Alzora and Poppy, lots of happy and lucky thoughts to you ladies. I'm way too far out of my league to even begin to give real advice, so I just hope you have the very best medical care possible.
I'm 10 dpo and continue to get nothing but BFNs. Sigh. Yesterday, I ran out of tests so I went to the dollar tree and got a bunch of Assured tests. They are supposed to be pretty sensitive, but I can't even imagine a line. Still hoping, but feeling discouraged.
Thank you, @misslindseylou! You take pregnancy tests before your missed period? You are a brave soul. I think 10dpo is too early to get a positive reading, no? Don't the negatives make you sad? You might be pregnant and just testing too soon and getting discouraged unnecessarily...? Slow down over there, girl! Are you having any symptoms of either pregnancy or PMS? Here's hoping you get a surprise BFP one of these mornings! :)
I know I keep saying that I'm done with tracking each month, but I'm going to order those Wondfo ovulation tests that everybody talks about. Maybe we're just not hitting the right time of the month. I kept saying that this month my husband and I were going to try regularly for the entire cycle, and that lasted all of...oh, I'd say a week and a half. We are so lazy. Once my cervical mucus dries up for the month, I kind of lose interest because my libido drops at that point, and I figure the window is likely closed anyway so why force myself when there's no drive. But maybe my ovulation is happening later or something.
Here's a fun PMS symptom. I feel stretchy. It's mostly my knees and legs, but I feel like one of those rubber figurine toys with the bendy arms and legs. Feels like I need to stretch from head to toe, but there's no satisfying it. I used to feel like this after my accident when I was confined to a bed and wheelchair for two months. I'd wake up in the morning and feel like I had been stuffed inside a can or a genie lamp for years and I'd have to stretch it all out. I kind of feel like that now, only crankier.
Sorry guys, I post on here too much during my two-week wait, especially when I start to feel my period coming. This is my venting place, because my husband can only take so much. ;) I promise I do not obsess like this all month long, just mostly during this horrid TWW. Once AF shows up, I settle down for a good couple of weeks. Feel free to tune me out over here when I start yammering on like this.
Somebody post some good news on this thread! We need some positives! Anyone??
Alzora, those wondfo ovulation tests really are wonderful...I was sure I had missed it somehow when I got the positive reading (several days later in my cycle than I had thought). Plus all their tests are so cheap that you can take one everyday (opk and then pregnancy) without feeling bad about it at all. I gifted the remains of my huge pack to a friend who's TTC now, buying them in bulk somehow felt like a good luck charm.
Baby dust to all you ladies and fingers crossed for another round of BFPs soon!
Hi Alzora, haha I can certainly relate to the rubber toy feeling just before AF! Because of Ehlers-Danlos syndrom I've got stretchy joints anyways, but it gets way worse around AF, not fun but not weird either I guess. Please keep sharing your comments, they're very recognizable and indeed... husbands can only take so much. I'm getting impatient for AF to end so we can finally start trying for real, so you're only two week out of a month obsession is actually not that bad ;)
Just took my last birth control pill last Saturday and am finishing up my last chemically altered period. These next few months should be very interesting. I've been on BC for almost 9 years so I'm not sure what my body will do without it. Plan to start TTC after a couple months of natural periods.
Your hubby should be able to produce his sample in the privacy of your own home, into a cup that is provided, and then take the sample to the hospital.
It has to be kept warm though. My husband kept his in his coat pocket. A friend of mine put her husband's in her bra!
I am also in the 2ww and getting anxious. Alzora... I can't believe you don't test before a missed period! I'm obsessive, I start testing probably WAY too early and then analyze the stick. I've been known to disassemble the ones in plastic casings to try and get a better look! Lol, I'm slightly better than that now and bought the inexpensive tests not in cases anyway so I don't go broke buying tests. Here's hoping we see a whole slew of BFPs this month! Especially for you ladies going through testing and medical procedures, I hope you just get pregnant and can forgo that whole process!
Thanks for all the support and tips, everybody! And good luck as you start TTC, khaatje and j cannoy. I hope it happens quickly for you!
@Vitamom, do you have any symptoms yet??
@Lineska, so were you actually miscalculating your ovulation date before you used the Wondfo tests? Were you basing it on the calendar, cervical mucus, or basal body temp before you got the tests?
@Niteowl, it's a relief to know that my husband may be able to produce his sample from home!
A few questions for anyone who can answer:
1. When you get a positive reading on the Wondfo ovulation tests, does that mean that you are ovulating that day, or do you get a positive reading a few days in advance of ovulation? Like, I guess I've been leery of such tests because I want to be trying to conceive for like three to five days before ovulation, and I'm afraid that if I wait for an ovulation test to read positive, I'll have missed a huge part of the fertile window and will only have like that day to make a baby...?
2. For those of you who use the ovulation tests, how fully do you trust them? Do you find yourselves having sex on "extra" days (specifically with the intent to conceive) just in case the test misses or somehow miscalculates ovulation?
3. Also for those of you who take the ovulation tests, have you found that your cervical mucus generally coincides with a positive Wondfo test reading, or is it common to ovulate at a different time than what your body seems to be saying?
4. (I will ask the fertility specialist about this, but I'm sure many of you know the answer anyway.) Will my husband do the semen analysis test through my fertility specialist or does he do that through his family doctor?
Alzora: yup, I got a positive opk/conceived 5 days later than I had thought I was ovulating.
I was just tracking my cycles (longer than average) on a phone app calendar, thoroughly failed basal body temp, I'd forget, get really low readings, and just generally didnt get the hang if it. We aimed for every other day anyway regardless of what the opk said...I thought we'd missed the window due to travel schedules the month I conceived, then got a positive test during what I had thought was tww.
A positive opk (line the same or darker than control!) means you're about to ovulate, I think its next 24-48 hours. So once I saw two solid lines there, it was go time for lack of a better phrase!
So yes, we'd already been trying, but I trust them entirely based on the date I got the positive matching up to my due date. I'm a little bit squeamish about checking mucus...but I do know that the discharge I thought was ovulation was not totally synced with the opk. Like I said before, I really was shocked when I got a positive opk late in my cycle (and then spent 12 days convincing myself it had to be wrong until I got my BFP)
Hope that helps a little!
@alzora I can't answer the personal questions as you know my philosophy on timing. :) But the tests detect the LH (luteinizing hormone) surge which immediately precedes ovulation.
As you are already seeing a fertility specialist, I strongly imagine that person will order the semen analysis, but it is within the scope of any doctor to do so. I mean, I could. What I would do with the information though.... So it's best for the specialist to have the results sent directly to her/him.