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1dp5dt: Put the pee stick away, crazy lady



Last cycle, i.e. FET 2, I decided to exercise pee stick self control and pledged to wait until 7dpt6dt to take an HPT. It was negative. I peed a few more times before my beta and each test was a painful negative. It was depressing.

In the past I have been a seriously early tester. Testing throughout the two week wait gave me a sense of realism about the cycle. It helped lessen the soul-crushing blow when the clinic called to report a negative beta test. My patience last cycle just made that first negative test all the more difficult to swallow.

I also pledged to let the Professor read the test so he could be more involved. Sadly, seeing his look of devastation was even worse then crying alone in the bathroom at 4 a.m. Testing by myself gives me the chance to digest the outcome and then prepare for the devastation or elation that will come from the Professor.

Embarrassing confession: in the past I have peed exclusively on FRER tests, certain that by using the gold-standard of pee stick I could magically encourage pregnancy. Instead I just magically spent a shit-ton of money. This cycle I purchased generic Target tests. WHEN one of these turns up positive I’ll run like a crazy woman wander to the drug store and purchase a pack of FRER tests.

My pledge: this cycle  I’m privately peeing on all kinds of store brand things starting on a slightly unreasonable date of 4-5dpt5dt. 

Yeah, I know that is still too early for a positive but I’m tired of exercising self-restraint. Let the peeing begin… in a few more days!

How about my cycle buddies? Are you going to pee with reckless abandon with me? Or are you going to be sensible and wait till beta day?


I have all sorts of things that I would like to write about, but have to turn my attention to the backlog of requests that appeared in my Inbox during the last three days. I’m not complaining  though: I love to be busy at work and am looking forward to all these projects to keep my fingers and mind occupied during the next 14 days.



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  1. October 11, 2012

    I have not yet decided. IVF #1 I started early and then became obsessed with trying to find out when most people can expect to see a positive test after transfer and just kept getting crushed every day I got a negative test. It’s just the worst. I for sure will test before my beta though.

  2. Vanessa #
    October 11, 2012

    I’m your cycle buddy again this month, but I just feel it in my bones that I’m not preggo… waiting until Sunday or Monday to test (which will be 13/14 DPO) because I don’t want to look at any more single pink lines than necessary! I also tried the crappy Dollar Store kind of HPTs for one cycle, but the problem is that they can sometimes give false positives thanks to crappy evap lines, which is even WORSE than plain ol’ negatory. But you’re right — peeing on FRERs every day starting now *might* be a bit excessive. 🙂 Good luck on this one!!! I have a good feeling. 🙂

  3. October 11, 2012

    I will not test until 7dp5dt which is 10/19. We transfer tomorrow. Ugh!

  4. October 11, 2012

    In all of my previous cycles I waited until respectable times such as 9 or so days post transfer. In the last cycle (the good one!) I started testing at 5dp4dt and got my first positive the next day at 6dp4dt. I was so so so glad I did it. It was so great to see that line so early and put me out of my misery until beta day! The way I see it, a negative will suck any way you get it, no matter when…..but an early positive saves you from that hell for days!

  5. October 11, 2012

    I’m 1dp5dt too! As far as peeing I’m going to do what I did last time. Pee on a stick 1 day before my beta. I hate the idea of waiting by the phone and the idea of someone else giving me such important news. But I also hate early testing. Too depressing for me.

  6. October 11, 2012

    I have always been a waiter. The one cycle that I tested early was all kinds of way too much stress for me. But after reading your post I thought “hell yeah you gotta pee everyday anyway, may as well make it useful!” and I think millionbabysteps has very sound reasoning as well. So pee on my fiend!

  7. marwil #
    October 11, 2012

    Sounds like a good plan. This time I want to know as soon as possible, but using the cheap ones until I get a hint should it be positive. Fingers crossed for everyone!!

  8. October 11, 2012

    Back in my FF days, I used to look at all these women who used different kinds of pee tests. I never saw a significant difference between the cheap and the expensive ones. EXCEPT the ones that make a plus instead of two lines are much harder to read.

  9. October 11, 2012

    I say pee on whatever you want, whenever you want!

    As for me, we’re doing an IUI this cycle so I pledge to not let myself POAS until November 3. Uggh, that’s so far away 😦

  10. Juno #
    October 11, 2012

    If the Target tests are blue dye, be super careful. They give me horribly convincing lines that aren’t ever real. Good luck!!! I am thinking about you.

  11. SRB #
    October 11, 2012

    I was always TERRIBLE at pee stick self-control. I am going to quote Mo here and say: PEE ON ALL THE THINGS! I mean, if it helps to relieve anxiety and you really, really need to. Do what you gotta do! xoxo

  12. October 11, 2012

    I think if you do not pee on all the things, you might actually enjoy the hope longer. Peeing early doesnt do anything but stress you out and make you unhappy if its not the result you want. I vote, to restrain your peeing on things.

  13. October 11, 2012

    I think imma POAS 10dp3dt. That’s 10/19, three days before beta. Buuuuuut I might chicken out. Gah! So stressful!

  14. October 11, 2012

    Best of luck!!! Crossed up like a pretzel for that BFP!

  15. karaleen #
    October 11, 2012

    I’m a pee-er! Always peed like mad and…always used FRER….I figured hey…we are like $25k into this…what is another $200? I say pee with wreckless abandon. I always felt better knowing…and in the early days…a negative wasn’t REALLY a negative cuz it was early and there was still time for it to change. But…I HAD to know on beta day before the nurse called. That was information I needed to digest alone…even without hubby. So…I totally understand your need to do this and I wholeheartedly support it!!!!!

  16. SM #
    October 11, 2012

    If I can ever get myself to ovulate, I’ll be in the TWW! I’m rooting for you while I wait though!

  17. infertilitycansuckit #
    October 11, 2012

    I’m an obsessive pee-er and peed from 3 dpo on EVERY cycle. It was my daily science experiment. I used the Wondfo ones from Amazon where you can buy 50 for like 10 bucks. I, sadly, have been through a few packs. Honestly though, they do detect even the slightest bit of HCG. I had a pretty clear positive the day before my first blood test this cycle and the HCG at the doc’s only came out at 19, meaning it was less when I took the test. That’s pretty accurate for me, and the bonus is that you can actually see them get darker as the positive goes on. My husband thought all the peeing was making me crazy, but it honestly gave me a little bit of control in an out of control situation. I say, do what feels good…and if peeing on sticks feels like the right thing, to heck with what anyone else thinks 🙂 Sending lots of positive vibes this cycle!!

  18. B #
    October 11, 2012

    FX! I really really hope you get a BFP. I’m a frequent and early-ish POASer too. With this pregnancy I had a BFP the evening of 10dpo, so who knows, 5dp5dt might not be too early!

  19. October 12, 2012

    You pee on as many sticks as early as you would like, girlfriend! We’re allowed to be crazy obsessive pee-ers!

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