Positive HPT After Miscarriage

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Suzie - February 20

its been 2 weeks since my miscarriage...why do i still get a Positive HPT?? shouldnt my levels be at 0 by now?? bleeding stopped days ago. and i know i passed everything with the miscarriage. i miscarried at 5 weeks with no sac or anything and my levels were at 159 right before my miscarriage. how long can it take to get from 159 to 0??? yes, we have been having s_x but a positive wouldnt come up this quick after miscarriage would it?


Lisa - February 20

Hi Suzie, I recently miscarried and 4 weeks after my miscarriage a HPT result came up pos. Today I have light bleeding and thought I was miscarrying again but just read a forum on this page (near the bottom of this list) and a lady wrote that she was 6 and a half weeks post miscarriage and her HPT is still coming up positive. Not sure what to think, maybe I am not pregnant at all just still have high levels from my miscarriage.


S- - February 20

Did you both have a normal miscarriage or D&C. I ask b/c I had aD&E- bled for 4 days and lately (from 2 weeks on) have started to spot and have brown cm....


Jo - February 21

It may be that you have remnant tissue still inside your uterus. does your doctor know that your having pos tests?


Suzie - February 22

i had a normal miscarriage and no i havent told my doc yet..


Audrey - February 23

Suzie- The amount of time it takes for the hormones to go back to normal varies for each woman. You can also expect spotting for at least another week or so. It's recommended to not have s_x until the cervix is closed (two to three weeks), and to wait two to three cycles before trying to get pregnant again. If the bleeding still concerns you, definitely see your Dr.


Suzie - February 24

Bleeding??? i stopped bleeding and spotting over a week ago.


Shilpa - February 24

Suzie, You might actually still have HCG in your system. The only way to really know what is happening is to go in and get a blood test to test your HCG levels again. Unless they are at 0 (doubtful if you are still getting positive tests), you will probably need to get another test 2 days later. If the number is increasing, it's a new pregnancy (although that's not likely, as you mentioned). If the number is decreasing, it's part of your m/c. My Dr. said that sometimes it can take up to a month to get all of the HCG out of your system. Good luck!


stacey - February 24

I found this on the pregnancy page and copied it: "We should all keep this in mind. I know we all want to see a BFP as earlier as possible, but it may not be a good idea: Chemical Pregnancies Human reproduction is not an efficient process. It is estimated that in nature only one out of every three fertilized embryos results in a livebirth, and that the monthly chance of a baby being born to a healthy couple, with the woman in her prime fertility age of 24 to 27 years old, is only about 7% per month. This is why we define infertility as one year of attempting conception without success. During that year, about 90% of couples without problems will at least begin a gestation. Almost every s_xually active woman will at some time notice that she has had a change in her period, a few days late, a slightly heavier flow, and perhaps more b___st tenderness than usual. If these women have been previously pregnant, they often will state that they felt as if they were pregnant again, but then they had their menses. If they had done a pregnancy test at home or with their physician they often had a positive hCG level that turned negative. This is known as a biochemical pregnancy, and represents an early pregnancy loss. When a women is late for her cycle, she may have ovulated late, not ovulated at all, or at least begun a pregnancy. The positive pregnancy test confirms fertilization, and implantation, but essentially nothing more is known. The pregnancy could have been in the uterus, or in the tube (as most tubal or ectopic pregnancies also “miscarry” dissolving in place or are expelled out the tube). It is critical that the pregnancy test be followed until negative, even if the women notes a period, as tubal pregnancies are often accompanied with a normal or abnormally timed menstruation. What causes a chemical pregnancy to occur? Most of these represent early losses, “quality control miscarriages” due to chromosomal problems in the developing fetus. An abnormal endometrial lining, uterine abnormalities both congenital or acquired like fibroids, or certain infections have been blamed for these losses. The role of antibodies or coagulation problems may be a factor, but these are rare, still controversial, and are unlikely to cause such early losses. When undergoing infertility therapy, an injection of hCG given to induce maturation of eggs and follicles or ovulation is frequently given. The levels of hCG may circulate for up to 10 days after the shot, and a pregnancy test done too early may give a false positive. Pregnancy tests need to be properly timed and interpreted. Home urine tests are not always correct- they can give false positive and negative results suggesting a chemical pregnancy. Very rarely, hCG made from ovarian cysts and other body tissues may give positive tests when there is no pregnancy. How should you feel when you are told you have a biochemical pregnancy? Some people are happy that at least the first steps toward parenthood have been confirmed, while others now worry that they are having recurrent miscarriages or that they will have an abnormal baby. In our practice, our patients are told that we have only one goal- a normal healthy baby. Chemicals pregnancies do not count for or against your chances of us celebrating that event with you. If you feel that this is happening frequently to you, especially if the woman is over 35 and you have tried more than 6 months, discuss this with you doctor. A basic workup should be completed. Best of luck! Abington Reproductive Medicine. "


janna - August 8

i also had a miscarriage, i had a positive pregnancy test after i miscarried and it was still positive but this time the other line is not so clear. I am nervous because, i still have spottine and lightly bleeding and sometimes my abdomen hurts. i don't want to go to the doctor because i have a fear going to them. i never had s_x since i miscarry. how long can i ait to get a negative result?


Amy - August 8

My daughter's name is Janna! Anyway, I had a 423 Hcg on weds 7/28 and started bleeding the next day. Called the Dr and they said go back Fri. Friday results were 289 so I was told I was miscarrying and to follow up once a week until my levels were <5. Went last Friday 8/5-the first time since the news. Today they called and told me my levels went up to 500+ !! This is crazy! Could I have lost a twin? What else would cause my hcg to dip and go back up? I have not had intercourse since 7/9 (sad), so I know it could not have been another pregnancy.


Amber - August 9

Amy i am going through the same thing. My hormones dipped 2000 and am waiting to see if they are going back up. I hope you find out something and post it on here because most people dont update anything.


Denise - August 16

Hi Amy and Amber, Unfortunately if your HCG level drops and then rises again it can still indicate miscarriage. I had HCG of 2500 at 26 dpo, HCG of 1086 at 33 dpo and then HCG of 4000 at 40 dpo. I did not have a viable pregnancy confirmed by ultrasound. There was no sac. I did, however, have placental tissue building in my uterus which was causing the HCG to rise again. I ended up having to get a D and C and now a week later my HCG is down to 116. Good luck but please don't get your hopes up. Keep me posted.


Amy - August 17

Yes, I failed to update. Found out last Tuesday it was ectopic. I started having pain-but nothing excrutiating and heavier bleeding. I was able to get the methotrexate shot instead of surg. Went today to get my levels checked again not makes sure they are down like they should be now. Hopefully I won't need another shot. I reall like everything is out and 100% better.


Tara - August 17

Amy I am so sorry for your loss. Was this your first miscarriage? I lost baby at 12 weeks in June and at first they thought it was ectopic, but thank god it wasent. My aunt nearly died from having an ectopic. Im so glad your ok ! best wishes for you!


Amy - August 21

Yes, it was my first. I was quite surprised about all the problems since I didn't have any with my daughter. My Dr told me the other day that as soon as my HCG gats to <5 that we can ttc again. Anyone else been told this?


anjie702 - November 13

well i was 10 weeks when I found out by u/s baby died at 5 weeks 6 days.I had a natural baby they did test on it at the hospital since thats where i pa__sed the baby and they never got my blood work they did at the hospital or going to do anyother test but I let them know that we are going to try again asap



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