Chemical Pregnancy Question

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
1928 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m new to all of this, so please take listen with a HUGE grain of salt.  I think OPK’s turn positive when there is LH (luteinizing hormone – associated with ovulation) OR HCG (pregnacy hormone). So maybe if you had a chemical you could have some HCG in your body? 

Post # 4
3699 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Remember also that a +OPk means that the line is as dark or darker than the control line. Just because a line shows up, doesn’t make it positive. 

Post # 5
6467 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Glasgowbound:  +1 

@soyjoy222:  Can you tell us when in your cycle you were getting the +OPKs? Are the two lines equally dark or the test line darker than the control one?

Post # 6
881 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I don’t think your hcg levels get very high with a chemical pregnancy, usually you would have one or two positive hpts, and then they would turn negative very soon after when your period comes.  So I wouldn’t think you would get a lot of positive OPKs the following month from a chemical pregnancy, especially since you didn’t get a positive hpt.  In my experience, hpt’s are positive for pregnancy before an OPK becomes positive from the amount of hcg.  I was 7 weeks pregnant when i miscarried so my hcg levels had built up quite a bit by that time.  Two weeks after the miscarriage, I tested negative again on hpt and opks and my opk was only positive when I ovulated again that cycle.  If you weren’t charting you may have just ovulated later than usual that month which can happen for many reasons.

Post # 7
8667 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

If it makes you feel any better, I’m not TTC and I chart my cycles and I’ve had some WONKY ones. Made me think about that too, but obviously there’s no way. I’m sure that you are just fine love! Some months there are circumstances that mess with our cycles!

Post # 8
1284 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@soyjoy222:  at this point there is really no way of telling whether it was a chemical or not, and actually, probably very little real benefit in knowing. Many women have them without ever knowing. In fact, apparently something like 50% of pregnancies end before they’re even known about (don’t quote me on that stat!!) due to unviable embryos or something.

I had a chemical last year, my temps went up, my luteal phase was 3 or so days longer than normal, and I had a couple of very faint squint-y bfps for a day, but then AF arrived the next day. AF was certainly heavier that cycle (but it always varied when I went off the pill anyway, so I probably wouldn’t have noticed if I sosn’t looking for next cycle was normal, (wasn’t using looks though, so can’t answer the part of your question) so it didn’t effect me physically at all. When I told my doctor about what I thought had happened she wasn’t the last bit interested (she wasn’t very nice anyway, and I found a new one) so I don’t think she thought it was relevant to anything.

Everyone reacts differently, but I just took it as a sign that my body was finally ovulating (I’d been TTC for 12 months by then) and at least one tube must have been clear, and celebrated the good news. Some people mourn it like a miscarriage, and if you’ve started getting excited about the idea of pregnancy, that’s completely understandable. If I were you, I’d try to note it as something interesting that happened, but not stress too much about it, unless it becomes a reoccurring problem.

Finally, I took solace in reading somewhere that our bodies often reject the first pregnancy while they work out how to deal with it all, so I just saw it as being one step closer to my sticky baby, which I got 3 cycles later 🙂 not sure how true that is, but helped me stay positive about it all!

All the very best for future cycles!!

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