Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Pregnancy Test info, pics and tid bits

I'm going to do my best to give as much info as I know about different brands of pregnancy tests.

The most sensitive pregnancy tests

First and foremost; rightfully earned...

Genzyme OSOM Pregnancy test cards, combo or regular

Here's why: Genzyme pregnancy tests can detect levels of hCG in quantities as little as 2mIU (yes that is 2) at a 20 minute read time. This is supposed to be specified for serum but the Genzyme HCG tests can detect as little a 5miu in urine. Never ever an evap line; I know some things sound to good to be true but I assure this is true. These test are amazing; period.


Point and case: the first tests is my Genzyme test taken at 8dpo the second is my Equate taken at 10dpo



































Second

Fact Plus blue dye +-

Here's why: Fact plus was 3 times as dark as my equate on 10dpo, no questioning the line, even DH saw it. Fact plus is supposed to good at picking up h-hCG also.

Cons:
Blue dye and may develop evaps after the time limit; I've never experienced this but I don't use them that often.
The + line starts to fade pretty quickly.

Dollar Tree pink dye cassette type

Here's why: Affordable and sensitive. These have been known to detect as early as 8dpo.

Cons:
They can leave nasty evaps


Third

First Response early results / Answer early

Here's why:
They claim to be sensitive enough to test 5 days before your missed period Approx 11dpo. They are incredibly reliable if you have a line you are pregnant evaps are pretty much unheard of.

Cons:
Early lines can be extremely faint, sometimes very easy to miss. It makes the test hard to read and sometimes even needs to be put up to light or dried to see a faint positive result. This can lead to the woman believing she is not pregnant when in fact she is.


That's all for now.

I'm back after a long break

I took a break there for a while and I'm back now. I'm happy to say that my sister is pregnant YAY!!! She just had her ultrasound today and there was one healthy little bean with a strong heartbeat!

I'm currently experiencing aunt flow...not fun :( BUT I'm optimistic for starting a new cycle. I did make an appointment with a RE (reproductive endocrinologist) a new RE; only new because the RE I used to see is no longer at the practice.
I'm hoping to accomplish a couple of things by seeing a RE. It's funny because pregnancy isn't the first thing on my list. I have been blessed with two wonderful children and my need for another child just isn't that dire. Don't get me wrong it's there but if it doesn't happen I'm completely fine with that. I am lucky enough to have experienced pregnancy and motherhood; there are women who would give anything to be in my shoes. Needless to say I'm happy with what I have but would be happy to have more, I mean who doesn't want more of a good thing.

The main reason for me seeing the RE is to get my PCOS under control. I'm lucky enough to have regular cycles after having 10% of my ovaries removed. I ovulate; I just don't get pregnant. I believe this to be due to the quality of my eggs; at least that what my old RE told me.
I think maybe my Insulin Resistance might be bad but I'm not sure as my primary care Dr. has no idea how to even do a fasting insulin! I asked for it and he made the lab slip for Glycohemoglobin ugh! They are different things. Also when I told my primary that I had PCOS he said "oh no, you're fine" I asked him "what; did you just say that I don't have it?" he said "yeah you're fine, you don't have that" I then laughed and said "yes I do; it's actually been confirmed by ultrasound and blood work" He said "oh, OK" I then said to him " I don't understand why it's so hard to get diagnosed or for Dr.'s to realize that I do actually have PCOS!" He proceeded to say that now there are newer diagnoses and blah blah blah...
He doesn't believe I have it so he won't treat it with what it needs to be treated with Metformin. A RE will treat this and my SLIGHTLY raised TSH levels (that regular Dr. won't fix).
I believe once everything is being treated I will be able to get pregnant on my own; I'm not willing to go through what I did last time. I just hope that it can get fixed, be healthy and pregnancy will be the result.

Then there is always a chance I will get PF before my appointment on Sept 21!! Fingers crossed.

Clear Blue Digital w/conception indicator