Beta Hcg

Beta hCG, also called hCG blood test, is a test that detects the levels of human chorionic gonadotropin hormone (hCG) in the blood. The cells in the placenta produce this hormone during pregnancy. This hormone can be detected in blood after 11 days of conception, and the levels double every 48 to 72 hours. hCG levels reach their peak between 8 and 11 weeks of pregnancy.

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I had unprotected sex and missed my periods. Can I be pregnant irrespective of a negative pregnancy test result?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 45-year-old female who had unprotected sex. I do not get my periods so I had urine and blood work done to detect hCG, which came back negative. Can I still be pregnant irrespective of a negative test? Kindly suggest.  Read Full »

Dr. Pandian. P

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Chances of you being pregnant are less likely as both tests were negative. If you have still doubts, you can for an ultrasound abdomen and pelvis to rule out pregnancy. The delay in getting periods may be due to hormone imbalance, anemia, thyroid problems, or in...  Read Full »

My beta hCG is 401 mIU/mL, and my last period was a month ago. Is this normal?

Query: Hello doctor, My last period was a month ago. I have had three pregnancies before. Now my beta hCG result is 401 mIU/mL. Is this a normal hCG level?  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. The beta hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) above 10 mIU/mL is positive and is a positive pregnancy test. If you want to see the progression of pregnancy, then it is better to have repeat beta hCG after 48 hours of the pre...  Read Full »

How effective Meprate in preventing pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor,My girlfriend is a virgin and we were intimate for two consecutive days last month. During that time, her periods were delayed by two weeks. I was careful not to ejaculate anywhere near her vagina nor was it knowingly in contact with my penis. She waited for another 10 days and since she d...  Read Full »

Dr. Sonal Prasad

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Ideally, Meprate - Medroxyprogesterone should be taken only after confirming the absence of pregnancy as Meprate has a tendency of causing incomplete abortion. So, it would be wise to get a serum beta hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) done. It is a blood test that d...  Read Full »

Is any surgery needed for painful stomach cramps?

Query: Hi doctor,I am having really painful stomach cramps. I do not know whether it is a symptom of pregnancy. Will I need any surgery? Do I need a scan to see any damage to my stomach? I am suffering from constipation, headache, earache, and dizziness along with this.  Read Full »

Dr. Tim Evans

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You are describing some very common symptoms. However, you also ask the question as to whether you are pregnant or not. This is the first and most important point to determine. This can easily be done in confidence either with an over-the-counter test from the supermark...  Read Full »

I had a three-day embryo transfer, and I currently take hCG medications, but after 12 days my pregnancy test was positive. Is it due to hCG medications?

Query: Hello doctor, I am at day 12 post the day-three embryo transfer. I am taking hCG injection 5 units daily from the day of transfer. Today I have done a home pregnancy urine test and it shows positive. Is the positive result due to hCG medication?  Read Full »

Dr. Richa Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for trusting us with your health care. I have gone through your history in detail and understand your concerns. As per your description, these symptoms could be due to hormonal imbalance but they could be due to pregnancy also. Though the chances are very low....  Read Full »

I was recently sexually active but I have not got my period despite getting a negative pregnancy test. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I was recently sexually active with my partner. We did not have proper sexual intercourse. My periods are delayed. My home pregnancy test came negative. It is not much but very slight. I wish I could send you a photo but I do not know if that is possible. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Usha Sadanand Rao

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. Since you have not got your period yet, I would advise you to get a blood test for beta hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) which gives a very accurate result. Rubbing the penis anywhere near your vulva or vagina...  Read Full »

I have a 42 to 45 days cycle, and my period is delayed by 12 days. When should I take a pregnancy test, and how long does it take for hCG to show in the urine?

Query: Hello doctor, How long does it take for hCG to show up in the urine in a 42 to 45 days cycle? My period is delayed by 12 days. When should I take a pregnancy test?  Read Full »

Dr. Darshan Kanani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. Typically, hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) can be detected in urine around 10 to 14 days after conception. However, in longer cycles such as yours (42 to 45 days), ovulation and subsequent conception may occur later...  Read Full »

I am eight weeks pregnant, but I experience dizziness, tender or swollen breasts, and abnormal hCG levels. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am eight weeks and three days pregnant with no morning sickness and no food aversion. I am experiencing dizziness, increased appetite, tender swollen breasts (up a cup size), and fatigue. I went in and got blood work done recently. Everything looked good except my HCG levels were at ...  Read Full »

Dr. Richa Agarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. I have gone through your history and report from the attached reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). Yes your report is showing low beta hcg (human chorionic gonadotropin) but if your pregnancy is healthy at eight we...  Read Full »

My hCG levels are high above the normal range. Should I be worried?

Query: Hello doctor, I got the results back from my pregnancy blood test and I am worried. It says abnormal positive for my urine and it says my hCG is 3750 mlU/mL. The range is high above normal and I do not get to see my doctor again until a week. Is anything wrong with me?  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There is nothing wrong with the result. The urine pregnancy test confirms that you are pregnant and so does the hCG (human choronic gonadotropin) test. The red mark is simply because if you would see the lab report, there reference levels are normal to negative in ...  Read Full »

My periods are delayed by 12 to 14 days and the beta hCG test was negative. What should be done?

Query: Hello doctor, We are trying to conceive for almost five years now. Last year we tried IVF's first attempt but it was not successful. This month my period is delayed by 12 to 14 days today. The last period was 38 days ago, and the average cycle days are of 26 days. The period lasts for three to fou...  Read Full »

Dr. Richa Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your history in detail and understand your concerns. I am unable to open the reports. As per your description, these symptoms could be due to hormonal imbalances. Here are the answers to your questions. The faint line could be due to a false posi...  Read Full »

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