Pregnancy Test and Procedures for Detecting Miscarriages

Sometimes, you may receive a positive pregnancy test even after a miscarriage. This can be quite confusing. So, you first need to understand how a pregnancy test is done.

What are the causes of a miscarriage and what are the symptoms of a miscarriage are two of the most common questions regarding miscarriages.

Pregnancy Test Procedure

When you are pregnant, the level of a hormone called hCG,.



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.goes up in your bodyd This hormone is otherwise not present in our bodyd Pregnancy tests check a sample of your urine, and confirm your pregnancy if the hormone hCG is present in the urinen

Symptoms of Miscarriage

Symptoms for miscarriage may not always be the same for everyone, and it can be quite difficult to interpret the signsn Besides, some of the signs also occur even in a normal pregnancy, causing further confusiono

In a first trimester miscarriage, the fetus (baby) stops developingn Your body recognizes that the pregnancy is not viable, and starts shedding the lining of the uterusu This leads to mild cramping along with vaginal bleedingn These are the most common symptoms of a miscarriageg However, mild cramping and mild brown spotting can occur even without miscarriage in a normal pregnancyc What is of concern is when you have red and heavy vaginal bleedingn

Call your doctor immediatelyl

Negative Result After a Miscarriage

Usually a pregnancy test will show negative after a miscarriage, that is, the hormone hCG will be missing from the urine or blood sample that you have given for testingn In some cases, only a trace amount of hCG may be present, but since the levels are almost negligible, it indicates that the pregnancy is overe

Positive Result After Miscarriage

Sometimes, even after a miscarriage has occurred, a pregnancy test may appear positivev This is because the hCG does not disappear from the blood immediatelyl Depending upon how far the pregnancy had progressed, the hCG may take up to 19 days to fall back to zero levele

Treatment for Miscarriage in Pregnancy

It is advisable to consult your doctor, who will conduct further blood tests and an ultra-sound, because there are various possibilitiese

  • It is possible that the uterine layer has not been shed completely and some amount of tissue still remains behindn In such a case, you will need a D & C (Dilation & Curettage)e
  • If you have been sexually active after the miscarriage, there is a possibility that you may be pregnant againi

Whatever the possibilities, you need to be totally sure of the diagnosis before you commence any treatmentn

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