[For those not in the know, POAS = pee on a stick, i.e., take a home pregnancy test (HPT).]
I have never really been one who is fond of early POAS. From my days on a popular fertility charting website and from reading numerous infertility blogs, I know that many women like to test "early and often." But after a few early disappointments in the halcyon days of early TTC, before we knew we would have problems, I was turned off POAS. I hated that sinking feeling in my stomach when I checked the HPT only to see a stark white space where the second line should be. As a consequence, the only times I've taken HPTs in the past two-and-a-half years have been when I have been directed to do so by a doctor. (And our RE required a HPT at the end of every treatment cycle and would only draw blood for a beta hCG test if the HPT was positive.)
From others who have cycled there, I have learned that St. Mungo's does your first beta hCG test 11 days after a 5-day blastocyst transfer. Assuming egg retrieval on June 7 and transfer on June 12, that would make my blood test June 23, which is a Thursday.
I realized recently that our embryo transfer is the week before Father's Day. That means, in theory, that I could take a HPT on Fathers Day and have some chance of its being positive if our cycle worked.
On the other hand, even if our cycle worked, testing 7dp5dt *could* be a little too early to get a positive. It would be a bummer to get a negative any day, but particularly on Father's Day. (And obviously we could get a negative because the cycle was a failure, too.)
In addition to the fact that it would be GREAT to get a BFP on Father's Day, if I am going to test at home before beta, I would want to do it on a weekend morning. Testing on a workday morning is no good, whether it's a positive or negative. If it's a negative, I'll be bummed and preoccupied. If it's a positive, I'll be THRILLED and preoccupied.
So I guess my options are to test on Father's Day or not test at all until beta. What would you do?
I think if I do POAS on Father's Day, I will keep it to myself unless I get a positive. No point in bumming MM out, too. Also, I know he is opposed to early testing and thinks I should just what for the blood test.