A βhCG blood test is performed 11 days after your embryo transfer and then again 2 days later, to establish the outcome of the embryo transfer. If positive, this is repeated once more 7 days later. At this point a urine test for pregnancy may not be sensitive enough to give accurate results, so always choose to do the blood test wherever possible.
If the βhCG blood test is negative or dropping:
Your doctor will advise you as to when and how to stop the medication. You will experience bleeding after a few days from stopping medication. At this stage you will discuss with the doctor about your options to either try again or use one of your frozen embryos. You must remember that there are always options on how to proceed that we are happy to discuss with you.
If the βhCG blood test is positive and rising:
It is important to continue the medication exactly as prescribed for the first 10 weeks of gestation. Your hormones are already artificially raised and so you must maintain that level until the placenta is strong enough to support the baby on its own.
At week 6 of gestation, you can have an ultrasound scan to confirm how many embryos have implanted and to check for the fetal heartbeat.
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