Chorionic Villus Sampling (cont.)
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Will it hurt?
It might, but it's over relatively quickly. The test takes no longer than a half hour from start to finish, and the extraction itself runs only a few minutes.
What happens after the test?
You'll need to take it easy immediately after a CVS test, so arrange for someone to drive you home. For the rest of the day, you'll need to rest. Generally women are advised to abstain from strenuous physical activity, sex, and exercise for three days following the procedure. You may have some cramping and bleeding, which is normal, but do tell your doctor or midwife. If you notice fluid leaking from your vagina, call your health care provider immediately.
How long does it take to get the results?
It can take up to 14 days before you get the test results, although some labs can provide you with preliminary findings the next day (at an extra cost.)
Edited by Tracy C Shuman, MD on November 01, 2005.
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