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
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.
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.