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HPTs when breastfeeding?
Do they take longer to show a +ve result?

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#1 Cranky Kitten

Posted 01 December 2012 - 09:41 AM

So I'm currently at day 36 of my cycle, 18 days past when I *think* I might have ovulated. I've had a number of random niggles that my over-active imagination is convinced are symptoms of pregnancy - aversion to smells/tastes, slight nausea and increased nipple sensitivity (oh boy is that fun when DS is teething!). I'm also visiting the loo a lot more often than usual.

However, every single test I've taken is showing negative. Different brands, different times of day. I seem to recall though, that when I fell pregnant shortly after DD was born that it took ages for a hpt to show positive - more than 2 weeks past when my period would've been due and it turned out that I was actually already 6+ weeks along at that point.

Has any one else found this? Is it possible that either hcg levels rise slower or just don't show in urine as much due to BF?

#2 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 01 December 2012 - 10:24 AM

I'm not sure. Since my period returned when DS was 4 months old my cycles have been between 26 and 38 days long.

The cycle that I fell pregnant on this time I was getting negatives and then got a positive approx 12 dpo. I knew roughly when I ovulated because I was using OPKs.

There were many times when I had pregnancy symptoms but wasn't pregnant but I've heard this is to do with the progesterone when breastfeeding.

But when I had blood tests my HCG levels rose slower than with DS at the same time (like half of what his numbers were) but that could just because it's a different pregnancy.

That probably doesn't help, but if you want a whole bunch of OPKs and HPTs I have a heap that I can give you.

#3 CountryBumpkin

Posted 01 December 2012 - 10:32 AM

My cycles came back when DD was 8 months, I fell pregnant when she was 13 months. My cycles were exactly 33 days from the first time they came back. I got a positive at 3w4d.

#4 jemsoli

Posted 01 December 2012 - 10:37 AM

I have gotten pregnant twice while breastfeeding (TTC both times) and got my BFPs at 8DPO and 11DPO. I don't think it makes any difference if you are breastfeeding or not, sometimes HCG just takes longer to rise.

#5 Cranky Kitten

Posted 01 December 2012 - 11:27 AM

Hmmm. It's only my 3rd cycle since my period returned, but the gap between the first two was almost spot on 28 days, which is what it used to be before I fell pregnant. I swear, it's doing my head in - I'm thinking about just making an appointment with my GP to talk it over and get a blood test.

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