My worry about the negative results on the home pregnancy tests made me think I would end this torture of not knowing by doing a blood HCG test. Not so! I had the test done this morning, which is, technically, my 13th day past ovulation and received the low result of 15.
HCG beta is Human Chorionic Growth hormone that is produced by the placenta during pregnancy. It is what is monitored to determine pregnancy. It is a low number at the beginning of pregnancy, and will increase as the blastocyst develops further. Therefore, the only way to increase HCG is for the embryo to further develop. Most important is that my beta levels double every day or so.
See the following informal website for reported beta ranges:
I have read that frozen embryos can take longer to implant and then also be slower to develop at the start. There’s not much I can do, but trust that the embryo will continue to divide and wait to do another blood test in a couple days…