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Thursday, October 23, 2014
Slow rising hcg levels
My hcg levels were 3.1 when tested 12 days post IUI. Then 8.8 when tested 14 days post. Then 22 when tested 16 days post. I know that the number is doubling but that they are still very low. I have had 2 losses within the past 8 months. Is there any hope for this pregnancy?
I apologize for not answering more promptly but hopefully, this answer will give you additional insight. I would probably not "count" the first value of 3.1. A value of 8.8 2 weeks following IUI is very unlikely to lead to a successful pregnancy. However, I agree with a repeat value 2 days later which did increase appropriately. My next step would be to repeat the blood test 6 days later to see if it is still doubling appropriately. If so, I would likely repeat one additional time before performing a pregnancy ultrasound.
Daniel B Williams, MD
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati