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Low hCG Scare could Haunt you, so know it's causes

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jul 25, 2011
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  • hCG a hormone that is produced during pregnancy.
  • Miscarriage in the early stages of pregnancy can cause low hCG.
  • Ectopic pregnancy can also lead to low hCG levels.
  • Women however have delivered healthy babies despite low levels.


The homrones that come to play during the time of your pregnancy is known as hCG hormome. How much do you know about it?


low hCG hormonesHuman chorionic gonadotropohin is a hormone that is produced during pregnancy. Also known as hCG, it is an indicator of a healthy pregnancy when its levels rise every 72 hours. During the initial stages of pregnancy, some women report low levels of hCG. It has happen due to a number of factors but levels of hCG are not a necessary indicator of a failed or weak pregnancy. Many women have gone on to deliver healthy babies despite low levels of hCG during early pregnancy.


A miscarriage in the early stages of pregnancy can cause low hCG levels in the body. A miscarriage happens in early pregnancy when the fertilised egg fails to develop as expected after attaching itself to the wall of the uterus. A miscarriage also happens when the pregnancy fails to produce any placenta that is required for development.

Ectopic Pregnancy

This type of pregnancy can very well become a life threatening situation if not treated immediately. In an ectopic pregnancy, the fertilised egg actually plants itself outside the uterus and inside the fallopian tube. This may lead to bleeding, cramping and a dip in the hCG levels. hCG levels therefore, are an indicator of whether the pregnancy is a normal one or if it is ectopic in nature. hCG levels will remain low in case of an ectopic pregnancy.

Blighted Ovum

When the fertilised egg successfully attaches itself to the wall of the uterus but thereafter fails to develop it leads to what is scientifically known as blighted ovum in early pregnancy. Although the gestational sac is produced by the body and some amount of hCG released but the levels in case of a blighted ovum fails to increase. Because the egg fails to develop its cells fail to produce hCG and that causes low levels of hCG in early pregnancy.

If you really have pregnancy symptoms but your home tests say otherwise then you should immediately get a blood test done.

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  • chaya14 Sep 2012
    nice article
  • rashmi14 Sep 2012
    nice info
  • sonali21 Oct 2011
    My name is sonali .33 yrs.My 1st IUI was Done in 30th sep'2010. Home pregnancy test i found positive. Dr test my HCG level on 17th oct2010, & it was 216.4. After 2days 20th sep'2010 my HCG levels was 366.8. Dr says it is slow.I want to know my levels is normal or any risk in my pregnancy?PLZ help every thing is normal?