17dpt – Beta HCG 1371

November 12, 2010

We did #3 blood word at 17dpt – Beta HCG 1371, doubling from 3 days ago. Baby(s) is/are growing strongly. 🙂

We are hoping for at least one healthy baby. If it is meant to be more than one, we will be happy as well.

Ultrasound has been scheduled on Nov 29, 2010. By then I will be about 7weeks pregnancy. We will know if there are more than one baby and we will be able to hear the heart beat! I am so looking forward to it.

14dpt – Beta HCG 521

November 9, 2010

I did #2 Beta today and HCG level is 521. Nice and strong. 🙂

My HCG level is a little bit high at this stage – about 3 times higher than 3 days ago. We are not sure if it will be one or two or even three babies growing in my uterus- we transferred 3 3-day embryos. I did some online search regarding HCG levels in single and twin pregnancies.

HCG levels in pregnancy

HCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin, is a hormone made by the pregnancy that can be detected in the mother’s blood or urine even before the woman’s missed period. This hormone is what we look for with a “pregnancy test”.

HCG is first detectable in the blood as early as 7-8 days after ovulation by very sensitive HCG assays (research assays). In real life, blood pregnancy tests will be positive (> 2 mIU/ml) by 10-11 days after HCG injection or LH surge.

In general, the HCG level will double every 2-3 days in early pregnancy.

85% of normal pregnancies will have the HCG level double every 72 hours.

HCG levels peak at about 8-10 weeks of pregnancy and then decline, remaining at lower levels for the rest of the pregnancy.

There is a large variation in a “normal” HCG level for any given time in pregnancy.


Day after HCG or LH Average
14 48 119 17 12
15 59 147 17 18
16 95 223 33 23
17 132 429 17 21
18 292 758 70 19
19 303 514 111 23
20 522 1690 135 13
21 1061 4130 324 12
22 1287 3279 185 22
23 2034 4660 506 13
24 2637 10000 540 16

HCG levels from normal twin pregnancies

Twin pregnancies tend to show higher HCG levels on a given day of pregnancy. However, there is a large variation in HCG levels between pregnancies, and great overlap exists between single and twin pregnancies.


Day after LH or HCG Average
14 68 313 56 7
15 38 159 26 9
16 146 803 112 12
17 154 542 52 8
18 360 1760 200 9
19 499 2509 215 13
21 963 5859 631 10

The information in the table above is part of a study carried out by Dr. Sherbahn that compared HCG levels from single, twin and heterotopic (combined intrauterine and ectopic) pregnancies.

11dpt – Beta HCG 170

November 6, 2010

I could help and requested my clinic to do an early Beta this morning.

The Beta HCG level came back strong! – 170 at 11dpt. 🙂

I also went to see my family doctor after the blood work. She told me ” just relax and enjoy your pregnancy.  The baby(s) will take care of themselves.

Keep cautiously optimistic.

#3 FET – 10dpt HPT ++ BFP

November 5, 2010

I’ve seen so many cute stickers before and now I have one of my own! 🙂

Make a pregnancy ticker

 BabyFruit Ticker

# 3 FET – 9dpt : HPT + !!

November 4, 2010

My boobs are getting sorer and sorer; my belly is bloating; ClearBlue Home Pregnancy Test sticks are siting on the table … It’s tempting… I can’t wait!!

This morning, first thing after I woke up was rushing to washroom… pee on a stick!  I used a ClearBlue digital stick.  I normally use regular stick. When I saw the hour glass symbol was flashing, I thought I was not doing the right thing. So I asked DH to pass me the package to read the instruction. While I was checking, the symbol stopped flashing andPregnant appeared immediately. I was in shock and couldn’t believe it was true. I was yelling to DH to get me the regular HPT stick. I pee on it again and the positive + sign also showed up immediately!!! I have never seen this lovely sign show up in the last 2 years trying to conceive! Oh my… I am pregnant!!! I was literally shouting at my DH. He was so excited that he didn’t know what to say. What a miracle!

I didn’t know what to do in the next 10 minutes. I just walked around the house and try to keep myself calm.  Anyway the whole day I was trying hard to keep myself calm.

I am cautiously optimistic. I will do HPT in the following days to confirm the ++. I want to call my clinic tomorrow to request an early blood test on Saturday instead of Nov 10.

I am so happy and I feel I am blessed.  I want to share my happiness virtually with everyone who visits IVF Adventure! 🙂 Good luck to all.

HPT - It's Positive +, I am pregnant!

#3 FET – 3 Embryos Transferred Today

October 26, 2010

So, we transferred 3 embryos this morning. No Assisted Hatch.  We originally had 6 embryos on the ice and only 3 of them survived from the thaw. Luckily they are all Grade 1 embryos,  with 4 cells, 7 cells and 3 cells respectively.

There are no embryos left. These 3 embryos are from the April 2010 IVF cycle this year. They are strong and high quality embryos. I will cross my fingers and pray. 🙂

#3 FET – CD14

October 23, 2010

It’s CD 14 of FET #3 cycle. We did blood test for E2 and ultrasound for lining. All came back good. E2 is 1826 and lining 10mm with triple layers. Everything is good to do!. FET is scheduled Oct 26, 2010. We will transfer 3 3-day ICSI embryos this cycle to increase the chance of getting pregnant.

It’s so exciting! I can’t wait to be pregnant! 🙂

#3 FET – CD1

October 10, 2010

AF came today as expected. I started one Estradiol Derm 100 patch today. I used Estrodot 100 last 2 times. My hubby picked up the drug for me last week. I don’t know why the pharmacy gave us different brand this time. Probably they can get more commission for selling this brand instead of the other one. I called pharmacy and the pharmacist said these two brands are interchangeable. However, the Estradiol is 4 times larger than Estradot in the size.

I was wondering where I am going to put 4 patches down the cycle period.  But the pharmacy said they can take the drugs back once it is taken out of the store. I can buy Estrodot but I need to pay extra money. We are not sure if the insurance will approve it or not. I will try this Estradiol for a couple days first to see what happens. I am pretty sure I need to buy some Estrodot when I have to put 4 patches.

Prepare for the #3 FET

October 7, 2010

I have been lazy lately on blogging. A little bit updates for our IVF Adventure: We are preparing for the #3 FET during Oct ~ Nov 2010 period.

My last AF was Sep 11. This month AF might come around same time. Then I will start Estradiol Derm 100 on the first day of my period. We will follow the same protocol as last 2 times. If everything goes well, we will do FET embryo transfer about Oct 26 ~ 27, 2010.

I did a laparoscopy and hysteroscopy on July 21 2010 and everything has been back to normal after one month. So…  we will probably transfer 3 embryos this cycle. We’ve done single embryo transfer and 2 embryos tranfer before and they didn’t work. This time we will try something different.

With the new and improved uterus, plus one more embryos, and better spirit, the chance of getting pregnant will be much higher. Right? Absolutely! 🙂

Symptoms of 2ww after IVF/FET

October 10, 2009

I’ve been through 1 IVF and 1 FET and currently in 2nd FET 2ww. I think it might be benificial if we can share our symptoms during 2ww (2 week waiting) after IVF or FET.

Below is a list of symptoms that I had during my 2ww after IVF/FET:

  • cramping
  • Fatigue
  • bloating ovaries
  • headache
  • low back pain
  • emotion swing
  • sore nipples
  • itchy tummy skin due to Estradot patches
  • weight gain
  • poor concentration before ET due to Estradot patches

How about you? What symptoms did you have during your 2ww after IVF/FET?

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