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Right I may sound dumb saying this but here goes. My parter and I only intercourse once on 26th March due to being mad busy and stressed. Anyway we were taking the kids (my partners kids) to the fair and I had some spotting so decided I would do a pregnancy test before going to the fair as I didnt want to risk going on any rides so i took the test I think it was 11th April and got 2 faint positive so took a digi on 12th April and it said 1-2 weeks, anyway I started spotting after a bowel movement (sorry tmi) on saturday 14th April and nothing for a couple of hours. Started bleeding later on and went to the hospital. Anyway cut a long story short I bled quite a lot and had a bit of cramping for 2 days and then the pain calmed down the bleeding calmed down on day 3 and fully stopped after 6 days. I cant have a scan until 30th April. So i decided to take a cheap tesco blue dye test and it was negative. I did have blood tests on 16th April and was told hcg levels were 3. What I would like advice on is why did I get a positive so early on? I only ovulate every other month so I couldnt have conceived the previous month. I am just confused as to why I got a positive so soon and then miscarried so soon after that. Could 4 cheap pregnancy tests and a digi test be wrong? Like i said I may sound dumb. Sorry for the long post and any advice would be much appreciated. This is our second miscarriage after trying for nine long depressing years we got out first positive test March 2016 but sadly miscarried, two years later this. Thanks in advance.

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Firstly Im sorry for your loss Katie.

In conception ovulation would take place in the middle of the month and around 14 days (give or take depending on your cycle) you would either get a positive result or have your period so the length of time between intercourse and positive test sounds about right (Im counting 17 days) which also ties up with your test result (1 to 2 weeks). I cant give you the answers why you would miscarry so soon unfortunately. Sadly chemical pregnancy is more common than you realise.....if you hadnt have tested you would probably just have just thought your period had arrrived.xx

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Thank you for your reply. The reason I was confused is the doctor told me I was around 4 week before I started bleeding and that an hcg level of 3 is classed as not pregnant as its too low for 4 weeks but I wouldnt have been 4 weeks according to when I had intercourse. Its just baffled me. Either way Ive bled and since got a negative test. I was just a little bit confused. Im probably over thinking things with everything that has gone on. Thanks again for your reply it is very much appreciated. Thats exactly what I said to my partner, if I hadnt have tested I wouldnt have known and I wouldnt be asking for it to be looked into. Thanks again hunni xx

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So the GP would class at the point of a positive test 4 weeks pregnant in their counting terms. However on the tests it counts from when you've how long you've technically been pregnant....from conception....does that make sense?! hCG levels under 5 as classed as not pregnant. As you lost the pregnancy quite early on its likely that you got your positive test your hCG levels wouldnt be very high at this point) but after you started bleeding your levels would drop hence the low result after bleeding.xx

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Yes thank you for taking the time to explain this to me. I really do appreciate it. This time is different to 2 years ago. Thank you again. Xx

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No problem, you are welcome!xx

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Hi 86katie86. So sorry to hear this, but I agree with "Cinderella5". It seems like you just had a chemical pregnancy, which hardly got going, which is why such a low hCG reading. Perhaps time to speak to your GP for some reassurance. Thinking of you. Diane

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Thank you for your reply. My GP is ringing me tomorrow. I just want answers as to why it took us 9 long depressing and heartbreaking years to get out first bfp which sadly ended in miscarriage and 2 years later it happen again. I realy can not put myself, my partner or family through it again. Thank you Diane I really do appreciate it xx

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Hi 86katie86. Perhaps time for a referral to a fertility specialist, if you haven't already seen one. Diane

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Thank you, i was seeing a fertility specialist before we got our first positive. My GP will be ringing me tomorrow morning at some point so I will speak to her. Thanks again xx

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Hope all goes well. Diane

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