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How long must you wait to take a blood pregnancy test?

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Asked by GarrettMommie10 at 6:17 PM on Nov. 11, 2010 in Trying to Conceive

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    There are two types of blood tests. A quantitative blood test measures the exact amount of hCG in the blood, and a qualitative hCG blood test gives a simple yes or no answer to whether you are pregnant or not.

    The advantages of having a blood test done are:

    Can detect a pregnancy earlier than a urine test at about 3-10 days from possible conception (but if a negative result is received, a test should be repeated if a period is missed.)
    Can measure the concentration of hCG hormone in your blood (this is useful information for your healthcare provider in tracking certain problems in pregnancy)
    The disadvantages of having a blood test done are:

    More expensive than a urine test (price depends on cost of doctor's visit and lab fees)
    Takes longer to get result
    Must be done in a doctor's office

    Answer by madsmom314 at 6:25 PM on Nov. 11, 2010

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