Predicting ovulation is kind of like playing bingo. Every morning you test, anxiously awaiting to see what “number” pops out. And one day, all the numbers line up just so, and you are called to action (in one case yelling “BINGO!”, and in the other, hopping in the sack). Just because you jump up from your chair and scream “BINGO!”, however, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be the winner. After all, someone else could have Bingo too, and then you have to split the prize (man, I’m glad that doesn’t happen with babies!), or you may have thought you heard them call B7, when really they called B11. Do ya catch my drift?
Ok, the analogy is a bit of a stretch. But what I’m trying to say is that I’m doing my best to keep my cool this week, and realize that even if I don’t ovulate this first cycle on Clomid, it’s not the end of the world. And, similarly, if I do ovulate, but my eggo doesn’t get preggo, it’s all going to be ok. Right? Right.
That said, I started using the ovulation predictor kit (OPK) this morning. Exciting! It’s a lot like taking a home pregnancy test. And, since I thought I was pregnant multiple times in the first few months off of birth control (way back when I thought that the only reason one would not have a period was because she was pregnant), I’m pretty good at taking home pregnancy tests. Damn right. So this is old hat to me.
That’s right, CVS brand. Nothing but the best. The nurse at Dr. P’s office recommended ClearBlue Easy, but this one was $3 cheaper and it said, “Compare to ClearBlue Easy” on the front. Good enough for me! First you read the ridiculously long directions. In three languages. And check out the funny cartoon of a woman peeing on a stick.
My doctor’s directions differed somewhat from the directions on the box. The box says to perform the test around the same time every day, at some point between 10:00am and 8:00pm. You’re supposed to reduce your liquid intake and not pee for 4 hours before taking the test. 4 hours?! Anyone who knows me well will attest to the fact that I have the tiniest bladder in the world. There is NO WAY I could go 4 hours without peeing. Thankfully, my doctor said to test at my second pee of the day. That’s generally right before I run out the door to work at 7:00am. You’re supposed to hold the little stick under your urine stream for 5 seconds, or pee in a cup and dip the stick for 10 seconds, then let it sit on the counter for ten minutes. That throws off my morning schedule a little bit, but it’s a small price to pay 🙂
I dipped the stick; it seemed like the more foolproof way to make sure the dipstick got enough urine to sample. Today’s result: Negative. The band in the square window is supposed to match the band in the round window. If it does, it’s a positive, and I am (in theory) about to ovulate in the next 12-24 hours. Today the band was very pale, so no call to action yet. We’ll try again tomorrow!