+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 18
  1. #1
    MEKISS's Avatar
    MEKISS is offline This baby's going to be mine one day!
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Country, WA
    Posts
    784
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts

    Default HCG Levels

    Hi

    I've had 2 bt's so far my first at 4 weeks showed a HCG level of 1,200 & my second at 5 weeks showed a HCG level of 4,500. Now even though it is rising the nurse has said it's not as high as they thought it would be which indicates that my pregnancy may not be viable.

    I'm having another bt tomorrow & I get the results on Friday & to be honest I'm sh*****g myself. We've been trying for a baby for 2 years & this is the first time we've been pregnant.

    So I guess my question is, has anyone else had slow rising HCG levels & if so what happened?

  2. #2
    MEKISS's Avatar
    MEKISS is offline This baby's going to be mine one day!
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Country, WA
    Posts
    784
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    Sorry Mods I've put this in the wrong thread haven't I? I'm seriously just not thinking atm.

    I think it's meant to go into the pregnancy test/ results thread?

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    1,481
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked
    12
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    I haven't been in this situation - but I think the rule of thumb is that 85 percent of women fall into the usual pattern but 15 percent don't and still have normal pregnancies

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Queensland
    Posts
    2,287
    Thanks
    140
    Thanked
    54
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    this happened to me.. but bubs is still strong at 16 weeks.

    best of luck for you

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Adelaide
    Posts
    59
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0
    Reviews
    0
    Maybe ur just not as far along as what they think. I'm still going thru my first pregnancy (4 weeks to go) but at the start I had a simular problem to u. I did a pregnancy test and it came up positive. I went to the doctors and she said that I was 7 weeks according to when I had my last period. The next week I had an ultrasound and there was no heartbeat and they told me I was misscarraiging. But then I started to get morning sickness, so I believed I was still pregnant. I went back to my gp and she checked my hcg levels. then 2 days later checked them again and they had rised. So anyway it turns out I was still pregnant and the radiologists were wrong. Sorry really long story, but my point is that u may be pregnant, even though ur hcg levels aren't as high as what they would like, as long as they are rising that's a good thing. They are often wrong at the start, just stick it out and fingers crossed that everything works out for u.

    I have confident high hopes for u, but please let us know what happens

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    5,303
    Thanks
    33
    Thanked
    5
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 posts
    MEKISS- can't imagine how stressed you must be feeling. I did some reading up on hcg levels for a friend the other day, and levels double every 48-72hours (not just 48hrs as is most believed). Some women may take up to 96 hours to double and still maintain a normal pregnancy.
    Exactly when were the blood tests taken? (ie- exactly 4w and 5w or 4w1d etc..)

    Now..where did I put that info I found??

    Ahh..here.. I highlighted the stuff you might find useful, but I think it's all really interesting.

    1. hCG is measured in milli-international units per milliliter (mIU/ml)
    2. There is a wide range of normal hCG levels and values and the values are different in blood serum or urine.
    3. Urine hCG levels are usually lower than serum (blood) hCG levels.
    4. Blood hCG testing is much more sensitive than a urine HPT. This means that the blood test can detect pregnancy several days earlier than the urine test, as early as 2-3 days after implantation or 8-9 days after fertilization.
    5. Urine tests measure the urine HCG qualitatively, which means that the HPT results are either "positive" or "negative." Around the time of the first missed period (14+ days after ovulation), over 95% of HPTs are usually positive.
    6. About 85% of normal pregnancies will have the hCG level double every 48 - 72 hours. As you get further along into pregnancy and the hCG level gets higher, the time it takes to double can increase to about every 96 hours.
    7. Caution must be used in making too much of hCG numbers. A normal pregnancy may have low hCG levels and deliver a perfectly healthy baby. The results on an ultrasound after 5 - 6 weeks gestation are much more accurate than using hCG numbers.
    8. An hCG of less than 5 mIU/cc is usually negative, over 25 mIU/cc usually positive, between 5 and 25 mIU/cc it's "equivoval" which simply means we don't know.
    9. hCG levels are also higher in women carrying a female fetus when compared to women carrying a male fetus, so it is possible that the pregnancy test becomes positive later in women carrying a male fetus (Read HERE more).
    10. A transvaginal ultrasound should be able to see at least a gestational sac once the hCG levels have reached between 1,000 - 2,000mIU/ml. Because levels can differentiate so much and conception dating can be wrong, a diagnosis should not be made by ultrasound findings until the level has reached at least 2,000.
    11. A single hCG reading is not enough information for most diagnoses. When there is a question regarding the health of the pregnancy, multiple testings of hCG done a couple of days apart give a more accurate look at assessing the situation.
    12. hCG levels should not be used to date a pregnancy since these numbers can vary so widely.
      There are two common types of hCG tests. A qualitative hCG test just looks to see if hCG is present in the blood. A quantitative hCG test (or beta hCG) measures the amount of hCG actually present in the blood.
    13. Other than for the diagnosis of pregnancy, hCG is also often monitored over time for reasons such as monitoring after a miscarriage, monitoring an ectopic pregnancy, and after a condition called "H.mole."
    14. The first detection of hCG in the blood depends on when implantation happens. Extremely sensitive tests which are not available in a regular laboratory can detect the hCG even before implantation. But with regular laboratory hCG tests, hCG is usually found in sufficient levels as early as 2-3 days after implantation.
    15. Implantation happens as early as 6 days after ovulation/fertilization (usually about 9 days after ovulation), so blood hCG can be found as early as 8-9 days after ovulation/fertilization.
      Pregnant women usually attain blood serum concentrations of at least 10-50 mIU/cc in the 7-8 days following implantation.
    16. An equivocal test of between 5 and 25 mIU/cc requires a repeat within 2-3 days. If if goes higher then that's a good sign, but if it goes lower or stays about the same then that's a sign that the pregnancy has failed
    17. HCG monitoring is useful to assess the pregnancy before the fetal heart is seen (before 6-7 weeks after LMP), ususally to rule out an ectopic pregnancy or an early miscarriage
    18. In an ectopic pregnancy, hCG increases at lower rates than in a normal pregnancy
    19. In a noviable pregnancy it also rises slower
    20. At hCG levels above 1,000-1,500 mIU/ml, vaginal sonography usually identifies the presence of an intrauterine pregnancy
    21. Within the first 2-4 weeks after fertilization, hCG usually doubles every 48-72 hours
    22. An increase of 60% in 48 hours is still considered normal
    23. Below 1,200 mIU/ml, hCG usually doubles every 48-72 hours
    24. Between 1,200 and 6,000 mIU/ml serum, the hCG usually takes 72-96 hours to double
    25. Above 6,000 mIU/ml, the hCG often takes over four days to double
    26. More than two in three normal pregnancies have a doubling of the hCG every 72 hours
    27. There is a wide variation of normal hCG levels. An hCG that does not double every two to three days does not necessarily indicate a problem
    28. A maximum level is usually reached by the 10th or 11th week.
    29. After 10 weeks or so, hCG normally decreases
    30. Normal hCG values vary up to 20 times between different pregnancies
    31. A single hCG value doesn't give enough information about the viability of the pregnancy
    32. Pregnancies that will miscarry and ectopic (tubal) pregnancies are likely to show lower levels and slower rises, but often have normal levels initially
    33. Some normal pregnancies will have quite low levels of hCG -- and deliver perfect babies
    34. Once fetal activity has been detected by ultrasound in a normal patient population, chances of normal delivery are about 95%
    35. Normal levels of hCG can vary tremendously. After 5-6 weeks of pregnancy, sonogram findings are much more predictive of pregnancy outcome than are HCG levels. Once the fetal heart rate is seen, most doctors will monitor the fetal heart rate rather than drawing hCG
    36. After hCG injections (Profasi, Pregnyl) to trigger ovulation or to lengthen the luteal phase, trace amounts of hCG can remain in the body as long as 14 days or longer after the last hCG injection. This may give a false positive on a pregnancy test.
    37. Two consecutive quantitative hCG beta blood tests can determine whether the hCG is from an injection or pregnancy. If the hCG level increases by the second test, you are likely pregnant

  7. #7
    MEKISS's Avatar
    MEKISS is offline This baby's going to be mine one day!
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Country, WA
    Posts
    784
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    My first bt was at 4 weeks 3 days & my second bt was at 5 weeks 4 days.

    Apparently because we decided to have the weekly they can't then go & change it to every second or third day. Something to do with having to compare it to the very first test results etc.

    Thanks heaps for your well wishes girls & the info too Nic236.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    1,481
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked
    12
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    I had mine done weekly as well - although if they were concerned then they would do one in the middle of the week as well. Although this was mainly worrying about progesterone levels as this is something they can assist with - ie, pessaries

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Posts
    439
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0
    Reviews
    0
    Hi, with my first bub, my dr wouldn't acknowlege that my pregnancy was viable until 10 weeks when after 2 scans they finally found a heart beat. Try not to worry too much, if you do a home pregnancy test and it comes up positive you can be pretty sure that your pregnant. It's just really hard when it's so early. With this bub I didn't go to the GP until I was 7 weeks just to make sure I wouldn't have to go through the same thing again.

  10. #10
    MEKISS's Avatar
    MEKISS is offline This baby's going to be mine one day!
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Country, WA
    Posts
    784
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    Quick update...

    Nurse rang my DH on Friday & told him my hormone levels have gone up but my progesterone level has slightly decreased.

    Am booked in to see FS & have an u/s on Thursday.

    If it's not one thing it's another hey?


 

Similar Threads

  1. Help with HCG levels?
    By waterlily in forum Pregnancy & Birth General Chat
    Replies: 23
    Last Post: 01-11-2012, 17:18
  2. low HCG Levels
    By pram-mama in forum Pregnancy & Birth General Chat
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 01-03-2012, 09:41
  3. Low HcG Levels...HELP!
    By lilbump in forum Pregnancy & Birth General Chat
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 20-12-2011, 17:18

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
FEATURED SUPPORTER
SoftmatsSoftmats specialises in safe, non-toxic, and durable play mats. The international Premium Dwingulerâ„¢ Play Mats and ...
FORUMS - chatting now ...
IVF Babies due Sep/Oct/Nov 2017 #3pregnancy and babies through IVF
AlcoholGeneral Chat
IVF Babies Due in April/May/June 2018pregnancy and babies through IVF
Optimistic October TTCConception & Fertility General Chat
Exclusive pumping?Newborns (0 - 2 months)
REVIEWS
"Made bed time less anxious"
by Meld85
My Little Heart Whisbear - the Humming Bear reviews ›
"Wonderful natural Aussie made product!"
by Mrstwr
Baby U Goat Milk Moisturiser reviews ›
"Replaced good quality with cheap tight nappies"
by Kris
Coles Comfy Bots Nappies reviews ›