The Two Week Wait

What is the “Two Week Wait?”preg.test

Women and couples who use assisted reproductive technology cycles (IUI, IVF, ICSI, etc.) ultimately enter a “two week waiting period”. This is the time between the end of the fertility treatment cycle and results of the beta hCG blood test – that provides confirmation of pregnancy.

The two week wait period is typically filled with hope and anxiety and many women and couples struggle to abstain from using a home pregnancy test while awaiting results. In order to avoid a skewed confirmation of pregnancy, Reproductive endocronolgists typically recommend waiting until either the menstrual cycle has begun or the scheduled blood test before self-testing for pregnancy.

Another special real journal entry (by J) on the emotional journey of the Two Week Wait is shared below:

The cherry on top- AKA “The Two Week Wait”

 Well, they don’t just say this journey consumes you! It has been 6 days since my embryo transfer and I have learned that the hard part just began.  While the hard core medications and procedures are behind us, I am now in my two week wait until our answer.

Shockingly- this is the hardest part of all!  On July 30th, I shall know what the future holds.

 This wait is torturous. I vacillate between feelings of optimism and sheer helplessness and sadness. One moment I am consumed by excitement, while in the other I am a miserable wreck.  Time ticks by with endless days, hours, minutes, seconds, nanno-seconds.  I am unable to settle my mind, quit my anxiety or clear my head. I have become a chaotic mess of nerves, all entangled in a knot, that has been lodged deep down in the pit of my stomach. This is a nightmare.

 To test or not to test? That is my question. I must have googled this option several hundred times in the last 6 days. If I test before my beta, there is a chance I will get a false negative. And testing close to beta with a negative can assure me a massive meltdown. My body and mind ache to prolong the unknown as if it is the known I dread the most it will not be in my reality realm until it must be there. In the same breath I take, screams from the pits of my everything yearn “MUST KNOW”!!!!!!!!!!!

 The plan for now: hold off on buying pregnancy tests as long as possible in fear of using too soon. I have absolutely no idea how long this plan will hold.



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6 Responses to “The Two Week Wait”

  1. Lea July 26, 2013 8:30 pm #

    I could identify more with J’s two week wait struggle!!! I actually came across this blog surfing the net about two week wait experiences because mine has been so hard to cope with! I am 8 days in and cannot wait another second to know whether this IVF was a success. This is our 2nd cycle and this time it was with frozen embryos retrieved during our unsuccsful IVF cycle #1 three months ago.
    Ladies, keep up the hope! motherhood is not a given. it sure takes really hard effort on part of the many women out there like myself who are trying to actualize our dream of becoming parents. Lots of baby dust to all of you.

  2. Jackiet August 1, 2013 5:10 pm #

    Oh the dreaded two week wait! My husband and I have been through this waiting period after a major cycle (IUI-medicated) 6 times, and it feels like each time it gets harder to maintain optimism. I am now a week away from finding out the results of our first IVF cycle and could not be any less nervous. One thing I have tried that had really helped me in the past is throwing myself into a project. As a freelance writer I set up some deadlines purposely during the intended two week period and have had much to do in the last week.Thanks for sharing the entries!

  3. Mary September 6, 2013 1:42 pm #

    The two week wait is so tough. I am 5 days shy (approximately) of finding out the results of our last IUI cycle, and so anxious to know already. I am pretty sure we will be moving on to IVF cycle #1 if this fails, and I am holding back from testing…. No signs or physical symptoms at this point so I am in the dark.. Good luck to all of you on your way to actualizing the parenthood dream!

  4. Nicole October 30, 2013 6:48 pm #

    Wow.. The two week wait has arrived for me too….. What a time! This one is particularly tough for my husband and I because of our history. We have been trying to conceive for the last 3 years, and had 5 IUIs, 2 IVF’s and this is our 3rd. Had an ICSI round this time, and hoping it will make the difference in our embryos sticking now. From experience, it has really helped to keep busy. I am focusing on acupuncture, seeing an infertility therapist twice a week, and writing as much as possible in order to pass the time.. and throwing myself into my work…
    Good luck to all the ladies out here!!

  5. Elizabeth October 30, 2013 6:57 pm #

    Thanks for sharing the piece about the dreaded two week wait. My husband and I recently learned that our last IUI was unsuccessful, however, I do feel that my last two week wait period was more tolerable. What I did differently this time was to spend more time nourishing myself; I meditated, sought friends from my infertility support group during tough days, and pampered myself with a couple of (very expensive, but well worth it!) massages. While the outcome of our cycle was not positive, I felt much more centered around the time of my two week wait, and plan on using this approach during our next cycle, which is an ICSI/IVF cycle.

  6. Ria February 28, 2015 1:55 pm #

    This post speaks volumes. I am still amazed at how difficult it can be to deal with the uncertainty of such a short time frame (the two week wait), after a treatment cycle. It’s been tremendously helpful to keep busy during this time, and attend to as many chores and obligations as possible. Lots of luck to all the women facing the uncertainty of the two week wait.

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