Thursday, May 24, 2012

Beta Schmeta

I had about two hours of super-extreme cramps last evening.  The kind that tell me my period is going to come at any time.  So sure I took Advil.  Also, thought I would die without relief.  Some of the worst cramps I've had.  This morning I took a home pregnancy test (that's what we decided to do so Ian could be there when I get the answer, as opposed to the blood test, where I get a phone call when he's at work).  It was negative.  But I still dragged myself out of bed at 5:30 and out the door at 6:30 to get to UCSF by 7:30 for a blood draw so I could be back to work at 9.  When I left UCSF I got into my car and cried most of the way to Oakland.  Hoping that got it out of my system so I don't cry when I get the phone call.


  1. I thought an over the counter pregnancy test wasn't accurate? My understanding is that the beta is more accurate because the medicine you've been taking could give you a false result. Well, poo, then. Sorry.

    1. home pregnancy tests can't be used before the trigger shot is out of your system, or you'll get a false positive. but that should be gone within 10 days, so 6 days before i took the home test. and obviously a false positive wasn't the problem! it doesn't cause a false negative...

      they are also less reliable than the beta just because of blood vs urine and the concentration of the hormone - so sometimes you'll get a blood positive and the home test will still show negative. but i got my period like an hour after i posted this, anyhow, so it's a moot point this time around.