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I got a qualitative blood test to see if I was pregnant, my hcg level said it was 5, I am not sure what that means.

Posted by tabandderek

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This is a question for your DR. Look at the information below. Personally I feel that those numbers are too low but then again this is a question for your OB or RE (Reproductive Endocrinologist)
The "normal" ranges for the Beta hCG blood pregnancy test are shown in the table below.
Week from the Last Menstrual Period Amount of HCG in mIU/ml
35 -50
43 - 426
519 - 7,340
61,080 - 56,500
7 - 87,650 - 229,000
9 - 1225,700 - 288,000
13 - 1613,300 - 254,000
17 - 244,060 - 165,400
25 - 403,640 - 117,000

Because of the wide variation in values, the test is not useful in establishing the gestational age of a pregnancy.

Beta hCG levels should double approximately every 2 days for the first four weeks of pregnancy [2]. As pregnancy progresses the doubling time increases. By 6 to 7 weeks gestation beta hCG levels may take as long as 3 1/2 days to double [3,4].

You can use the  Beta hCG Doubling Time Calculator to calculate the doubling time of two beta hCG samples by entering the date of the blood test and the corresponding beta hCG value for that day. If the hCG level is declining the the half life of will be calculated.

NOTICE: The information provided on this site is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your physician or other qualified health provider because of something you have read on Wellsphere. If you have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.
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