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Hcg Levels At 4 Weeks With Twins

Hcg Levels At 4 Weeks With Twins

What is HCG?

Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) is a hormone that supports the normal development of an egg in a woman's ovary, and stimulates the release of the egg during ovulation.

HCG is used to cause ovulation and to treat infertility in women, and to increase sperm count in men. HCG is also used in young boys when their testicles have not dropped down into the scrotum normally. This can be caused by a pituitary gland disorder.

HCG may also be used for other purposes not listed.

Before using HCG

You should not use this medication if you have ever had an allergic reaction to HCG, or if you have:

early puberty (also called precocious puberty); or

a hormone-related cancer (such as prostate cancer).

Before receiving HCG tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs or if you have:

  • a thyroid or adrenal gland disorder;
  • an ovarian cyst;
  • premature puberty;
  • cancer or a tumor of the breast, ovary, uterus, prostate, hypothalamus, or pituitary gland;
  • undiagnosed uterine bleeding;
  • heart disease;
  • kidney disease;
  • epilepsy;
  • migraines; or
  • asthma.

If you have any of these conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use HCG.

Side Effects of HCG

  • Entering puberty sooner than normal
  • Painful rupture or swelling of the ovaries
  • Allergic reactions, including life-threatening ones
  • Blood clots
  • Multiple pregnancies (conceiving twins or triplets)

Twin pregnancy HCG levels

When a mother is carrying a twin pregnancy, she generally has higher hCG levels than a woman who is pregnant with one baby. But this is not a guarantee; there is a big cross over between singleton and twin pregnancy hCG levels and between individual women. Comparison is generally not helpful.

In general, pregnant women do not know what their individual hCG levels are. They know they are pregnant from their own clinical judgement and because they’ve either confirmed this with a home pregnancy test or their pregnancy has been confirmed by their health care provider. Home pregnancy tests do not give a precise reading of hCG levels, they only detect whether hCG is present or absent in the sample. However, for women who are undergoing fertility assistance and have regular blood tests, monitoring their hCG levels is likely to be an easier process because of pathology results.

A very rapid increase in hCG levels can be cause for concern. When an embryo implants in the ovary or, there is a rapid growth of either placental tissue/ not foetal, then high hCG levels can reflect this. There are also some types of (very rare) cancers which can impact on hCG concentrations.