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BFP, but concerned about HCG levels


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#1 tryingforanother

Posted 16 January 2013 - 04:02 PM

Hi everyone,

So on Monday a miracle happened and I had a positive POAS and blood test - HCG was 79.  It's a miracle because we have major tubal factor issues (one removed, other one blocked) and were two months away from starting IVF! We had resigned ourselves to thinking it couldn't happen naturally then....


However, now I'm worried....I had a small amount of bleeding for 2 weeks before we tested....mostly spotting, but some was red blood.  It was unusual as I usually have a regular cycle and the timing was all wrong for AF.


Anyway, HCG level from today (2 days later) is now only 98 :-(  I know it's just a waiting game, and we will test levels again in two days.  But, aargh, how cruel is it to fall pregnant when it's supposed to be impossible, and then for it to end badly.  I guess it's possible that my HCG could rise properly on Friday, right? I'm just worried about the bleeding I had earlier.  But if I'd miscarried, would my HCG levels still be going up at all?

Thanks for listening, it is so hard keeping this all a secret and trying to go about life as if nothing is happening.  It is SO hard to wait!

#2 erindiv

Posted 16 January 2013 - 04:07 PM

There is a member here who had slow rising HCG levels and a healthy baby... I'm sure she'll be in here soon original.gif

I have no experience with HCG levels myself as I never had a blood test, I just wanted to wish you luck.

#3 tryingforanother

Posted 16 January 2013 - 04:16 PM

Thanks erindiv!

I sometimes think that all this early testing isn't such a great idea :-(  Better to be oblivious to it until it is certain either way!

#4 pixii

Posted 16 January 2013 - 06:23 PM

Hi, I think if your levels are going up that's a positive.  Is your doctor going to test again in a few days?  How many DPO are you? Have you missed AF yet?  If not then that could explain the low rise perhaps and when you get further along your levels will rise alot more rapidly.  I think they are supposed to double every 36hrs or something.

If your bleeding was two weeks before your HPT and HCG test I think that is likely to have been implantation bleeding perhaps too

Try not to worry lovey

I am sending you sticky bub thoughts original.gif

Edited by pixi1971, 16 January 2013 - 06:25 PM.


#5 tryingforanother

Posted 16 January 2013 - 06:36 PM

The light bleeding / spotting I had at CD20, so I'm about 5 weeks since last proper AF.  Don't know how many DPO since I wasn't charting (we didn't think there was any point, and were just waiting for IVF!).

I'm feeling slightly nauseous, and I'm clinging to the fact that levels are at least rising.  Next blood test is on Friday.  Fingers crossed x

Thanks for the support, pixi1971!

#6 pixii

Posted 16 January 2013 - 07:32 PM

Your Welcome, I think its very possible it was implantation bleeding based on the cycle day you were and the fact it was two weeks before your HPT and also your 5 weeks now.

Strong chance that bleeding was implantation.  I hope for you it was just that.  Keep us posted and best wishes coming your way

#7 NDBS

Posted 16 January 2013 - 07:50 PM

Hi there. Had to drop in...The rates are supposed to double every 48 hours, but there is give and take. I had the same thing. Rates increasing but very very slowly, bleeding and was told to prepare myself for a miscarriage. BUT I have just checked on our 14 month old baby....so anything is possible. He hung in...and is perfect. So it ain't over yet....

#8 rowbi123

Posted 17 January 2013 - 05:44 PM

I just recieved my bloodwork back and I am supposed to be 4 weeks along - but my blood work is only 146.

Going back in on Friday to do another test to see if HcG levels are rising.

So they are meant to double every 48 hours.

So when I get my results back - if my levels are less then 292 I should worry?

#9 tryingforanother

Posted 17 January 2013 - 05:51 PM

hi rowbi123!

sounds like we are in the same boat....from what I've read, and stories I've heard, it can all work out ok as long as they are rising each time you get a blood test.


In theory, HCG levels are supposed to double every 48-72 hours, but everyone is different.  So the main thing is that they are increasing with time.


Are you sure of your dates, being 4 weeks?  Good luck for Friday - I am get tested then too! Come back and update us with your results.  I have my fingers crossed for us both!

#10 Jax12

Posted 17 January 2013 - 05:53 PM

I would be encouraged that they have been rising.  The quick search I did said 4 weeks 0 days 50-100 with an average of 75 and 100-200 for 4 weeks, 1 day.  I'm sorry it's so nerve wracking.  As PP said everyone is different...not much help I know.

#11 Jax12

Posted 18 January 2013 - 06:18 PM

Any update OP?

#12 Shellby

Posted 18 January 2013 - 07:05 PM

I would be worried about an EP - signs are slow rising HGC and ongoing spotting. Since you have tubal issues I am guessing your at a higher risk of a EP also. I didn't want to be a downer but make sure you pay any attention to pain and I would be asking for a U/S after 5 weeks just to see if you can see where it has implanted just to be sure.

I do hope everything is alright and you come back with good news.


#13 tryingforanother

Posted 19 January 2013 - 01:57 PM

Hi, thanks for your replies PP!


Unfortunately not good news.  Latest Hcg = 107 at 6 weeks so not even doubling from 5 days ago.  Expecting to miscarry soon.  Had an ultrasound to check for ectopic, as others have said, I was high risk for this due to previous medical history.  Gestational sac was seen in uterus so no problems there.  But still spotting and low HCG aren't good signs.


Have been prescribed a 400 mg progesterone pessary to do each night, but told miscarriage is imminent.  Isn't this contradictory?  I assume the progesterone is to try and sustain the pregnancy, but I've been told by Dr that I will miscarry.

Sad.  It was such a miracle that we even fell pregnant, it is heart-breaking for it to be ripped away from us.

#14 pixii

Posted 19 January 2013 - 02:13 PM

oh I am so sorry this has happened to you after having such a miracle come your way.  Also know you are much more fertile the few months after a MC so if you want to try again you are more likely to conceive.  I can also understand if you feel you would rather not try again.   bbighug.gif



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