Alternative Names Serial beta HCG; Repeat quantitative beta HCG; Human chorionic gonadotrophin blood test - quantitative; Beta-HCG blood test - quantitative; Pregnancy test - blood - quantitative Normal Values HCG levels rise rapidly during the first trimester of pregnancy and then slightly decline. What abnormal results mean Higher-than-normal levels may indicate: Choriocarcinoma of the uterus Hydatidiform mole of the uterus Normal pregnancy More than one fetus -- for example, twins or triplets Ovarian cancer Testicular cancer (in men) Lower-than-normal levels may indicate: Fetal death Incomplete miscarriage Threatened spontaneous abortion Ectopic pregnancy
Bleeding between periods; Intermenstrual bleeding; Spotting; Metrorrhagia
Immediately contact a health care provider if bleeding is very heavy.
Keep track of the number of pads or tampons used over time so that the amount of bleeding can be determined. Uterine blood loss can be estimated by keeping track of how frequently a pad or tampon is soaked and how often one needs to be changed.
Because aspirin may prolong bleeding, it should be avoided, if possible.
Call your health care provider if
Call your health care provider if:
You are pregnant
There is any unexplained bleeding between periods
There is any bleeding after menopause
There is heavy bleeding with periods
Abnormal bleeding is accompanied by other symptoms, such as pain, fatigue, dizziness
What to expect at your health care provider's office
The doctor will peform a physical exam and ask questions about your medical history....
Periods, nobody likes 'em, but how do you know if you are suffering too much? Get the info you need to cope. Amenorrhea There are two types of amenorrhea, or absence of menstruation: Primary amenorrhea occurs when a girl with normal changes of puberty (such as breast development and pubic hair growth) doesn't get her first period by age 16. If that applies to you, see your doctor. Different problems can cause primary amenorrhea including genetic problems, excessive exercise and the eating disorder anorexia nervosa. Secondary amenorrhea occurs when a girl who has had regular cycles for at least six months, or who got her first period at least 18 months before, stops getting her periods for three cycle lengths. Causes include: Pregnancy -- This is one of the first things your doctor will check for. Medical conditions -- Such as thyroid problems or elevation of a hormone called prolactin. Stress -- Heavy emotional stress can cause you to miss ...
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