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hi, i had a m/c last week and i have been reading on here that some ppl had to go back to the doc to get their hgc levels checked and to make sure they went back to 0...does anyone know why they do this? how long does it take to go back to 0 on average? any info would be helpful since i am having no follow up of any kind after my m/c (i don't have a family doctor) thanks!
As far as I understand, the time it takes to get back to 0 varies with everyone. The main reason why they'd want you to come back and have the levels checked is because if they remain above 0, it's an indication that not everything has passed yet. Once your body has shed all of the tissue, etc, your levels should naturally return to 0.
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.