- For Intended Parents
- For Surrogates
- For Egg Donors
- Why Hatch?
When the big day has come and gone and you’ve officially had your IVF embryo transfer, what comes next? It is simply human nature to move on to the next set of worries as you begin to wonder whether or not the IVF transfer has been successful and resulted in a pregnancy. Whether you’re a hopeful recipient mother of donor eggs, or an excited surrogate mother wishing for success for your intended parents, the dreaded two week wait is infamous in the world of IVF and third party reproduction. Although every IVF office has a different protocol for how soon they will run the first pregnancy blood test ranging from 8-14 days on average, it always feels longer. And so the big question is, to take the home pregnancy test or not? It’s a conundrum that baffles even the most well-prepared IVFers .
So now you might be wondering- why take the home test at all? It would be so much more fun to act pregnant for two weeks and then get more accurate test results from the doctor, right? If you have the patience to wait that is fantastic, but not everyone has the same inclination. Some reasons people choose to take a home pregnancy test are:
The best advice, regardless of whether or not you choose to take a home pregnancy test (or several), is to keep the results private until the official test results are in. This is especially important for surrogate mothers, as you don’t want to be responsible for confusing the intended parents with results that may not be accurate. If you’re going through this process as a recipient mom, make sure you know how your partner feels about home pregnancy testing and be respectful of their wishes as well.
We hope that you can enjoy the journey, and the two week wait is just one part of the process that will bring you or your intended parents closer to a bundle of joy. Hang in there are stay positive!