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What dictates how much hCG is present in the blood of a non pregnant woman

A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. JUDY WASHINGTON
38 years experience Family Medicine
It is not normal: If you are not pregnant, there should be no HCG in the blood. Certain tumors of the ovary, lung, stomach and liver can secrete hcg.
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Dr. Nicholas Fogelson
Specializes in Gynecology
Should be none: There should be no HCG in the blood of a non pregnant woman, with very few exceptions: 1) a woman with persistent gestational trophoblastic disease / ... Read More
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Dr. Michael Fox
34 years experience Fertility Medicine
Usually none.: Agree with other answers. Unusual but some pituitaries actually manufacture low levels of hcg. More commonly seen in menopause. This is relatively rar ... Read More

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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Mutually: Contradictory. Positive pregnancy test depends on blood levels of 25 or higher for hcg. If a woman is pregnant her HCG level will go up.
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Dr. Robert Killian
28 years experience General Practice
HCG: A women's levels and a babies levels are two different things. If a woman is pregnant, then regardless of her personal levels, the HCG should be highe ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Pituitary: Pituitary makes HCG normally. Low levels of the hormone may be within the normal pattern. Please discuss the matter with your doctor if a quantitative ... Read More
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Dr. Allan Boruszak
42 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Emergency: Due to the possibility of a tubal pregnancy i would see your doc sooner than later.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Less than 5: An HCG value of less than 5 28 days after sex essentially rules out pregnancy. Normal levels in non-pregnant state are less than 5. A level of greater ... Read More
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
33 years experience Pediatrics
Yes. It's a test.: An HCG level is a blood or urine test. If such a test is done, a result will come back. Therefore, there is always a result, a level. The level may be ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. William Jurewitz
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Pregnancy: If you are pregnant you will always show HCG in your blood, except perhaps for the first FEW DAYS of pregnancy.
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Victor Beshay
20 years experience Fertility Medicine
Unlikely: Blood pregnancy tests are very sensitive and should detect very early pregnancies even before missing your period. It would be rare for the blood test ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
35 years experience Pediatrics
Well..: Some possibilities are 1). Test was performed too soon 2). Test not performed accurately 3) the woman is not producing enough HCG for the test to beco ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Yvette Westford
20 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: In these new days my dear, it is not possible to be pregnant with a negative urine or blood pregnancy test.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vahe Yetimyan
51 years experience General Practice
No hcg elevation if: woman is not pregnant. It is 5 or under 5.

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