hCG levels after a miscarriage or a medical abortion

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) is a hormone linked to pregnancy and it is responsible for ensuring that the corpus luteum—i.e. what is left in the ovary after ovulation—keeps on producing progesterone once conception has been achieved.

hCG originates in the syncytiotrophoblast, that is, the outermost layer of the embryo.

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hCG levels after a miscarriage or a medical abortion

Normal beta-hCG levels

The chorion, one of the outer membranes that cover the human embryo and assists in placental formation, starts producing hCG after the embryo implants in the uterus, which usually occurs within 8 to 10 days after conception. For this reason, the detection of hCG in the woman’s organism is an indicator that embryo implantation has taken place.

The time it takes for beta hCG to duplicate during pregnancy allows measuring the speed at which placental development will take place. Slow growth speed may be an indicator that there is some sort of problem or that the woman is at risk of miscarrying.

Generally, hCG values keep on doubling every 48-72 hours. This means that if your beta-hCG level is of 150 mUI/ml on Monday, it should rise to around 300 mUI/ml between Wednesday and Thursday.

Often, when the rate of increase in hCG levels between the first and second test is slow, a third and sometimes even a fourth hCG test is usually performed at two-day intervals with the purpose of analyzing how the levels are increasing.

The fact that there is no sign of hCG increase after the third and fourth test usually translates into a bad prognosis. It might be the sign of a failed or dysfunctional implantation that could likely lead to a miscarriage.

Getting back to normal after a miscarriage

A miscarriage is an involuntary loss of pregnancy. It usually occurs within the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. A woman may miscarry due to various reasons, such as chromosomal abnormalities that prevent the embryo from properly implanting in the uterus. It takes several weeks for hCG levels to get back to normal.

hCG levels at the moment of miscarriage may vary depending on how many weeks pregnant the woman was when she miscarried.

For instance, hCG levels at week six—i.e. two weeks after the first missed period—range from 1.080 mUI/ml to 56.500 mUI/ml. When hCG levels are not the ideal ones or the rate of increase is not as expected, something might be happening.

If levels do not decrease after a miscarriage, it means the hCG-producing tissue is still present in the body. The woman’s menstrual cycle will not come back until her body stops producing hCG. This may complicate things, as the woman won’t be able to get pregnant until things return to normal again.

The menstrual cycle should be back to normal within 4 to 6 weeks after miscarriage. The higher the levels of hCG are, the longer it will take for them to get back to their initial levels.

112 comments

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    zee

    I had an abortion two weeks ago. I don’t have any symptoms of pregnancy. I even went for an ultrasound which showed nothing about the baby. My worry is that I’m having lower back pains, so what could be causing this?

    • avatar
      Sandra F.Fertility counselor

      Hello zee,

      If you went for an ultrasound and everything was okay, I don’t think the lower back pains you’re feeling are related to it or a new pregnancy. Maybe it is due to other reasons (e.g. stress, tiredness, etc.).

      Best wishes

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        Rita Piceno

        Hi, I had a miscarriage about a week ago and my beta level was at 180. I’m bleeding now like bright, red and have no pain, is this normal? Could this mean that my body is cleaning out what was left from the pregnancy?

        • avatar
          Sandra F.Fertility counselor

          Hello Rita,

          Yes, keep in mind that miscarrying affects your hormonal levels too, and now your body has to adjust to its normal levels again. It takes some time for your body to recover from it, including beta-hCG levels, which might be high for still a few weeks, but come back to zero eventually.

          I hope this helps,

          Best

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            Rikku

            Hi, i had my medical abortion on 14 of this month but hpt test is still showing positive after 2 weeks.

          • avatar
            Sandra F.Fertility counselor

            Hi Rikki,

            It is still within what’s considered normal. Your hCG levels will return to zero over time, so be patient. It takes some time for the body to recover after an abortion.

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      Julia

      Hi, I had a miscarriage in December and had abortion and my period came back on Jan 27, 2016. My period was very heavy and really big blood clots and contractions. So I went back to my gyn and told me my hCG level is 600 and he took another hCG blood work and told me to come back Thursday. Any idea what’s going on? Please, help.

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    zee

    Thanks a lot, because yesterday I went again for the ultra sound of which they said the scan shows no pregnancy and the doctor put in the fingers inside my vagina, she said the cervix is closed I have no blood so she doesn’t see any pregnancy. So now I’m confused does the cervix remain closed for a non-pregnant woman? Because I read something on the internet about the cervix of a pregnant woman remain closed.

    • avatar
      Sandra F.Fertility counselor

      Hello again zee,

      the fact that your cervix remains closed despite not being pregnant could translate into a problem, as it could block the passage of the sperm toward the egg. Ask your gynecologist, she is the best person to treat you.

      Best wishes

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        Annie

        My daughter took a pregnancy test and it came back positive. She is approximately two weeks. They checked her HCG level and it was at 58. 2 days later it dropped to 54 and she doesn’t have any pains. She did have a very pale pink water on the toilet paper when she wiped herself with no real bleeding. If she is having a miscarriage, when can she expect it to start? Please, help.

        • avatar
          Andrea A.Assisted Reproduction Specialist

          Dear Annie,
          The beta-hCG level is supposed to duplicate every 48-72 hours. When it does not evolve as expected it usually means that the pregnancy is not progressing properly. In your daughter’s case, it seems that the embryo development inside of the uterus has stopped or, at least, is not happening at the expected rate.

          The pale pink spotting is not a sign of miscarriage itself, it is really common during the first weeks of pregnancy. But, taking into account the beta-hCG levels, it might be a sign that in a few days a more serious bleeding may occur.

          The recommendation is to repeat the beta-hCG test to see its evolution. If the level has decreased again the miscarriage will be confirmed. It can also be confirmed by echography, in case it is possible to see a sac in the endometrium.

          If is confirmed that the embryonic arrest has occurred, there are different case scenarios. First, if she has been taking progesterone she will stop its administration and probably the miscarriage will happen by itself. If she is not taking progesterone, the doctor will decide if it is better to wait several days to allow the body to go through the miscarriage itself or if it is advisable to take some drugs to speed up the process.

          In any case, the situation should be monitored and evaluated by a doctor, who will make the most appropriate decisions based on the results.

          Best wishes.

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    Archika

    Hi, I took Misoprostol (4 tablets, vaginally) one week ago and I had abdominal pain and bleeding, do I need to take more Misoprostol? And should I go for an ultrasound just to make sure whether it’s complete abortion or not?

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    zee

    Yes, you have to go for ultrasound scan to confirm. But for me even though the scan showed nothing I can’t rest until the pregnancy test reads negative results. By Thursday I’m making four weeks after abortion; it should be negative I hope.

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    AMY

    Hi, I had a medical termination (a week ago today I had part 2 ) at 6 weeks. The doctor told me to do some tests up to 3 weeks after and you will them gradually go fainter till it was there no more. Today I’ve done a digital blue so I could see it drop from 3+ weeks to maybe 2-3 or ever 1-2, but I’m still getting 3+ and also the lines on all the tests are just as dark as the ones when pregnant. How is it possible?

    • avatar
      Sandra F.Fertility counselor

      Dear AMY,

      hCG levels after miscarrying depend on how many weeks pregnant you were when you had the miscarriage. This means that, the more advanced your pregnancy were, the longer it will take for hCG levels to get back to normal. Besides, there is no need for it to be at 0 to ovulate again. As a matter of fact, menopausal women can even have an hCG level that may reach 5 or less.

      The best way to know whether your current hCG level is due to leftover tissue from the miscarriage or not is by getting a series of quantitative hCG blood tests done between 2 or 3 weeks apart; if they show your hCG levels are increasing, then you are likely to be pregnant again.

      I hope I have clarified your concerns

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      Charlotte

      Hi, I know this was last year but how long did it take for your levels to drop? Done a digital this morning 3 weeks post abortion and it says 3+? So confused! Surely the hormone should have decreased considerably by now!!

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    papia

    I took an abortifacient drug on 7th Dec. Then bleeding occurred. It’s bleeding again on 30th Dec. Then I tested again and it shows a positive result. Then on 15th January I did a ultrasound examination which shows signs of only bulky uterus. In 27th huge bleeding occurred and the pregnancy test positive on urine is positive again. What should I do? What does it mean, ectopic or incomplete abortion?

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    Jenny

    Hi, I have done abortion last 4 days ago, and my flight abroad is on Feb 18. My worry is my agency is requiring me to have pregnancy test in the office? How will I know that I am not pregnant anymore? Still my test is positive. Can I lower down my hCG? Please do help. I’m 3 weeks pregnant from the last conception.

    • avatar
      Sandra F.Fertility counselor

      Hello Jenny,

      I don’t quite understand what you question is… What do you mean by “my agency”? Do you mean the firm you work at? Or your fertility clinic?

      Thanks

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    jenny

    The firm that I will be working at. Pregnant women is not acceptable because I will be working in Saudi Arabia.

    • avatar
      Sandra F.Fertility counselor

      Hello again Jenny,

      I’m afraid there is no drug or medication that could help you diminish your hCG levels. Your body will diminish them eventually in a natural way. Usually, the hCG hormone remains in the woman’s body for 2-3 weeks or even 45 days until it completely disappears from the organism. This is because your organism needs some time to metabolize and remove it, a process that may vary from woman to woman.

      I hope I have been able to help,

      Regards

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    Tanesha

    Hello, I had an abortion at 7 weeks in the beginning of January and received the Depo-Provera shot 2 weeks later. I took a pregnancy test on the 18th of February and it was positive and don’t know if that’s because I’m pregnant again or my levels are still high.

    • avatar
      Sandra F.Fertility counselor

      Hello Tanesha,

      It is still too early, your body has not had the time to ovulate yet, let alone to get pregnant and give you a positive result after a pregnancy test if you had an abortion last month. The most probably is that you still have high hCG levels due to your past pregnancy. It takes a few weeks for a woman’s body to diminish its hCG levels to zero.

      Regards

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        Louise hall

        A woman’s hCG level does not need to be at zero for the body to ovulate. I had a 12 week scan on 1st July and was told I had a missed miscarriage. The fetus stopped developing at 8 weeks and there was no heartbeat. I had medical management almost 4 weeks ago and was told to take a test 3 weeks after which i did and it came back positive. I called my doctor to ask for a hCG blood test and he said there was no point as a positive test means a positive. He thinks I may have conceived again already but need to test again in a week.

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    Chrissy

    Hi, can you help me understand what is happening to my body? I had a surgical abortion on Feb 8. This was not wanted by me, I had been cheated on and did not think he would come back. He did and I had unprotected sex with him 2 weeks later (Feb 20-21). I then had 3 days of bleeding Feb 29, March 1 and 2. I thought it was my period (3 weeks post abortion)… Today it is now 4 weeks after my abortion and I started feeling pregnancy symptoms (itchy breasts and exhaustion). These were my signs when I had my daughter and for the recent termination), so I took a test… Positive.

    So either the bleeding was my period or was implantation bleeding? When you get your period after an abortion doesn’t it mean that there is no more hCG in your body?… So this is a new pregnancy? I surely hope so. I am ready to either have a baby with him or alone. I wish I never terminated the other one… The dates match up for it to be a new one if you can get pregnant within 2 weeks of an abortion and the bleeding was implantation 8-10 days after conception… Took the test 6 days after potential implantation bleeding. Or it was my period and I’m still testing positive from remaining hormone levels?

    • avatar
      Sandra F.Fertility counselor

      Dear Chrissy,

      The most probable is that it is your period after abortion. Keep in mind that, after a surgical abortion, your body has to remove the endometrium and leftover tissue from the previous pregnancy in order to get your body ready for next pregnancies. You can have your period bleeding while there is still hCG in your body from the previous pregnancy. Each woman needs a different period of time to stabilize their hormone levels until they shrink to zero again.

      Anyhow, if you do not want to get pregnant, my advice is that you use some kind of contraception when engaging into sexual intercourse. There are plenty of family planning methods that may adapt to your particular needs. The following may be of interest: Family planning methods.

      I hope I have been able to help,

      Regards

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    Worried

    I had a medical abortion 3 weeks ago. I had my check up a week ago and they said that everything looked good and that it had passed. Me and my husband had sex, I told him I didn’t want to without a condom but he said “you’re still bleeding, you won’t get pregnant, I’ll pull out” and he did the pull-out method. I told him I really didn’t want to get pregnant again and I tested last night and had a very strong positive I don’t know if that is still from the medical abortion 3 weeks ago because I still am lightly bleeding. It just worries me because it was a very strong positive when we had sex two nights ago we did use a condom but I’m very worried about having that strong positive test today which is exactly 3 weeks from the medical abortion which when they checked they said it was successful, but my body still was going to be recovering for 4 to 6 weeks. What is the likelihood that it is positive from the abortion or that I might be pregnant all over again in that short of a time frame? I’m really scared and I hope there’s someone out there that is knowledgeable. My OB/GYN refused to give me a beta blood test to see if my levels were going down instead of up because I got the procedure done somewhere else. I explained that they had been my OB/GYN for 12 years and that they had tested my blood for both of my pregnancies that I have live births with and that I’m worried that this is a new pregnancy and wanted to get tested. They told me to go to my primary care physician, which makes no sense because this isn’t a primary care concern, this is an OB/GYN concern. Any advice or knowledge would really be appreciated. I was six weeks when I had the medical abortion AKA the pill.

    • avatar
      Sandra F.Fertility counselor

      Hello,

      It is because your hCG levels are still high; don’t worry because they’ll keep on decreasing eventually.

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    Manjugupta

    Hi doctor, I was 6 weeks pregnant and took medical abortion pills. I had bleeding for 5 days and passed a tissue type. Don’t know if it was the embryo or tissue. I am not having further bleeding and can’t go for ultrasound. Can I do a urine test at home? I am afraid whether I can still be pregnant or not, maybe not because bleeding occurred completely and for 5 days. When should I take the urine test? And does it look like abortion is complete?

    • avatar
      Sandra F.Fertility counselor

      Hello Manjugupta,

      hCG levels may remain high still for a few weeks. I don’t think you are still pregnant, so in case you take or have taken a test and the result was positive, it is because it will take some time for your body to diminish its hCG levels. Be patient, it’ll come back to normal soon!

      Regards

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        Mo

        Hi, I went to the hospital’s emergency department and they did some tests and said hcg was 3500. Had ultrasound 2 days ago when hcg was 3209 and after 2 hours I had tissue like a thing. I was bleeding, so I went to emergency department and they said it’s tissue, that is, a miscarriage. However, a day after I went fo hcg tests and they reported it increased.
        I don’t know what this is. It all started on Wednesday with my first hcg test and today is Sunday
        Please help

        • avatar
          Andrea A.Assisted Reproduction Specialist

          Dear Mo,
          The doctors diagnosed the miscarriage based not only on the bleeding but also taking into account de evolution of the beta-hCG levels. This hormone is supposed to double its level every 48/72 hours. This means that, since the second measurement (3500), was 2 days after the first one (3209) it should have been around 6400. Since the beta-hCG level had not evolved as expected they diagnosed that the pregnancy was not progressing properly. The bleeding corroborates this diagnosis.

          Even though you are suffering a miscarriage it is possible for the beta-hCG to increase its level. But if the level is not the double every 48/72 hours, it is a sign that the pregnancy is not progressing. Beta-hCG might be increasing a little bit because there are still residues of the embryo that are secreting this hormone.

          I hope I have been able to help.
          Best wishes.

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    mary

    I made abortion before six months ago. My hCG levels are low, but it still shows pregnancy. How long do hCG levels come back to normal after an abortion?

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    Sara-Michelle

    I am wondering if a blood test after an attempted menstrual extraction can tell us if it is successful sooner than a urine test? What levels would indicate that the abortion worked?

    • avatar
      Sandra F.Fertility counselor

      Hello Sara-Michelle,

      Yes, a blood test will show you a quantitative value, whereas urine tests just show “positive” or “negative”. If you take a blood test, you’ll be able to see whether your hCG levels have dropped or not.

      I hope I have been able to help,

      Regards

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    Corinne hCG

    I’ve read some comments posted here and I can’t help feeling kinda sad reading what some of you have written here… By no means should a woman feel herself pressed to terminate a pregnancy unwillingly! For God’s sake! Pls gurls, if someone tells you to get abortion pills, make sure you use them at your own choice. Wishing you all the best.

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    Anusha

    Hi Doctor,

    I had a medical abortion on March 2nd and went for follow -ups after 12 days where the doctor gave me one more dose due to leftover of pregnancy tissue. And then after 10 days I went for ultrasound and the doctor said everything is clear and that I will get my periods in April 1st week. I have to get periods on April 2nd but not I have crossed 3 days and I am worried as I didn’t get my periods yet.

    On March 14th I had 2nd dose and had bleeding again. So will I get my periods on April 2nd or April 14th, since I took my 1st dose on March 2nd and the 2nd dose on March 14th?

    Please, reply.

    • avatar
      Sandra F.Fertility counselor

      Hello Anusha,

      hCG levels take some time to diminish after a medical abortion and it depends on each woman’s body. Do not worry if you experience some menstrual alterations now, since it is a normal side effect after abortion. You’ll get to normal eventually.

      I hope I have been able to help,

      Regards

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    Jennifer A.

    Hi, I had a surgical abortion on Feb, 17 and I’m still having bleeding. I went back to the doctor’s and the sonogram shows a perfect uterus. They gave me a blood test because my pregnancy test came back positive 6 weeks after abortion. Now 7 weeks after abortion I’m still having light bleeding and the doctors say my hCG numbers are still high. What’s going on? What’s causing this bleeding and when will it stop? It’s interfering with my life, I just want to forget about this abortion and every time I go to the bathroom it’s a constant reminder.

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    Kaydee

    Hi, I had a D&E at 10 weeks due to a missed miscarriage. I had an ultrasound 3 weeks later that confirmed there was no tissue remaining from the pregnancy and my uterine lining measured 4 mm. However, my hCG level is taking forever to fall. At 3 weeks, it is 1000. It dropped to 600 half a week later and then fell to 400 at 4 weeks. At this rate, will it be another month before I get below 5? I am currently having yellowish, clearish cervical mucus that is sticky and stretchy. Is it possible to ovulate with hCG still in my system? Thanks.

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      Kaydee

      I forgot to mention that my husband and I would like to try to conceive as soon as we can. Is there any medical reason for waiting until after 1 cycle? Thanks.

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    Sia

    Had a medical termination of pregnancy (MTP) blessed fro. March ten after one week had sex every third day. On April, 8 done urine pregnancy test and still positive after fifteen mins, no contraception used.

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    Honey B.

    I had a pill abortion on March 18, started bleeding the next day for about 3 weeks. I went to my 2nd visit for ultrasound on April, 1. They said it’s completed. I took a home pregnancy test after 5 weeks and it came up positive. I had a blood pregnancy test on 04/22 and my HCG level is 576 MIU/ML. Should I wait until 9 weeks to get another test or do I have a new pregnancy? I had my last period March 30th. Today is now April, 24. What should I do?? Any help, please?

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    mishal

    I had sex on January 14 and my periods were due to 29th of Jan. but they were late. I waited till 1 Feb, then took test on 4feb, which comes positive. I had an ultrasound which somehow shows three weeks pregnancy… I took pills on Feb, 7… with diarrhea and cramping. I expelled too much blood and a big clot within 5-6 hours and after that clot, my cramps disappeared. Bleeding stops and starts after two days and continues for more three days. I went for ultrasound on 16th Feb which shows nothing about the baby. Then I took another ultrasound on 19th Feb which also shows an empty uterus. I was so touchy about it, so I a did urine and a blood test (beta levels) on 7 March right after a month and both became negative. After 5 days I got my period, but bleeding happened only for a day. After 20 days I again get periods which was like normal… then my cycle came back to normal. Now the thing is, today in the month of May, I have an abdominal pain, legs hurt and my belly starts swelling maybe. I don’t know if it’s my own thoughts or it’s actually true, but the truth is, I didn’t have sex after the month of January, not even meet my boy… so I’m very much upset due to these pains that I actually start thinking that it may be my 4th week. Every test was wrong, etc. I am so upset. Kindly guide me. I can’t go right now for a check-up. Is it possible that I am still pregnant? With negative urine, blood and ultrasound reports with no sex? My HCG level was 1.50 after one month of termination.

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    mora

    Hello…

    My wife took an abortion pill, and had been bleeding for two days and then stopped. After two days, had a few spots red-brawny blood… Today we went to make a sonar test and the doctor said that there is an empty sac and there is no sign of a baby, blighted ovum. Age five weeks now. If u can help me and I wish u can, tell me how to clean this empty sac with medical or if it is gonna disappear with the period. And last thing that I wanna ask u: could that empty sac become a baby?

    Knowing that as I am writing to u, now she is telling me that she feels pain like as if she is having her period. Please reply.

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    Raciram

    Hello! Just would like to know an answer to my question: I am on my 4th week of gestation. When I had my medical abortion, after 4 days the embryo was expelled. My question is, how long will it take for my hCG to go back to normal non-pregnant level?

    • avatar
      Sandra F.Fertility counselor

      Hello Raciram,

      Well, it depends on each woman and the functioning of her body. For some it may take a week, while for others it may take 15 days or longer. If you had a medical abortion, you’re not pregnant. It will take some time for your body to come back to its normal non-hCG levels, just be patient.

      I hope this helps,

      Best regards

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    mitsu

    Dear Mora, I had that experience of blighted ovum. Medical procedure could end up her pains ASAP. The empty sac will never be a baby. The embryo inside just stop growing before it could be implanted. D&C will clear the remains.

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    Angelie

    Hi doc! I was 5 weeks, 6 days from my last LMP. On 22nd of May I took 12 misoprostol. I had cramping and bleeding for about 15 hours. I passed many clots meanwhile and one clot was too big. Every time I went to toilet I had a clot on my pad and passed a small clot during urination. After that, cramping diminished and I had mild bleeding for about 5-6 days. Then I was absolutely fine, no pain, fever, cramps, no signs of pregnancy present. I had urine pregnancy test 4 days back which was positive. Today I had a blood HCG test which came out to be 10000 which I think is very unreliable. It was intrauterine pregnancy. My question is: has my pregnancy passed? What should I do next as I can’t go for an ultrasound and I have no option to carry the pregnancy? Please tell me, do u think it’s terminated?

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    Rae

    Hi, I miscarried about 6 weeks ago. It was a natural miscarriage and my doctor confirmed everything was gone I went for a check up last week and my urine showed I was still pregnant so they had me take some blood work for beta testing. I went today and they said it was 355 so they took more blood to test and I have to go back in a week to see if it decreases. I had admitted to having sex twice since the miscarriage and I got what I thought was my period on June first since I had stopped bleeding for a month after the miscarriage but I only spotted for about 2 to 3 days. Is there any reason to be concerned?

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    Fara

    Hi Sandra!

    How are you? Hope doing great!

    I was 4 weeks pregnant that time HCG level was 46. After 1 day I had bleeding & my HCG level reduce to 7.65. Pls suggest if I am still pregnant with normal pregnancy? There will be no problems?

    Regards

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    Becky

    After reading the comments above… I think I have the answer for my questions. Thanks.

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    esha

    I had protected sex on 24 May. Today on 23 June, I went for my blood test which comes <5 hCG levels. Am I pregnant?

    • avatar
      Sandra F.Fertility counselor

      Hello esha,

      If the result was <5, then you are not pregnant. Don't worry.

      Regards

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        esha

        Thank you love… Maybe I am getting overprotected about myself ?

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    Junicia

    I had a medical abortion on June 17. I thought I had passed the tissue, but have had ongoing spotting and fresh red blood since then. I cannot go have an ultrasound to confirm, and it has been 20 days. I had hCG test yesterday and level was at 166. Is this a normal level? I was just slightly over 4 weeks at the time of the abortion.

    I am concerned because I had a D&C several years ago due to a missed miscarriage, and by week 3 my HPT tests were negative. Is it different with a medical abortion?

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    Tiona Rankins

    Hi Sandra F,

    I found out I was pregnant on June 22. I did a home pregnancy test… Right after that I went to the doctor on June 24. Doctor did another pregnancy test and I was spotting and UT was positive both times. So, I had some more spotting… it kinda got heavy but it was because I had a tampon in and I didn’t know. This is my second time getting pregnant and the other time I had a miscarriage. So, I went to the ER, did blood work and my hCG is 44.3, 72… Please, explain to me what does this mean? How can I get my hCG to raise?

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    Mercy Ugwu

    I had a miscarriage at 6 weeks of pregnancy and it’s two weeks plus gone now, bleeding has stopped except for some brown discharge, so we’re waiting for it to stop completely before we try again but I tried taking a pregnancy test and I got a very positive results, the lines were even darker than the first time I tested positive. The miscarriage was a natural one and I have done series of scans even the ultra virginal can to check for ectopic but it’s not. I’m so confused, could anyone help?

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    Jen

    Hello Dr,

    I would like to ask: it’s been 4 weeks since I did the abortion. And I tried to take preg. test and then if you put urine on it, it shows a negative result but after 20 minutes it looks positive. I am not sure why 🙁 hope u can help pls

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    reva

    Had medical abortion at 4th wk on 25th May and bled for 5 days in total with clots… 6wks after, took a HPT twice and both are negative, but no period till now… Abdomen bloated, heaviness and slight pain on lower abdomen… No fever or discharge or pg s/s… Am I still pregnant??

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    momona

    Hi, can I ask? I took a medical abortion during my 4th week of pregnancy. I bled a lot, along with blood clots. I bleed for 5 days, but then it’s already 3 weeks after abortion and the test is still positive. Is it possible that I’m still pregnant?

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    Krystina

    I had a medical abortion at 10 weeks on 6/1. I went to the doctor about 2 weeks ago, they did ultrasound and saw nothing. They drew blood and said it was at 84. The one doctor said I was probably not pregnant but the other doctor was telling me I need to be seen by an ob/gyn, so I went to the doctor yesterday ’cause I’ve been sick and they now have it on file that I tested positive. They drew blood again and came back and said I am pregnant. Please, let me know what you think. I know it takes time for your body to go back to normal…

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    Debbie

    I had a surgical abortion on the 4th week of pregnancy on May 17. I had a little blood period. Soon after that I stopped feeling tenderness on my breast. On the same day of the procedure I had a blood test that showed a high level of hCG. 3 days after the procedure I had another blood test and decreased dramatically the levels. The nurse called me and said the abortion was a success. I went on with my life. I have an active sexual life with my husband but he does the “pull out before cum method”. I had a “regular” period on June 22 through June 27. Apparently normal. My sexual life is going great. A week ago I felt all the symptoms of a coming menstrual period but today (July 22) when I expected my period again and didn’t came I did freak out and took a urine pregnancy test: POSITIVE. Did 3 more and took the Clearblue test with weeks estimator… the result was 3+. What that really means? Is a new pregnancy? Or still remains from the procedure made on May 17? I would appreciate an answer. Thank you

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    Moboluwaji

    I had a surgical abortion 19 days ago and only had mild bleeding to brown blood for few hours. Problem is I still feel pregnant. Mild. Mild lower abdomen cramp, nauseous, fatigued and weak from inside out. Lost appetite too. Am I still pregnant? Thought it was infection initially and I got treated with antibiotics, but still feel pregnant.

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    Ed H

    I had a medical abortion on 14th of July. On the first week I was bleeding but by the beginning of the second week I was passing a big blood clot for 2 or 3 days (I didn’t have the symptoms of pregnancy anymore) then on 31st of July I had sex. After two days I started having severe pain while urinating, especially when it is towards the end. Today is 4th of August, can I be pregnant? Please, help.

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    CourtneyMarie

    Hi, I really need some advice. I’M A TOTAL wreck right now. I had a medical abortion on July 8th it was confirmed successful the next week and require no further treatment. I had unprotected sex exactly two weeks later (didn’t realize it was so soon) and now I’m confused about being pregnant all over again! I did blood hCG test at doctor’s yesterday and my hcg level was 400+ could this be a new pregnancy or hormones just lingering… I was almost 6 weeks when I got the abortion. PLEASE HELP! Thank u in advance

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    Grace

    Hello, I had a medical abortion on July 13th. I was moved to a new state before I could go in for a last ultrasound. I called and they will not see me in my new state or residence, they want me to drive all the way back to get the ultrasound. My ultrasound was supposed to be on July 26th but due to my 5 yr old starting school and me moving I can’t drive that far away and make it back on time. I found a women’s clinic that will do an ultrasound for 100$ but as a single mom I don’t have that extra money laying around. I passed the fetus two days after the pills and my pregnancy symptoms went completely away alongside bleeding as well. Then the next week started spotting then it disappeared again. Then yesterday I woke up, went to the restroom, had no blood laid down in bed and when I got back up there was a gush of blood followed by a gulf ball sized blood clot and mild cramping. Now today I’m nauseous bleeding and cramping. What should I do? I’m almost positive. I have a urinary tract infection on top of all of this. I’m really stressing out and just lost all together.

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    Ayesha

    Hi Dr,

    I was 4 weeks pregnant and my beta HCG was 470 on 20 July. My dr suggested me for another Beta HCG and ultrasound on 23rd July. My beta HCG was 400 and there is nothing in new ultrasound. My dr told me that it was a failed pregnancy, that is, I had miscarriage.

    But I was having spotting throughout this period from 2nd July till present even after my miscarriage. 2 days before I went to my dr and she suggested to me to take a beta HCG test and ultrasound. On Wednesday my beta HCG was 215 and they found some tissue in ultrasound, but my bleeding and spotting didn’t stop since 2nd July.

    I’m confused regarding what to do.

    Plz help me

    It’s 12th August now…

    Thnx

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    deb

    Hi, I took misoprostol on 9th of Aug. I bled throughout the night till morning, then it stopped. Do u think I am still pregnant because I didn’t bleed for more than two days?? On 14th of August I did a urine test and it showed positive. Am I still pregnant???? I really need your help.

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      Hema

      Please tell me what happened next. Because I am now in same situation.

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        Devi

        I am 7 weeks pregnant. Doctor suggested me that there is no heartbeat and prescribed me mefegest kit. After taking that kit bleeding started but in a very low form for 5days. In that one day I passed 2 small clots. Now it is completely stopped. My abortion is done or not done? Please tell me. My urine test is still positive.

        • avatar
          Sandra F.Fertility counselor

          Hello Devi,

          It takes some time for a woman’s body to recover from abortion, so it’s completely normal that a urine test still gives you back a positive result. Your beta-hCG levels will return to zero eventually. Just let it recover from it.

          Best

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    Ceecee

    I had an abortion on mid May. To my knowledge the procedure and recovery were normal. I’ve had two periods since 2nd one started about about weeks ago and I’ve been lightly bleeding ever since. A recent admission to hospital for something unrelated revealed a positive pregnancy test with hcg levels at 65. Nothing showed on ultrasound. Am I pregnant again?? Or is this due to a complication??

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    joness

    Please, do answer my question,

    Took abortion pill 29th June, blessed for a week, but still had pregnancy symptoms going on, so took another pregnancy pill 2 weeks later, which was 17th July but I just spotted brown blood and had some shapeless creamy thing that attached to a blood clot come out and 3mins later a round solid thing come out too,looked like an egg white. (Sorry 4 bad description) my breast are a bit sore now, and home pregnancy tested negative twice. But now I feel some slight abdomen pain not severe. Want to know if I am really not pregnant again. Please do reply.

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    Haych

    Hi Doctor,

    I had a surgical termination last Thursday 25/8/16. The doctors said I had a HGC reading of 644. I took a blood test the next day and results said HGC was 444. The doctor told me they want another test this week as even though the HGC is dropping. The Dr said he was concerned. I may have an ectopic pregnancy as it had not dropped that much. I am now worried as I have been having cramps and pains which I was told was normal after a termination. Can you help me understand? If the HGC levels are lowering, why the dr would say this??

    • avatar
      Sandra F.Fertility counselor

      Hello Haych,

      In principle, there is no reason why it should be an ectopic pregnancy. However, my advice is that you follow your doctor’s instructions. Anyways, it’s of material importance to continue to monitor the development of your hCG levels, whether they continue to drop till 0.00.

      I hope I have been able to help,

      Best

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    Miriam

    I just had a miscarriage on Aug 6th, and I stopped bleeding in 6 days. I went to the dr and he gave me Misoprostol on Aug 12 in case there was any leftover tissue but nothing came out. I haven’t gotten my period, I’ve been taking pregnancy tests once a week and they didn’t show negative. Sunday I took a clear blue test and it said I was 2-3 weeks pregnant. Can it be possible that I am pregnant again? I am worried because I took misoprostol. Confused, don’t know what to think… Anyone had a similar situation?

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    Chelle

    Doc, pls I need help. I am 33 y/o. Last June 27 they removed my 8 week-old-baby due to chromosomal problems. After a month, on July 30 started my period (it’s dark color at first but become normal after 2 days). On August 26 I got my second period, very dark color until the end and some spotting and I feel pain in my pelvic area. It’s been 9 days since my very dark period finished, and I still have my brown spotting. I check my hCG level and it’s 6 miu/ml, then after a week it become 18 miu/ml, then after 4 days it become 10 iu/L. Doc, I don’t understand, what’s happening to my body? I’m hoping that I’m pregnant but when I saw the last result of my hCG it’s giving me heartache. Pls help. Thank you in advance.

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    khulud

    I was 5 weeks pregnant when I used misoprostol (2 doses of 800 mcg PV). I had severe bleeding and I passed tissue.
    I did ultrasound same day, no sac intra or out side the uterus. I did BHCG same day as well, was only 31 but kept doubling every day until today which is 1 week after (I’m 6 weeks +3) the result is 890 ultrasound still didn’t show any sac in or out side the uterus.

    Should this concern me?

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    khulud

    My ultrasound showed corpus in the left ovary, no free fluid, right ovary was clear, blood in the uterus with thick endometrial 16 mm.

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    Dimple

    Hi doctor, I took abortion pills on the 11th of August. I was bleeding for the first 2 weeks, later I started seeing blood spots for another 2 weeks. I complained to my gyn and he gave me vitamin k in order to stop the bleeding but unfortunately it did not stop.

    On the 7th of September, I saw a gush of blood with some clotting. Also I had abdominal cramps and blood is still flowing today is the 5th day.

    I have gone for scan it shows no baby and my urine test shows light negative. Pls, am I still pregnant? And also, why the flow of heavy blood after 4 weeks? Could it be my period?

    Thank u

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    amri

    Hello, I had an abortion last month on the 11th. I then went on to the birth control pills, took it for a week, missed a few pills but started back up me and my bf had sex on August 22nd unprotected, but today I bought a digital pregnancy test that shows how many weeks u are. It showed up pregnant 1-2 weeks, could I be pregnant again??

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    Nancy jigs

    I’m in a very sensitive situation right now I hope you can give me good advice and don’t judge me in this mess that that I’m facing right now. I’m due for medical test this month and my visa interview will be next month. I just found out last week that I’m pregnant and decided to take medicine to abort the pregnancy. My fiancé doesn’t know that I am in this situation. He is not the father, I was forced/raped and got pregnant. It’s been a week and I’m still bleeding, I can feel that the abortion was successful and I’m just waiting for my body to get back to normal. I don’t know what to do and when to go for the medical test. The fiancé is so excited and bugging me to go for the medical and I just keep giving excuses that I have cough and other reasons to delay the medical test. In case I recover before the interview date, should I tell the doctor what I did and what I been through or should I just keep it? Can they tell if I had abortion? How will it affect my visa interview and approval? I’m emotionally drained now, I feel like giving up but, we have so many plans and I hope it won’t be ruined because of what happened to me.

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    jummy

    Hello, I was pregnant for 8 wks, had a miscarriage in July 16th, and I was evacuated. August 16th I was at the hospital cos I was sick (malaria). hCG test and others were carried out and hCG was negative. The next day I had the first flow of period which was normal for 4 days. After 2 wks, I started seeing spotted blood which lasted for 2 days followed by normal blood flow for 5 days and it hasn’t stopped. I’m confused.

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    jummy

    When hCG is negative, does that mean it has reached 0 level?

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    kristy

    Hi everyone.
    I had a surgical abortion two weeks ago and then had sex a week after the abortion but I had stopped bleeding then and everything was fine.. I took postinor 3hrs after sex.. It’s been a week since I had sex and just yesterday I started having cramps. I don’t know if it’s me ovulating because I normally have cramps during ovulation…. Or am I pregnant??? I really need help on this.

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    swetha

    Hi every one,

    I am new to this page. I was 7 weeks pregnant and miscarried on 31 July. The bleeding happened until 10 days. My period came up on 12th September still showing pregnancy. My hCG level was 46 until 30th September. What does it mean? Are there any retained tissues left in my womb?? Doctor’s saying there is no need for scanning. What should I do know?

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    Pao

    I had an surgical abortion on Sunday (02 oct) , I was 4 w pregnant.
    I took a hCG level test on Monday morning and it was at 918.
    Yesterday I did another laboratory test and found that my hCG levels were higher at 2,700.

    Immediately I asked for a scan and they didn’t find anything, no signs of pregnancy, no ectopic pregnancy…

    I’m so worried and I don’t know if my body is not aware that I’m not pregnant anymore and I have to wait or should I do something.

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    Anonymous

    I had a medical abortion over a week ago. I went in for my check up and they said I had passed the pregnancy. I went to my PCM to get birth control and of course the pregnancy test came back positive. They want to do a blood test… Will this tell them I am not pregnant? Or do I have to want longer for it to say I’m not?

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    LISA

    Hi, I had an abortion 3 weeks ago and I am so worried now because I still have the metallic taste in my mouth, as if i was still pregnant… I did take a pregnancy test last night and thankfully it was negative 🙂 LOL, I knew it would be… but overall I wanted to know if the taste will go away eventually, and is it maybe because???????? My hCG levels are still in effect (high). Please help me with this if u have any info… Thank you so much!!!!

    • avatar
      Sandra F.Fertility counselor

      Hi Lisa,

      Having a distortion of the sense of taste, including a metallic taste, is medically known as “dysgeusia” or “parageusia”. This symptom will disappear eventually while your hormones are reestablishing their normal levels. Anyway, it is not a severe symptom, so do not worry, as it will disappear in a few days. The body does not process it automatically.

      I hope I have been able to help,

      Best

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    Susan

    Hi. I had a miscarriage on September 26 and have been getting my labs drawn every two weeks since then to check make sure my HCG levels go to <5. My levels were initially around 10,000-15,000 and, as of 2 weeks ago, had dropped to 34, which I thought was a good thing and we were finally getting somewhere. I have been on the pill since the first of October and my partner and I have been extremely careful with regards to sex. I went back to the doctor yesterday for another check and my levels are now at 36. She tells me that sometimes if any tissue remains it can turn to cancer so I have to go back yet again in another 2 weeks for another testing and then 2 weeks after that. I’m a bit freaked out because I don’t think I’m pregnant again, but this is a bit concerning.

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    Sony

    I had a medical abortion after 9 weeks of pregnancy. My last period was sep 20 and I had medical abortion on 1st December. It’s been 9 days and bleeding stopped on 7th December. How many days do I need to wait for urine test because I have already tested today morning and it’s positive. I had a nonstop bleeding for 5 days. I thought it was all gone. If there is any blood in particles in uterus, will they infect me…?

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    elly

    Hello. I have terrible nausea. I will have medical abortion soon. Will I stop feeling sick after the first abortion pill?

    • avatar
      Sandra F.Fertility counselor

      Dear elly,

      It depends on each woman. While sickness stops after a few days in some women, it might continue even after taking the pill in others. Do not worry, it will stop eventually.

      Best

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    jennifer

    I took Misoprostol on the morning of Jan. 6th after a ultrasound showed babies heart had stopped beating after 9 weeks. I’ve been going in for checking my beta levels every week since I’m still bleeding and now its kinda like a snotty mucus like with blood. My doctor doesn’t seem concerned and I haven’t had a ultrasound or even a check-up since the miscarriage just labs.. it’s been almost 10 weeks ever since. Is this normal? Should I be concerned? Why is this taking so long?

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    zeey rose

    Hai. I figured out i was positive this January 2017, and early Feb the 9th i had miscarriage. I experienced less blood and it lasted like a week. Then the blood stopped. I checked with home pregnancy tests and it still shows positive. I am having cramps right under my tummy so bad. Question is: when will I have my menstruation?

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    Namirembe Fatuma

    Hey, I had a medical abortion when I was 5 weeks pregnant. I bleed for only 9 days and it’s been 4 weeks, 2 days now ever since, but I haven’t got my period and I’m not pregnant. Is it okay to start contraceptive pills so that it fastens my period?

    • avatar
      Sandra F.Fertility counselor

      Dear Namirembe,

      It is better for you not to start taking contraceptive pills without medical prescription. My advice is that you wait until your period starts. An abortion pill can alter a woman’s hormonal levels, so it is normal to have an irregular period right after having taken an abortion pill. I recommend you to wait or ask your doctor for further instructions.

      Best wishes

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    jessey

    Hi, I was 4 weeks pregnant and I had a medical abortion on 11th March and I bled for 1 week. The pregnancy signs disappeared. After 3 weeks, I started getting signs like breast sore and whitish discharge again, though I’ve not had unprotected sex since then. To be sure I did urine test yesterday and it tested negative but I am still not convinced because of the signs I am getting from my breast. Could it be that I am still pregnant? If am not when will I see my next period because this is the 4th week now. Please reply me because I am very worried.

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    Anonymous

    Hi doctor i had an abortion on the 9th of April of which i believe it was successful because I was bleeding and experienced cramps while waiting for the Dr to come do evacuation. When the doctor arrived he said i have uterine prolapse and also the equipment he was using was too small to reach my cervix ,and he also mentioned that the cervix is facing another direction so I should come back after 3days so he can evacuate… I couldn’t go because I am a student nd they won’t allow me to miss my practical and also because of the pain i felt while he was trying to reach the cervix and open it… now my worry is that now I am approaching 4weeks after abortion but pregnancy is still positive but he’s saying it was successful and there was no heart beat when he did the ultrasound that day… and another worry is that i used Nurstrate but I had sex 5 days after I had it… could I be pregnant again?

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    Jay

    Hey, so I have a question… I had the pill abortion March 28th and went back on April 4th for my post check up. They said I was fine even though I told them I still had server cramps. That day they inserted my copper IUD for 12 yrs. Since then I’ve been pretty much bleeding everyday. Some days are heavier than others but I bleed pretty much everyday. I have always felt discomfort since the whole thing. I’ve tried to contact the ob/gyn office and there on call doctor said it was normal for up to six months. So I waited thinking it was just my anxiety about the whole thing. Then two days ago I have sex with my boyfriend and got bad stomach pains. Later when I checked I could feel the IUD like it was coming out. I then started bleeding and over night got serve cramping… I went to the ER and they removed it. They said it may have been inserted wrong from the way they found it. Then they come back and said I had a problem with my urine… my pregnancy test comes out with a very faint line. They then did a blood test and still came back saying I have an extremely low level of hCG. Could this be from the abortion and maybe tissue that could be left from it or am I most likely pregnant again? I now have to go to the hospital every two days for blood test until they see if the numbers increase or decrease. Please help.

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    Tiffany

    I had an surgical abortion April 28th and had sex a week after and I’ve been having unprotected sex ever since. I got a 3-day period on June 9th that ended on the 12th. I had sex right after that as well and I now have symptoms like nausea, headaches and sore breast. Could I be pregnant again or is it to soon?

    • avatar
      Sandra F.Fertility counselor

      Hello Tiffany,

      If you have had unprotected sex, there are always chances that you are pregnant again. My advice is that you take a pregnancy test if your next period does not show up when expected. By the way, if you are not planning to become pregnant, there are plenty of birth control methods you can feel comfortable with and enjoy sex without the fear of getting an unwanted pregnancy. Take a look at the following guide to learn more about them: Contraception: What are the most common birth control methods?

      I hope that helps,

      Best

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    Rasika dalvi

    Hi, i had my abortion by medicine after taking 2nd medicine on 10th june. i started bleeding so heavily… doctor said that if i had experienced spotting on 21st june it can be possible for checking by sonography… But there was no blood on the 21st of june or onwards but suddenly i started bleeding on the 28th june… What I mean… Am I still pregnant? But there are no symptoms… Like in the beginning i was having continued something… And i was not able to eat anything. I was feeling very weak…. but now everything is fine.. Bu what is this bleeding? Can you just tell me something about this situation?

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    Harshi

    I have 6 days missed periods and Today i got the serum b hcg report. Result was 4860 Miu/ml. Am I pregnant?

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    ann

    Hi, I had an abortion pill on june 13, bleeding was not that heavy but I felt the pain and cramping. when I go to the cr there’s a blood coming out and a small blood clot. I have been bleeding for just 3 days and spotting until july 6, but on july 6 in the evening I feel cramping more than like menstruation and I felt that there’s something passing out so I went to the cr and it was a clot like liver and the size was like a thumb, and I bled for 1 week like a period, and then I also passed out a blood clot then after that no more bleeding… I used a pregnancy test but the result was positive.. was the abortion complete? I am so worried about my health. Can u tell me what is all about this? I am still pregnant?

    • avatar
      Sandra F.Fertility counselor

      Hello ann,

      The abortion pill is a very powerful medicine that alters your body’s normal hormonal levels, so these symptoms are normal after taking it. It will still take some time for your body to recover its normal levels after the abortion. It’s very unlikely that it didn’t work, it’s just your body recovering its normal levels again. As for b-hCG levels, it’s normal that they are elevated still, so it’s only logical that you still get a positive result after taking a pregnancy test. They will return back to zero eventually, though.

      I hope this helps,

      Best

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    Mylene

    Hi doctor. I took a medical abortion last June 16 and bled after an hour. After 3 days I had very bad cramps and I went to the bathroom and saw a big clot. And the cramp diminished. It’s been a month now and I’m still bleeding but not so heavily. It is just normal or do I have to go seek medical care? I underwent transvaginal ultrasound and the doctor said it is empty but she said there is some tissue. Should I take another abortion pill to empty my uterus? Thank you

    • avatar
      Sandra F.Fertility counselor

      Hello Mylene,

      No, you don’t have to take another abortion pill. Your body will expel the remaining tissue eventually. Keep in mind that it takes some time for your organism to recover from such a powerful medicine, so be patient.

      Best

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        Rose

        Hi doc, just wanna ask, because i was worried. Right now my situation, last july 24 i went for mva abortion till then after 5days shows positive so my private doctor did a second procedure and she took a lot remaining inside. She said that it may be twins. Now what i want to is… now already 5days ago from second procedure, why i still fell I’m pregnant?
        Still my breast sore, i fell nausea and all my body aching. Thank u hope u can tell me n reply me fast.

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    Fiza

    I had a medical abortion on 8th of July and started bleeding. Passed wat looked like an embryo within the 1st hr. Bleeding continued for the next 10 days and stopped… My pregnancy symptoms like nausea, dizziness and aversion to food disappeared on the same day of the abortion and I felt great for the next 1 week.. Exactly 9 days after my abortion, I started feeling dizzy and tired in the mornings again. Does that mean I’m still pregnant? The thing is, I can’t go to a doctor to confirm as no one knows about my situation. Kindly help

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    Sabrina

    Hi, had a d and c done on the 11th of july. I miscarried twins and after about a week or so i was spotting a lil from it. Had sex and guy cummed n me… is it possible i could get pregnant? i took a test today and came out positive can it be my hcg levels r still high from my miscarriage with twins. idk im freaking out im jus hoping its jus my hcg levels bn high

    • avatar
      Sandra F.Fertility counselor

      Dear Sabrina,

      Your hCG levels might be high due to your previous miscarriage, as it takes some time for the body to recover and get back its hCG levels to zero. However, if does not mean you cannot get pregnant again if there is unprotected intercourse. So, my advice is that you use a birth control method if you do not want to get an undesired pregnancy. Here’s a complete guide to all the methods available today: Contraceptives.

      I hope this helps,

      Best