One of the many things that women wonder about when they’re trying for an IUI pregnancy is how and when to use a home pregnancy test. Chances are likely that since you aren’t going “all the way” with IVF, you don’t have to go back to your doctor’s office unless you get a positive pregnancy test at home, but taking this test can seem a little scary. If you have questions about taking the pregnancy test at home after IUI, we have answers. Read on for answers to some of the most common questions about taking a pregnancy test after IUI.
When should I take the pregnancy test at home? Or How long should I wait before taking the pregnancy test?
There’s a reason that infertility forums call it the “two week wait.” In general, doctors recommend that you wait about fourteen days after IUI to take a test. The reason for this is that pregnancy tests that you can use at home are created to test for a certain level of hCG, the hormone that your body produces when you’re pregnant. Most of the time, it takes about two weeks for the levels of hCG in your body to get up to the level that will test positive.
This doesn’t mean that no woman would have high enough levels of hCG to test at day ten or eleven, but it seems to be best to wait the whole two weeks. This way, you aren’t unnecessarily disappointing yourself after just ten days when your test comes back negative. If you do decide to test early, just keep in mind that you’re much more likely to get a false negative!
What does a faint pink (or blue or whatever) line mean?
If you’re using a non-digital pregnancy test, a faint positive signal means positive. Basically, the test will react strongly to a large amount of hCG in the urine and faintly to a smaller amount. If you have enough hCG to make the test become positive, though – unless you were injected with hCG before IUI, in which case you need to read the next question – then you are definitely pregnant.
Can I get a false positive?
If you’re going through natural IUI or using just Clomid or a similar medication, then false positives are very, very rare. Chances are most likely that if you test positive, you are actually pregnant. However, if you were given an hCG injection before you underwent IUI, then you can get a false positive if your body hasn’t completely cleared the injected hormone.
Can I get a false negative?
This is way more common than the false positive, and you can definitely get a false negative. Testing too early is most likely to have this result, but you can also have a false negative if you wait a whole fourteen days before testing. Sometimes, women just don’t have high enough levels of hCG after fourteen days to make the test positive. If you get a negative test after fourteen days, it’s a good idea to wait two or three more days and then to test again just to be sure that you got the right answer the first time.
Can Clomid affect a pregnancy test?
At-home pregnancy tests are meant to test just one hormone – hCG. Since Clomid affects not hCG but estrogen levels, it shouldn’t affect your pregnancy test in any way, no matter when you test.
What do I do with a positive test?
Well, the first thing to do is to celebrate, but do it cautiously. Most pregnancies that miscarry do so in the first few weeks of pregnancy. A positive test just means that you’re pregnant, not that you’re any more or less likely than the next person to carry to full term. It can be a good idea to talk with your partner first, and then to spend some time figuring out who you want to tell about your pregnancy before you start spilling the beans to everyone you meet.
Also, as soon as you get a positive test, you need to make an appointment with your obstetrician. Your doctor will be able to give you nutrition advice, help you start on pre-natal vitamins, and take any other important steps towards having a healthy pregnancy. Also, a doctor will be able to help you figure out your due date, schedule sonograms, and do any other tests that you need when you’re pregnant.
What do I do with a negative result?
Again, if you test a negative within the first two weeks, it’s important to take another test within a few days. If you get to negative tests in a row, though, you should go on as if you aren’t pregnant, whether that means taking a break from trying for a while or scheduling your next IUI appointment.
Keep in mind that even two negatives in a row can still turn into a pregnancy in rare cases. If you still want to try to get pregnant, it’s important to keep up a healthy lifestyle, to eat well, and to avoid things like alcohol and smoking. If after a couple more weeks your period still hasn’t come, you might want to schedule a doctor’s appointment for a more accurate blood test.
What are some symptoms that I might be pregnant?
Pregnancy symptoms can start within a couple of weeks for some women, but other women could be totally unaware that they are pregnant until they begin to show five months down the road. However, if you notice some of the following symptoms, you might want to take a pregnancy test – or another one, if you’ve already taken one with a negative result:
- Swollen, tender breasts
- Darkening areolas around the nipples
- Nausea and vomiting
- Backaches and headaches
- Fatigue and tiredness
- Light cramping and bleeding
As you can see, some of these symptoms are common PMS symptoms as well. If you have them without starting your period, though, then you could most definitely be pregnant.
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