Beta

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Registered: 08-20-2006
Beta
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Tue, 07-13-2010 - 3:39pm

Hi all,
I was wondering what exactly is a beta and are you supposed to get it the day or two after you have a positive HPT?

Thanks in advance. :)


-Dianne, 41 yo
DH 37


TTC#1 since March 2010
Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, OPKs, Charting (for now)


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-Dianne, 41 yo
DH 37


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Registered: 08-20-2006
In reply to: loves_me
Tue, 07-13-2010 - 11:00pm

Thank you all! That explains a lot! I wondered why some of you were having betas and some weren't, and now I see where I fit in as well.

You guys rock. :)


-Dianne, 41 yo
DH 37


TTC#1 since March 2010
Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, OPKs, Charting (for now)


http://www.fertilityfriend.com/ticker/flappergirl2/ttc.png


-Dianne, 41 yo
DH 37


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Registered: 09-13-2007
In reply to: loves_me
Tue, 07-13-2010 - 6:57pm
I'm supposed to have Betas done because I had a tubal reversal which puts me at higher risk of a tubal pregnancy.
 


 


Susan V

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Registered: 04-02-2005
In reply to: loves_me
Tue, 07-13-2010 - 5:14pm

In addition to the previous poster, I wanted to add that there are 2 types of blood draws, a qualitative & quantitative.


Qualitative just detects the presence of HCG in the blood, not the actual measurement. The quantative measures the amount. If a doctor decides to monitor the pregnancy early on they will generally do a quantative every 2-3 days to see the rise of the hormone in the blood.


I once had my regular internist do a beta, and she did a qualitative beta. Her lab only measured anything about 25 as a positive, so it came

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Registered: 08-17-2007
In reply to: loves_me
Tue, 07-13-2010 - 5:01pm
A beta is a blood test that measures your beta HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin), the hormone produced by the embryo that shows you're pregnant. I've only ever had them after IVFs -- 14 days after egg retrieval. When I got a natural BFP my gyno didn't want to see me until I was 10 weeks pregnant -- by which time I had already miscarried. So no beta there.

Susan CB



TTC #1 at age (gulp) 42

June 2008: m/c

April 2010: IVF #1 -- chemical pregnancy

June 2010: IVF #2 -- BFN


Susan CB