Wednesday, August 1, 2012

To Test or Not to Test?

Ahh, the dreaded decision for many women going through infertility treatments (or just women who are trying to conceive).

Do I test early or do I wait for my first beta draw?

I'm truly not sure what I want to do at this point. It's far too early to test yet, but I'm not sure if I want to start at 6 days past transfer or not.  There's the risk that I could get a positive, but it's a chemical pregnancy which  would be so hard to take. There's also a chance that it will be negative, but I could still get a positive beta.

It's almost like taking the test (even if it's positive) won't allow me to stop worrying anyway. Plus, I don't want that disappointment of seeing a BFN yet again.  Part of me worries that even with IVF we are not meant to get pregnant, so testing will just result in a BFN each time.  This could stem from the fact that all I've seen are negatives so I'm just kind of used to them at this point.

Other than the dilemma of me testing, I've come down with a pretty nasty cold..what wonderful timing! Sore throat, congested chest, and sneezing like crazy. That means I've been taking it really easy and hydrating as much as possible.

I've been trying not to "symptom watch," but it's a very difficult thing to avoid. I know that at this point there wouldn't be any symptoms anyway, but when I got a wave of nausea this morning prior to eating breakfast, I thought "hmmm....maybe..just maybe!" More than likely, it's NOTHING except my mind getting itself all excited!


  1. Mandi and I broke down the day before her blood test :) We picked up some pregnancy tests from Walgreens and gave them a whirl. It was pretty exciting to see "pregnant", but we did have to manage our expectations!

    Praying for you like crazy.

    1. Thank you for the prayers, Ronnie!! I know I will end up breaking down as least right before the blood test (if not earlier)! I actually watched your video of when you got your positive, and I teared up! So sweet!! You're exactly right though, even with a positive the expectations can't get too high. I'm just so glad it worked out so perfectly for the two of you!

  2. Maria and I actually tested before the first blood test. The nurse even told us I know most people test at home before the blood test but if you do you should wait two weeks after the trigger shot. She tested around the 10th day from the transfer and let me tell you it wasn't once or even once a day. The cheapest place to buy pregnancy tests are on Amazon and if you do buy them there all you need is those thin strip tests. We went the cheap route since we knew we would be testing at home like crazy :)

    I hope you feel better soon Megan and we are keeping the two of you in our thoughts and prayers!!!

    1. Thank you for the prayers, John and Maria! They mean the world to us! And I LOVE that you guys tested often!! I actually already purchased 6 tests at the dollar store, and I have 2 digital tests that I wanted to save for our IVF journey. It's only day 3 after transfer, and I'm tempted to test already..goodness!! It's so hard! :)


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