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HomeAnswersObstetrics and Gynecologychemical pregnancyWhy am I bleeding lightly with elevated hCG counts despite being pregnant for a few weeks?

Do vaginal bleeding and elevated hCG levels affect pregnancy?

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Answered by

Dr. Sameer Kumar

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Published At February 22, 2023
Reviewed AtFebruary 24, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I had been pregnant for a few weeks but I started bleeding lightly for a few days. The doctor failed to detect my baby and my hCG counts have elevated. I am very worried.

Please help.

Answered by Dr. Sameer Kumar


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I went through your query and understood your concern.

If no gestational sac is seen in utero, even at around 8 weeks, and the hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) levels are very low as they should be for a viable pregnancy at 8 weeks, so I suggest this must be likely a chemical pregnancy or a failed pregnancy. However, I suggest you do serial beta hCG levels 48 hours apart. If there is a rise of more than 63 % in the levels of hCG, then it is a viable pregnancy; otherwise, not. It is also important to rule out any possibility of ectopic pregnancy outside the uterus.

I hope this helped you.

Thanks and regards.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Sameer Kumar
Dr. Sameer Kumar

Obstetrics and Gynecology

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