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Ectopic Concern
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Ectopic Concern

I had an ectopic pregnancy 5 years ago. I didn't have any of the normal risk factors.  How soon can my doctor check to see if my current pregnancy is safe or an ectopic?
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Hi!
If you were my patient, I would check immediately by taking a blood sample for beta hcg and progesterone level.  If the beta hcg level is doubling  (approx.) every 48 hours, and if the progesterone level is over 15, the pregnancy is very UNLIKELY to be ectopic.
Once your level rises about 1500--2000 or so, an ultrasound can be done to check the location of the gestational sac and embryo.
Good luck!!!
Dr B
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