bookWhat are the early pregnancy symptoms and can they tell you if you are pregnant without a test? Some women say they “know right away” when they are pregnant. How do they do this? In some cases, maybe they are aware of certain hormonal changes that are among the early symptoms of pregnancy.

But more often, it is probably just that they look back with hindsight after they have tested positive and think that they remember certain signs. They forget about many other times when they might have had those same signs and not been pregnant.

So can you rely on early pregnancy symptoms?

Hormonal changes begin as soon as the egg is fertilized and embeds itself into the lining of the womb. The body begins to produce more HCG (the pregnancy hormone) right away, although levels will be slow in the beginning. It is HCG that causes early pregnancy symptoms and if you have some of these, you may be pregnant:

- sensitive breasts
- enlargement of the small bumps on your nipples
- mood swings
- nausea, stomach pains or constipation
- a metallic taste in your mouth
- changes in what you like to eat (e.g. suddenly not wanting foods and drinks that you always used to like, such as coffee, chocolate or meat)

However, most of these symptoms can be caused by other things than pregnancy. Many of them can be pre-menstrual symptoms. So the best way to know if you are pregnant is to take a test. These days, some drug store tests can give you a result soon after conception, so you do not need to wait until your period is due.

This will be much more reliable than figuring out whether you have early pregnancy symptoms. However, you will need to wait until around 7 days after ovulation. Then you will need to buy one of the more sensitive pregnancy test kits. Read the instructions before you buy, because many brands are not that sensitive and will say that you must wait until after your period is due.

If you take a pregnancy test early and it is negative, but then your period does not arrive on schedule, you might want to take another a few days after your period was due. A positive result on a pregnancy test is much more accurate than a negative result, because your body may not yet be producing enough to show on the test even though you are pregnant.

Sometimes, however, a positive result very early can be misleading because there could be an early miscarriage. This is probably very common when there is a defect in the early stages. It is not known how often this happens because most women who have a very early miscarriage never know that they were pregnant.

This can be a very emotional time and some women prefer not to test very early to avoid disappointment if the pregnancy fails. So keep in mind that things can go wrong, whether you take a test or rely on early pregnancy symptoms to tell you that you are pregnant.

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bookWhat Is IVF Treatment?

What is IVF treatment? What will happen to you if you have it? Will it be successful, and is it safe? These are some of the most common questions that we hear from people who are considering fertility treatment to help them have a baby.

What Is IVF Treatment?

IVF stands for in vitro fertilization. Vitro means glass. So it is fertilization that happens in a glass test tube or similar apparatus in a laboratory, instead of in a woman’s womb (that would be called intrauterine insemination or IUI).


It requires a woman to donate an egg and the man to donate sperm. After successful fertilization in the laboratory, the fertilized egg is implanted into the woman’s womb. It does not necessarily have to be the same woman who donated the egg.

Some people use the term IVF when they mean any kind of assisted conception. This is not strictly accurate. If a woman takes drugs to stimulate ovulation and then conceives during sex in the usual way, that is not IVF treatment but another form of assisted conception.

What Happens When You Have IVF Treatment?

The course of IVF treatment can be different according to the patient’s situation. Here we will consider a typical case, but yours may be very different.

First the woman will be prescribed some drugs which will control her monthly cycle. In most cases, she will first take drugs to prevent ovulation, and then when the signs are right, she will have an injection that will stimulate the production of several eggs.

A few days later, she will visit the hospital to have the eggs removed from her womb. Meanwhile the man will give a sperm sample, unless donor sperm is being used. Then medical staff will fertilize the eggs with the sperm in the laboratory.

A couple of days after that, the woman will return to the hospital to have the fertilized eggs inserted into the womb. Usually, more than one egg is inserted. This gives a better chance of success. Sometimes more than one egg will develop, so there could be twins, triplets or even more.

Around two weeks later, the woman will take a regular pregnancy test to find out whether one or more of the eggs has successfully embedded in the lining of the womb. If the test is positive, there is a good chance of the pregnancy proceeding normally to birth. If it is negative, then the IVF treatment has not been successful this time. Most people try again a few months later.

What Is The Success Rate Of IVF Treatment?

When you look at the success rate of IVF treatment, it is important to remember that the success rate is going to depend on the suitability of the patients. So for example if doctors only give IVF to patients who are ideally suited to it, the success rate will be higher than if they give it to everybody who asks, no matter what their age, medical history, etc. For this reason, the success rate for IVF treatment can vary widely between different states and countries.

The only way to know how likely it is that IVF will be successful for you, is to ask a medical professional who knows your case.

If you would like to know any more about the implications of IVF treatment in your individual case, or if you still have questions like what is IVF treatment, you should discuss this with your doctor or fertility clinic.

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Pregnancy Miracle Book: Effective Help for Fertility Issues

October 29, 2013

Has it been a while that you’ve been trying to conceive, but you just can’t? Your current conception problems can be relieved by the Pregnancy Miracle book by Lisa Olson. The basic and essential guidelines that people don’t understand when trying to get pregnant is in this book. Some of the wonderful points to address […]

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