Wait two weeks before taking an at-home pregnancy test. Testing too soon could produce a result that is:
- False-negative. If pregnancy hormones aren't yet at measurable levels, the test result may be negative when, in fact, you really are pregnant.
- False-positive. If you're using ovulation-inducing medication such as HCG, the medication that's still circulating in your body could indicate a pregnancy when you really aren't pregnant.
Your doctor may instruct you to return about two weeks after your home kit results for a blood test, which is more sensitive in detecting pregnancy hormones after fertilization.
If you don't become pregnant, you might try IUI again before moving on to other fertility treatments. Often, the same therapy is used for three to six months to maximize chances of pregnancy.
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