This post is part of my series, My Infertility Journey. I wrote about my first IUI, the agonizing two week wait (2ww for us Stirrup Queens!) and now, some advice about the quickest and most accurate way to find out if you got that BFP you’ve been hoping for!
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- Don’t Test Early. If you’re on injectibles, HCG, the pregnancy hormone, is in you for several days. This is the hormone in pregnant women which causes that pink line to appear on the pee stick; it’s also the hormone that can make you have morning sickness. HCG is used in the Trigger Shot to release the eggs for timing an IUI or retrieval (or good old fashioned sex). If you test too early, you could get a false positive. So, what is “early”? Anything prior to 14 days DPO (Days Past Ovulation). Even if you wait until the HCG is gone from your system, you could easily get a false negative. That still doesn’t stop us from sneaking in a pee stick at like day 11. Take it from someone who was carrying TWINS and got a false negative at 12dpo, you don’t wanna go through that emotional torture.
- Don’t Mistake a Missed Period for a BFP. If you’re doing IF treatments, you’re likely on progesterone, either the shots, or the vag suppositories. This will not allow you to get your period. Continue taking your progesterone until you have allowed 15dpo to pass with a snow-white pee stick.
- Don’t Test First Thing in the Morning. I’m going against convention here, I realize. But, the reason you’re told to POAS (Pee On A Stick) with morning urine is because it is essential that you test with a concentrated urine sample. However, this isn’t necessarily the first urine of the day, especially if you get up to pee in the night—something that will happen pretty often if you are in fact pregnant. For me, as soon as the embryos touched my uterine wall, I was peeing all the time.For the best urine sample, I recommend this: 1) drink only water the morning of your test—no caffeine, nothing but water, 2) Don’t drink much water and don’t have any salt in the morning either, otherwise you might get thirsty, 3) take your last sip of water at noon, 4) Wait 6 hours without peeing.
Here’s why I didn’t like to take a first-thing-in-the-morning-test, and preferred to find out at 6pm: Either result will be an emotional one. I didn’t want to deal with that initial reaction all day at work. If you test at 5 or 6pm, after work and after the bulk of the day is past but with a few hours of down-time left, this gives you time to deal with the result in private. I also recommend not telling people when you’ll test—it will take the pressure off this ordeal.
- Pee in a Cup, NOT on the stick. It’s nerve-wracking to take a pregnancy test. If you’ve gone through all the trouble of getting that perfect sample, don’t risk wasting it by trying to coordinate the stick with the urine! Most importantly, the sample in the cup can be used for more than one test.
- Use Two Sticks of Different Brands. I can’t tell you how many times women have posted photos of their pee sticks on the online fertility board I belong to, asking if we can see a hint of pink next to the control line.
- Buy a Brand That Detects a Sensitive Low Level of HCG. Check the packaging when you make your purchase! Get one that detects 25 mIU or less. 25mIU is fairly typical, but there are many brands that require 50 or even 100 mIU. Obviously, if you are testing this early in the game, you will need a test that will be accurate with a low level of HCG in your system. I’m not going to refer you to the many tables that can be found online, many contradicting one another, all stating what brands detect what level. The only way to find out for sure is to read the fine print on the package. Note: “First Response” is a gimmick—I had a much lighter reading with this test for my BFP, than I did with Answer. Also Note: The price of the pregnancy test does not typically correlate to more or less accurate results. Only the sensitivity level matters.
- Dip the First Stick in the Cup as Directed, Set it Down, and Leave the Room! Do not—I repeat—do not stay there in the bathroom watching the test and your timer. Don’t even look at your stick after you’ve set it on the counter. You will start to see things, like pink line mirages, “Pregnant” digital letters on the walls. You’ll lose your mind. So leave the room, dammit! Go watch 4 minutes of TV, or nuke your dinner. Don’t wait MORE than the allotted time, but DO wait the allotted time looking at something other than your pregnancy test. Seriously.
- Don’t Compare Your Line to the Control Line. Control Lines are so dark that not even Octomom could have had a line that dark. If you have a pink line at all, it’s a BFP. You shouldn’t have to squint to see it, though. You shouldn’t have to take a picture of it and post it to fertility boards begging people to tell you that yes, there is a slight HINT of what could be something that isn’t snow white. Your line should be there, your digital reading should be clear, but it’s not going to be the control line. Ever. Unless maybe you’re 8 months along with quads. Even then, the control line will be darker.
- If You Got a BFP, Use the Second Stick. Repeat Step #7. If you get a pink line or digital reading with the second stick, this will erase any doubts of a BFN. The second stick should also be as detection-sensitive as the first.
- If you Got a BFN, Wait 24 Hours and Re-Test. Right now you’re probably going, yeah, right, in 24 hours it’s just going through the motions, and you have a BFN, period. I’m living proof that this is not true! I was just as filled with despair on my BFP cycle, after getting a snow white BFN when I tested the first time. I waited the 24 hours and voila! A BFP.