Monday, May 10, 2010

Testing out trigger

I had planned to do a cute post with serial photos of the cheapy Dollar Tree HPTs I've used since taking my hCG trigger, but I can't seem to get decent enough photos of them to make them worth posting.

As I mentioned here, I am testing out my trigger this cycle, just for kicks. Not being one of the many people who enjoys peeing on sticks--no judgment, just not an early tester--I had never done this before, and I thought it might be fun to conduct my own little science experiment.

So as I posted before, my first HPT, taken about 7 hours after my hCG trigger, was negative. . . . which freaked me out a little. I decided to test again that evening, and I got a faint positive. I still interpreted this as a good sign, because I know from my days on fertility message boards that "any positive is a positive."

I tested again on Saturday morning prior to my IUI, and the test was again faintly positive.

(I asked the nurse about the Friday tests and Saturday morning's positive test when I went in for my IUI. First, it was obvious that she thought it was very odd that I should be using HPTs to test whether my trigger had worked. Second, she said that my theory that testing 7 hours after the shot was likely too early to detect the hCG in my urine made sense to her. Third, she thought that perhaps the test I was using might not have been sensitive enough to detect the hCG in my urine on Friday morning.)

When I tested yesterday morning and this morning, both tests were clearly negatives.

So apparently I have now "tested out" my trigger, and any + HPT I see from this point forward should be a true BFP. It's odd, though, because I've read it takes 5-6 days for the hCG trigger to leave the system and have seen for myself women still getting + HPTs that many days post-trigger. Hmm.

Of course, as is my usual practice, now I won't test again until my doctor-ordered test date of 5/22.

I am feeling physically much better today than yesterday. I am still a little bloated and retaining some fluid (as evidenced by the scale still being up and my rings fitting tight) but feel it is resolving.

Tonight I have to start the dreaded prog.este.rone gel. Ick.

Hope everyone had a good Mother's Day. Not a favorite "holiday" of mine, even pre-TTC. My day was lousy but for reasons completely unrelated to its being Mother's Day (which are now resolved).

3 comments:

  1. Sending positive vibes to you! Hope the next 12 days fly by and result in a BFP!

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  2. I've tested my trigger before and it only took a few (2-4) days to be totally negative. I too had heard that it can stay in your system for many days. Weird.

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  3. I love your scientific approach to things!

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