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SELFCheck Pregnancy Blood Test

£7.49 excl. VAT

The SELFCheck Pregnancy Blood Test is a rapid home test for the detection of raised levels of human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG – a hormone produced in women during pregnancy) from a finger prick blood sample in just 5 minutes.
 
When the level of hCG in the bloodstream reaches more than 25 IU/L (reference standard of the World Health Organisation), a positive result is determined.
 
Although urine pregnancy tests also work by measuring this hormone level, they can only detect raised levels approximately one week after a missed period. Whereas, the SELFCheck Pregnancy Blood Test can provide accurate results in a matter of days after conception. This is because the hCG hormone produced in the placenta is first released in the blood and then into the urine.
 
The fact that it can be performed sooner than a standard urine pregnancy test offers multiple benefits, including adopting any necessary lifestyle changes immediately.


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SELFCheck Pregnancy Blood Test

The SELFCheck Pregnancy Blood Test is a rapid home test for the detection of raised levels (>25 IU/L) of human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) from a finger prick blood sample in just 5 minutes. Urine pregnancy test kits are usually able to detect hCG about 1 week after a missed period, but some sensitive blood tests can detect pregnancy before a missed period and when used correctly are around 97 to 99% accurate.
 
This simple finger prick blood sample test is deemed far more reliable than a urine test and is oftentimes used in hospital laboratories to confirm urine pregnancy tests. In addition, it can be performed at any time of day, is unaffected by other factors, such as fluid intake, and will provide accurate results in a matter of 5 minutes.
 
Sadly, the rate of miscarriage is very high during early pregnancy occurring in around 10% of women under 30 and 50% of women over 45 years old. Due to this high risk of miscarriage during the early stages of pregnancy it is important to appreciate that using the test very early on in pregnancy will mean that some women will initially get a positive result which may subsequently be negative when tested later on. Please see NHS Miscarriages for further information.
 
An early pregnancy test result can help women consider lifestyle and health changes such as stopping smoking or drinking alcohol but should be encouraged to speak with their GP before stopping or changing any medication.
 
It is important to take into account that using any blood or urine pregnancy test too early or, unknowingly misinterpreting the instructions, may result in an increased risk of false positive or false negative results.