I got a positive OPK this morning. On CD 11. In shock, I checked my cervix and it was soft and open and producing some nice mucus. Fertility Friend says I am to ovulate sometime between CD 11 and CD 13. This is bananas. With and without Clomid my typical ovulation day is right at CD 19. This is so fun! It is so fast! It is like a whirlwind! I love Femara! Continue reading
That’s a real titillating title, huh? It is relevant, I promise. First, I want to apologize. Like a wounded animal, I crawled into a deep, dark hole to lick my wounds, which were deep. I really can’t underscore how confident I was that this cycle was a success. You all left such hopeful and optimistic comments, and I couldn’t even drag myself out of my hole to respond in kind. If there was a recusal form on ICLW, I would have removed myself from the list. I gave up on the photo challenge, despondent about everything including a lack of harvest-related items in the desert. It is till 100 degrees. Regardless, I have not been present in this community these past four days. Again, I’m sorry. I’m a bit broken these days. Continue reading
I’m so excited. I just can’t hide it. I’m about to lose control, and I think I like it.
It is time to move on from the medicated cycles with timed intercourse. It has been 20 months. Five of those months we tried without any help and I just wasn’t ovulating regularly. Then we tried for eigth months with the aid of Metformin, which regulated my cycles. Then we tried for seven months with Clomid and timed intercourse. It definitely is time to move on.
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.