Can I test early?

images-1I know, I know – it’s tempting. The two-week wait after fertility treatment seems about six years long and you may spend a lot of time analysing every tiny twinge that you feel, or don’t feel, and trying to work out if it has any significance in terms of the outcome. So, the idea of doing a test a few days – or even a week – before you are meant can seem very attractive. And yet, it can end up making the rest of the wait even more difficult…

In the very early days of pregnancy, there are often no symptoms at all that you could notice and it may take a while for the hormone changes to be at the right levels to start to show up on a test.

I’ve heard so many people recently talking about testing early and they’ve either had a negative result, which may not mean that the treatment hasn’t worked but rather that they tested too early, or had a very slightly positive response and then spent hours peering at faint lines on the test kit before dashing off to purchase yet more to try to get a clearer result.

It really is worth waiting until the time indicated on your test kit if you possibly can. These do vary so check out which you can do earliest if you feel you really can’t wait `but do remember that testing early can sometimes lead to more questions and confusion rather than a definitive answer. .