The Complete Egg

The before, during and after of a molar pregnancy, with a side of chemo and a 12 month wait before ttc. And most recently: experience of a healthy pregnancy.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Decreasing hcg levels

I was interested if there is any kind of pattern to hcg drops (haven't found any pattern so far) so I did a survey of women on one of the forums I am on. There is also some women who posted their decreasing levels here. Please contribute to the survey and post your levels in a comment. Click on comments at the bottom of this post.

My levels with a complete molar pregnancy:
Pre-d&c: 200,000+
Post d&c weekly draws:
29 659
3 792
3 034
3 409
4 400
Chemo - methotrexate and dactinomyacin
Every two week blood draws:
270
14
still going....

From the survey:
Complete Molar Pregnancies:
A.) 250,000 pre d&c
weekly draws:
6300
149,000
Start chemo with weekly blood draws:
78,000
769
161
60
22
11
4
Partial Molar Pregnancies
A.)Pre D&C 123,000
weekly draws:
1,659
240
58
15 and still going

B.)ultrasound, no heartbeat at 7.5 weeks
d/c within a few hours and hcg at 2204
1 week later - Hcg 10
5 days later - ovulated
weekly:
Hcg 0
Hcg 0
first period
Hcg 0
ovulated

C.) 160,000 pre-d&c
weekly draws:
2509
583
190

D.) 250,000 pre d&c
weekly blood draws:
529
51
11 and still going

E.) 101,000 after second d&c
week blood draws:
1600
232
98
23
12
less than 5

85 Comments:

Anonymous Lori said...

Pre D&C-327,000
2 wks post = 808
4 wks post = 111
still going

12:57 PM  
Anonymous Brittany said...

Complete Molar Pregnancy

Pre D&C 978,976
1140
170
Ovulated
Still Going

1:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brittany said...

Pre D&C 10/13: 978,976
Start Chiropratic, Physical Therapy and EB Cellular Cleansing 3x per week
10/23: 1140
10/31: 170
11/6: 66

9:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shannon said...

pre dnc - 140,000 nov 04/2006
dropped steadily to lowest being - 74
increased - 116
plateau - 116
dropped - 106 - Dec 23/2006
* seeing oncologist Jan 03/2007 for the rise and plateau *

5:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shannon said,

prior to dnc 140,000 Nov 04/2006

lowest bhcg drop to 74
increase 116
plateau 116

drop 106 Dec 23/2006

Seeing oncologist due to the rise and plateau Jan 03/2007.

5:29 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

D&C at 7.5 weeks
First blood was 10 days after d&c - 578
Then weekly:
209
175
93
8
1

6:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RAchel said....

d&C 4/28/07
5432
843
132
30
still going.

4:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad I found your blog b/c I've been wondering when my levels will reach zero. It's almost been a month since my d & c. My dr. said to wait 6 months after they reach zero. I've read that they recommend a year (and I'd rather do the 6 month thing). I hope this is correct with your doctors.

Pre D & C- 110,000
D & C- 5/11/07
1 wk. post- app. 3000
2 wks. post- 324
3 wks. post- 66
still going

9:15 PM  
Blogger Alisa said...

Such a valuable resource for people going through this:
@ time of D&C: 123,000
1 wk post:1,726
2 weeks post:636
3 weeks post: no draw d/t holidays
4 weeks post: 365 (ugh - getting nervous)

9:16 AM  
Anonymous Jade said...

Partial molar pregnancy
D&C 12/17/2007
2 days post D&C ~23,901
1wk ~3,237
2wks~1,404
3wks~1,069
4wks~ 665
still going...

4:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Molar pregnancy detected at 12 wks
Pre D&C = 200,000
2 weeks post = 2,000
3 weeks post = 297
4 weeks post = 57
5 weeks post = 25
6 weeks post = 14
still going

8:40 PM  
Anonymous Heidi said...

Complete molar pregnancy
Pre D&C 173,770
1wks post= 3993
2wks post= 678
3wks post= 173

1:30 PM  
Blogger Alisa said...

I'll finish here (see above entry for starting numbers):

5 weeks post: 146
6 weeks post: 75
7 weeks post: 60 (seriously?)
8 weeks post: 27 (getting closer!)
9 weeks post: 2 (yay!)

1:16 PM  
Anonymous Natasha said...

Partial Molar
Day of D&C 225,000+
1 wk post 6260
1wk 4d post 2500
2wk 1d post 782

12:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10wk u/s showed no heartbeat. D&c 10 days later (7/20/08), no hcg levels drawn.

four weeks later pathology results return showing questionable partial mole

4 weeks post d&c: 36
5 weeks: 14.5
still counting...

9:18 PM  
Anonymous Kristy said...

Partial molar detected at 19 weeks, when no heartbeat heard then confirmed by abnormal u/sound. After d & c, results showed that the fetus developed to 12 weeks size. We had no signs of miscarry at all. A missed miscarriage.
Was my first preg and I am 27. Devastating:(

pre d/c 27,602
1 week after 136
2 weeks 30
3 weeks 21
4 weeks 13 (still testing weekly)...

10:35 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

I am the anonymous in the above post...
6 weeks post d&c: 6.7

9:59 AM  
Anonymous Natasha said...

D&C - 230,000 - Partial Molar
1wk - 6260
2wks 1d - 782
3wks - 252
4wks - 103
5wks - 51
6wks - 29
7wks - 17
8wks 4d - 8
9wks 1d - 7

Getting really nervous, its slowed down so much and taking so long :(

2:05 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

week 7: 4.75
week 8: 6.0 the dr thinks this may be a rise due to lab error/reading differences. Now consulting with Gyn Onc. She suggested waiting longer between draws now that levels are so low. Will retest in a month...really hoping to reach 0 soon!

2:30 AM  
Blogger new page said...

Complete molar pregnancy (12 weeks)
Levels the day of D&C: 287 677 (July 24, 2008)
wk 1: 12 442.4
wk 2: 361.9
wk 3: 142

10:27 PM  
Blogger new page said...

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10:26 PM  
Blogger new page said...

Levels were at start: 287 677
wk 1: 12 442.4
wk 2: 361.9
wk 3: 142
wk 4: 96
wk 5: 24
wk 6: 9
wk 7: 5

9:10 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Partial Molar Pregnancy Detected at 12 wks.

Pre D&C levels untested
2 wks post = 40,000
Doctor anticipated Methotrexate treatment for the following week due to high levels.
3 wks post = 24,000
Enough of a drop to postpone Methotrexate.
4 wks post = 10,500
Will test again next week...

9:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Complete Molar Pregnancy

pre D & C 398,000
1 week 10,000
2 weeks 4700
3 weeks 2923
4 weeks 2894

Don't really know what to amek of this...is it considered a plateau? It seems like everyone's levels dropped fairly quickly. I am very nervous as we have fertility issues and it took us 2 years just to concieve this mole. If I have to wait another year and do chemo before we can even try again, I'll just die :-(

2:00 AM  
Blogger mamagomes said...

pre D&C = 100,000+
1 week post = 5,333
will draw every other week now
still going
so glad I found your Blog!

4:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pre D&C= 5900
two methotrexate injections two weeks apart
1 week post 727
three weeks post 747
had my third injection of methotrexate
I am ready to scream a month after my m/c and my levels rise without intercourse.

8:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

partial molar detected at 12 weeks for a baby that died at 8.5...d&c done at 14+ weeks.
pre d&c 137,000
9 days post 1,983
6 days later 478
still going...

8:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

pre d&c 137,000
2 weeks later 1,983
Weekly
478
163

6:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

137,000 pre d&c then weekly(ish)
1,983 (9 days later)
478 (6 more days)
163 (6 more days)
72 (7 days)
...still counting

1:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

no heartbeat detected at 8 weeks HCG 36,000, did D&C a week later for Partial Molar
1 week postop ~ 6,000
2 weeks~ 601
3 weeks~ 60
4 weeks ~ 21

This is so frustrating! I am getting conflicting info from my Dr's and the internet about how long to wait to TTC again. One set of Dr's is saying 1 year, another set 6 months and places on the web are saying 3 months for partial long as your HCG gets to 0 within 7 weeks after D&C. AHHHHHH!

4:35 AM  
Blogger E said...

Partial Molar detected at 18wk, fetus size 9wks, don't know pre D&E levels
3wks=20
ovulated
5wks=6
first menstrual cycle
more to come

6:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

pre d&c 137,000
then weekly
1,983
478
163
72
34
19
no test
8
7
<5
So 10 weeks from d&c it's finally negative! Wahoo!!!

10:35 AM  
Anonymous Monique said...

No HB at 12w scan. D&C completed 2 days later. No blood taken before D&C.

3w post = 155
4w post = 99
5w post = 79
6w post = 46

Still testing weekly

10:14 AM  
Blogger neo ink said...

pre- 229000+
1 wk - 14000
anxiously waiting.

6:32 AM  
Anonymous Monique said...

Continued from above.

7w post = 14
9w post = 3

NORMAL!! :) YEAH!!!

7:07 AM  
Anonymous shronnnda said...

Continued from above
7w post = 14
9w post = 3

NORMAL!!! :) Yeah!

7:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the informative information – I enjoyed reading it! I always enjoy this blog. :)

5:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Partial molar pregnancy
10 weeks pregnant
Pre D&C 66600
1428
128
25
10
6
4
Going to wait 3 more tests to make sure still negative, then start trying again, I cant wait any longer...ahhh

6:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No heartbeat on u/s at 12 weeks.
2 weeks post d&c= 541
3 weeks post= 211
still going...

3:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Molar Pregnancy identified at 7 weeks. Lab results did not specify compelte or partial
Pre D&C 95,000
5 days $2,461
2 weeks 294
weekly testing until I hit 2

10:16 AM  
Blogger addie said...

partial molar pregnancy-
D&C on 4/14/10 at 12 wks

pre-D&C: 28,000
1 wk: 435
2 wk: 250
3 wk: 135
4 wk: 60
5 wk: 29

still going..
this is so hard.
thanks for posting everyone- nice to feel less alone.

8:19 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

2 weeks post = 1476
3 week post = 372
still going for weekly draws, but feeling good about these drops. So glad this blog is here, like you all, it makes me feel like there are others. My doctor told me his last PMP was three years ago and before that in med school!

6:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Complete Molar
10 wks 1,000,000+ yes over a million
D&C on 8/4/10
2 weeks post=386
still going...

3:03 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

Partial Molar Pregnancy:
Pre D&C: 440,000
After D&C: 340,000
Going today to get my blood taken. I imagine it will be a long while before I get to 0...

6:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Partial molar pregnancy found at 10 weeks. Baby died at 9 weeks. Levels prior to D&C were 440,000. Levels after D&C were 350,000. 1 week later levels were 865. 1 week after that levels were 175.

6:09 AM  
Anonymous Kristien said...

Diagnosed m/c on 8/16 @ 9w4d after seeing hb previously. D&C on 8/18. Diagnosis of partial molar 9/3.

D&C - 8/18 (hcg unknown)
2 wks post - 47726
3 wks post - no draw - out of town
4 wks post - 16157
5 wks post - 8796
6 wks post - on 9/29

Wondering why my levels are taking so much longer to drop to zero than others. Doctor hasn't said anything, but I'm concerned about needing chemo.

11:30 AM  
Anonymous diana said...

19 wks found out baby died at 12
1 day post=518
2 weeks=10
3 weeks=5
4 weeks=got my period
5 weeks=2 so normal AMEN!

3:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Partial molar. induction @ 19 weeks on 8/5/2010.

180,000
54,000
7,000
780
540
250
98
75
24
still going, almost there. I wish there were more infomation for mothers on Partial Molars. They are devistating to families.

11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pre D&C - 172,000 02/07/2011
Complete molar pregnancy

1st week post~ 5,000
and still going.I will post more updates for the following week.

So nervous. I hope everything will turn out fine.I'm so glad I found this forum. I will pray for all of us.

11:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am being treated at Brigham and Women's Hospital In Boston. People come from all over the country and world to be treated for their molar/partial molar pregnancies at that hospital. They are clear experts in the field and they told me for my partial molar pregnancy that as soon as I get 3 negative tests in a row I can try to conceive. There is no scientific physical reason to wait longer. Just wanted to let all your ladies out there know what the experts are saying. Don't beleive what you read on the internet. It is outdated if factual at all. 3/2011

2:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

complete mole -
pre d&c - 158,000
1st week - 10,000
2nd week - 990
waiting now for the 3rd week...

9:27 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

Hi Anonymous in Boston :) I'm also in Boston, but at the Beth Israel. You're saying your drs are saying 3 negative tests in a row - is that weekly or monthly tests?? Thank god there is hope for us out there!

7:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pre D&C 193,489
Post D&C 4783
Week 2= 2004
Week 3= 2201
Week 4= 3440
Misopristol to pass tissue on my own
Week 5= 1066
Week 6= 1123
Week 7= 1523
Week 8= 1455
Second D&C
Week 9= no levels taken, waiting to see if second D&C was successful...
Week 10= ??? TBD.

3:30 PM  
Anonymous Jodie said...

Pre D&C-190,000
1 week post-900
2 wks post-550
3 wks post-250
4 wks post-150
still going

I love all these posts. This has been so hard for me and I feel so alone. Thanks for the above post! I have done a lot of research and I will be trying to conceive after I reach negative and have 2 or 3 periods. There is no scientific research that shows waiting after that makes any difference.

5:57 AM  
Blogger Lucia said...

Partial molar pregnancy, detected at 10 weeks. Fetus died at 8 weeks, based on growth.

Pre D&C: ~220,000
1 week post: 2,170

2 week blood draw scheduled for next week.
Still going.

12:59 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Wow, this sites helps so much! Partial Molar Pregnancy - 12 week appt found out missed miscarriage (around 9th week).
3 days Post D&C HCG = 4124

2:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1926
184.8
52.6
18
11.3
8.9
6.9
4.2
3.9
have test next week after a month cant wait for results,fingers crossed its 0! then hopefully i get a clearance to try for another pregnancy : )

6:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At my 1st doc. Appt he advised no heart beat was detected. Said my placenta was abnormaly large,my hgc levels was over 700,00. Doc. Sd might be cancer. Day of induced labor levels dropped to 225,00 (13wks) Day of dnc levels were 160,00. Day after dnc levels were at 54,000. 1wk follow up 4,000.....

12:05 PM  
Blogger DrSarah said...

Partial molar
No pre d&c levels
1 week 12,000
2weeks 2,504
2weeks 3 days 1,314
3weeks 4 days 305

6:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

D&C at 13.5 weeks 5/12/2011
PMP
5/24 - 2 wks post = 75
6/1 = 39
6/8 = 29
6/15 = 22 - first AF post D&C
6/22 = 16
6/29 = 14
7/6 - no test
7/13 = 6 - 2nd AF post D&C
7/20 = 3 (finally!)
Recommended monthly tests for 6 months.

11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Complete molar pregnancy detected at 4 or 5 weeks.

First pregnancy test - HCG 152,000
HCG test 4 days later - 252,000
D&E
Post 1 week - 5000

6:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ultrasound said no heartbeat at 12 weeks, but baby (mole)--still hard to think of it as something other than a baby--only 8 weeks along when passed away. Doctor told me pathology said it was not a partial mole and then never called about the genetic test. I didn't think the gen test was a big deal, but finally called her after 4 weeks--she changed diag based on genetic test and told me it was a partial and to come in right away for testing. Ugh.
D&C = 20,000
4 wks post = 16
Still going

8:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm starting to get worried, 12 weeks post d and ' I'm still 5000, but the ob isn't so worried...

7:57 AM  
Blogger McVee said...

Complete Molar Pregnancy:
Almost 4 weeks post-op - 1581
(myomectomy and pregnancy removal)
1 week later - 4918
3 days later - 7682
----------------------------
Draw before 2nd chemo (methotrexate)(12 days after last draw)- 7395
Draw before 3rd - 4773
Draw before 4th - 2554

next draw today 9/21/11

9:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Note sure how recent all of the above comments are, But I had my D&C on Sept. 21, 2011 and my results post D&C have been:
2wks2days= 344
3wks2days=108
4wks2days=50
5wks2days=27
6wks1day=16

And still going. Just got switched to every 2 weeks...

4:18 PM  
Anonymous Aaron said...

Partial Molar detected at 13.5 weeks
DO not know levels pre-D & C
2 weeks 3 days post 273
2 weeks 5 days post 160
3.5 weeks post 50
4.5 weeks post 24
still going...

2:11 PM  
Anonymous CWeaver said...

I was 188,000 3 days before D&C

2 weeks post D&C 371
3 weeks 160
4 weeks 66
5 weeks 42 (very disappointed with this number!)

7:52 AM  
Blogger fofo said...

I had a complete Molar pregnancy 12-12-2011
my HCG was 505080 mlu..
My D&C was on 22-12-2011.
After 2 weeks 3300 mlu..

7:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

D&E @ 10 wks - partial molar pregnancy

3 wks post - 10
4 wks post - 6.7
5 wks post - 3.4
6 wks post - 1.7
7 wks post - 2.1 :(

I am ready to scream!

7:05 PM  
Blogger Hoping for the Best said...

Molar Pregnancy identified at 8 weeks. Lab results did not indicate if it was Partial or Complete.
Pre D&C: 105676
Post D&C Week 1: 1905
Still testing...

7:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haven't seen anyone with as high levels as me so I figure I better start posting Too in case someone sees and can relate
Partial molar preg 14 weeks
Before d and c hospital count was at 2,000,000 ( yes million!)
Post d&c 5000 and go back in 3 days for round 2 check

11:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Full molar pregnancy
45000 Pre D&C

2 weeks- 102.8
3 weeks- 15.5
4 weeks- 6.5
5 weeks- 6.6
still going

7:09 PM  
Anonymous Kimmyd81 said...

Partial Molar Pregnancy detected at 7 weeks 17/03/2012
before D&C 48500
5days later 1950
another week later 88
still going, come on already we want to try again! How many of u wait the recommended 6 months! My plan is to wait till they hit 0 get a period, then go 4 weeks of checking hcgs, get another period then start trying again!

6:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Partial molar
1st week after D& C - 1515
2nd week - 445
3rd week - 136
still going

12:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Complete moLar at 15 weeks
670,000 B4 d&c
100,000.00
1,700.00
274.00
78.00
28.00
18.00
10.00
6.00 then I didn't have to check anymore they told me I'm good But I'm confused I thought I hAd to go back every month for 6 month to get check

7:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mine almost reached a million I was a complete molar at 15 weeks- las week I was at 6 an they told me I don't gotta go back anymore and I'm confused because cant it still come back? I

7:09 AM  
Anonymous worriedhere said...

foud partial molar pregnancy at 7 week, because no heartbeat 0n 21/9/2011
pre d n c= 140000
post d n c= 45000
2 week after that 250
4= 45
6= 22
then every month test bhcg iscoming down.until lately
28/2/12= 0.3
27/3/12=1.1
5/4/12= 1.2
then i afraid to check again. i would like to ask ms anonymous, u said three time negative reading can try get pregnant..
negative is less than 2 or 5? how aboutmycase

6:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Partial molar pregnancy at 9 weeks
Pre D&C - 35000
1 week- 1440
2 weeks - 110
3 weeks- 32
4 weeks - 12
.... And still going...

2:00 AM  
Anonymous bell said...

complete molor.. detacted at 10wks...before d&c..24,200. 1wk-3500 2ks 650 3wks 295 4wk 213.(nervous theres wasny a big lost this wk!) holidays next wk so i hopw wk aftee its lost... so stressful :-(

4:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Had d&c 10 weeks ago - only started testing 4 weeks ago - levels were 710 on first test, 2nd test was 862 - waiting for results from yesterday's tests to see what happens next :(

8:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Partial molar. Baby never developed past 8.5 weeks but didn't die right away (had a heartbeat at 10.5wks). First pregancy and I'm a little freaked- this is kind of a crazy diagnosis and I'm blown away that getting pregnant could cause a form of cancer. I'm 28 and this one was a surprise but now I find myself worried that maybe I do want kids now, but I'm scared to relive this experience. The internet has done little more than freak me out, I'm seeing conflicting info about when its safe to try again, I almost want to try again soon just to prove to myself I can have a healthy baby even though babies weren't on my radar 6 mo ago. Sorry... rambling. I really appreciate you ladies posting your experiences. This pmp stuff isn't your run of the mill miscarriage so its hard to explain to friends and family how I'm feeling.

Missed miscarriage detected 5/29
D&C 5/31- no hcg levels taken so I don't know where I started
pathology results indicated pmp 6/27
6/30 hcg levels @ 31
7/21 hcg levels @ 6
7/31 hcg levels @ 4

I have heard the can go down and then go back up. I don't know if I should be worried that it took 3+ weeks to go from 31 to 6. I'm seeing you ladies aboved dropping by hundreds in a week, I'm worried that it should be at 0 already.

8/2 started spotting and cramping, don't know if this is a period or something else. I had some spotting back on 7/1 and I'm not sure what that was either. Did any of you bleed while you were waiting for your levels to drop?

9:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Complete mole 8wks
Pre d&c: 409,000
Wk 1: 18k
now waiting on wk 2

This site has helped me a lot!

8:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

complete molor at 10wks.. 242,000
d&c
3414
614
296
213
holidays
107 (1st period)
75
63
31
17 (2nd period)
14
8
4 still going.. doctors wonts it to b 0... 14wks since d&c..

4:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi. Does your Dr. still monitoring you as I know it should be until 0 to be normal again. I also had a d&c and it's been 11 weeks already my hcg still 5.1 dropping hoping it will reach to normal .

5:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Evryone Hello.
I am planning to stop going to hospital and continue after 2 mons. will it be fine my last hcg was 5.1 which was 11 weeks post d&c partial molar.

5:50 PM  

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