Thursday, June 9, 2011

To Pee or Not To Pee (UPDATED)

The age old question of the Infertile in a treatment cycle. Oh hell, let's be honest. There doesn't have to have been any actual treatment. Just the possibility of an egg and the hint of a sperm together in the same room at around the right cycle day, and it's time to break out the HPTs!

So for IVF, when every little thing is so documented and "known" and there is so much riding on the cycle, the temptation to POAS is nearly unbearable. For months now, I have been debating the idea of buying a stock of internet cheapie sticks and "testing out the trigger". Right up until beta day.


My Mom and my MIL will both be arriving for a visit just a few days before beta (give or take depending on retrieval date). I know, I know... what was I thinking approving that itinerary? It's going to be hard enough to keep those PIO shots under wraps, much less find a way to store and dispose of countless HPT strips.


I seriously want to do this. I want to know if there is even a glimmer of a pregnancy. I need to know.


Any suggestions for hiding the PIO ritual from the Moms in a house with only one bathroom?

UPDATED: The internet cheapie sticks have been ordered! Here's hoping they get here before transfer. More importantly, I wanted to say a huge thank you for all the thoughtful comments over the last week. You guys are the best!


  1. Can you tell her they are vitamin B shots or something? My mom is pretty oblivious so hiding would be pretty easy.

    I would totally test out the trigger and keep on testing. That is just me though!

  2. I broke down and tested two days before my beta. I wanted to get the news (either way) when I could be home and with my husband instead of call in my office. I'm glad I did.
    Good luck to you! Unfortunately, I don't have any magical tips for hiding the shots. Come to think of it, I should probably do something about the leftover Lupron & Gonal-F in my crisper before the in-laws get here next week.....

  3. YIKES!! I have no idea what to tell you about the shots while moms are in the house. We have more than one bathroom, so it was easy for me. But I did store the meds in my closet and you could do that, and hide in there to pull them up, then slide the syringe into your pocket and do the deed in the bathroom, taking the used syringe back to the closet and dispose in the sharps container. I know it's complicated, but I've done it.

    As for the POAS thing, I swore I wouldn't do it, but I had one test in the house and it called my name from under the sink over and over and over, so I gave in and took it. But again, I didn't have to hide it from 2 moms in the house.

    Good luck!!

  4. Yikes. No suggestions on how to hide the PIO shots. But I would be the same way about the HPTs. I would want/need to know. For my own sanity. Good luck! I know you'll find a way to be sneaky about all of it. :)

  5. How about in the bedroom?

    I don't think I am going to poas this time around. Too frightening. Besides I am going to try to forget that I am in a 2ww, if that is at all possible.

  6. No suggestions for the PIO - but I don't blame you for wanting to POAS. You're gonna need FMU - so I suggest getting the internet cheapies, but the slightly less cheapies that are incased in plastic so you don't have to deal with a cup. from there it's pretty easy. Just find a nice isolated drawer in the bathroom with nothing of importance in it. Hide the peesticks there along with a plastic bag. Shove them in the back of the drawer and put stuff up front that will hide it but make clear that there's nothing interesting to be found there. then just POAS like there's no tomorrow, and stow the used tests in the plastic bag until the mom-types are gone and you can toss them.
    and don't worry about the waiting. Nobody questions how long you take in a bathroom with a closed door.
    Good luck! :-)