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How is pregnancy confirmed?

Pregnancy can be confirmed by detection of human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG), which is secreted by the placenta. This test can either be an over-the-counter urine testing kit, or a blood test performed by a doctor.

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Author: Jonathan Meddings BMedLabSc (Hons)
First answered: 07 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 14 May 2019
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Category: Pre-pregnancy check-up

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