(Closed) Testing then retesting: General rule?

posted 4 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee

I went with the every other day method if you have expensive tests. If I had the cheapies I’d do it every day because I’m impatient.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee

I’d have to double check, but I think on the instructions with my cheap tests it said if you get a negative to retest in two days. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I hate to be the party pooper, but I’m going to say it anyway… if you know you don’t ovulate on your own and you’re not taking any medication to make your body ovulate, how would you get pregnant?  I believe you also said you have hydrosalpinx, which means that at least one of your tubes is blocked so it’s impossible for egg to meet sperm on that side.

From reading your previous posts, it sounds like your cycle tends to be about 6 weeks long.  If that’s the case, I wouldn’t even both testing until at least the end of this week.  But more likely than not, if I were in your shoes (which I will be next month when we take a break before surgery), I wouldn’t bother testing at all.  If it happens, it’ll just be a really pleasant surprise.

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 9 months ago by  AgileK9s.
Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

There isnt really a rule.  Some people test negative one day, the get a positive the next.  If you have long irregular cycles I’d pay attention to CM, use OPKs and/or temp.  I have long irregular cycles as well, anywhere from 40-90 days and temping to know when I finally ovulate and when to expect AF saves me from going insane.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I mean, technically you can go from a bfn one day to a bfp the next! I think retesting depends on how you feel with seeing a negative, as well as what tests you’re using. For me, a negative is a bummer but doesn’t really phase me much since I like to test often, and I use cheapie wondfos. But a lot of people prefer to not see a negative, so for that maybe test once a week? If it were me, I’d test every 3 or so days with a cheapie.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

weightwatchers152:  Me too.  I think you and I are in a similar boat in terms of diagnosis, and I can totally commiserate with you.  It really, really sucks.  After I’m done with this cycle, I’m putting the thermometer and all test strips away for a while.  Since I know that we’re pretty much only going to get pregnant with IVF (and maybe not even that, depending on what the MRI shows is wrong with my uterus), it doesn’t make sense to waste the money and the energy worrying about the maybe 0.01% chance that a miracle happened.

In the meantime, I’m trying really hard to just know that no matter what, Darling Husband and I have each other still.  We’re trying our best to keep life as normal as possible and still enjoy each other like we did before this whole infertility mess.  We’ve talked about other ways to grow our family, and we’ve talked about not growing our family.  At this point, I just have to trust in the process and try my hardest to be patient as I wait and wait and wait for each step to happen.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

weightwatchers152:  To kind of go off ofAgileK9s:  said.  If you dont ovulate on your own and aren’t taking medicatin to help you ovulate dont drive your self crazy by early testing!!!  If it happens great but if you are already feeling disappointed then testing over and over will not help! 

On a side note–I tested the morning AF was due and that night and both were stark white.  I got a BFP the next morning that was pretty easy to see.  Good uck at your next fertility appointment.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I didnt get my period for over 3 months and I just did it weekly to make sure. I knew I wasn’t pregnant but wanted to ease my mind

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

weightwatchers152:  do you chart your bbt? wit long irregular cycles it could give you a better idea of when you’re actually late. I have long cycles too so it definitely helps me keep my sanity and not waste tests 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

weightwatchers152:  I’m so sorry this time has been so mentally and emotionally exhausting for you.  I know exactly how you feel.  I saw at least 2 pregnancy announcements on Christmas day and had to share the news of our infertility with family over Christmas dinner.  It was NOT at all how I expected to spend the end of this year and it really isn’t giving me a good feeling about 2016 either.

I feel foolish for hoping we got a Christmas miracle, and yet somehow I keep imagining that when they do the pregnancy test before my MRI on Saturday, it’ll come back a surprise positive.  My brain knows it’s not possible, but my heart is optimistic.

In any case, infertility sucks.  It really, really does.  Every day feels like a roller coaster of hopefulness, sadness, realism, optimism, and despair. Let yourself cry.  You’ve got to feel all the emotions and give each its fair time.  Just don’t let yourself wallow in negativity for too long.  Hang in there!

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