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Free Beta-hCG (free Beta-human chorionic gonadotropin)

Free Beta-hCG (free Beta-human chorionic gonadotropin)

The free Beta-human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is a hormone produced by the placenta during pregnancy. Free Beta-hCG is one of the subunits of the full hCG hormone and can be detected separately. The concentration of free Beta-hCG increases during the early stages of pregnancy and is used as a marker in prenatal screening for Down syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities.


  • Test NameFree Beta-hCG (free Beta-human chorionic gonadotropin)
  • Sample TypeBlood
  • Preparations RequiredThere are no specific instructions for this test. However, it is usually performed on pregnant women in their first trimester, around the 11th to 13th weeks of pregnancy.
  • Report Time4 hours

The free Beta-hCG test, together with a measurement of a protein called Pregnancy-Associated Plasma Protein A (PAPP-A) and an ultrasound scan for nuchal translucency, forms the basis of the first-trimester screening for chromosomal abnormalities. It is a non-invasive procedure and poses no risk to the pregnancy.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Free Beta-hCG test is vital in prenatal screening for Down syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities. It helps healthcare professionals assess the risk and recommend further diagnostic tests if needed.

No, fasting is not required for this test.

No specific preparation is needed for this test.

This test is usually done during the first trimester of pregnancy, specifically between the 11th and 13th weeks.

The Free Beta-hCG test provides information about the levels of this hormone in the blood. High levels could indicate a higher risk of chromosomal abnormalities in the fetus.

This test is typically performed only once during a pregnancy as part of the first-trimester screening.

The test is a simple blood draw, so the usual precautions related to blood tests apply. This includes the minor risk of bleeding, bruising at the site, or infection.

Certain factors like the exact gestational age, multiple pregnancies (twins, triplets, etc.), and incorrect dates can affect the results.

An obstetrician or a genetic counselor should be consulted if your Free Beta-hCG results are abnormal.

High levels of Free Beta-hCG may indicate a higher risk of chromosomal abnormalities such as Down syndrome. However, this test is not definitive and further diagnostic tests are needed to confirm any abnormalities.

Certain medications, like those used in fertility treatments, can affect the results of the Free Beta-hCG test.

If the test shows an increased risk, further diagnostic tests like chorionic villus sampling (CVS) or amniocentesis may be recommended.

High Free Beta-hCG levels are associated with an increased risk of chromosomal abnormalities. However, a high level does not confirm these conditions, and additional testing is necessary.

Since this is a standard blood test, the risks are minimal and may include slight pain or bruising at the site where the blood is drawn.

The result is usually given as a risk factor (for example, 1 in 800). If the risk factor is low, it means that the chance of chromosomal abnormalities is also low.

Getting a Free Beta-hCG test is an important part of prenatal care to ensure the health of your baby. If you are pregnant, your doctor will guide you through this and other tests that are necessary for a healthy pregnancy. It is essential to remember that while the Free Beta-hCG test can provide an indication of possible risks, it is not definitive. Always consult with your doctor to fully understand the results and the next steps.

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