After IUI, or intrauterine insemination, a woman cannot tell if the signs she experiences are due to conception, according to Resolve. After IUI, women often take drugs such as progesterone, which sometimes cause typical early-pregnancy symptoms, including breast tenderness, bloating, tiredness and stomach upset.
Because of the effects of the IUI process, the only way to be certain of a pregnancy is to wait two weeks to take a pregnancy test, Resolve states. At times, pregnancy symptoms fluctuate from day to day. Some women experience cramping or light bleeding, but that does not mean they are not pregnant.
For women who have undergone IUI, a pregnancy blood test is taken two weeks after insemination, explains Shady Grove Fertility. It takes that long for an embryo to attach to the uterine wall and begin secreting enough of the hCG hormone, or human chorionic gonadotropin, to show up in the test. The presence of this hormone in a woman's blood is the best pregnancy indicator.
During the two-week wait, women should follow their doctors' instructions concerning diet and activity, Resolve advises. This often involves avoiding strenuous exercise and staying away from foods with MSG and synthetic sweeteners. In addition, several symptoms indicate a potentially serious problem, and a doctor should be consulted. These include a fever, bright red vaginal bleeding, dizziness, weakness, or abdominal, pelvic, neck or leg pain.