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October 27th, 2005, 02:52 PM
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The time for hcg levels to go down to zero depends on how far along you were and, in case of a natural mc (not D&C) whether all tissue was expelled.

There are two reasons to check hcg levels. If hcg levels continue to rise, this could indicate an ectopic pregnancy. If hcg levels fail to decrease, this could indicate that the placenta or part of it is still in the uterus. A retained placenta could cause an infection to develop or could casue prolonged bleeding.

If you cannot follow up with a dr, one thing you can do yourself quite easily is to take a sensitive hpt. If it comes back negative, then everything is probably OK.

Good luck.
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