HCG Levels after 5 Weeks of Pregnancy

Submitted by Nick on February 1, 2012

HCG is the short form for the hormone known as the Human Chorionic Gonadotropin hormone. The HCG hormone is used as one of the markers to determine whether a woman is pregnant. HCG is also used as a marker for other factors associated with the menstrual cycle and with the progression of the woman’s pregnancy. The blood test for HCG levels is conducted as part of the routine assessment of a woman’s health by her doctor. As with all substances in the blood, the HCG levels at 5 weeks pregnant fall within a normal range. Any abnormal value could indicate a problem which would lead to further...


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...medical investigation on the part of the doctor. The normal HCG levels at 5 weeks pregnant range between 18 and 7,340 mIU per milliliter. As one can see, this is a very wide range of HCG levels at 5 weeks pregnant. This is because the processes that increase the level of HCG in the blood tend to occur rapidly. The exact date of conception in most pregnancies cannot be properly estimated. This is because there are calculations made from the last menstrual period or from the date when conception is believed to have occurred. Therefore, women who report at 5 weeks pregnancy may actually be 4 weeks pregnant or 6 weeks pregnant depending on the method by which the calculation is made. The rapid rise of HCG levels means that it may double during each day as the pregnancy progresses.

Low HCG levels at 5 weeks pregnant could indicate a miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy. If there are no other symptoms, the doctor will wait for the pregnancy to develop for another week before checking the level again. The error mentioned above is applicable here which is why the wait and watch approach may be taken at this stage. High HCG levels at 5 weeks pregnant could also indicate some problem with the pregnancy. High HCG levels at 5 weeks pregnant could also indicate that the woman is experiencing multiple pregnancies. This may be in the form of twins or triplets.

When examining the HCG levels at 5 weeks pregnant, the doctor will keep measuring the level over a period of time. This is the only way that he or she will firmly establish the rate at which the HCG level is progressing. This will indicate the true stage of the pregnancy.

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