What does biochemical pregnancy mean
There is a concept in gynecology, like a biochemical pregnancy, which by all rules begins, that is, the sperm fertilizes the egg, moves with it to the uterus, and even the formed fetal egg has time to attach to the walls of the uterus, but here comes the next month's period - and the pregnancy is interrupted. A woman who does not expect pregnancy, sleeps quietly, because the monthly went on time, perhaps a little differently than usual (whether the pain is strong, or the allocation is too abundant), but in principle everything is fine, since nothing causes suspicion.
But there is another group of women (they, in fact, became original "discoverers" of the new concept of "biochemical pregnancy"), which every month expect not monthly but signs of pregnancy. The first day of delay comes, and we become completely pregnant, with whims, whims, hysterics and joy. True, no ultrasound, no pregnancy test, nor even an examination in the gynecological office, our confidence in pregnancy does not support. It is understandable, at such times all these methods are powerless, you need to be patient, but a strong desire to become a mother wins, and on the second day of the delay we give an analysis for the level of HCG in the blood. The results confirm our feeling, but after 2-3 days menstruation comes, as if nothing had happened. This is the very biochemical pregnancy, which is difficult to find explanations.
Symptoms of biochemical pregnancy
As you probably already guessed, the biochemical pregnancy is completely asymptomatic, which is its main difference from pregnancy, so to speak. A woman who has had a biochemical pregnancy, in no way feels this, which explains the above fact: almost always we do not even suspect about what happened. Even the most common and obvious signs of pregnancy, which usually appear from the first days and weeks (such as changes in the mammary glands, gastronomical preferences and sense of smell, in the work of the gastrointestinal tract and the functioning of the nervous system of a woman , that is, the appearance of drowsiness, irritability, tearfulness, constipation or diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, soreness and sensitivity of the breast, excessive appetite or total absence, etc.) are not observed in biochemical pregnancy.
Some women who are hungry for pregnancy and expecting the first signs of pregnancy from month to month, at the onset of biochemical pregnancy can recognize it for a slight delay in menstruation (not more than a week). Also, that there was a biochemical pregnancy, can speak painful (or more painful than usual) and / or abundant (or more abundant than usual) spotting during the period of menstruation.
All these signs are rather conditional and questionable. Perhaps the only objective fact proving the onset of a biochemical pregnancy can be a blood test for hCG.
hCG in a biochemical pregnancy
In any pregnancy, the level of the hormone hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) begins to increase even when there are no other signs of pregnancy, and even ultrasound can not "see it" ". Biochemical in this regard is no exception: the fact of its occurrence can say hCG, exceeding the mark of 5 units. If the blood on the HCG showed a result of 5-6 mU / ml and higher, but neither ultrasound, nor a gynecologist's examination, nor a pregnancy test confirmed that a conception was performed, and a repeat blood test for HCG shows a decrease in the concentration of this hormone, then doctors mean biochemical pregnancy in this cycle.
If, on a background of dynamic hCG increase, a gynecologist or a uasist ascertain the presence of a fetal egg in the uterus, then it will be a routine physiological pregnancy, even if it is interrupted.
Biochemical pregnancy has no continuation, as it always ends with an arbitrary miscarriage. Otherwise, if the delay continues, repeated analysis of HCG is also positive, and other facts confirming pregnancy are attached to it, they are not talking about biochemical, but about usual pregnancy.
Causes of biochemical pregnancy
I am personally concerned about the question: what is the point of biochemical pregnancy? Although the answer to it is obvious: the usual term in the field of gynecology. It's unlikely that they will be used by those who have had a biochemical pregnancy, because, as a rule, they do not even know about it, or they say that a miscarriage happened. Nevertheless, a couple who has not been able to get pregnant for a long time has to deal with this term and understand the reasons. Unfortunately, just the causes of biochemical pregnancy remain a mystery to this day, although in reality there can be a lot of them. Hormonal failures, immune and autoimmune factors, chromosomal abnormalities of the fetus - these are the main reasons why, most likely, the most frequent occurrence of a biochemical pregnancy that can not be maintained.
Fortunately, biochemical pregnancy is not always the beginning of habitual miscarriage or even infertility. Doctors calmed: if this happens, then you can not lose hope in any case, and the next pregnancy can be planned already in the new menstrual cycle that has come. Although for many doctors, a biochemical pregnancy is an alarming sign, and they recommend that the couple do not lose time and begin a full examination immediately.
In any case, the future parents will decide. Of course, if the biochemical pregnancy does not have a good reason (with your immune and hormonal system all right), then it is considered only "an unsuccessful attempt to get pregnant." Usually, next month there comes a real pregnancy, which we all wish you! Let it so you do not have to know what a biochemical pregnancy is!