Human Chorionic Gonadotropin

The placenta makes human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) after a fertilized egg gets attached to the wall of the uterus (implantation). Most pregnancy tests detect the presence of this hormone to confirm a pregnancy. But if the patient is not pregnant with high hCG is a sign of cancer.

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Is the hCG urine test a confirmatory test for pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, My wife is 24 years, and she had a regular menstrual cycle even after she was on Triquilar tablet for six months after marriage. This month she observed only spotting but no bleeding. I tested at home for hCG urine, but the result is negative. Should I retest or continue Triquilar as I c...  Read Full »


Dr. Poonguzhali Liston

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I would recommend you repeat another home pregnancy test (from a different brand) with an early morning first sample of urine as it contains the highest levels of hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin). However, if even this is negative, you may wait for the menstrual bl...  Read Full »

Is Cerazette reliable for contraception?

Query: Hi doctor, I had sexual intercourse 31 days back and took three pregnancy tests until today morning, which were all negative. One week after sexual intercourse, I started taking Cerazette as I do not want to get pregnant, and on the same day, as it was due, I got my periods. But now am worried if t...  Read Full »


Dr. R Balakrishnan Menon

Infertility Specialist, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com I do not see any reason for you to worry. Implantation bleeding is usually light blood or pink in color, but you had proper bleeding, just lesser in quantity if I am right. Till now you have not got a positive pregnancy test too. If you think you got pregnant that day...  Read Full »

My hCG value is too low. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, My last LMP was 17th. As my periods delayed seven days, I had a pregnancy test. The beta HCG value was 355.30 mIU/mL. Why the value is too low than the normal range? Is this something to worry?  Read Full »


Dr. Megha Tuli Gupta

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The human chorionic gonadotropin - HCG levels increase progressively. Actually, one value of hCG in itself is not significant. No diagnosis can be made based on one value. If you get another blood HCG test done after 48 hours and the value doubles compared to this value, ...  Read Full »

Is brown discharge during pregnancy a reason to panic about miscarriage?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 36 years old female, who is 6 weeks and 4 days pregnant. I take Gestofit 300 once daily and Fertigyn 5000 twice a week. I am on complete bed rest. I get a slight amount of brown discharge occasionally. Should I panic about miscarriage? I am afraid because I had two miscarriages, one...  Read Full »


Dr. R Balakrishnan Menon

Infertility Specialist, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. At 6 weeks 4 days, you can have a scan, if it is still not done, to confirm the fetal heartbeat, as the baby's heartbeat only can confirm the health of the baby and to see the decidual reaction. Brown discharge only means that it is old blood and implantation bleedin...  Read Full »

Can Ovidac injection give false beta hCG values?

Query: Hello doctor, I conceived with the help of frozen embryo transfer, which was done the 26th of last month. My last menstrual period was on the seventh of last month. My beta hCG was 494 on seventh of this month, it was 886 on the ninth, and it was 2875 on the 12th. A few days back, I started mild spo...  Read Full »


Dr. Aparna M Sathawane

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Childbirth Educator, Infertility Specialist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your beta hCG is increasing normally. There is no need to worry. Ovidac (human chorionic gonadotropin) will not interfere with the natural increase of beta hCG. If there were chances of miscarriage, then even after taking Ovidac injections, beta hCG would have decreased ...  Read Full »

What can be the reason for cramps during pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, I received a couple of faint positive pregnancy tests two weeks ago. Then, I went to my primary physician for another urine test, which came out as negative. Later, I felt some cramping on and off all day on my left side. The cramps were similar to premenstrual cramps along with sore nipp...  Read Full »


Dr. Sonal Prasad

Childbirth Educator, Lactation Counselor, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your instincts are very correct. It could be an ectopic pregnancy or an intrauterine pregnancy. But, it is very important that you differentiate them. Get a serum beta hCG report done that is the human chorionic gonadotropin test is a blood test to detect the amount ...  Read Full »

I had vaginal bleeding after unprotected sex. Is this menstrual or miscarriage bleeding?

Query: Hello doctor, I had unprotected sex three months back and got brown discharge followed by bleeding, ten days later. I again had unprotected sex two months back and again had bleeding four days later. Is this menstrual or miscarriage bleeding? I did not take emergency contraceptive pills after the se...  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Family Physician, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Infertility Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. They are likely to be your menses and not a miscarriage, as you had a normal menstrual bleed for six days each month. Miscarriage would have been confirmed if serum beta hCG test had been positive. For further queries consult an obstetrician and gynaecologist online --...  Read Full »

What is the reason for slow rise of hCG?

Query: Hi doctor, My wife went through sequential IVF 23 days back. I am attaching her hCG reports. Kindly check them. Thank you.  Read Full »


Dr. Sumit Srivastava

General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is produced during pregnancy. It is a hormone that supports pregnancy by allowing for the production of progesterone. There is sequential rise in hCG (attachment removed to protect patient identity) which suggests pregnancy and it can b...  Read Full »

I started taking prenatal vitamins to conceive. Can it mess up my hormones?

Query: Hi doctor, I am trying to conceive from the age of 31, and I just turned 37. When I started keeping track of my menstrual cycle, it was a 37 days cycle, but now from few months, it is a 30 days cycle. Around that time, I began taking prenatal vitamins, Myo-inositol, and CoQ10, to help my old eggs....  Read Full »


Dr. Sweta Singh

Infertility Specialist, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. First of all be calm. After the age of 35, it is harder to conceive, but it is quite possible, and you may or may not need a little help. You do not need any other supplement apart from 5 mg of Folic acid daily. And you need to do few hormonal tests on the second day of...  Read Full »

My beta hCG blood test result is 54.50 mlU/mL. Am I pregnant?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 26 year old female. My LMP was on the 8th of last month. I missed my period this month. I have done a home pregnancy test on the 10th of this month, and I have seen a faint line which was confusing. So, I took a beta hCG blood test and got the result as 54.50 mlU/mL. Could you ple...  Read Full »


Dr. Deepti Verma

Fetal Medicine Specialist, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your question and understood your concern. I have reviewed the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The pregnancy is definitely there. However, I will suggest you get a repeat beta hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) test after 48 ...  Read Full »

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