In general terms, it can be said that the process of intrauterine insemination consists of five phases i.e. from consultation to the confirmation of pregnancy and the woman who undergoes this technique must wait. These phases are as follows;
Scans and blood tests
Pregnancy blood test
If we take into account that a couple that is performing an assisted reproduction treatment already takes a long time to get pregnant, it is normal that at some point in the process their patience is impaired. While this process requires each and every one of these phases and like everything in medicine, the shortcuts will not only serve nothing, but may endanger the success of the treatment Pregnant Women
Normally, if all goes well, embryo transfer to the female endometrium is done 2 to 3 days after ovarian puncture. It is usually done during the same cycle, whenever the gynecologist considers that the endometrium is not yet ready, that there is ovarian hyperstimulation, or any other anomaly that needs the passage of time. In these cases, the sperms will be frozen and the transfer will be postponed.
Once the transfer has occurred, that is, the sperms have been implanted in the uterus, it will be recommended to wait for 12 or 13 days to undergo a pregnancy test. During this period, progesterone will be administered, which helps the sperms to settle in the endometrium, also thickening the walls of the endometrium.
This space of time, from the date of transfer to the day of the pregnancy test, is perhaps one of the most nervous periods for a couple. Anxiety can take over one, but now more than ever, you must be patient and try not to strain or stress.
There are two types of tests that confirm a pregnancy. Depending on the clinic, you will recommend one or the other:
Home Pregnancy Test
They are bought at any pharmacy. It consists of the analysis of a urine sample. The test detects the chorionic gonadotropin, synthesized only by women as the sperms begin to evolve. For the amount of this hormone to be detected in a home test, it must pass at least 12 days from the implantation, before any test could give erroneous results, not being able to detect it.
Blood levels of the hormone hCG in the blood produced by the embryo and passed to the mother’s blood through the placenta are assessed by blood test. If the hormone is detectable, it means that there is an embryo, and therefore there is gestation. It is usually done within 10 to 14 days after implantation. The results, depending on a laboratory, can take hours or several days.
I hope I have answered your question ‘How soon after IUI can I take a pregnancy test?’. I would repeat that you must show patience here or you might not get the correct results if you hurry.