Monday, December 17, 2007

A second line

So, when the beta came back "positive," I figured I'd POAS again to see what's going on. Yesterday there was a darkening where the second line was supposed to be, but the test was definitely negative. T couldn't see it until I pointed it out to him, and he kind of chuckled and said, "Yeah, okay."

Today there were two lines. The second one was very faint, but it was there and it was pink.

What do I make of this?
Should I be worried about an ectopic?

11 comments:

Leah said...

Hopefully it's just a slow starter! As you well know, depending on the test, your hcg would need to be at least 25 to get a + so it seems that you *at least* doubled from 13, if not more. From what I understand, ectopics don't necessarily start especially low, they tend not to double appropriately.

I will be praying with all of my might that you just had a sleepy little embryo who took their time implanting. Can't wait to hear the results of tomorrow's beta!

Samantha said...

The only time I had a positive beta, it was for a chemical pregnancy. My beta was low and did not double, although it rose slowly, and then fell. My clinic had me come in for something like 5 beta checks to make sure that it was out of my system. That was how they could monitor whether it was ectopic, in case my beta levels didn't fall. When you go in for your second beta, you should know a little more (maybe). They can at least find out if you're doubling (which would be good news, in case you have a late implanter), or if the level's dropped to below 5, or if the level is rising slowly, in which case they'll want to watch it closely. I hate the limbo, and sorry you're stuck there.

Waiting Amy said...

Leah said what I was planning to say -- doubling would just put you over 25 and most test sensitivity is at 25, so all you would get is the faint line. I think you'll have to wait for the beta tomorrow to really know much more.

I'm sorry this is such a tough time! I hate waiting too! Oh, and with my only successful pg (non-treatment), I was about 8-10 late in my period and still had a negative hpt. So for some it can take a bit long to reach detectable levels. hang in there!

ultimatejourney said...

It must be agonizing to wait and wonder how this is all going to turn out. To be honest, I hadn't really given up on this cycle after your beta, and I'm still hoping it works out, especially with the appearance of a second line. I'm sure the uncertainty is really tough though. I'm sorry you have to deal with this.

The clinic will monitor you closely if there's anything to be concerned about. I'll just keep my fingers tightly crossed.

E said...

I will be thinking good thoughts for more doubling! I don't know much about ectopics, but I hope you can find some comfort in the other, more knowledgeable commenters!

The Town Criers said...

I would say that if it's getting darker, it definitely can't be dropping. I hope this is one of those slow starter stories. But I've always heard that ectopics have unusually high betas more than low ones.

nancy said...

I'm sorry you are in limbo. Like the others said, I'll hope for being a slow starter. Maybe it just simply later than normal implantation. I know it'll be hell waiting for that next beta. ~hugs~

JKH said...

I'm so sorry you're in limbo right now. My feelings are the same as others...hoping for a late bloomer!!! Can't wait to hear about tomorrow's results!!!

Tracy said...

I'm rooting for a late bloomer, too. Why can't it just be easier???

MichelleAnn said...

Praying that you get some good news tomorrow! I am so sorry you have to go through this!

Anonymous said...

Man, this is tough... hang in there.

Clare