Negative Pregnancy Test After IVF: What Happens Next?

13th November 2018 in IVF

Sad woman because of a negative pregnancy test after IVF

Does a negative pregnancy test mean you are definitely not pregnant after IVF? Here’s what a pregnancy test measures, and what happens next in your treatment journey if your result is negative.

How do home pregnancy tests work after IVF?

The pregnancy test you perform after IVF measures the amount of hCG in your urine. HCG - human chorionic gonadotropin – is the hormone that is produced by the implanted embryo. In the earliest first days of pregnancy, hCG concentration increases rapidly, doubling every 72 hours.

How soon can I do a pregnancy test after IVF?

Waiting to take a pregnancy test can be a difficult and anxious time, but it is important to wait and only test when we tell you to, which is usually around two weeks after your embryo transfer. This is because if you test too soon, your hCG level may be too low to detect, leading to an inaccurate result and unnecessary stress and worry.

What if my pregancy test result is negative?

If your period does not begin, repeat the test again in a few days. Call our team with your result and we will arrange next steps, which if your test is negative includes a cycle review and follow-up with your fertility specialist, together with counselling. We may also arrange a blood test to confirm your result.

How to cope with a negative pregnancy result after IVF?

A negative result is disappointing and can be hard to deal with. We are here to support you when your treatment cycle doesn’t end the way we all want it to.

You will be offered counselling with our team, to help you process this stage of your treatment journey and look forward with hope.

Remember, a negative test does not mean you will never get pregnant or that you have ‘failed’. Although some couples have successful IVF first time, it is not unusual to need more than one cycle to conceive.

It also does not mean that IVF and fertility treatment will not work for you. A negative test is not the end of the road. We thoroughly assess every failed cycle to see if any changes can be made for future treatment. We will talk you through what we will do next in your follow-up appointment. It is reassuring to know we have a plan in place - keep positive.

Pregnancy test after IVF: Help and advice

If you are worried or anxious about your pregnancy test, call our Fertility Nurses or our Fertility Support Midwife, who provide valued support and early pregnancy advice during the ‘two week wait’. Contact our team on 0161 300 2737.

You can also read about our patients’ experiences and the stories of their fertility journeys on our Testimonials page.

Last updated: 24th September 2019