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Hi, I had an abortion on January 9th. I just

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Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh

General & Family Physician

Practicing since :1991

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Posted on Fri, 8 Mar 2019 in Women's Health
Question: Hi, I had an abortion on January 9th. I just had a blood test done yesterday (February 14th) and my HCG levels were at 10. I had been spotting on and off until last week. I have had unprotected sex.
Answered by Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Your HCG is in a grey area - please see below.

Detailed Answer:

HCG levels can take anywhere from 9 - 35 days to return to normal after a miscarriage or abortion.

But HCG levels between 6-24 can also indicate early pregnancy.

So you are in a grey area where it would be hard to tell if this is residual HCG or early pregnancy.

I recommend that you have it retested in the next 2 weeks to see if it is decreasing or increasing.

I also strongly recommend that, unless you want to get pregnant, you use protection when having intercourse. At the minimum, if you don't want to use a hormonal contraceptive or IUD, would be condoms plus spermicide. Because otherwise, you will get pregnant again, and repeated abortions are hard on the body.

I hope this information helps.
Please let me know if I can provide further information or clarification.


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