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Slow Rising Betas

Hello, I just found out I was pregnant last Friday. The Beta was 3,123. My doctor had me retake the blood test on Monday to make sure the levels were doubling at least every 48 hours. The blood test on Monday had a Beta of 4,250. They called with the results today and had me come in to do an ultrasound. The ultrasound showed an empty sac. They had down that I was 5 weeks 3 days pregnant. They said the empty sac could just be because I am too early for an ultrasound. My last period was April 19th and I have irregularly long periods. I think my conception date is May 18th. So 5 weeks matches my date of conception. My blood work this morning had a beta of 5,997 and I have another ultrasound on Wednesday. My doctor is not sure if it is a viable pregnancy or not, but she doesn't sound optimistic. She said not to worry about it and we will look at it again next week. I can't help it, but I am still worried. I took Provera and Clomid at the very beginning of this pregnancy. I was misinformed on how to take the Clomid and my blood test before taking the medication said negative because it was too early for HCGs to show. So right now I am really worried and nervous. Has anyone had experience with any of this? Low rising betas? Empty sac at 5 weeks? Provera/Clomid very early in pregnancy? Thanks so much!
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Re: Slow Rising Betas

  • mnj05mnj05 member
    When betas reach high numbers, they tend to slow down and not double. I've actually not seen a first beta as high as yours; doesn't mean it doesn't happen, obviously, I've just never seen that.

    My RE does not do ultrasounds before 6 weeks for the reason of probably not seeing anything. I did have an emergency one at 5w4d with my son and I want to say all we saw was the sac but a week later saw his heartbeat.

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    DX: anovulatory and severe MFI
    DH is a testicular cancer survivor
    IVF#1 w/ICSI lupron, gonal f, ovidrel
    ER 6/15/12 6R 6M 6F! ET 6/20/12
    Beta #1: 154 Beta #2: 509 Beta #3: 7326
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    TTC#2: 6/2014 all testing came back normal

    IVF#2 (#1 for LO#2) 9/2014 - 17R 10M 10F 4 blasts frozen on day 6.

    FET #1 10/15/14 - Beta #1: 216  Beta #2: 823


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  • pupluv0410pupluv0410 member
    edited June 2015
    Thank you. I am so nervous and worried and can't stop thinking about it. And to top it off, last night and this morning I have had some (TMI warning) gooey, brown stuff with a little pink this morning. :(
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  • mnj05mnj05 member
    Although scary, spotting is completely normal. Are you on progesterone supplements? The vaginal type can cause spotting too.

    FX for the best!

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    TTC #1 since 3/2011
    DX: anovulatory and severe MFI
    DH is a testicular cancer survivor
    IVF#1 w/ICSI lupron, gonal f, ovidrel
    ER 6/15/12 6R 6M 6F! ET 6/20/12
    Beta #1: 154 Beta #2: 509 Beta #3: 7326
    Baby Boy born 3/1/2013
    Baby Birthday Ticker Ticker

    TTC#2: 6/2014 all testing came back normal

    IVF#2 (#1 for LO#2) 9/2014 - 17R 10M 10F 4 blasts frozen on day 6.

    FET #1 10/15/14 - Beta #1: 216  Beta #2: 823


    Baby Boy born 7/10/2015


  • Warning: Pg loss mentioned.

    Yes, I read that doubling time slows down to 2-3 days for hCG between 1,200 to 6,000 (and more afterwards), a minimum 50% increase each 3 days. I calculate your doubling time (from ~3,000 to ~6,000) as 7 days. I'm no doctor, but based on my experience, I would prepare for the worst and hope for the best. My ectopic pg had slow doubling (typical for ectopic), even so it was 4 days in that range. After 6,000 my 4-day increase was a mere 50% (then I received medicinal treatment).

    Sorry you are in beta hell. Hoping for the best!

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  • No I am not taking Progesterone. Thank you guys for the well wishes.
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  • I know that betas slow down afet they hit around 1000. That is high for a first beta from my experience, but I always had my first betas around 4 weeks so that is probably why I am used to seeing lower numbers. My RE didn't do ultra sounds before 7 weeks. Any update @pupluv0410 ? Hoping for the best for you!
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    DH:  33, 2% morphology
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    2 clomid cycles, 3 hybrid clomid/bravelle IUI's = 4 BFN/1 [email protected] 5.5 weeks
    IUI #6 -Follitism IUI cycle converted to IVF and back to IUI-4 mature, 3 maybe mature = BFP!!   DS Born 9/2014
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    FET#1 Cultured all 16- 2pn embryos to day 5- transferred 1 good hatching blast and 1 early blast on 1/28- None to freeze - beta 2/5

  • pupluv0410pupluv0410 member
    edited July 2015
    Thank you for the well wishes. Unfortunately, I miscarried Tuesday afternoon. :(
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  • mnj05mnj05 member
    I'm so sorry to hear this.

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    TTC #1 since 3/2011
    DX: anovulatory and severe MFI
    DH is a testicular cancer survivor
    IVF#1 w/ICSI lupron, gonal f, ovidrel
    ER 6/15/12 6R 6M 6F! ET 6/20/12
    Beta #1: 154 Beta #2: 509 Beta #3: 7326
    Baby Boy born 3/1/2013
    Baby Birthday Ticker Ticker

    TTC#2: 6/2014 all testing came back normal

    IVF#2 (#1 for LO#2) 9/2014 - 17R 10M 10F 4 blasts frozen on day 6.

    FET #1 10/15/14 - Beta #1: 216  Beta #2: 823


    Baby Boy born 7/10/2015


  • Thank you
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  • I am so so sorry. ((Hugs))
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    ME: 32, SER aggregates on eggs, anovulatory
    DH:  33, 2% morphology
    TTC #1 
    2 clomid cycles, 3 hybrid clomid/bravelle IUI's = 4 BFN/1 [email protected] 5.5 weeks
    IUI #6 -Follitism IUI cycle converted to IVF and back to IUI-4 mature, 3 maybe mature = BFP!!   DS Born 9/2014
    TTC#2 
    IVF #1 9/15 Antagonist- 19 R 1F (Frozen day 1 @ 2PN stage) Diagnosed with SER aggregates in 13/19 eggs after failed fertilization
    IVF #2 11/15 Antagonist w/ICSI  (Higher stims & Letrosole added last minute on stim day 7)- 39R, 24M (20/24 SER free), 15F (14/15 SER free & all frozen @ 2PN stage) 
    FET#1 Cultured all 16- 2pn embryos to day 5- transferred 1 good hatching blast and 1 early blast on 1/28- None to freeze - beta 2/5

  • So sorry for the loss. Wishing you a smooth physical recovery and in its time an emotional recovery.

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    TTC#2 2012 BFNs, 2013 FET#2, DS b. Nov-2013 image

    TTC#3 2015 BFNs, FET#3 image (my 6th and last angel above)

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  • I'm so sorry to read your story. It sounded very similar to mine, but I was hoping that you would have a better outcome. I hope you find some peace soon. Take care.
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