I’m so excited. I just can’t hide it. I’m about to lose control, and I think I like it.
I’m still getting a super light, inconclusive positive.
I would have liked for this whole “testing out the trigger” thing to have proceeded in a more typical fashion. By typical, I mean following the anecdotal stories of the hundreds, if not thousands, of women that have documented their process in testing out the trigger via blogs and message boards, complete with pictures.
Instead, I have 13 straight days of positives, which decrease in strength. See for yourself. What you are looking at are FMU tests on Wondflo brand tests from five days post trigger/ovulation through 13 days post/trigger ovulation. Day five is at the top. Today’s test is at the bottom. I’m not sure you can see this with the photo, but today’s test is darker. With that said, I think I over-saturated the test, and the test line is smudgy. (I’m referring to gross yellow hue. This also could be a result of my B complex vitamin. I took it late last night.)
I think it is fair to say that this morning’s test is, at best, inconclusive or even invalid.
So, here’s what I know:
The word out on the internet is that the body metabolizes the synthetic hCG from the trigger at 1,000 units per day (23 hour half life). A 10,000 unit trigger should be out of your system by 11 days post-trigger. I’ve also seen more conservative mentions of a 28 hour half life, so the trigger would test out in 12 – 14 days. I have also seen one mention of a 16 day period before the synthetic hCG is fully metabolized. I still fall within this window.
Wondflo brand tests are extremely sensitive. The dye varies, and a positive line one day may or may not be the same shade the next day. Generally, as hCG increases and one progresses in pregnancy the lines should get darker. However, comparing lines from day to day is not a reliable method of confirming a progressing pregnancy. As a result, the darker line today should not be used as evidence of pregnancy, but, rather, as evidence of the variability in the tests.
Ack! I didn’t think testing out the trigger would be so inconclusive or such a pain in my ass. Why can’t I test out the trigger like normal women?! I really would have liked to have seen the tests get lighter and lighter, then negative, then positive. Or stay negative. But not days of super light faint positives! I was confident this was happening when I posted that Cycle 12 was a bust. Clearly I spoke to soon. Ack!
I am 5% hopeful and 95% skeptical.
OMG. I got a for real positive OPK this morning. All this time, all those sticks, never a positive one in sight. Don’t misunderstand me here. I have been ovulating, but it is a “weak” ovulation (in the words of my RE). When I am getting closer to ovulation my OPKs always kinda look positive if you squint and dim the lights. I count that as positive. But, this morning? A for real positive, as in a test line darker than a control line. That was really fucking fun.
Due to the fact that I’m living out of a hotel room with Big Guy in Palm Springs, I quickly realized that I did not have the alcohol wipes for the trigger shot. I briefly considered skipping the alcohol wipe, but then had some misgivings about the potential of an infection. So, I ambled on over to Rite Aid and picked up some wipes. I was planning on putzing around the interwebs at a coffee shop, so I stirred things up in my car and injected myself in my belly in the parking lot.
While mixing things up I briefly wondered if anyone was going to become alarmed at the sight of a woman clearly preparing a syringe of something in her car in the parking lot of a Rite Aid. Mid-injection I heard sirens right behind me. ”For real?”, I thought. Not for real. An ambulance passing through. However, for one moment I envisioned lecturing some police officers about infertility sensitivity and NIAW.
This is my first trigger shot, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was alarmed at the stinging and burning. It lasted for about ten minutes. About an hour later I noticed that the injection site was kinda poofy and painful to touch. This hasn’t gone away. My sensitive right ovary is no longer sensitive. My cervix is no longer quite so fertile. I’m now bloated and exhausted. I feel as if I climbed a mountain today. I did not. I went to the post office, drank some decaf at a coffee shop while madly preparing ICLW comments, ate at a natural grocery, and watched the latest episode of Revenge. This is not climbing a mountain.
Anyone else have a weird reaction to the trigger at the injection sight? Any other side effects I should be aware of?