Going through similar-ish sort of thing at the moment. I can't offer much advice, but I can offer a hand hold.
My first thought with this post, was are you sure when you ovulated? I've been caught out like that before, thinking I was further along then realising I'd ovulated 1-2 weeks later than I thought. Is there any chance you may be earlier than you think?
I have always had a regular cycle of 29/30 days, and I was pretty certain I ovulated around day 16 due to clear egg white sticky discharge. Which I only get when I am ovulating. I might have implanted late and that's the reason the levels are low meaning I am only 5 weeks not 6.
But 17 is really low , still waiting for the phone call back with results from today to see if the number has increased or decreased.
The bleeding is never a good sign tho which makes me think this isn't going to end in good news Thanks for the post it's nice to hear from others xx
In a way, its the doubling time of the hcg which is more important than the level. Mine was 29 10dp5d blast transfer, but it rocketed, despite bleeding. I had 2 embs put back and only one took. Very best of luck x
It's the doubling time that's important so hopefully your levels have gone up.
I had something similar a few months ago, only got a positive urine test quite a few days after AF due, a little bleeding, bloods tests at EPU which showed HCG of only 25 and barely rising (this was at 5 weeks). After a scan it showed I had an ectopic which I really hope isn't the case for you.
I hope your journey is positive but I think you may have to prepare yourself for the worst. I'm so sorry for what you're going through xx