Hcg Levels

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Registered: 12-13-2007
Hcg Levels
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Fri, 02-08-2008 - 4:01pm

Okay, I just got back my numbers and even the midwife was perplexed.

12 DPO = 37
15 DPO = 192

That's a doubling time of 1.2 days. The midwife thought that they increased way too fast and is concerned about an ectopic or multiples. I have always heard that the doubling time is 48-72 hours early on and then slows once the numbers get higher. But after I got the results back, of course I start googling and in quite a few spots I saw that within the first 30 DPO, the double time is 1.2 - 2.2 days. I think I'm trying to find info to stop myself from freaking out. I''m trying to stay calm, but its not easy since I started spotting on Wed and totally convinced myself I was having another chemical pregnancy. Needless to say, I totally flipped out. So, anyone know anything about hcg levels increasing too fast? I'll get my levels checked on Monday again and see what they are.

TIA

Marci

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Registered: 12-03-2007
In reply to: mama2julia
Fri, 02-08-2008 - 5:39pm

Marci,

Don't freak out yet! Let's do the math. If they double every 24-48 hours, they were

DPO 12 37 - doubled they would be
DPO 13 74 - and again
DPO 14 148 - and again
DPO 15 296

And you aren't anywhere near 296, so they are doubling, just like they should, I don't do statistics, but about every 30 hours, or so. That just sounds like good news to me.

Relax, breath, imagine those perfect cells vibrating with health and well being.

--Elizabeth, who's new motto is "cramping happens"

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In reply to: mama2julia
Fri, 02-08-2008 - 5:54pm




First hCG: 37 mIU/ml
Second hCG: 192 mIU/ml


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Registered: 12-13-2007
In reply to: mama2julia
Tue, 02-12-2008 - 12:08pm

Thank you Stella and Elizabeth. My levels went from 192 (15 DPO) to 800 (19 DPO), so a 46 hr doubling time. My midwife wants to take one more blood draw tomorrow and an U/S next week to make sure everything is where it is suppose to be. I am calming down, but it is so hard after several early m/c.

Thanks again,

Marci

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Registered: 12-17-2007
In reply to: mama2julia
Thu, 03-27-2008 - 3:08pm

How are things going Marci?

If I missed an updating posting, I apologise, but I am hoping that everything is going well and that your pregnancy is progressing without excitement!!

Please let me know!

Libby

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In reply to: mama2julia
Thu, 03-27-2008 - 3:48pm

Libby,

First the good news: CONGRATULATIONS!!!. That's awesome news. I wish you an uneventful 9 months.

Now, for the bad news (stop reading if you don't want to hear it).

Fortunately, I no problem getting pregnant. Unfortunately, I can't seem to stay pregnant. I m/c again for the third time. They suspected either an ectopic or molar and I had to have an emergency laparoscopy and a D&C. Luckily it was neither. This one royally sucked, so I'm not sure how much more I can take. But, I'll probably wait another cycle while I have some more testing done, and then give it one more shot. I'm convinced I have a least ONE good egg left.
Anyway, I'll be around more, obsessing with everyone else again :).

Congrats again

Marci

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Registered: 12-17-2007
In reply to: mama2julia
Fri, 03-28-2008 - 6:48am

Oh my goodness, Marci - I am so sorry to hear your news. I apologise if you posted about it and I am now bringing up fresh wounds. I just feel terrible about this.

You take a cycle or two, get your tests done and then get back on the TTC path. You DO have one good egg left. You just have to get it in front of one good spermie and you will have success.

Best wishes and thank you,
Libby

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Registered: 12-13-2007
In reply to: mama2julia
Fri, 03-28-2008 - 8:21am

Oh Libby. No need for apologies. I didn't post here about it. After it happened, I needed a break. Just really started coming back here.

Marci


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Registered: 12-17-2007
In reply to: mama2julia
Fri, 03-28-2008 - 9:10am

Marci:

I came across an article that I though might be useful to myself (a repeat miscarrier), and may also offer you some insight and info.

It is an article at WebMD on the use of progesterone:
http://www.webmd.com/content/article/3/1680_51209.htm

It describes the various potential reasons for repeated M/C and the theory and practice of the progesterone.

I don't know if any of this applies to you, but in case it does - I wanted to share it.

Best wishes and I hope that you are doing OK.

Libby

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In reply to: mama2julia
Fri, 03-28-2008 - 9:32am

Thanks for the info Libby.

My progesterone levels seem to be fine, at the least they were initially for my last two pregnancies. The last one, my progesterone levels were 20.6 at 12 dpo. Even so, my RE put me on prometrium (100 mg/daily). Additionally, although I have no known clotting issues, he also put me on low dose aspirin and lovenox injections. In a couple of weeks, I'll get b/w for the thrombophilia panel. It's really the only thing left for me to get tested for besides some immune issues. But even if I had immune issues, I wouldn't undergo the treatment for that since it's so experimentally and you have to go to Mexico for it. I'm convinced that my first (chemical) and my last, an anembryonic pregnancy were due to chromosomal abnormalities. Unfortunately, I've never been able to get any karyotyping for any of my losses done.

The only advice from my RE (whom I don't really like) is IVF. But, honestly, I don't really see that helping unless I do IVF and PGD. And that is really something that DH and I decided we were not going to do when we started to TTC again. Besides the fact that I had to switch insurance co to cover the pregnancies, and now my current on doesn't cover IVF, let only PGD.

At least with all my m/c's, AF has returned within 4 weeks. This encourages my OB, that I have enough eggs left :).

Thanks again and lots of SBV's to you.

Marci

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