A couple of weeks ago, I decided that if it was going to take us a long time to get pregnant again, I might as well just buy a bunch of ICs. ICs is TTC (trying to conceive) lingo for low cost hCG tests purchased online (Internet Cheapies). They were having a special: 50 test strips for $20. And I thought, That cost less than two boxes from the store! I didn’t realize just how many tests I purchased until I got the package, removed the plastic wrap that held them together, then spread them out on our coffee table.
A couple thoughts came to mind. First, How am I even going to use all of these tests? Second, I hope I don’t have to use all of these tests before I get pregnant. So, instead of focusing on the thought of 50 cycles of disappointment (despair? devastation?), I decided that I would just turn into a project, a sort of observational scientific experiment. Because even the illusion of some sort of control is enough to keep a person going.
So today, I started Project Pee-a-thon
Although most TTC’ers start their testing at 8dpo (days past ovulation), I’ve decided to start testing as soon as Fertility Friend gave me crosshairs (aka determined ovulation). This happens at about 3dpo at the earliest. For those of you who’ve been lucky enough to not have to learn much about baby-making besides doing the deed (and who’ve actually read this far!), after ovulation happens, the two-week wait (2ww) begins, which is also known as the luteal phase (LP; the time between ovulation and menstruation, which is an average length of 14 days). I don’t think my marathon of taking pregnancy tests will last 14 days, because my LP is usually 11 days. Though, after starting acupuncture, my Clomid cycle had a 13-day LP and my “break from meds” cycle had a 12-day LP.
So everyday until AF (Aunt Flo aka the Witch aka my period) shows or until the tests come out positive enough times that I am sure that we’ve conceived I’ll POAS (pee on a stick) and post a picture the next day. Well, since these are test strips, I’m not actually peeing on a stick so much as dipping a stick in my pee. I’ll save you further details on the process. And yes, I said the next day. So that means that I tested today. I’m sure the result is obvious enough, but you’ll have to come back tomorrow to see it for yourself.
And if you’re wondering why I have a flower in my photos… Well, I thought it broke up the sea of white packets with small blue text and images. Plus it’s a spider mum. And, just maybe, it might bring me some good luck in becoming a mum to an earth baby.
So what do you think?
Will this approach make this cycle a little easier to get through? Do you think it’s super odd of me to do this? Or are you down with Project Pee-a-thon and possibly going to join me and do your own?