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A woman who undergoes assisted reproduction treatment is always dominated by a series of conflicting emotions.

A woman who undergoes assisted fertilization treatment is always dominated by a series of conflicting emotions: emotions and sensations that add up to the period of strong psychophysical stress that she will probably have experienced during the journey from the acceptance phase of a state of infertility up to the actual transfer .

Generally, when a woman undergoes assisted reproduction treatment, she places all her hopes and illusions in it, but also the hopes and illusions of the partner, with whom she lives intensely the moments before the transfer and also those in the hope of finally being able to hold the trophy of victory , a positive pregnancy test.

A positive is always a trophy of victory for a woman who undergoes assisted fertilization: because the one towards pregnancy is, in these cases, a real race against time, a war against the impossibility of getting pregnant in a way natural, and also a way to clear the pain of being unable to procreate naturally.

When to take the pregnancy test

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However, precisely because of the very strong emotions that a woman experiences during the transfer period and also in the immediately following period, doctors generally advise the woman not to undergo the pregnancy test in advance of the times indicated by them, which indicatively fall on the 15th day of the transfer.

In fact, after this treatment, several days must pass before knowing if it has been successful, and the phase following the transfer (which coincides with the day in which the embryo is inserted into the uterine cavity by means of a small cannula. ) is certainly a very delicate phase.

In fact, after the embryo has been correctly inserted, it will necessarily be necessary to wait for nature to take its course: in nature, from the moment in which conception takes place (which coincides with sexual intercourse in which ovum and sperm meet giving life to the cell from which the pregnancy will begin) you have to wait 14 days before taking a pregnancy test, which is usually done immediately after a delay in menstrual flow. In these 14 days, if conception has taken place, a very important and also very delicate natural process takes place through which the embryo implants (takes root) and its development takes place.

The embryo implantation takes place around the 6th day following the transfer, or at the latest around the 8th day from that moment. Therefore, the optimal timing to undergo a pregnancy test is clearly the one that also respects the natural times of embryo engraftment , also taking into account that if the times were anticipated, there would be the not too remote possibility of having a false result of the test.

Also for this reason, generally the staff that deals with assisted fertilization advise the woman not to undergo a pregnancy test before two weeks after the treatment, and in any case to keep her mind busy in the days following the transfer, to avoid being overwhelmed by fantasies (an example is given by the spasmodic and uncontrolled search for symptoms) and therefore from getting too stressed in a very delicate moment, in which relaxation is a must .

Why it is better to have blood tests

Moreover, in principle, the woman is not advised to undergo a pregnancy test but it is advisable to do the analyzes directly, therefore going to search for the beta hCG values in the blood: going in search of this value is much more effective, first of all because a pregnancy test, however reliable and accurate, could give false negatives (both because it is carried out too soon , and because it may not detect the right amount of beta hCG in the urine), and secondly because only through the value of betas in the blood we can be sure that engraftment has taken place correctly.

In fact, in some cases one could have a positive pregnancy test, but be faced with a biochemical pregnancy , which indicates that the embryo has taken root but has not continued its development: in these cases, the beta value would be certainly less than 100, and by submitting directly to blood tests you also avoid excessive stress because, even if the test is positive, there would always be the fear that it could be a biochemical pregnancy.

Therefore, after an assisted fertilization treatment, we usually undergo blood tests, looking for the beta hCG value, 14 days after the transfer. If the beta value is greater than 100 , it means you are pregnant!

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