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Old Jul 12th, 2017, 19:02 PM   1
bonnie7321
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Low HCG and nothing on US.


Hey y'all,

First off, a disclaimer -- I know so many of you are TTC and have been through so much, and I want to be sensitive to that. However, I was trying NOT to conceive but may have ended up doing so anyway, and it's difficult for me to post this knowing it might be painful for someone. But I need answers and I know this community would know.

My last period was June 11. I'm fairly regular (27-28 days) with moderate endometriosis (no laprascopy, just based on doctors' observations/my cycles). I had sex on June 28... supposedly right after my fertility window. He pulled out and I took Plan B within 24 hours. The next day, I was in excruciating pain near my left ovary, which is where my endo is worse. I continued to have pain for 5 days, and it gradually wore off.

I took a pregnancy test on June 6 juuuuuust to make sure. It was clearly negative.

I was due for a period on July 9, and the pain started picking up right before then. It hasn't slowed down. July 10, no period. Took three HPTs (First Response and a Clear Blue), all showed the faintest little lines. Ran to my primary care doc, was a "faint positive" on his urine test. I later found out that my blood hcg on July 10 was 30.

Fortunately, I had an US scheduled for my endo on July 11. There were no signs of pregnancy, no sac, nothing. I had a corpus luteal cyst on my right and two small tubal cysts on my left. I failed the GYN's urine PT. She didn't seem to think it possible for me to be pregnant, but did a blood hcg test just to be sure. It came back 43.5 -- very low considering how far along I would be, right?

Today I took another ClearBlue and another First Response. The CB was definitely positive, and the First Response was a little faint, but definitely there. I go in tomorrow for more blood hcg. The GYN is concerned about ectopic pregnancy.

Anyone have experiences with the constant pain, low hcg, and empty ultrasound? It seems so unlikely I got pregnant under the circumstances, but the tiny, growing amount of hcg suggests otherwise...



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Old Jul 12th, 2017, 20:06 PM   2
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You are far too early to see anything on an ultrasound. Your gyn should have known that. Was your ultrasound vaginal or abdominal?

Re the beta, it really should be done after 48-72 hours not a day. But I plugged your #s into the CTP beta doubling calculator and it says your doubling speed is 46 hours, which is great. Puts you in track to double in just under two days.

I think that 5 day pain after sex was you ovulating after taking the pill. Unfortunately, the pill is not perfect. I got pregnant after taking the pill but I took it two days later after I had ovulated. So I'm not sure how it works if you had taken it several days before ovulation. But you're max 14dpo (4 weeks exactly) so the low numbers and lack of anything on the ultrasound is normal. That pain near af she was likely implant, and I would guess it was painful because of the endo.

If you need to talk privately, you can pm me. I've been pregnant after plan b and a separate time was pregnant with a large ovarian cyst. Hoping things work out how you want



 
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Old Jul 12th, 2017, 21:32 PM   3
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Thanks, Dobby! I was scheduled for the ultrasound anyway for endo stuff... I guess it was just wishful thinking we'd see some pregnancy stuff too...

Friday's test will be what really helps make everything make sense! I just don't see how I could have been ovulating after June 28... I tend to have thicker mucus/ovulation pains starting around Day 10 and ending by Day 14, and my cycles tend to be a bit shorter. I had already experienced thicker mucus and what I assumed was ovulation pain about a week before intercourse, so I figured I was past that point. Ahhhh!

I have heard about corpus luteal cysts giving off hcg, but other than that, I don't think there's any other explanation...



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Old Jul 12th, 2017, 21:38 PM   4
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It won't give off hcg like that from my experience. Mine was quite large and didn't give off enough hcg to cause a false positive. Pregnancy hormones can also cause the cyst to grow.

Unfortunately what it can do is mess with your cycle. That's exactly how I feel with my cyst: dtd cd 26ish thinking my cycle was almost over, but the cyst had delayed my ovulation. Unfortunately, your body can go through all the motions and prep work to O and then not. Even without a cyst.

But yeah you won't really see much until like 5-6 weeks. And even then it's a bit of a toss up.

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Old Jul 13th, 2017, 03:16 AM   5
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If your last period was June 11, you have only just hit 4 weeks pregnant, so it would be normal to still have faint lines. You likely wouldn't see anything on ultrasound until 5-6 weeks and that matches up with your low hcg levels, pointing to it all just being really early on. Ovarian pain and period like cramps are all very normal in early pregnancy. It shouldn't be anything that keeps you from being able to get out of bed, but a mild to moderate level of discomfort is normal (I imagine it could be worse with endo, but I don't know). I have heard of cysts causing false positive tests, but if your cycles are usually regular and you haven't gotten your period and there is actual hcg in your system (measured with the beta rather than a urine test, I don't know that the cysts produce hcg or just something that mimics it causing a false positive), I think there is probably no mistaking that. I'm not sure that is the answer you were looking for, but sending you hugs. Being pregnant is rough early on as it is, and I imagine it can be especially intense when it wasn't what you were expecting.



 
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Old Jul 13th, 2017, 10:30 AM   6
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I echo what Dobby said

Things sound positive and as far as I can tell, you have absolutely nothing to be concerned about



 
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