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Old Nov 4th, 2011, 09:28 AM   1
HappyTrying
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Low and Slow HCG levels *update - u/s today!*


Hello, after a year of trying we received our first BFP over the weekend. I went for blood test Monday (16 DP IUI) and my HCG came back low, 61. I went again Wednesday (18 DP IUI) and t only raised to 84. I just tested again and am waiting for my results.

Do I have any hope of having a viable pregnancy? The doctor and nurses are very negative. Anyone have a similar situation? This is all so confusing and heartbreaking. Thank you for any responses.



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Old Nov 4th, 2011, 11:15 AM   2
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I feel for you in this situation. It's hard now negative the doctors can be while you're trying to understand what's going on with you.

Earlier this year, I had slow-rising hcg levels after I'd already thought I'd lost the pregnancy. I had my first positive test at the end of May and got what seemed like my period the next day. It was devastating. Then I wound up getting another positive test a week and a half later and started going to the doctor. My first number at what should have theoretically been 6 weeks was 108. In two days, it only went up to 120. The first doctor I met with didn't even try to explain anything to me. He just walked into the room and said I should terminate. How awful is that?? We asked for another blood test and a progesterone test, and both came back very low. My progesterone level was under 2, but the doctor refused to do anything to even try to help us. He was reluctant to even continue ordering blood tests.

I wound up spending 6 weeks getting blood tests, watching my hcg go up very slowly and then begin to go down. At my peak, I met with a different doctor (first had been fired for other reasons) who finally took the time to explain the slow-rising hcg and low progesterone issues to me. Unfortunately, it's usually a sign of an nonviable pregnancy. More than likely, something is probably wrong with the baby, and while your body is trying to keep making things happen, you'll wind up having a miscarriage.

My numbers were finally nearly 0 at the end of August, and somehow without ever getting a positive opk, I got pregnant in September. I'm now 9 weeks pregnant, and we got to see our little one and the heartbeat on an ultrasound 2 and a half weeks ago.

There have been cases, though, where numbers started off slowly but things turned out fine. You'll know more when you get your next blood test back. There are always possibilities. I found the Misdiagnosed Miscarriages website to be very comforting to me when I was struggling with everything that I was going through. You should be able to google that since I can't post a link. There are a lot of stories there that can show you just how different everyone's journey can be.

I wish you the best of luck!



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Old Nov 4th, 2011, 11:24 AM   3
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Thank you so much for sharing your story. I have pretty much prepared myself for the worst but can't help holding out he tiniest bit of hope. Congratulations on your now healthy pregnancy



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Old Nov 4th, 2011, 11:52 AM   4
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With this pregnancy, I was sure it was doomed, because my 14dpo hCG was only 48, and two days later it had not doubled (it only went up to 77). But, this baby is a fighter and is very much alive and kicking (and as of 12 weeks, the hCG had caught up and was slightly higher than average). There is hope... Today's number will be the one to let you know what is going on. I hope it has zoomed up for you!



 
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Old Nov 4th, 2011, 12:43 PM   5
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Thanks for sharing. It's always nice to hear a success story!



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Old Nov 4th, 2011, 13:04 PM   6
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Update: just received the call my levels today are 166, almost doubled. I go again Tuesday. I guess all I can do is keep praying.



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Old Nov 4th, 2011, 13:09 PM   7
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good luck hunni! all i wanted to say is my HCG were on the slow side (it was 400 though on 14dpo though), taking 3 days to double!! for two weeks till my 6 week scan! (in two occasion it took 2 days all the other days 3 days to double) and i was scared as you expect them to rise more quickly, and everyone around me their HCG was doubling really fast and mine wasnt but anyways on my 6 week scan it showed i have two beautiful babies!!

good luck hun xxxxxxxxxxxxxx



 
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Old Nov 4th, 2011, 13:23 PM   8
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My dr. Said he had dinner with the man who did the original study on hcg doubling times. He said 2 days isn't the norm it is actually 3. So even though lots of women have 2 day doubling times, 3 is actually the norm!



 
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Old Nov 4th, 2011, 13:26 PM   9
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Update: just received the call my levels today are 166, almost doubled. I go again Tuesday. I guess all I can do is keep praying.
Congrats!!!! I hope things keep going up for you. You may want to ask if they're willing to do a progesterone test as well as that can help too. If the progesterone level is within normal range (which is something crazy big like 9 to 47) then hopefully everything is ok. I'll keep my finger's crossed that you have a fighter!



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Old Nov 4th, 2011, 13:27 PM   10
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My dr. Said he had dinner with the man who did the original study on hcg doubling times. He said 2 days isn't the norm it is actually 3. So even though lots of women have 2 day doubling times, 3 is actually the norm!
Everything I saw said 2 to 3 days was normal, but doctors seem to get so hung up on 48 hours that they make you feel awful for not doubling in that time. Even with my current pregnancy, they were happier but not ecstatic with my numbers because it was taking closer to 51 hours to double. How silly is that?



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