I don't know why I did it, but this morning, in a moment of insanity, I decided to do an HPT. I am 8 weeks today (my tickers are out for some reason) and just woke up with the idea I should see what was going on. I think it's partly because of the long wait between appointments and wanting to be sure I'm still pregnant (I've had 2 M/Cs).
Anyway, I used FMU and waited, and waited. The test took forever to come up with a test line and even when it did, it was REALLY REALLY faint!! Like the kind of faint I had with my first pregnancy when I had HCG levels of 15!
I didn't totally freak out, but I was definitely confused and a bit concerned. The reason I was more confused than worried is because I know my HCG levels were really high (56,000) only 2 weeks ago and they wouldn't have bottomed out so quickly even if things had gone wrong.
So I did a bit of research and discovered the Hook Effect.
Basically the theory is that once your HCG levels reach a certain point, the HPT will struggle to process them. It seemed a bit odd but I decided to follow the advice to test again with diluted pee for a different result.
So, and here's a bit of TMI, I haven't been flushing during the night with pee because I'm going at least 4 times and the constant flushing from the ensuite would keep DH awake. So I decided to dip the stick in the loo (I know!!!) and test from there.
Well lo and behold, a SUPER strong result within seconds that totally out coloured the control line.
The Hook Effect in full force. It is a very real thing.
Luckily with that little experiment I used up my last 2 HPTs and I am absolutely definitely stepping away from the sticks now. I am happy to see my strong bold line again and will now wait patiently for our next appt.
PgAL brain SUCKS and definitely makes you do some cray cray stuff.