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Hcg & Progesterone testing

Hi All!

I am 5 weeks pregnant and have been going every third day for blood draws in order to check my hcg and progesterone levels. Any idea how long this continues for? I am grateful for the blood draws because it caught a low progesterone level, but I'm really starting to feel like a pin cushion.

In your experience, when did the RE stop checking bloodwork every other or every third day?


Re: Hcg & Progesterone testing

  • I only had 3 betas drawn, progesterone was only drawn on the first. The office wanted to do a 4th, but I declined- too much stress worrying about the numbers. The office was fine with not doing another, my nurse said they usually draw up to 1000 hcg and then stop.

    Two years, two losses and three IUIs...

    We are having TRIPLETS!

    EDD 1/26/16

     GGB born November 2015!

  • We did 3, one at 3w6d, one at 4w1d, one at 4w3d.  Progesterone only drawn on the first one. 


    June 19, 2010 - Miracle Baby Girl

    Round 2
    Since March 2013
    BFP April 2013 - Missed M/C July 2013 @ 12w6d
    BFP December 2013 - CP @ 4w3d
    Eight medicated cycles, three IUIs: FAIL
    IVF #1 Antagonist - January 2015: CP/FAIL

    IVF #2 April 2015: Microdose lupron Flare
    ICSI, CCS Freeze all
    6 blasts biopsied/5 normal

    FET #1 June 25, 2015 6AA and 5AA blast transfer
    BFP 3dp5dt!
    Beta 8dp5dt 195.2, 10dp5dt 474.8, 12dp5dt 977, 22dp5dt 25,580
    <3 Twins! Our boy and girl coming end of February!  <3

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  • I had three blood draws that were betas and also tested for progesterone and estrogen. The first two were 9 and 12 days after my FET, and the third was about a 9 days after that. I only had those three. I can't imagine going every three days!

    I hope they are comfortable with your levels soon!

    Me: 35 DOR - AMH 1.1 FSH 5.6

    DH: 39

    09/01/10 - First pregnancy - my sweet son was born 

    04/25/14 - Miscarriage at 9 weeks - Turner Syndrome 

    08/01/14 - Miscarriage at 8 weeks - Trisomy 9 

    October 2014 - Unsuccessful IUI 

    November 2014 - IUI month skipped due to cyst 

    December 2014 - Unsuccessful IUI 

    January/February 2015 - Failed IVF (standard long protocol) - 7 eggs, 6 mature, 4 fertilized (ICSI), 0 made it to blast, 0 for testing 

    March/April 2015 - Microflare IVF protocol with HGH - 6 eggs, 6 mature, 5 fertilized (ICSI), 2 blasts for biopsy! 

    May/June 2015 - Microflare IVF protocol with HGH - 9 eggs, 6 mature, 5 fertilized (ICSI), 3 blasts for biopsy!

    06/18/15 -  Two healthy embies based on PGS testing by Natera!

    June/July 2015 - FET cycle with estradiol & PIO shots, a Neupogen treatment, and accupuncture

    07/08/2015 - Transferred one lovely embie 

    07/17/2015 - Beta #1 136

    07/20/2015 - Beta #2 529 -- BFP!!!

  • I've only had two, and I'm feeling the opposite, wishing they'd keep testing until my ultrasound! I had lots of pregnancy symptoms the few days coming up to my first beta, and less so since (despite numbers increasing really well). I'm having a hard time believing I'm really pregnant, so a regular blood test would definitely reassure me!
  • @KidShrink My sentiments exactly.

    My 1st betas was @ 4w5d. I haven't even had my 2nd beta to confirm that my numbers are increasing properly. That'll happen @ 5w5d. So, as to be expected, I'm going crazy with anxiety. I really do wish my tests were closer together. Only, 3 more days!! Then I'll be stressing until the u/s. It never ends, does it?

    I haven't had any other levels checked since before my ET. I have been on progesterone and estrogen supplements for weeks now. 
    Married for 4 years. TTC for 3.
    Me: 38 DH: 39
    DX: Unexplained Infertility; found a few fibroids this time around during SIS

    March 2012: Clomid for 3 cycles  3 BFNs
    Sept. 2013: started injectables (Follistim, Ovidrel Trigger) IUI BFN

    May 2015: New RE. Going IVF. Tests, Tests, Tests 
    July 2015: Microdose Lupron 20u am & pm, Follistim 150iu 75iu am, Menapur 150iu 75iu pm
    Triggered 8/4 ER 8/6 ET 8/11 2 beautiful blastocysts; 2WW
    8/19 hpt BFP! Beta 8/25: 482
    2nd Beta 9/1......3707
    U/S 9/21: 1 beautiful little gummy bear

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