Sunday, January 30, 2011

Ways to not torture yourself

This cycle I am doing some different things. And I am not talking about the new meds, although that certainly counts as something different.

I have decided to not torture myself. I am stepping away from the pee sticks, in all forms. I am not going to use OPKs, nor will I pee on HPTs unless AF is MIA (ok, that sentence had wayyy too many acronyms in it. Sorry!).

Because of the Bravelle, I am going to be more closely monitored than I have in previous cycles. I think that sounds like a perfect excuse to NOT use OPKs. Last cycle, I'm fairly certain I messed up my own timing because of those stupid Answer OPK strips. So one less thing to stress me out sounds pretty awesome.

I also have a horrible tendency to pee on lots of sticks. I usually start at 8dpo and pee once (or twice) a day up until I'm certain that I'm out. And even once or twice after that. But, I am now out of Wondfos. I ordered 50 from Amazon, and I think they lasted me 3 cycles. Maybe 4. Either way, they are long gone and I refuse to order more. So I will wait and test when/if AF is late. I feel pretty confident that this will greatly affect my stress levels and my negative moods and emotions.

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So Buster and I had the "What if we overstimulate?" talk. On the TTC forum I frequent, there has been several recent discussions about having lots of mature follies when it's IUI time, and if you should continue on or not. One girl had 4 mature follicles, and her RE canceled her IUI and told her not to BD. Many women responded and said they would BD anyway, me being one of them. I actually told her maybe she could BD just once.

Anyway, it made me think. So I came out to the living room and approached the subject with Buster. We agreed that 5 or less mature follicles we would be ok with, but any more than that and we are a little uncomfortable. I'm glad we talked about it and came to an easy agreement.

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So I was going to include a photo in this post. I was hoping for some old-school drawing of a torture chamber or something. Well, I did a Google image search on "torture". For future reference, I would not recommend doing such a thing... I need to Clorox my eyes :/

14 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great plan. It might make you relax because you are letting go of some of the control (or false sense of control). I am really really pulling for you for this cycle and hope that these meds do the trick!

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  2. I fully support the choice to not pee on anything. I only ise OPT and I changed to the digital so there is no need to inerpret anything.
    good luck to you with this cycle....

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  3. Sounds like a good idea. I am going to try and wait too. Its not going to be easy!!

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  4. Sounds like a nice change of pace. I'm so hopeful the Bravelle works wonders for you guys!

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  5. I think that sounds like a good idea (to take a break from POAS)try and find something to keep you busy and keep your mind off of the waiting. We had a IUI get canceled because I had 7 but we still BD and BFN. I would hate to chance that again but go with your gut. Good luck!!

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  6. Good for you for deciding not to pee on anything :D
    I haven't bothered using OPKs since I started injections. There's just no point to it since you're being monitored. It takes all the guess work out of it.
    I do however use them after I get the trigger shot though hehe. I can't help myself :P

    As for the overstimulating 'What if'. There's one woman who has 9 mature follicles and is moving forward. Honestly, I'd be scared, but I would too. Just b/c you have that many doesn't mean they're all or hell even one will make it ya know?

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  7. Good plan on holding off on peeing on sticks! Those things get too expensive after a while anyway!

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  8. I, too, have run out of wondfos and am not ordering any more. I'll still be using OPKs, but I'm going to try to hold off on HPTs. Maybe we should start a support group - Peestick Watchers or something like that. idk I hope you get to relax a bit this cycle! GL!

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  9. I think this is a great idea! Some times we IFs are too smart for our own good. I wish I could just blindly do what the docs tell me, ya know? Anyway, let them monitor you and let them worry about it (you're paying them enough to right??) you just spend the month enjoying buster and those free meds!!!

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  10. Sounds like a great plan:) Best of luck this cycle!!

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  11. That's good Kara. Good luck hun.

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  12. I just finished my first round of Bravelle and had my IUI this past Saturday. I didn't use any opk's this cycle because I started monitoring at the RE on CD 12 so he just told us when to start BDing. Best of luck and I pray it works!!!

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  13. Yup definitely a great idea!I found my most stressful cycles while ttc were the ones where I used OPKs or temping, I haven't for months now,it helps me to not obsess and get stressed out throughout the whole cycle.
    Good luck for this cycle...oh and *note to self* do not google 'torture'-eek!

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  14. I'm very proud of you for not POAS! I have the same vow - my next cycle, I promise to not pee on anything!!!

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