You’ve done a pregnancy test at home, and want to be absolutely sure that you’re pregnant? Consider visiting your doctor to do a pregnancy blood test for confirmation.
The truth is that the blood test and the home pregnancy test (which is a urine test) have an effectiveness of 99%. So, if your home test was positive, you can be 99% sure that you’re pregnant. Really close to certain, isn’t it?
However, performing a pregnancy blood test will give you complete certainty. It’s comforting to get confirmation from something more scientific, like a pregnancy blood test done by a specialist.
The pregnancy blood test, like a urine test, measures the level of the hormone (hCG), which is produced during pregnancy. The blood test is as effective as the urine test; the difference is that you could get a positive result between 2 and 8 days before the urine test. For example, after you ovulate you should wait about 8 to 15 days in a urine test, however in a blood test you should wait only about 6 to 10 days.
I recommend you to wait until your period is due before to performing any test in order to ensure accurate results.
A blood test is performed in quantitative and qualitative terms. In a quantitative blood test you can know the exact amount of hCG in the blood, and your doctor may tell you how long you have been pregnant. A qualitative blood test will only tell you if you are pregnant or not.
How is performed a pregnancy blood test?
Typically the pregnancy blood test is performed in the same way as many other blood tests. Blood is drawn from the arm vein with a syringe. I hope you’re not afraid of needles! Just relax, let the doctor get the sample, and do the work.
Are there any risks?
Drawing a sample of blood implies very little risk. Veins and arteries vary in size from one patient to another, for this reason it may be more difficult to obtain a blood sample from some people than others. Other risks associated with a blood test are slight, but may include:
- Excessive bleeding
- Fainting or dizziness
- Hematoma (blood accumulating under the skin)
- Infection (a slight risk any time there is skin breakdown)
Personally I recommend doing the pregnancy blood test so you will no have doubts of your pregnancy, and you can start making plans for the next 9 months.
However, do not get disappointed if the pregnancy test is negative. There is always a second chance.
For safety, you should always note that the doctor uses a new syringe, in order to avoid infections.
And last, but not least, don’t forget a positive pregnancy test is something to celebrate!