Urgh, that whole dilemma of whether you should avoid pregnancy testing in the two week wait!
My patients tell me that the first week of the two-week wait is OK. They feel pretty hopeful and positive and they absolutely know that there is just no point in testing. But when it comes to the second week, suddenly this rational, calm, collected woman starts to feel out of control, bewitched and completely impatient! And so, she starts bargaining with herself about should she or shouldn’t she test.
If this is you right now, I want you to read the 5 reasons why you should avoid pregnancy testing in the two week wait.
1. It really won’t be an accurate result.
Pregnancy tests are looking for a particular quantity of HCG in your urine and until you are at least 20 days post ovulation or transfer there won’t be enough HCG in which to give you an accurate result.
2. Pregnancy tests are expensive
If you want to get an accurate result at the end of the two-week wait, it is advisable to buy a good test. If you have bought one ready for test day but then decide to test early, you’ll then need to test multiple times later and that will get costly.
3. If you test early you can get a false positive
If you test early, the test can pick up residual HCG from the injections you have during the IVF cycle. There is nothing worse than having that positive test, only a few days later to realise that it’s not a true pregnancy.
4. All the negative early tests will mess with your mind
Testing early and getting multiple negative tests will drive you crazy and deplete you of all your positivity. Be kind to your mind and wait for the 2-week wait to be up.
5. If you are having IVF the clinic may do the test for you
If you are having IVF it is quite likely that the clinic will want to do the test for you. They will either use a high-grade urine test or a blood test and you can be reassured in the knowledge that these tests are going to be accurate.
Now, go sit on your hands and wait!