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.


Why HCG?

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.

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.

Visit our FAQs page for any further questions you may have.