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Hcg Levels Chart

hCG Levels Chart

You will be confused about what the acronym “hCG” means. Familiarity with the term these letters represent would likely come about if you have some experience with fertility treatments or the language of fertility specialists. hCG stands for human chorionic gonadotropin. It is a hormone produced by the fertilized egg of a pregnant female.

It is hCG that causes the early signs and symptoms of pregnancy and also triggers the need to actually go and have a pregnancy test done. Indeed, the typical symptoms of pregnancy, such as sudden bouts of nausea, particularly in mornings for most women, seemingly unexplained fatigue, exaggerated emotional responses, extra fullness or tenderness of the breasts, are all attributable to the presence of hCG in a female

hCG Levels Chart by Week

While it is not a hard and fast rule, it is generally the case that hCG levels increase by about 60% every two to three days during early pregnancy. Nevertheless, the level of the increase is dependent on the particular woman as well as on the number of fertilized eggs she is carrying. As a result, the symptoms of pregnancy vary for each woman.

The following hCG levels chart will give you an idea of the hCG levels that are typical at different stages of pregnancy.

Things You Need to Know About hCG Levels

  • Studies show that every two to three days in 85% of normal pregnancies, the hCG levels increase two times. As pregnancy advances, the rate at which the hCG levels increase, and may take as much as four days to double.
  • Mothers-to-be should not base the health of their pregnancy on hCG levels. Mothers who have had low hCG levels have had normal pregnancies and born healthy babies. The result of an ultrasound taken at about five or six weeks of pregnancy is a more reliable indicator of fetal and maternal health than hCG levels.
  • The unit of measurement for hCG levels is milli-international units per milliliter (mlU/ml).
  • When you take a pregnancy test, what it really means is that you are checking for the presence of hCG. If you are pregnant, your hCG level is normally more than 25 mlU/ml. An hCG level of less than 5 mlU/ml will give a negative pregnancy test result.
  • When hCG levels reach around 1500 mlU/ml, a trans-vaginal ultrasound, administered by placing a transducer probe into the vagina to view the uterus, cervix and ovaries, should show a gestational sac. This may vary because calculations of the exact date of conception may not be accurate.
  • Repeated hCG levels tests should be performed for proper assessment of health during pregnancy. This is because each pregnancy is unique and hCG levels may change at different points for various reasons.
  • It is not recommended that hCG levels are used as an indicator of gestation age because these figures tend to vary considerably.
  • The most common types of hCG tests are qualitative tests and quantitative tests. Qualitative tests are just used to determine whether there is hCG in the blood. The latter, also referred to as beta hCG, measures the level of hCG in the blood.