What is the difference between a urine test and a blood test when testing for pregnancy?

At home, you can test for pregnancy using a urine stream or urine dip test stick. You have to read and follow the directions carefully for accurate results.

The test can detect levels of hCG in your body through your urine. It’s most accurate testing with your first morning urine, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 

With a blood test for pregnancy, your hCG levels are measured to help determine exactly how old your fetus is.  

Repeat blood tests can be done a couple days apart to see if your hCG numbers are increasing at the rate they should be or if intervention can help the pregnancy.  

For more information about urine pregnancy tests and blood pregnancy tests, talk with your doctor. 

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