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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What ranges of beta hCG indicate a healthy pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, My wife had two serum beta hCG tests at a 48 hours interval, and the results were for 13936 mIU/mL and 21552 mIU/mL, respectively. Her last period was 15 days ago. In her previous periods, she had clots along with spotting. Kindly help.  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for the query. You are in six weeks of gestation today. Beta hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) levels show a rise of only 55%, which is below the expected range. So, it is likely a failing pregnancy. If the bleeding has not stopped with the Pr...  Read Full »

Can pregnancy occur through foreplay alone?

Query: Hello doctor, My periods are a 28-day cycle. I was sexually intimate with a man, 15 days after my menstruation. There was no intercourse, but only foreplay, causing a lot of fluid discharge. I have not got my periods yet. Also, by mistake, I took the Regestrone 5 tablet before dinner instead o...  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello. Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your serum beta hCG levels are 2501 mIU/mL, which clearly confirms that you are pregnant. The urine pregnancy test is negative as it is positive only eight days after your missed periods. Regest...  Read Full »

Is the pregnancy viable when there is extreme variation in hCG at three weeks?

Query: Hi doctor, During pregnancy, the first hCG at three weeks and five days was 5. The second hCG taken 44 hours later was 77. Is this variation viable? Kindly give your opinion.  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com There has to be a rise of more than 65 percent in 2 serial beta-hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) values to establish the viability of the pregnancy. So the rise is adequate. However, you can repeat the serial beta-hCG after a week to be sure. I hope this was helpful...  Read Full »

Does Primolut-N and I-pill, when taken together, delay periods?

Query: Hi doctor,I took Primolut-N for six days as I was going out for the vacation. My boyfriend fingered me and before that he touched his penis. So, we got tensed regarding pregnant. I took an I-pill also within 72 hours. But, I did not get my regular period this time. Am I pregnant?  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome back to icliniq.com. By taking an I-pill (emergency contraceptive pill - a high dose progesterone), you have further delayed your menses. Otherwise, it would have started within five to eight days after finishing Primolut-N (Norethisterone). Now, you may have to wait another 7 to 10 d...  Read Full »

What causes delay in periods and white discharge?

Query: Hello doctor, We had unprotected intercourse 13 days back. Her menses has been delayed for six days now. There is some white discharge from the vagina since 12 days and she is not having her periods still. We have checked for pregnancy yesterday through a strip test and it showed negative. Also, sh...  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is evident that she was on day 21 or day 23 of her cycle when you had unprotected intercourse. As her menses have been regular consider that ovulation would have occurred by day 14. In that case ovulation would have dissoluted 13 days back and chances of pregnancy a...  Read Full »

Why do I have abdominal pain after unprotected sex?

Query: Hi doctor, I had unprotected sex 19 days back. My period is always regular and my expected date was in the first week the following month. I had uneasiness and fatigue by the end of last month. Left side upper abdominal pain started a week back. It comes occasionally and goes on its own. Occasionall...  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The symptoms appear more of premenstrual syndrome and as you had a day of bleeding with on and off lower abdominal pain off and on. There is likelihood that your menses shall resume again in few days unless you have conceived. Urine pregnancy test is not sensitive...  Read Full »

I got my periods after taking an I-pill. Is pregnancy ruled out?

Query: Hello doctor, I got my period after taking an I-pill the very next day that was heavy and the period lasted for five days. Is it safe? Is pregnancy ruled out?  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is better that you get a serum beta hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) test done to conclusively rule out pregnancy as bleeding usually do not start the next day post the intake of the I-pill. For more information consult an obstetrician and gynaecologi...  Read Full »

Why did I not get periods on time even after taking I-pill?

Query: Hello doctor, I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend and had an I-pill after 11 hours. I had to get my periods today, but still I have not. Usually, I have a 28 day cycle and today is my 30th day. What shall I do?  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. After the I-pill intake periods generally start in the next 7 to 10 days. So, please be patient. For further information consult an obstetrician and gynaecologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/obstetrician-and-gynaecologist  Read Full »

Is heaving bleeding with clots a sign of early miscarriage?

Query: Hi doctor, When I had sex with my boyfriend last time, neither I had started my new pack of birth control nor used a condom. I started a new pack around one and a half to two weeks later. But, last week, I started what seemed to be period about a week early. The flow has been a lot heavier, I am goi...  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. There is all possibility that this may have been an early miscarriage as you were not protected when you had sex. Hence, it is important that you get the serum beta hCG test (human chorionic gonadotropin) done to check the hCG levels and rule out pregnancy anyhow. Also...  Read Full »

What is the meaning of failing pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor,I had some symptoms like heaviness in stomach, frequent urination, breast tenderness and morning sickness. Last week when I took hCG blood test it was 11.34. My doctor advised me to repeat a test on couple of days and it was 9.26. I used to travel many hours to office. This week I did no...  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The test result shows that you are pregnant. Any level of hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) more than 5 ng/dL indicates pregnancy. But, the follow up hCG levels are decreasing, so this must be a failing pregnancy. Please get an urgent ultrasound transvaginally to chec...  Read Full »

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