Post # 1
Hey Bee’s, so I have PCOS and my RE is putting me on medication in September, as I have irregular cycles and we have been trying since last September. Well the past 2 cycles were a regular 28 days and I tracked my CF and made sure to time everything properly. I had a feeling this try was a really good one and that this could be it. AF is now 4 days late. I have taken 2 test which both came out negative, however, my friend said she receieved a few negatives after her missed and it took a week after AF to show positive. Has that happened to anyone else? When should I trust that Im not actually pregnant and that my cycle has just gone off track again. The not knowing is really hard, especially when I am trying to not symptom spot!
Post # 2
mrsnitti17 : If you’re tracking your ovulation, then by roughly 12dpo the pregnancy tests should be fairly accurate. There are studies that show that a later implantation (past 12dpo) has a higher chance in resulting in a chemical pregnancy and not working out.
If your period is late and you are getting negatives, my guess would be that you actually ovulated later than you think you did!
Post # 3
mrsnitti17 : when I was TTC the first time I’d have normal periods and then a few times a year just skip one and have a 60 day cycle. After the first week of negative tests I’d just do one every 8-9 days thereafter to be sure, but it’s likely just your cycle being wonky.
Post # 4
I wouldn’t consider them false negatives.
Sometimes it can take longer for the embryo to implant, or you just ovulated later so it just takes longer to get a positive test.
Post # 5
mrsnitti17 : unless you confirmed ovulation, unfortunately there’s no surefire cutoff point; especially with PCOS. If your period is late and you’re getting negatives, it’s safe to assume you ovulated late or didn’t ovulate at all. I’d keep testing every 3 days to a week until AF shows or you get a positive — and with cheapies.
In general though, if you’re 2 weeks past ovulation, you should get a positive test if its a viable pregnancy. It’s rare for people with confirmed ovulation dates to get later positives. Late positives usually mean late ovulation.
Post # 6
Hey Bees, thanks for the thoughts. I have had some random on and off light pink spotting and I am hoping maybe you are all right and I ovualted later than I thought I did which means this could be implementation bleeding. Failing that it means I am having a wonky cycle. I will test again in a few days and then just give up hope for this cycle and move on to the meds.
Post # 7
mrsnitti17 : your friend did not have a false negative. She ovulated later in her cycle and so it also took longer to implant and then get a positive test. There really aren’t false negatives, just people who don’t know when they ovulate. If your period is late and no BFP then you have ovulated later than normal (or potentially have not ovulated yet or anovulatory cycle). If it is 14-15 DPO you would have a BFP, if no BFP and no period then ovulation date is incorrect. If you’re not temping and charting you really don’t/can’t know when you have ovulated.
Post # 8
are you BBTing?
I did a test at 5 weeks past AF with my first and it was negative, I didnt test again until 7.5 weeks and got a strong + but I have A-typical PCOS and my main symptom is irregularity, I can have cycles ranging anywhere from 17 days to 60 days and ovulation comes when ever it feels like it. basically with so many eggs fighting for maturity the lead one can fail and ovulation doesnt occur then the next biggest tries and so on so on a bad cycle it could happen whenever or not at all.
do you take clomid?
I have used clomid and it really helps regulate my cycles, even just one or two rounds can regulate me for a year or so, for me it makes it so I ovulate regularly on day 18 and have a 9 day LP but it has yet to help me get pregnant (just regulates).
Accupuncture also regulated me too, I started after a 60 day cycle and I dont know how but it did the same as clomid and regulated me on the months I did it but still no pregnancy with that either.
Post # 9
sept20 : I tried BBTing but it wasnt working for me unfortunatly.
Thanks for sharing you PCOS experience with me. I am finding it difficult when looking for information and hearing others stories as I am not sure if it works the same for me, I am new to the whole PCOS thing and am trying to do as much research as possible but it all seems very individual to the person. I too normally have irregular cycles but the last 2 were both 28 days exactly so I figured that was the same this time, however, I now know that is not the case.
I don’t currently take anything as my doctor suggested we waited just a bit longer before we go the medication route. Next month I will be starting on Femara as he said it had less side affects than clomid and he finds it works better for anovulation.
I will look into the accupunture though, thanks!
Post # 10
mrsnitti17 : if you do decide you want to try charting again, I would super recommend tempdrop, it’s a wearable thermometer so a lot easier to use for many people (including myself lol!) than the oral ones!