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'The Two-Week Wait' (It's Not a Movie Title)

For those of you new to the TTC biz, "The Two-Week Wait" probably sounds like the title of movie starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson.

Well, it's not.

So what is the two-week wait? It's the luteal phase of your menstrual cycle, and it can be the longest two weeks of your life if you're trying to get pregnant. Basically, this is the time period between ovulation and your next period or positive pregnancy test. For those having in vitro fertilization, the two-week wait is the period following the embryo transfer to see if the embryo(s) implanted. It can be a very emotional time, with enormous hormonal changes taking place in your body.

During the two-week wait you should not take a pregnancy test. Why, exactly? Pregnancy tests function by detecting human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) in your urine, and you may not have enough of the pregnancy hormone in your urine to have an accurate test result.

So, don't stalk the drugstore aisles for pregnancy tests during the two-week wait. Actually, that might make a great movie. Jennifer and Owen going to the drugstore each night and debating whether to buy another pregnancy test, hormones raging, Vince Vaughn as a snarky pharmacist who asks too many personal questions … and, of course, a really happy Hollywood ending with a great big + !

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