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Little Tiny Positive: Chemical Pregnancy after IVF

By: Stephanie Himel-Nelson Thursday Apr. 12th
Filed in: Baby Planning, Fertility Focus, Fertility Treatment, Pregnancy Tests, Stephanie Himel-Nelson, Trying to Get Pregnant

I’ve sort of owed you all this post for awhile now. But honestly, sometimes it’s easier not to think about your infertility failures. I know you will all understand and forgive me my reticence!

In one of my last blog posts about my IVF cycle, I wrote about the embryo transfer. That’s a great time because everything is possible.  Now let’s talk about the hard part.  Waiting.

After my embryo transfer, I had 13 loooooong days to wait before my first beta, the blood test that measures the pregnancy hormone HCG.  Now, I think you all know my long, colorful history with pregnancy tests.  I’m seriously addicted.  If there is a stick in my house, I will pee on it.  Now, my doctor’s office warned me not to take a test early.  But I did it anyway.  Heck, I’m surprised I made it as long as I did.Eleven days after my transfer I got a tiny, faint little positive on a pregnancy test. But my beta at 13 days past my transfer was only 8.  That’s not good.  Nonetheless, I went back the following day to see if it was increasing, simply so I wouldn’t be tortured over the weekend.  My beta went up to 11 at 14 days past transfer, but I started bleeding the same day.  My doctor told me I could stop taking my Prometrium and Estrace and let nature take its course.  I announced on the Attain Fertility Facebook page that this cycle was officially a bust. A chemical pregnancy.

But here’s where it gets complicated.  My HCG didn’t go down.  In fact, it went up for several weeks.  While my HCG was increasing, we were officially in limbo, monitoring and waiting.  Officially “pregnant” but basically waiting for the inevitable isn’t fun. In fact it’s downright depressing.  And we didn’t want to discuss it with friends and family because an explanation required a 15 minute discussion about pregnancy hormone levels doubling and the bleeding and…. well, no.  Just, no.

Well now it really is officially over.  Next week we have a follow up appointment to figure out where we go next.  Do we try IVF again?  Or do we give up?

At this point, we don’t know where our infertility journey will take us next.  We’re just treading water until we make a decision.

10 comments on “Little Tiny Positive: Chemical Pregnancy after IVF

  1. Kristin on said:

    You are in my prayers. Thank you for sharing your journey — it’s extremely helpful and inspiring. I’ve done three IUIs and am preparing to start my first IVF. I am optimistic, but also realistic about the possibilities. Hang in there.

  2. Thank you so much, Kristin. And best of luck to you with the IVF!

  3. Takyri on said:

    Sorry to hear that. But I know how u feel. Im “officially” pregnant with rising betas over 6000. However my uterus is empty. Limbo!!!

  4. I’m so sorry to hear that. Limbo sucks.

  5. Nicole Garvin on said:

    DON’T GIVE UP! I know it’s not easy and so sorry you had to go through all this.Just to share my story, my hubby and I tried naturally for 2 yrs, nothing. So I finally then tried 2 IUI cycles that failed, then tried 1 fresh IVF cycle that worked and then unfortunately ended in miscarriage at 8 wks. We tried it a 2nd time with a FET cycle and success! After 4 long years of never giving up, We now have our beautiful, healthy baby girl who is now 2 months old. I will keep praying for you!! Try to think positive and keep moving forward!

  6. That’s one of the strange phenomenons of getting pregnant via ART. There is really no right time to mourn and no right time to celebrate. Peace to you my friend.

  7. Thanks so much for all of your support and the positive message, Nicole! That’s a huge help!

  8. So true, Jennifer. Thanks so much for your comment.

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