THE Human chorionic gonadotropin (Beta Hcg or BhCG) is a glycoprotein hormone produced during the formation of placenta, by the trophoblast, a structure of the embryo, being used as a pregnancy test.
Hormone stimulates the corpus luteum to synthesize progesterone to maintain the endometrium suitable for embryo fixation and implantation. In smaller quantities they are also produced in the pituitary gland of non-pregnant women and men.
The results of the Beta Hcg test assess the presence of hormone present in the blood or urine. In other words, the test is qualitative (it says whether or not the pregnancy exists). Beta Hcg manages to be more sensitive, measuring not only if the woman is pregnant, but also the amount of circulating hormone, which can be useful to the doctor to check how the pregnancy is going.
Blood and urine tests can only identify BhCG after the 3rd or 4th week of pregnancy, counting from the date of the last menstrual period.
As the 4th week of pregnancy is usually equivalent to the time when the next menstruation should come, we always suggest that the patient wait for her period to be delayed before taking the test. In this way, the risk of a false negative result is reduced.
The health ministry warns that after confirming the pregnancy, it is important to make an appointment with the obstetrician to start prenatal care, taking the necessary tests to ensure a healthy pregnancy. The purpose of this monitoring is to ensure the healthy development of pregnancy, allowing a delivery with lower risks for the mother and baby.
Biotécnica offers in its line the Beta Hcg Test for qualitative detection in human samples of serum or urine. Our BHCG Kit follows all the necessary information for use with the presentation of 50 and 100 Determinations.