TTC Twins Diary: Update after CD 10 FRER VFL

In my last diary post on CD 10 I did a morning pregnancy test. Results were a very faint line (VFL) on a First response Early Response (FRER) and Easy@home pregnancy test.

Interestingly, my serum beta HCG at 10 days past ovulation was 10. I thought my beta HCG was a bit low to be showing positives on home pregnancy tests. Never the less, I guess that’s how sensitive they truly are.

However even though I had a VFL, I tried to not get too excited. I have had previous chemical pregnancies that ended up in an early loss. The chemical pregnancies happened even after a positive digital.

(A chemical pregnancy is a loss that happens early in pregnancy before confirmation with ultrasound. It is where there is slowly rising HCG that may even be seen as a postive on a pregnancy test. This positive HCG is then followed by a sudden decline to zero)

I am happy to update and say that my lines have been getting progressively darker. Below is my FRER VFL cycle day 10, with a line progression to 16 dpo.

FRER VFL progression

FRER 10 dpo VFL progression
Easy@home 10 dpo progression

Cycle day 9 I had a stark white First Response Early Response and truly believed I was out for this cycle of TTC. However he next morning, I took an Easy@home pregnancy test and got the faintest shadow. Right after without a hold, I tested on the FRER and put it away in a bathroom drawer without even looking at it. I didn’t feel like scrutinizing for a faint line like I was doing the previous day.

I let a couple minutes pass and went to glance at it. To my surprise, there was a clear as day positive line. I did repeat testing daily. At 16dpo or cycle day 29, I got my darkest positives.

Today is now 27dpo or cycle day 40. Last Friday I was at the doctors and got lab work done for another beta serum HCG. Results of that come in Monday.

Ultrasound next?…

Unfortunately, my ultrasound isn’t until I am 8 weeks 4 days. This is so late for me. When I made the appointment the tech refused to see me sooner, even with my early losses. She claimed to me that nothing would be seen otherwise.

That is a total lie. Plus she doesn’t do the diagnostic part of it. So I got very annoyed, but as of now nothing is going to change that date. There is no private ultrasounds in my province either (no thanks Canada 😒) Socialized health care isn’t all that its cracked up to be.


As for symptoms, I have been nauseous, sore stomach, but no vomiting. I am also tired, but also have a poorly sleeping 8 month old at the moment. I am not going to judge whether I may have conceived twins through my beta hcg numbers, as high HCG is not always indicative of twins. Only the ultrasound will tell.

Stay tuned for the next update.


4 thoughts on “TTC Twins Diary: Update after CD 10 FRER VFL

  1. Hi Jen Russell,
    Im so exited I have finally found someone who has TTC Twins the same time as me. Im in New Zealand and this in def strange thing to do for most woman he he he. I did do a successful boy sawy in 2016.
    So here is a bit about me-
    Me 34
    Huby 32
    Son 2.9
    Im 5’11 tall and 76kg about 7kgs heaver that before son
    Good eggs reserved
    OV on day 13

    This is my sway below im on day 4 today-

    3 months prep-EMP 2000mg, Folic acid 1600, COQ-10 160mg, DHA 830mg Omega3 inc 400i.u D3, Barly Grass Carrot Red Bet drink, Folate 2000mg

    Day 1- Positive pregnancy test B6 100mg, prenatal, 5600 folic acid or Folate, baby aspirin 100mg
    Day 2- OV(Day 14?) 3000mg EPO
    Day 2 – Day9 540mg of black cohosh (2 every 12 hrs)
    Day 6-10 Tribulus 1 ,000mg morning and night
    Day 9 – OV Mucinex
    Day 10 – Day14 plus 2 more Black Cohosh(3 every 12 hrs)
    Soy Isoflavones Day- 2-6 starting at 200 finishing on 300
    This lady had a succsesfull sway she did
    Soy Iso-
    Day1 80mg
    Day 2 am 240mg pm 80mg
    Day 3 am 240mg pm 80mg
    Day 4 am 320mg
    Day 5 200mg
    Day 6 200mg
    Day 7 200mg
    Day 8 40mg
    Day 9 120mg
    Day 10 160mg
    Day12 240mg
    Day13 300mg

    Day after ovulation 500mg bromelain for 3 days

    Ideally I would have done a Triger shot at LH surge but you cant get them in NZ and cant ever get them shipped in online.

    1. Thats a great looking supplement plan. If I could do it again I would have definitely increased my soy isoflavone dose. I did consider doing a trigger shot, but was not 100% convinced I needed it. Next time I would also try Clomid. I will find out next week at my ultrasound if my natural supplements helped sway the odds to have multiples.

      1. Great that is so exiting I cant wait to hear how you get on. Yes I was surprised your dose was quite low but mine is maybe on the extreme side. I am having the worst head aces ever Iv been taking the Soy Iso at 8am from 11 till 4 its awful but Im hoping it will pay off. If I get a next mouth to try im going to start SI 320mg on day 1. I see you lost a lot of weight go you!! Thats awsome!

  2. Hi Jen how are you getting on? Im on day 13 today the soy iso was pretty rough with making me headachey but Iv got there. My LH surge has come today so we are planning on BD tomorrow. fingers crossed. I am a bit paranoid about getting for than 2 or 3.
    I hope you are doing well and getting exited allot your scan.

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