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Two-Week Wait (Luteal Phase)

Following infertility treatment, there’s the inevitable two-week wait before taking a pregnancy test.

If the treatment was successful, your body will already be going through changes, some noticeable, others imperceptible. What’s happening inside the uterus is impossible to literally feel, but can set off all sorts of palpable symptoms, both emotional and physical.

Enormous hormonal changes take place during this luteal phase, to support growth of the baby. If you’re particularly tuned into your body may feel the effects of this surge within the first few days of conception. You may have to go to the bathroom more often, due to an increase of hCG. Fatigue, a result of higher levels of progesterone, is common as well. Progesterone also slows down the digestive track and may cause bloating. (Of course, bloating, along with sore breasts, is symptomatic of PMS, only adding to the uncertainty of this two-week period.)

Other early-pregnancy symptoms include mild tension headaches from increased blood volume and slight queasiness, though (full-on) nausea typically strikes a few more weeks into pregnancy. And while you may not notice it, body temperature, which rises during ovulation, may be continue to be slightly elevated, by about half a degree.

Whether or not conception has occurred, this waiting period, when so much hangs in the balance, is often quite stressful. Dramatic mood swings, whether from the hormonal changes of pregnancy or the anxiety of waiting to take the test, are all a normal part of the process.


Comments (11)

I'm so sorry to hear your second IVF transfer failed. There can be a number of reasons IVF fails - some of which are outlined here. I suggest you schedule an appointment with your fertility doctor to review your cycles and get his or her input.

I wish you all the best,

I am a 43 yr old woman trying to concieve. It might be difficult to visit your clinic due to the fact that I am in Africa. Will it be possible to get treatment and consult with you online. Thank you

I started charting my cycles 3 months ago. I found out my O date and noticed the last two months my luteal phase is 20+ days. Is this okay? Is something wrong with me?

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