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Busterbarlow1 Sat 22-Sep-12 19:11:27

Hello, I tested two days ago and got a 2-3 weeks on the cb digital test, today it's showing 1-2 weeks. Anyone else get this? I'm panicking as the lower hcg result surely must mean something is wrong :-(

HaveALittleFaith Sat 22-Sep-12 19:25:53

First of all don't panic! Did you test at the same time of day? Your hormone levels will fluctuate to some degree. I had to stop testing after 11! because I was obsessing about strength of lines. I waited for a week then got a really strong BFP! As it stands, you're pregnant. Congratulations smile

kittykatskumkwat Sat 22-Sep-12 19:33:30

I know it actually says in the instruction the indicator part is only reliable using fmu, did you do it at random times?

Busterbarlow1 Sat 22-Sep-12 20:02:25

Thank you for your replies. I used it two mornings using fmu and another one this afternoon which said 1-2 weeks again. Have had a previous mmc and can't help feel this is going the same way.

HaveALittleFaith Sat 22-Sep-12 21:49:56

Oh no wonder you're worried then. I'm sorry for your loss. Honestly though, I wouldn't keep testing with those tests, they'll only mess with your head! I'd get an appointment with your GP and get support from your local midwife - I'm anxious because we TTC'd for so long - and she was lovely and said I could go weekly if I needed. Can you book an early scan for about 7 weeks?

Busterbarlow1 Sun 23-Sep-12 07:18:32

I've got an appointment for Tuesday so fingers crossed she'll refer me for a scan then. Tuesday is a long way away though :-( still haven't any pain but I know that's not necessarily a positive sign xx

HaveALittleFaith Sun 23-Sep-12 07:34:04

That's good. Do you have many symptoms?

firefli Sun 23-Sep-12 08:33:57

I had a bad experience with those tests, and wouldn't trust their accuracy. Mine failed to move up from 2-3 weeks, despite doing first one midday and second fmu. I panicked as I'd had a mc a few months previously. Got bloods at gp next day which showed norm to high hcg. Despite no real prob, gp got epu to scan me as my levels were high enough and saw heartbeat at 6+2. Midwife there felt these tests did more harm than good. I've also read warnings since that they're ok for a bit of fun, but not suitable for vulnerable women post mc or infertility treatment.

My baby is now 18 weeks, so while I've still got a long way to go, clearly the 'problem' I identified with the test wasn't real. Only blood tests, scans and time give you real answers.

Wish you all the best with this pg buster. Early weeks went so slowly for me, and at times stress of waiting for something to go wrong felt unbearable, but things have got much better in time. x

Busterbarlow1 Sun 23-Sep-12 08:46:38

I have been feeling dizzy and a little nauseous but nothing major. Firefli, thank you for your reassurance. It's just horrid seeing the numbers go down. I really hope you're right. Can the doctor test your hcg level there and then? I'm hoping they'll refer me for a scan but my doctors are rubbish! Xx

HauntedLittleLunatic Sun 23-Sep-12 09:04:36

I am a biochemist and having a vague understanding (i think) of how they work I wouldn't put too much on the accuracy of the dating part.

I would be a little bit worried if it had gone from 4-6 weeks down to 1-2 weeks but I would say that your change could easily be explained by a combination of slight change in concentration of urine which is affected by what you eat and drink and sensitivity of the test around date boundaries.

In fact why does it even quantify 1-2 weeks? There is no hcg during weeks 1 and 2 hmm...

HaveALittleFaith Sun 23-Sep-12 09:17:46

haunted its from conception rather than lmp - it clarifies if the test says 1-2 your doctor will date you as 3-4. I agree though, it looks at concentration of the hcg levels which could just be down to drinking more the night before. They aren't diagnostic tests.

buster your GP can take the hcg bloods (or more likely they'd ask the nurse to do it!) but there would be a wait getting them processed in the lab. Also hcg can't be assessed in isolation. If they take one reading, they've had to check again a while after (maybe a few days) to see if it's rising at an appropriate rate. If your GP practice aren't helpful or won't refer you for an early scan you can get them privately for about £100 - might be worth the cost for the reassurance!

Busterbarlow1 Sun 23-Sep-12 20:08:14

You guys are so awesome thank you for all your help. This evening I've had some thick clear stringy discharge with a bit of brown spot in it. I have no idea what it is but thinking the combination of the two cant be great although one of my friends thinks maybe implantation bleeding a bit late but that's why it's brown. I think I'll try the docs tomorrow. You guys are amazing xx

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