According to the American Pregnancy Association, blood tests for hCG levels should be accurate 11 days after conception, while it would be best to wait 12–14 days before taking a urine test. Taking a pregnancy test too early may give inaccurate results.
Implantation generally takes place 6- 12 days after ovulation — so 6- 12 days after a properly timed IUI.
If you don’t want to wait until you’ve missed your period, you should wait at least one to two weeks after you had sex. If you are pregnant, your body needs time to develop detectable levels of HCG. This typically takes seven to 12 days after successful implantation of an egg.
Implantation typically occurs about a week after the IUI procedure, so now is the time to begin monitoring for signs of implantation. If you notice some light spotting, this could be implantation bleeding. Some women also experience cramping at implantation.
You can carry out most pregnancy tests from the first day of a missed period. If you don’t know when your next period is due, do the test at least 21 days after you last had unprotected sex. Some very sensitive pregnancy tests can be used even before you miss a period, from as early as 8 days after conception.
Walk your fingers up the side of her abdomen (Figure 10.1) until you feel the top of her abdomen under the skin. It will feel like a hard ball. You can feel the top by curving your fingers gently into the abdomen. Figure 10.1 With the woman lying on her back, begin by finding the top of the uterus with your fingers.
Early Signs of a Pregnancy Following an IUI Implantation cramping and bleeding may occur about two weeks after an IUI procedure. It is similar to how some women experience spotty bleeding prior to menstruating. Progesterone and estrogen are responsible for breast tenderness during pregnancy and ovulation.
Further Signs of Successful Implantation Sensitive breasts. After implantation, you might find that breasts appear swollen or feel sore. Mood swings. You might feel emotional compared to your usual self, which is also due to changes in your hormone levels. Bloating. Changing tastes. Blocked nose. Constipation.
Often doctors tell women to expect implantation to occur around 5 days after the IUI procedure. Once the implantation has taken place a women is officially considered pregnant. After about a week following the procedure, your doctor may want to check your progesterone levels and your uterine lining with an ultrasound.
About four to five days after implantation bleeding, HCG levels in the body reach detectable levels in the blood. For at-home urine pregnancy tests, it may take up to 7 days for HCG levels in the urine to reach detectable levels for testing.
The earliest you can get a positive result on the most sensitive pregnancy tests is 3-4 days after implantation, 11-12 days after ovulation/fertilization or about 2 days prior to your next period. But the majority of home pregnancy tests will not be positive until you miss a period.
hCG levels can usually be detected in the urine about 10 days after conception. If you take a urine pregnancy test fewer than 10 days after conception, the at-home tests might give a “false negative” response. This means it will show that you are not pregnant when you actually are.
In most cases, cramping after an IUI isn’t too painful. Taking Tylenol is usually the preferred pain reliever because it’s pregnancy-safe. You should also rest as much as you can. Contact your doctor if your cramping is severe or accompanied by other symptoms like fever or abnormal vaginal discharge.
Progesterone supplements after an IUI can improve the receptivity of the uterine lining, enhancing the chances of implantation of a fertilized egg. The side effects of progesterone supplements may resemble the symptoms of pregnancy.
Implantation cramping is usually quite mild in comparison to menstrual cramps and some women describe a light pulling, tingling, or pricking sensation. Implantation cramps are typically felt in the lower abdomen or back and some women only experience them on one side of the body.