Having a Pregnancy Blood Test
Many women wonder whether to have a blood vs urine pregnancy test. In general, these tests give similar results although a quantitative HCG test cannot be done with a urine test. Only a blood test for pregnancy can be done with quantitative HCG results given. A quantitative HCG test can tell if a pregnancy is healthy because the number you receive should double if you repeat the test in 48 hours and have a healthy pregnancy. During pregnancy testing using blood, it can be nerve-wracking to wait the 48 hours but it is the best way to know early on if the pregnancy is healthy.
How to get a blood pregnancy test? You can have this kind of testing done at Planned Parenthood or at your OB/GYN doctor’s office if there is a question as to whether or not the pregnancy is viable. This kind of test can’t determine the gender of your baby yet but after a couple of months you will be able to do that, too. Some people wonder “where can I get a blood pregnancy test if I have no insurance.” There are free clinics in just about any major city where you can have a blood pregnancy test for no or low cost. How much does a blood pregnancy cost? It depends on your insurance. There may be a copay for lab work or you may not have coverage for this kind of lab test. In such cases, a blood test for pregnancy can cost around $50 in out of pocket expenses.