Yip. POAS. Conservatively this is day 13. ( I did not do the post-ovulation look-see but with triggers and such should be day 13) Temps have fallen the last two days as well so all sign say no.
So, we are taking August off. A couple of trips and some adventures but none to the RE. Just need time to think.
This was a picture perfect cycle. Everything seemed right. Everything was a go.
Ladies who have taken a cycle off, is there anything I should do? I want to maintain where I am in case we try one more 'natural-ish' cycle. I am supposed to get a beta tomorrow. Should I wait for AF and get a Beta and FSH just to see where I stand... or should I ask for that now? Or just the Beta? (I am self pay, I just want to keep costs down.)
You've been through a lot. Just get the beta, IMHO, although that's easy for me to say, I've bailed on them before. I'd say if it's day 14 personally, not 13, and it's still BFN, you can just wait for AF. Are you on P4 or no? If you are on P4, you really should get the beta (again, easy for me to say, I haven't every time - too upsetting, I know). Forget the friggin FSH and try naturally next month with OPK's, or just ever other day from day 10-day 14, then every day or something like that, IMHO. So sorry, so sorry. I completely understand how you feel. XOXO BD
OK, I'll do the beta, it just seems like such a waste. My only though on doing the FSH is if it will matter for the next cycle, the one after this, if/when we go back, you know? I am wondering if taking the estrogen in the 2ww is keeping my FSH down, too? Who knows...
I'll leave that question for the nurses when I call and ask for the Beta test.
Thank you, I know you all know how I feel, I wish for all of you that you didn't!
Oh Sara - I am so sorry to read this! I was rooting for you this month. The BFN's are never easy. I would get the beta b/c like the other poster mentioned, you are on the progesterone. If indeed it is negative, and you are looking for a break, most likely your nurse will give you instructions for your next cycle and I just say I am going to take a break and will come in the next CD3. I've already taken a 3mos break and they just jumped right back in when I was ready. In fact I haven't been back to Check myself since May!
I don't get AF on a regular basis so I have been doing the progesterone cream on my own in the luteal phase. I keep on the same vitamins and add vitex (herb) when not on supplemental stims. The only other thing I do is have a big ole glass of wine at dinner! ((hugs)) sara. Hang in there.
I know it is disappointing for you after such a good cycle.
As far as b/w, since you are self-pay and since you didn't do IVF (where you might need E2 and P4 supps because of the retrieval process), I don't think the timing is as critical. I can't remember if you were on P4 supps, but if you were, you might not get AF until you stop them. If you weren't, then maybe just wait for AF, then call and say you'd like baseline b/w, but don't think you need a beta since you got AF.
hey sara - im so sorry to hear this, i was so hopeful for you this cycle. IF is just an as*hole. please take care and be good to yourself. and have fun if you take some trips, very jealous about that : ) hearts, - katie
I just wrote to you on the other board that I was coming over here for an update on you and this is not the update I wanted to see.
You know part of me says "get the beta" but then other part of me puts me in your shoes and wants to say "F-U, take your beta and ram it, leave me the hell alone" and then go curl up like a ball and hate the world.
Ultimately, I guess I go with "get the beta". OK, so maybe it really is a BFN, but maybe it's a chemical and that's why the HPT is showing BFN. You don't know. But knowing that could make a world of difference for you.
If you're taking a month off, I'd take it off completely and I wouldn't care about the baseline CD 2/3 b/w. In my experience, when you do those baselines, you really never really do take the month off. It's like peeking and then not being able to undo the peeking. You start analyzing the cycle and wondering this or that and that's not "taking the month off".
Hi Sara, so sorry to read this. I had such a good feeling for you (and me too) this month. Hang in there honey, I know it's tough. I'm also taking a month off and am just going to do loads of exercise, spend time with my hubby and have lots of pressure-free sex.
unfortunately you and I are in the same boat this month. I didn't do my beta, I did take hpt the morning of and I got AF too. But I guess since you haven't got AF yet it's good to do the beta just so you know for sure.
I'm taking a break as well. I'm not doing any baseline b/w but I am going to take the estinyl estrogen until CD5- that's what I did last month. I'm also going to use the CBEFM starting this month just so I can track ovulation.
Take care of yourself during your month off. A little break from all of this stress can only be a good thing!!