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.
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.
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 :/