What Is A Beta Pregnancy Test?

What Is A Beta Pregnancy Test?

Types of pregnancy tests

There are several different types of pregnancy tests. Home pregnancy tests determine whether or not there is any hCG (the pregnancy hormone) in your urine. Blood pregnancy tests are done at your doctor’s office.

Some of them give you a simple yes or no answer as to whether or not you are pregnant. Those are called qualitative tests. There is another, second type of blood pregnancy test that determines the actual amount of hCG in your blood, and gives your doctor an actual number. These tests, with actual numbers and amounts, are beta tests. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Who needs a beta test?

Most normal pregnancies do not need a beta test. However, if you are receiving regular fertility treatments or seeing a fertility specialist, you will probably have one (usually more than one) beta pregnancy test. The reason that women going through fertility treatments usually have several beta pregnancy tests is to make sure that their hCG levels are normal and increasing at a regular rate.

What’s normal?

Your doctor will want to check your hCG levels through a beta test several times to make sure that your levels are progressing normally. So, what are normal levels? Any pregnancy test that has hCG levels of 25mIU or greater is considered positive. It is normal that those levels double every 48 to 72 hours.

How does a beta help your doctor?

A beta test can give your doctor a clear idea of whether or not you are pregnant. Most of the time, a doctor will repeat a beta pregnancy test two days or so later to see just how your pregnancy is progressing.

That way, if the number is consistently increasing and going up, you can know that your pregnancy is progressing normally. However, if you test again and the number is decreasing, it could signify a problem. This is why doctors like to do beta tests, especially with women who are undergoing fertility treatments and might need closer supervision during their pregnancies.

Variables in numbers

There is a huge amount of variances between numbers when it comes to hCG levels. There can be a huge range of numbers that can be considered normal. For example, the hCG levels that are considered normal for six weeks since your last menstrual period is anywhere from 1,080- 56,500.

For twelve weeks, the “normal” range of numbers is anywhere from 25,700- 288,000. As you can see, “normal” can be very different for many people. Your doctor can help you make better sense of the numbers and what exactly they mean for you.

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Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD
Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors