Answer from: Raúl Olivares, MD
This is quite a common comment. I have a lot of patients that say that they felt that the outcome was going to be negative at some point because they didn’t feel what they were supposed to feel. Unfortunately, there is no way of knowing if the embryo has implanted or not. The thing is that these kinds of treatments are artificial treatments, so you are going to be on hormones. The conditions of your body are going to be very different from those that you have in your natural cycles. This may be misleading when you’re feeling that your breasts are more tender than usual, and this may mean that you’re pregnant. The hormonal levels are going to be higher and this may have some side effects, which are not bad for you but may make you feel completely different from a normal cycle.
The only thing that has sometimes been related, and that’s a quite common question, is the so-called implantation spotting. That means that 2-4 days before the day of the pregnancy test, the patient has very light bleeding like for 24 hours, that’s all. They spontaneously disappear, and they call us because they think they’re going to have their period, and we say, okay, don’t be worried sometimes this may mean that the embryo has implanted.
Anything else like feeling tenderness in your breast, feeling bloated, feeling pressure in the belly, these are kinds of things that can be related to the size of the ovaries, to the hormones you’re taking but not necessarily to the fact that you are, or you are not pregnant. Don’t expect to feel the implantation, don’t expect all the symptoms and signs that you have to give you any hint, any clue about whether you’re pregnant or not. The only way of being sure is if you have a positive or a negative pregnancy test.
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