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    HCG in urine

    Beta-HCG - urine; Human chorionic gonadotropin - urine

    This type of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) test measures the specific level of HCG in the urine. HCG is a hormone produced in the bodyduring pregnancy.

    Other HCG tests include:

    • HCG in blood serum - qualitative
    • HCG in blood serum - quantitative
    • Pregnancy test

    How the Test is Performed

    To collect a urine sample,you urinate into a special (sterile) cup. Home pregnancy tests require the test strip to be dipped into the urine sample or passed through the urine stream while urinating. Carefully follow package directions.

    Usually a first-morning sample (the first time you urinate in the morning) is best. This is becauseurine is the most concentrated and has enough HCG to be detected.

    How to Prepare for the Test

    No special preparation is needed.

    How the Test Will Feel

    The test involvesurinating into a cup or onto a test strip.

    Why the Test is Performed

    Urine HCG tests are a common method of determining if a woman is pregnant. The best time to test for pregnancy at home is after you miss your period.

    Normal Results

    • The test is negative if you are not pregnant.
    • The test is positive if you are pregnant.

    A pregnancy test, including a properly performed home pregnancy test, is considered to be about 98% accurate. Positive results are more likely to be accurate than negative results. When the test is negative but pregnancy is still suspected, the test should be repeated in 1 week.

    Risks

    There are no risks, except for false positive or false negative results.

    References

    Morrison LJ. General approach to the pregnant patient. In: Marx JA, Hockberger RS, Walls RM, et al, eds. Rosen’s Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice. 7th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Mosby; 2009:chap 175.

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            Review Date: 11/8/2012

            Reviewed By: Susan Storck, MD, FACOG, Chief, Eastside Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, Bellevue, Washington; Clinical Teaching Faculty, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.

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