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Hcg Level Chart

Hcg Level Chart

What Is hCG Human Chorionic Gonadotropin?

hCG stands for "Human Chorionic Gonadotropin," the pregnancy hormone, which is produced by the placenta and which is detected in the blood within a few days after implantation. When you test at home with a pregnancy test, you actually test for the presence of hCG in the urine. If hCG is present, then the pregnancy test will be positive, and that means you are pregnant unless there is a false positive pregnancy test.

Where does hCG come from?

hCG comes from the placenta and enters the blood soon after implantation and is detected via pregnancy tests. hCG starts to be produced by the placenta as soon as implantation occurs. This happens about one week after fertilization and ovulation when the embryo implants and the placenta attaches to the uterine lining.

What can a high hCG mean?

There are a few reasons why a woman’s hCG can be particularly high. Miscalculation of pregnancy dates, carrying a multiple pregnancy or very rarely, a molar pregnancy. It is common for health care providers to recommend repeat testing with 48-72 hours to check for changes in the level of hCG.

Early hCG Levels

  • In most normal pregnancies, at hCG levels below 1,200 mIU/ml, the hCG level usually doubles every 48-72 hours and normally increases by at least 60% every two days.
  • In early pregnancy, a 48-hour increase of hCG by 35% can still be considered normal.
  • As your pregnancy progresses, the hCG level increase slows down significantly.
  • Between 1,200 and 6,000 mIU/ml serum, the hCG level usually takes 72-96 hours to double.
  • Above 6,000 mIU/ml, the hCG level often takes over four or more days to double.

What do I need to know about hCG?

  • Most pregnant women don’t know what their individual hCG reading is or will be.
  • Even if you do find out your hCG level, don’t make too much of it. A low reading of hCG can still mean you are going to have a healthy pregnancy and baby.
  • A pregnancy ultrasound gives a more accurate outcome prediction than an hCG reading done in isolation.
  • An hCG reading which is measured at less than 5mlU/ml is insufficient for there to be a positive pregnancy result. A reading above 25 mlU/ml is high enough to be considered pregnancy positive.

hCG tips

Don’t get too worked up about your hCG levels. There’s little you can do to influence them and worrying and agonising over what your level is will do nothing but cause you undue stress.

In order to definitively know your hCG level it’s necessary to have blood tests. hCG levels can vary at different times of the day, from day to day and week to week. Remember – a one off hCG reading doesn’t provide much information; only what the level is at that specific point in time. It’s the pattern of readings and levels which gives a far more accurate indication of the status of the pregnancy and its viability.

Key Things To Remember About HCG Levels

  1. As you get further along in pregnancy and the hCG level gets higher, the time it takes to double can increase to about every 96 hours.
  2. Caution must be used in making too much of hCG numbers. A normal pregnancy may have low hCG levels and result in a perfectly healthy baby. The results from an ultrasound after 5 -6 weeks gestation are much more accurate than using hCG numbers.
  3. An hCG level of less than 5 mIU/mL is considered negative for pregnancy, and anything above 25 mIU/mL is considered positive for pregnancy.

Should My HCG Level Be Checked Routinely?

It is not common for doctors to routinely check your hCG levels unless you are showing signs of a potential problem.

A health care provider may recheck your levels if you are bleeding, experiencing severe cramping, or have a history of miscarriage.

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