HCG blood tests

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I had been spotting since implantation. No prior miscarriages, but history of autoimmune issues. She checked the levels mostly because of the spotting. They came back low but normal, I ultimately did miscarry at 8 weeks, but my sister and sister-in-law both spotted in early pregnancy and had healthy babies. They don’t necessarily test unless you feel some concern about the pregnancy. Honestly, if you’re not having any issues, I wouldn’t have any testing done. It’s not worth the anxiety. 

 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I am over 9 weeks now and will not see my midwife until 11 weeks. I haven’t had any HCG testing done and only know what that is from the bee! This is also my first pregnancy and I have had no spotting or bleeding at all. Almost forgot to add- congratulations to you!! I know I was kind of in a daze all day (a happy one) the day I got my BFP!

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

As far as I know the HCG testing is for high risk or women who are having a lot of spotting cramping etc. Although a little bit of both is normal. Unless you have medical history you don’t need to worry about this part. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@PatientBee:  They don’t do that in Ireland at all. For reassurance, what I did was to use Clearblue digital week by week. I also got an ultrasound at 7.5 weeks. This can provide a lot ofreassurance because you get to see the hb and the chances of mc reduce once you have a hb. 

Post # 7
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3378 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

They did it for me the first time because I requested a beta and my first number was very low (10).  The next 4 pregnancy’s I didn’t have betas done for, but then my 6th and 7th pregnancy I had beta series done for because 1. I wanted it, and 2. it’s part of my RE’s protocol.  It’s actually reassuring to me that numbers are heading in the right direction.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My doctor tested me every 48 hours but that was only because I had a history of early miscarriages.

Post # 10
cherrypieBee
1059 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

I don’t believe that multiple HCG tests are performed early in pregnancy routinely unless a woman has a history of prior miscarriage. However, when your doctor first draws blood to confirm pregnancy, HCG level is what they screen for to conform pregnancy if it is lower than expected for your estimated due date, I suspect that they would then order a second test or a series to confirm that levels are increasing appropriately — in case you’ve misestimated your LMP or ovulation and therefore are not as far along as you think you are — or to detect a potential early miscarriage. 

I see these test performed very commonly on these boards, which led me to expect they were normal, and I was suprised when my levels weren’t checked more than once to confirm pregnancy. If my hunch is correct, that is because when they drew blood the first time, my levels were as expected for my EDD. Because I had no health concerns or other worries about miscarriage, they performed no further HCG level tests. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2002

@PatientBee:  mine is being monitored due to my previous 8 week mc.  With my 3 healthy pregnancies, I had no hcg monitoring.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

when I got a BFP I called the nearest OBGYN and just told them… they said the next step is to do blood tests to verify. I came in that same day for my first levels and 48 hours later for the next. they acted like it was standard procedure. I also had an early ultrasound at 7w3d that put me back a week. they said i had to verify the pregnancy before a dr would see me.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I didnt have any complications but I was still in shock w just the 5 HPT I took so I asked my dr to call in an HCG test for me. I didnt go back in 48 hours though. I guess I just needed them to tell me “Yup ur def pregnant” since I wasnt having any symptoms. Mine was just over 44,000 at 5w5d

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Sometimes if someone goes to the ER for bleeding or cramping or bleeding they do it to make sure all is well with the pregnancy. 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I never got an HCG test done to confirm anything. I gave urine to confirm pregnancy. the first time I had my blood taken was around 16 weeks but I don’t think they measured it then, either…. 

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@cherrypie:  It makes me sad when I hear that drs only order one.  I know that most drs don’t even order it and while I personally am glad that I get them, I can get that.  But to order just one and then assume that a low number is bad and a high number is good is really misleading.  My first hCG on this pregnancy was a 6 which a lot of drs would have said immediately was a chemical or non-pregnancy.  Yet here I am having heard the heartbeat a couple of times now.  On the other hand, I’ve known plenty of ladies to have a much higher number on their first beta and go on to have a chemical or miscarriage that became evident with their 2nd beta.  I personally believe that drs should either choose to do no betas or do at least 2.  The doubling number is MUCH more indicative of a good or bad pregnancy then just a single hCG number.

Sorry, this isn’t directed at you, just saw your post and had to vent about that kind of dr.  😉 

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