First, thank you everyone for thinking positive thoughts for me when I’m too exhausted to do so for myself. I feel a little better today. One, I googled “cramping in early pregnancy” enough to convince myself that what I am experiencing could be completely normal. And two, I took another pregnancy test and yes, I am still very much pregnant.
So while we wait for today’s blood test which should give us the definitive (for now) answer to “did this work?” I give you my peeing on a stick experiment. Please enjoy:
I’m a scientist. I like to experiment. If we make it past 6 weeks, I won’t know why. I changed too many variables this time. We did PIO instead of Crinone. I stopped running. I gave up caffeine. I went back to acupuncture. I started meditation. We took a 5 month break. I stopped worrying about “deadlines.”
I have still been engaging in some experimentation though. You may recall my OPK experiment with FET#1, where I determined a positive OPK could predict a positive HPT. I replicated this experiment with this cycle:
So as you can see, by the time the OPK is clearly positive, you will get a +HPT. In fact, you can get a +HPT before the OPK is clearly positive. But if the line on the OPK is not getting any darker, then you can probably predict a BFN (as I did with several cycles during our break).
So while I do not have a well controlled study to explain why the outcome of this cycle might be different than previous, I think I have firmly established the role of Wondfo OPKs in predicting a positive HPT. Too bad I can’t write this up for publication. I think it is a much better experiment than the one I have spent the last two years working on!