The β-hCG test is used to check the Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) hormone in a woman's blood. This hormone is released by the placenta of a woman when she has conceived. The test is usually prescribed to confirm pregnancy.
This test is advised after waiting 10 days post missing a menstrual period, to confirm pregnancy. HCG tests can be conducted as well to rule out ectopic pregnancy issue for women and may also be suggested to women if they experience pregnancy symptoms even after a miscarriage.
This test requires a small amount of blood that is collected from your arms through a venipuncture. A healthcare provider will tie your arm with an elastic band that allows blood to accumulate in one of the veins that gets swelled up. A needle is then used to draw out the required amount of blood. The punctured area is then covered with a cotton pad. The collected sample is then tested under laboratory conditions.