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But Can we Afford Adoption?

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a blog by Ellen Glazer, March 14, 2014

I recently did a homestudy for a couple who spent years doing cycles of IVF long after they had any real hope of it working. When I asked them about this, they readily acknowledged that they’d known for a long time that it wouldn't work. So why did they keep going? “It was practically free,” they said, “Our insurance paid all but our small co-payment. And we couldn't afford adoption.”

Negative Pregnancy Test After Infertility Treatment

Dealing with a negative pregnancy test result can be one of the hardest things to cope with during fertility treatments. It brings forth numerous emotions, such as disappointment, despair, anger, and frustration. You may feel that money, time, and energy have been wasted. Feelings are often tinged with a sense of guilt as well — women often blame themselves, and feel they have let others down by failing to conceive.

Ask your doctor the following questions:

  • Why do you think the cycle failed?
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Pregnancy Tests

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What they really detect.

Pregnancy tests are designed to detect the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). HCG is often called the “pregnancy hormone” because it is produced during pregnancy and is made by cells that form the placenta. Blood tests to detect the hormone are conducted by a doctor, while urine tests can be self-performed with a home pregnancy test (HPT).

Blood Tests

Pregnancy Tests

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<b>How tests in the doctor's office differ from the ones you do at home.</b>

Pregnancy tests are designed to detect the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). HCG is often called the “pregnancy hormone” because it is produced during pregnancy and is made by cells that form the placenta. Blood tests to detect the hormone are conducted by a doctor, while urine tests can be self-performed with a home pregnancy test (HPT).

Blood Tests

Blood tests are slightly more sensitive than urine tests and can detect very small levels of hCG. This allows doctors to get an accurate reading very early on in the pregnancy, about 7 to 12 days after conception.

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