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What is a Chemical Pregnancy? & How to know if you’ve had one

Chemical Pregnancy Test Kits

It is estimated that 50-75% of all miscarriages are chemical pregnancies. In such cases, the fertilized egg does not complete the implantation process in the uterus, leading to a shedding of the uterine lining. This usually occurs around a week after a missed period. Upon experiencing heavy bleeding, one can assume that they have had an early miscarriage, or chemical pregnancy. A positive pregnancy test or blood test result is indicative of the presence of the hCG hormone, produced by cells which would become the placenta. As such, it is likely that a person may not even be aware that they have had a chemical pregnancy.

What are the Symptoms of a Chemical Pregnancy?

Symptoms of a chemical pregnancy include cramping and heavy bleeding, usually with darker red or blackish clots. Ultrasounds will not be able to detect a heartbeat at this early stage, as the gestational sac and placenta have not begun developing. If light spotting or bleeding occur after a positive pregnancy test, it could be implantation bleeding, a sign of a healthy pregnancy. If you are uncertain or think you may have experienced a miscarriage, it is best to contact your doctor.

Why Do Chemical Pregnancies Happen?

Miscarriage is an unfortunate event that is a result of a developing embryo having genetic or chromosomal abnormalities, or other causes such as issues with the fallopian tube, uterine lining, egg quality or low progesterone levels. Though the experience may be emotionally difficult, it is important to remember that it is not the fault of the individual and that they can try again as early as two weeks after a miscarriage. It is important to recognize that even though a miscarriage may have occurred, it does not mean that a successful pregnancy next time is impossible.

When Should I Seek Help for a Chemical Pregnancy?

Miscarriages may be a sign of an underlying medical issue. Fertility issues such as PCOS, endometriosis, thyroid conditions, and poor egg quality can increase the risk of pregnancy loss. If you have experienced recurrent pregnancy loss or think you may have any of these issues, it is advisable to see a doctor for diagnosis and treatment. For those who have had only one chemical pregnancy, it is recommended to seek out the advice of a medical professional. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at or consult our Resources Center for more information. We are here for you.

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