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I'm trying to figure out if I'm pregnant or not. I know it's supposed to be something you "announce" and are happy about, I know, you don't want people getting emotionally invested in something questionable, you're supposed to be sure. But the truth is, there's a big vague unsure time, and I've decided that if I have to deal with the uncertainty, YOU ALL DO TO.

Welcome to this crap.

and it is crap. worse for others than me, sure, I just want to really drive the point home that I absolutely hate not knowing... things.



I lost my spreadsheet from 2009 when I had almost six months of birth-control free periods before we even started trying to make Josie, but I think my cycles were usually 26-30 days, I definitely remember 28 being the average. So this summer when I got my IUD out, and had my period 26 days later, I figured hey, cool, things are regular again.

So maybe I'd have another one 26 days later, August 27th. Nope. Feeling neurotic, I took a test. It said I was not pregnant. Marc celebrated by making me a special dinner with mercury-laden ahi tuna.

But my period still hasn't shown up and now it's been 33 days. So I took another test. Here's what it looked like:



See how if you squint right and sorta hold it up to the light there's a line there?

WHAT IS THIS CRAP?!

Freaking cheap target 3-pack pregnancy tests. What am I doing. I shouldn't even be testing, I have zero pregnancy symptoms... even less than I had with Josie. There's no insatiable hunger, no sore boobs, nothing.

This poll is closed.

what's going on with me?

cycles haven't returned to normal since the IUD was out
6(30.0%)
you're knocked up
14(70.0%)


ha ha, this poll only has two options which is mean. the obvious right choice is "who cares spacefem, you can't control it, just buy take a better test in 4-5 more days, try not to binge drink. sucks that your periods couldn't just be regular but that's life. it's not that late anyway. geez, 33 days, is that even enough to notice? close the damn spreadsheet and go outside."

just put it out of my head. I know.

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litlebanana
Sep. 3rd, 2012 05:53 pm (UTC)
No false positives on pregnancy tests! You're pregnant! Mazel tov!

I had like three negative pregnancy tests when I was pregnant with Libby. I finally got a light positive like that when like a week after my period was due.

But if you want to be sure, spring for a good test.
ms_geekette
Sep. 3rd, 2012 06:02 pm (UTC)
Well, my cycles have gotten longer at times on their own, no IUD or other BC involved. But yeah, getting a better test might be in order if you're concerned about it.
the_lady_lily
Sep. 3rd, 2012 06:03 pm (UTC)
I have no idea what the answer is, despite my guess, and I hope you find out soon!
that6tall2girl
Sep. 3rd, 2012 06:46 pm (UTC)
Don't IUD's have hormones in them? Maybe that's what's messing with you.

Or, you are mit bebe.

You know, because there are so many options here.

Edited at 2012-09-03 06:49 pm (UTC)
spacefem
Sep. 3rd, 2012 07:32 pm (UTC)
Not all IUDs, but I had a mirena and yup it's got hormones. A likely culprit, considering it's only been out for two months.
dichroic
Sep. 4th, 2012 09:50 am (UTC)
Just for the hell of it and from curiosity, I once took a pregnancy test while on oral birth control, and got a negative. What do you know, those things really CAN tell the difference.
mrs_dragon
Sep. 7th, 2012 12:38 am (UTC)
They are looking for different things. AFAIK the pregnancy tests look for progesterone and hormonal birth control is primarily estrogen.
dichroic
Sep. 7th, 2012 05:32 am (UTC)
No, I was on a low-dose pill and I think those are primarily progestin.
aparecida
Sep. 3rd, 2012 08:16 pm (UTC)
Pregnancy tests detect pregnancy hormone, specifically. That's totally a positive test.
binaryprecision
Sep. 4th, 2012 03:21 am (UTC)
The hormones in the Mirena IUD stay mostly localized to the uterus and they're not the same hormones as the ones pregnancy tests detect. Plus by 2 months after removal they'd almost certainly be gone from her system.
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imyourbob
Sep. 3rd, 2012 07:33 pm (UTC)
This ob/gyn votes pregnant! Congratulations!
sharya
Sep. 3rd, 2012 08:27 pm (UTC)
Looks positive to me!
binaryprecision
Sep. 4th, 2012 03:19 am (UTC)
I've been told that any sort of inkling of a line means a positive result. Credentials: I've never had a positive pregnancy test. LOL Congratulations!
ucancallmeal
Sep. 4th, 2012 03:54 am (UTC)
http://www.peeonastick.com/ May help with your curiosity. :)
astrogeek01
Sep. 5th, 2012 01:42 am (UTC)
Looks pretty darn positive to me. But, y'know, can't hurt to hold off on the binge drinking and take another test later. :)

Pre-certain congrats. ;)

(as for 2 months.... well... it happens. ;)
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