Beta hCG, also called human chorionic gonadotrophin, is usually elevated during pregnancy. An hCG level above 25 mIU/mL gives a positive result for pregnancy. Very high levels of hCG during pregnancy can mean multiple pregnancy or a molar pregnancy or Down syndrome. Other causes, such as gestational trophoblastic disease and tumors that secrete hCG, can show elevate the levels of hCG.
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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 »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »
I have a high beta hCG value but a negative urine card test. Does it indicate a chemical pregnancy?
Query: Hello doctor, I am 25 years old. I have a 32-day cycle and my last period date was during the second week of last month. I had my beta hCG checked and the blood value was 16.80 mIU/mL. But the urine card test was negative. What does it mean? I read something about a chemical pregnancy. Is it somethi... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and can understand your concern. The card beta hCG is positive only if the value is above 25 IU. Values less than that are not significant. If there was a pregnancy, the value would be a lot higher. A chemical pregnancy is when beta hCG values are hig... 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 »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 last menstrual period was two months back, and my hCG values are high with no sac during the investigation. What can be the cause?
Query: Hello doctor, My last menstrual period was two months back, and my hCG was 5900 IU/L. But no sac was found in the investigation, and nothing in the fallopian tubes. What does this mean? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to iclinq.com. The pregnancy is of just five weeks and one day as of date, and it is possible that the radiologist may have been unable to find it, even on a transvaginal scan neither in the uterus nor outside it. However, the positive hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) levels indic... Read Full »
My wife had a miscarriage, and her hCG levels are still high even after two weeks of miscarriage. What could be the cause?
Query: Hello doctor,My wife is 39-year-old, and this was her first pregnancy. She had an early miscarriage with light bleeding. She was approximately four weeks pregnant. We went to the hospital due to very light bleeding, and they did an ultrasound (transvaginal) which did not detect anything, as well as ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The presence of positive beta human chorionic gonadotropin indicates a developing pregnancy, but if it is not intrauterine, then it is likely to develop outside the uterus as a possible ectopic pregnancy. You should wait for two weeks for a repeat USG (ultrasound) pelv... Read Full »
My recent blood test after taking abortion pills show a high hCG value. Is my abortion complete?
Query: Hello doctor, I had delayed periods, and my pregnancy test showed positive. I took abortion pills orally at an interval of five to six hours each. I got heavy bleeding for nearly a week. After the bleeding stopped, I went for a blood test, and it showed a positive pregnancy with an hCG value of abou... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. You have taken an abortifacient and had bleeding for a week, and immediately after that, your serum beta hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) was 5000 IU/L. It is better to have an abdominal scan to exclude any findings f... Read Full »
My hCG doubled in 72 hours. Will I miscarry?
Query: Hello doctor, At six weeks and one-day pregnant, I had a gestational sac measuring at five weeks, six days. (I do not always have 28-day cycles, sometimes 30 days), and the gestational sac was empty (no yolk sac, no fetal pole). Two days prior to the ultrasound, my progesterone measured at 5.3 and ... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I could understand your concern. It seems you had a bit irregular periods as well. Now sac is there but no fetal pole or yolk sac around 5+ weeks. Beta hCG that shows a progression of pregnancy increasing more than 50 % as you described. This scenario is known as anembryo... Read Full »
Other than ultrasound, how can Down's syndrome be diagnosed?
Query: Hi doctor, I am 26 weeks pregnant. Yesterday, I went for an ultrasound scan named targeted imaging for fetal anomalies. Other than hypoplasia of nasal bone, everything is normal. I need an expert opinion regarding advanced tests of ultrasound or amniocentesis, karyotyping or any ultrasound scan to ... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity) in toto. At 26 weeks period of gestation, the overall growth of the fetus is fine. But the concern here is hypoplastic nasal bone seen in the second trimester TIFFA (targeted imaging for ... Read Full »
Can you please check my hCG levels and let me know the possibility of pregnancy?
Query: Hi doctor, I need your help in determining the possibility of pregnancy. Please check the hCG levels determined by my blood work. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your query. See the beta hCG (human chronic gonadotrophin) levels are borderline, less than five is surely negative of pregnancy but more than five can be anything, either early pregnancy or failed pregnancy or ectopic pregnancy. So it is better to get ... Read Full »
Does elevated hCG levels of my wife signify a healthy pregnancy?
Query: Hello doctor, My wife is 25 years old and she has PCOD. We are trying to conceive for 2 years. We had done an IUI which failed. We did IVF, but it ended with a chemical pregnancy. Last month, our doctor did Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET). He transferred 2 embryos on that day. We got a positive result... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The normal hCG levels in a singleton pregnancy as follows: At 4-5 weeks the HCG level ranges between 200-7000.At 5-6 weeks the HCG level ranges between 200-32,000.At 6-8 weeks the HCG level ranges between 4,000-150,000.In a twin pregnancy, the levels are 30% higher tha... Read Full »