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Hey there Lovelies,

So, after transfer, started the longest two week wait of my life. You’d think I’d be used to the TWW by now. Being as I am, after all, three years into this hell. That’s a lot of Two Week Waits I’ve endured. Let me tell you though, it did NOT make this one any easier. Especially since my clinic doesn’t test until 14 days past transfer. Most clinics do this at 10 days past … not mine, mine likes to drag that shit out. So of course I spent the whole time symptom spotting.

My Two Week Wait Symptom Sheet:

Day 1 and 2 past transfer: Not much to report.
Day 3 past transfer: Strong cramping in the evening. A little more tired. Intense craving for a bagel with cream cheese.
Day 5 past transfer: Moody and tired and crampy. Boobs ridiculously sore. Got a hug and thought I might die.
Day 6 past transfer: Boobs are still sore and all of a sudden HUGE. Like can’t fit in my tops huge. I’m not imagining it, I couldn’t do them up! Like two cups sizes huge. And my hair is way more greasy than normal.
Day 8 past transfer: Boobs sore and huge. Greasy hair still and feeling wickedly dehydrated. Like no matter how much I drink I still get deep lines from my pants.
Day 9 past transfer: No cramps really for a few days and then all of a sudden deep achiness in abdomen. Boobs still and hair still.
Day 10-14 past transfer: Boobs still sore and getting veiny. Hair greasy and limp, I do not approve. Still felt ridiculously dehydrated all the time.
Day 14 was my beta HCG blood test… but it’s not instantaneous.  I have to wait TWO MORE DAYS for results.

I keep thinking that if these were all just from the progesterone and estrogen meds then I want my money back. I know not to look too far into symptoms because the meds can mimic pretty much any and all of them. So saying “oh, but thats how I KNEW I was pregnant” isn’t valid here. They are REAL symptoms, but may or may not be caused by a real pregnancy. Infertility is a tricky bitch.  Then again, it felt good to have SOME symptoms. Gives me something to obsess over whilst I wait. Like how these were not my symptoms last time I was on progesterone… But I’ve never been on estrogen… Tune in Thursday when results will go up.

XOXXO,
Unpregnant Chicken

*Next IVF Cycle post on our test results here

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24 thoughts on “IVF Cycle: TWW Symptom Update

  • April 27, 2015 at 6:48 am
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    Good luck. Yes the progesterone causes all the boob stuff 🙂

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    • April 27, 2015 at 6:52 am
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      Emma,
      The sore yes, but the HUGE? Hard to say what causes what… it’s what makes the TWW after any medicated cycle so infuriating!
      XOXXO,
      Unpregnant Chicken

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  • April 27, 2015 at 8:14 am
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    2 days for the beta?!?! Holy shizz. I’d lose it. Fx for you!

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    • April 27, 2015 at 9:21 am
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      A,
      Yes ma’am. It’s re-dic-ulous.
      XOXXO, Unpregnant Chicken

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  • April 27, 2015 at 8:19 am
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    What’s with them dragging it out? (although, maybe I can see their point as when I did my IUIs and was tested 10 days after, AF would show up on day 12’ish..perhaps it’s a money saving move). Still annoying!

    Hope these aren’t just estrogen/progesterone symptoms.

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    • April 27, 2015 at 9:23 am
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      Geochick,
      It’s not because my period might come before beta, as I am on progesterone and estrogen support so you likely won’t start bleeding anyways. It’s my understanding that they wait this late to ensure its not a chemical pregnancy. If you get a high beta on day 14 past 5 day transfer it’s more likely to be viable. So thats good, but it doesn’t make the waiting easier.
      XOXXO, Unpregnant Chicken

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    • April 27, 2015 at 10:45 am
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      Baby, Are you coming,
      Right? It would make this a little easier.
      XOXXO, Unpregnant Chicken

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  • April 27, 2015 at 12:48 pm
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    Hey Unpregnant Chicken,

    First and foremost I just want to say thank you for your blog! I stumbled upon it when the Accupuncture Clinic posted a link to it on Facebook and was it ever fortuitist! You see, I also have a low ovarian reserve and I was not only starting Accupuncture but also my injections the next day and reading your blog helped me mentally prepare for what was to come. The needles still sucked big time and I still ugly cried doing my first set (but seriously who wouldn’t?), but at least I had a small glimpse into what we were in for. We did a Superovulation IUI and are currently in the 2WW (more like a hellish 18 days of insanity), but it’s comforting to know we’re not alone. While I love my friends dearly, it seems they get pregnant just being in the same room as their spouse, and no matter how empathetic, they just don’t quite get it. I so appreciate your candidness, brutal honesty and acknowledgement that this just sucks! I even broke down and joined Twitter so I could follow your updates (well and try and get Playoff tickets) 🙂 I apologise this post has gotten long and a wee bit stalkerish, lol! Lots of prayers for you!

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    • April 27, 2015 at 12:59 pm
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      Mrs DYYC,
      Are you in Calgary too? Not stalkerish at all. It’s so helpful to know others who have gone through this and to read about it as you are doing it was always a great comfort to me! I’m glad I could be that for you. Best of luck with your IUI, the waiting.. it seems thats all that we ever do!
      XOXXO, Unregnant Chicken

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      • April 27, 2015 at 1:42 pm
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        I am in Calgary! And I’ve actually told a few of my friends who are in the same shoes about your blog, and I was talking about it at the Clinic and with my accupuncturist! Whether you know it or not, you are doing an amazing amount of good and I hope you find it cathartic as well! I have my beta on Thursday………….God help me get through this week!

        P.S. I’m really beginning to hate the progesterone suppositories! :oP

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        • April 27, 2015 at 1:49 pm
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          Mrs DYYC,
          Too funny, I wonder if we go to the same acupuncturist. We certainly have the same clinic! Are you the person who told Dr. Freckles about me?! So exciting. LOL The waiting for beta is horrendous I know. Best of luck to you. Just think… 10 more weeks of those friggen gels if it all goes well! Haha
          XOXXO, Unpregnant Chicken

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  • April 27, 2015 at 9:14 pm
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    How many days are you? 14dp5dt? Looks pretty good in my humble opinion 🙂

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    • April 28, 2015 at 7:37 am
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      Chon,
      Well past that date now. But I dont know that making it to test day means anything. Especially with all the drugs I’m on.
      XOXXO, Unpregnant Chicken

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  • April 28, 2015 at 10:30 am
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    I will be hoping for good news on Thursday! I had my first embryo transfer (from a frozen cycle) a few days after you and I go for my blood test on Friday. My clinic is also crazy with the waiting period – 13 days after a day 5 transfer, but I am hanging in there 🙂 So so hoping that we post get wonderful news this week!

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    • April 28, 2015 at 12:32 pm
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      Lauren,
      Good luck to you! Hoping for good news all around.
      XOXXO, Unpregnant Chicken

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    • April 28, 2015 at 12:33 pm
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      Bespectacled,
      Thanks!
      XOXXO, Unpregnant Chicken

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  • May 28, 2015 at 11:44 am
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    I get to test in a week at 14 days past 3-day transfer, but I’m going to cheat and do a home test first. A little indulgence to reward myself for surviving my first cycle. And in the meantime, obsessing over this page is keeping me going. Glad you’re starting to feel better! Go you!

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    • May 29, 2015 at 3:49 am
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      Merche,
      Remember not to pee on a stick any time earlier than 10DP3DT. Save yourself the guess work by waiting! Best of luck in the remainder of your TWW. Glad to be able to support you going through it!
      XOXXO, The Chicken

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    • May 30, 2015 at 4:09 am
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      That would be tomorrow (Sunday) but I’ll wait until at least Tuesday . A shout out: did anyone else have the post-retrieval bloat come back with a vengeance about day 8-9pt?(Minus 2 for 5-day transfer.) I look like a basketball on a toothpick!

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      • May 30, 2015 at 4:58 pm
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        Merche,
        I did not… how many eggs did they take? could you be at risk for Hyper Stimulation? That can still happen after transfer because the ovaries swell. Its more common with BFP as the hormones make it worse.. drink lots of gatorade/sports drink and see if that helps. If you are worried call the clinic.
        XOXXO, The Chicken

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        • June 1, 2015 at 12:35 am
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          Went (waddled) to my nearest mini-emergency room over the weekend. No fluid retention, which would cause the dreaded bloat in OHSS; just tons of gas, which they attribute to my huge dose of progesterone.. Doing much better today. Here’s hoping its a response to my own hCG. Hope you’re well too!

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          • June 1, 2015 at 9:08 am
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            Merche,
            Good for you getting checked out. Try GasX pills, they worked wonders for me and are safe during pregnancy. So not to worry about a hopeful BFP.
            XOXXO, The Chicken

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