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How long can HCG stay in your bloodstream after ERPC? Confused

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PollyCazaletWannabe Sat 11-Feb-17 01:52:09

I was diagnosed with a missed miscarriage in January when my baby should have been 9 weeks but was measuring only 5-6, Had ERPC on 23rd Jan (so 12 days ago) and was told that the baby had died at 5 weeks 6 days. However, today when I took a clear blue test it said 1-2 weeks pregnant.
Now last weekend (2 weeks after the procedure) DH and I DTD with no protection a couple of times, then on Sunday /Monday I had really stretchy mucus and felt strongly that I had ovulated. There's no way that the test could be picking up a new pregnancy right? It's much more likely to be HCG left over from before my ERPC- am I right? Any advice appreciated!

Pinkandwhite Sat 11-Feb-17 02:40:42

Firstly, I am really sorry for your loss Polly. When you say you DTD last weekend, you mean the weekend of the 4th/5th Feb don't you? If so, I'm sorry to say I think it's unlikely you would be getting a positive from a new pregnancy on a digital clear blue test because they aren't very sensitive. I think it is far more likely that there is still HCG in your system from the pregnancy you lost. I hope I'm wrong though.

PollyCazaletWannabe Sat 11-Feb-17 03:08:00

Thanks for your reply pink. I agree with you tbh. Just being a bit silly and hoping against hope!
Any other thoughts appreciated smile

PollyCazaletWannabe Sat 11-Feb-17 05:17:03

Bumping for traffic

tigerdog Sat 11-Feb-17 06:11:12

I'm so sorry for your loss. I've also been through this recently. It took over three weeks for the HCG to leave my system after my mmc at 11 weeks (measuring at 9 weeks 4 days) back in November. I then had a period at that point (which seemed different to usual - darker and less painful but lasted 8 days) and then a long cycle, ovulating a week late on cd 21.

I also agree that it is unlikely to be a new pregnancy this early but I thought that ovulation wasn't possible with hcg still in your system? I guess the only way to be sure is to test again in a few days. I found it useful to track ovulation so I knew what was going on - I was worried about my cycle not going back to normal.

PollyCazaletWannabe Sat 11-Feb-17 08:15:46

Thank you tiger. I'm sorry for your loss too sad the thing is that I don't actually know if I ovulated or not but the mucus seemed exactly right. I am a bit confused about tracking now, as I haven't had a period - don't I need to wait until after that to track?

PollyCazaletWannabe Sat 11-Feb-17 10:52:12

Bumping again, sorry blush desperate for answers

tigerdog Sat 11-Feb-17 11:00:06

I don't think anyone can give you a concrete answer - it's a waiting game. My suggestion would be to track the hcg with cheap strip tests - either it will get fainter as it leaves your system or darker if you are pregnant. I tracked mine until I got a clear negative. Based on the timings though, I would say a new pregnancy is unlikely but not impossible I guess.

Wombletor Sat 11-Feb-17 11:03:17

Sorry for your loss. I tested weekly after my ERPC and only got a negative 3 weeks after.

InfinityPlusOne Sat 11-Feb-17 11:17:05

I am sorry about your loss. I had a very early miscarriage at 6 weeks. Bled very lightly for 2 weeks after finding out I was miscarrying, went on holidays for two weeks and came back to find I was pregnant again. It is possible but it sounds like it's too early to tell yet and as you were further along in the pregnancy than I would have been it is possible that you still have a high level of HCG in your system. All I can advise is waiting a bit longer and seeing if the tests stay positive. Best of luck OP

PollyCazaletWannabe Sat 11-Feb-17 13:11:34

Thank you all for your kind words smile

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