Squinter? Or too hopeful…

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Post # 17
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Busy bee
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mrsnitti17 :   I definitely saw lines on both tests, although the cheapie did look possibly defective because the dye was running. How long after taking the tests did you see those lines? When is/was AF due? Have you tried testing again? 

I will share that last month I had similar tests, very faint positives around 12 DPO. Finally got a positive digital the moring AF was due but within an hour or two I started bleeding. Dr ordered blood tests to check my hCG levels, but the next day I woke up and got a negative digital so decided not to go as that confirmed a chemical pregnancy without having to get poked by needles. Fast forward to this past Friday, 7 DPO and itching to test even though I knew it was ridiculously early, decided to do an OPK test just to get it out of my system and it was SUPER positive… huh? So knowing that OPK tests can also detect hCG horomones, I whipped out the only pregnancy test I had on hand — a digital — and it said Pregnant! A positive DIGITAL at only 7 DPO!? WHAT? No way. I’m pretty sure what I thought was a chemical pregnancy ended up sticking last month and I’m probably 7+5 today. Have a dr appointment on Wednesday to confirm.

So, my point is — don’t necessarily count yourself out until AF comes — and even then, validate with a couple tests spaced out a few days apart. Had I tested again a few days later, I may have realized I was actually still pregnant. Also, kicking myself for not just going to get the blood work done, ugh. 

Post # 19
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But 2 is not zero.  Sounds like a chemical that failed very quickly.  I had a lot of those.  My doc once told me my hcg draw was “negative” and that the faint positive home test I’d done was a false positive.  Turns out my hcg from that draw was 15.  It was a chemical pregnancy.  You should normally have zero hcg in your system unless a pregnancy has been there.

Post # 20
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gimmepretty :  I’ve always wondered why some doctors say that. I’ve seen that more than a few times on the Bee. When I had my chemical pregnancy, I was out of town so I didn’t get my blood drawn but I described my home pregnancy test progression and late period to my RE later on and he said he was sorry to hear that I had had a chemical pregnancy. It’s so weird how some doctors try to convince their patients that they were never pregnant. It doesn’t make it any easier and it may be diagnostically relevant to know that the woman had gotten pregnant. I guess its just a holdover from earlier times when sensitive tests and blood tests weren’t available to detect very early pregnancies, but it’s seriously weird and annoying. 

Post # 21
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zstbee84 :  agreed.  It can actually be critical to diagnosing a fertility issue in many cases and denying these pregnancies ever happened just denies these women the treatment they need.  For so many reasons my trust in doctors is thin.  I ask a lot of questions, do my own research, and advocate for myself–and my kids–come heck or high water.

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