Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Poked with a Needle

My body did not respond to the synthetic progesterone that I took. 14 days I waited for naughty Aunt Flo to arrive but she was nowhere in sight. I took the test and gave me a BFN (big fat negative). So my Ob wanted me to take the Beta HCG quantitative test to check if there is any HCG present in my blood and how to know exactly the amount of HCG levels in my blood.

I got the result today. Normal level for non pregnant woman is 0-5 mIU/ml and mine was 8.02 mIU/ml. At first I couldn’t grasp what the papers said, my cold hands searched for my phone and dialed by doctor’s number. She told me just to observe, be careful, take synthetic progesterone 3 times a day (which is healthy for a developing placenta) and see her tomorrow.

I could not rejoice just yet until I take another Beta HCG test to see if my HCG level is rising. When it time it gets to 25 mIU/ml, I should be a preggo and worry about the rest then.

Meantime please include me in your prayers, that if this is really my little peanut developing, I pray to God that I can carry it to full term.

The hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (better known as hCG) is produced during pregnancy. It is made by cells that form the placenta, which nourishes the egg after it has been fertilized and becomes attached to the uterine wall. Levels can first be detected by a blood test about 11 days after conception and about 12 - 14 days after conception by a urine test. In general the hCG levels will double every 72 hours. The level will reach its peak in the first 8 - 11 weeks of pregnancy and then will decline and level off for the remainder of the pregnancy.

Key things to remember about hCG levels:

· In a bout 85% of normal pregnancies, the hCG level will double every 48 - 72 hours. 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.

· 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.

· An hCG level of less than 5mIU/ml is considered negative for pregnancy, and anything above 25mIU/ml is considered positive for pregnancy.

· The hCG hormone is measured in milli-international units per milliliter (mIU/ml).

· A transvaginal ultrasound should be able to show at least a gestational sac once the hCG levels have reached between 1,000 - 2,000mIU/ml. Because levels can differentiate so much and conception dating can be wrong, a diagnosis should not be made by ultrasound findings until the hCG level has reached at least 2,000.

· A single hCG reading is not enough information for most diagnoses. When there is a question regarding the health of the pregnancy, multiple testings of hCG done a couple of days apart give a more accurate assessment of the situation.

· The hCG levels should not be used to date a pregnancy since these numbers can vary so widely.

· There are two common types of hCG tests. A qualitative hCG test detects if hCG is present in the blood. A quantitative hCG test (or beta hCG) measures the amount of hCG actually present in the blood.

Guideline to hCG levels during pregnancy:

hCG levels in weeks from LMP (gestational age)* :

· 3 weeks LMP: 5 - 50 mIU/ml

· 4 weeks LMP: 5 - 426 mIU/ml

· 5 weeks LMP: 18 - 7,340 mIU/ml

· 6 weeks LMP: 1,080 - 56,500 mIU/ml

· 7 - 8 weeks LMP: 7, 650 - 229,000 mIU/ml

· 9 - 12 weeks LMP: 25,700 - 288,000 mIU/ml

· 13 - 16 weeks LMP: 13,300 - 254,000 mIU/ml

· 17 - 24 weeks LMP: 4,060 - 165,400 mIU/ml

· 25 - 40 weeks LMP: 3,640 - 117,000 mIU/ml

· Non-pregnant females: <5.0 mIU/ml

· Postmenopausal females: <9.5 mIU/ml

* These numbers are just a GUIDELINE-- every woman’s level of hCG can rise differently. It is not necessarily the level that matters but rather the change in the level

Source: http://www.americanpregnancy.org/duringpregnancy/hcglevels.html

4 comments:

Milky_Way said...

sis, crossing my fingers and praying for you.

i do hope you get your wish :)

Arlene Tabamo said...

wow! sis sana nga you're preggy na... we'll pray for you and your little peanut... now, be careful baka nga anjan na si lil angel mo sa womb :)

ivy said...

@milky_way
thanks sis!

@arlene
sis thank you! oo nga eto doble ingat na nga ako at eating healthy na rin. no more caffeines, at hindi na ako nagpapagutom unlike before.

maanne said...

uy sis, will definitely pray for you and for the lil one!take it easy! all the best and take care!

god bless!

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