Beta HCG Blood Test
HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) is a hormone produced in the cells of the placenta. Your HCG levels rise very quickly in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, doubling every 48-72 hours if mum and baby are healthy. This means this test can be a good way to check that your pregnancy is progressing. It can also detect a pregnancy earlier than at-home pregnancy tests, and very high levels could indicate a multiple pregnancy.
Common reasons for this blood test are:
- To check the progress of an early-stage pregnancy and get reassurance that things are progressing as they should be
- To check your hormone levels during pregnancy
- You’re undergoing fertility treatment and have been advised to have a Beta HCG blood test.
Your blood test
Our phlebotomy-trained professionals will take a blood sample from you. This sample will be analysed in the UK by our authorised partners, TDL. By booking this blood test, you agree for us to share your personal information with TDL in order to process your test. We’ll make sure you consent to this at your appointment too.
Ultrasound Direct will not review or interpret your private blood test results - we recommend you discuss your results with your preferred healthcare provider.
Preparing for your private blood test appointment
Drink plenty of water in the 24 hours before your blood test. This will make the blood draw easier.
Make sure the blood draw area is easily accessible
Wear loose clothing that allows easy access to both arms and hands.
If you are on anticoagulant medication, take it after the appointment
If this is not possible, you can take it before your appointment, if it is absolutely essential.
Let our clinic team know if you are nervous about needles
They will make sure you’re calm and comfortable and do everything they can to make your blood draw quick and simple.
Frequently Asked Questions
No, we will send you the results and recommend that you share these with your GP or fertility provider.
It is not unusual for some bleeding to occur under the skin following your blood test and sometimes this can extend a little further around the puncture site. If this causes you concern, check with your practice nurse.
Sometimes we cannot get a blood sample from you. This can be for many reasons, such as not being hydrated enough, feeling cold or having another blood test recently. We will always offer you another appointment so we can try again.