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Forum Name: Obstetrics
Question: a 2?
|sweetshy0ne - Fri Apr 01, 2005 6:31 pm|
I am really confused right now. I visited the doctor yesterday because i have been sick to my stomach. the other day i felt as though i were going to pass out and ended up throwing up all morning. I have felt warmer than usual, as if i'm running a low fever.
because i just had my period a little over a week ago, the doctor was doubtful of pregnancy. However, he did run a couple blood tests, including a pregnancy test.
Today, i recieved a call from a nurse saying i needed to come in for further tests sometime next week. She said that where a "5" would confirm pregnancy, i was at a "2". This is extremely confusing because if I am not pregnant, shouldn't my level be at 0?
please give me as much information as possible. I have looked up a lot, but i really just want to hear from an actual person.
|Rhonda P, CEP - Fri Apr 01, 2005 8:08 pm|
Well, I don't know if this will help you relax or not...Blood pregnancy tests measure human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) and will show “something” at >2mIU/ml at the lowest level but this is an unreliable number unless it keeps going up. A single HCG level doesn’t necessarily indicate pregnancy, especially at this low of a number. Blood serum tests don’t actually read positive until the HCG level is at >5mIU/ml. Urine tests usually won’t read positive until the HCG level is at > 25-25 mIU/ml. Generally, the HCG level will double every two days or so in early pregnancy.
|sweetshy0ne - Sun Apr 03, 2005 12:47 pm|
I am wondering, if i am in fact pregnant, how long ago was conception? I am guessing that because the HCG level is so low, it must have been in the past couple weeks... what can you tell me about this idea?
|Rhonda P, CEP - Sun Apr 03, 2005 1:29 pm|
Yes, if you are pregnant, you are right around two weeks past the date of ovulation. By Monday the hCG may be high enough to read >5mlU/ml blood serum if you are pregnant and all is going well.
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