG levels in your urine. The figures may say “1-2” or “5+,” depending on your urine's hCG content.

Once you now know how to test hCG levels at home and get a positive result, you still need to see a doctor to confirm the results, get a clearer picture on your progress, and figure out what you should do next. The home kit is not designed to substitute medically approved methods and ultrasound imaging, which remain the “gold standard” in dating pregnancy.


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