I never thought I’d say that in my life. I never imagined what peeing on a stick felt like or looked like until I began my TTC journey. Anyone with me on this one? Seems like such a strange concept, but your conception journey often time relies upon this act. I’m not only talking about pregnancy tests, either…
If you haven’t experienced TTC yet, you may not know that there are other sticks you can pee on as a woman that will tell you information about your body. I’m talking about pregnancy tests as well as ovulation tests. The first step to TTC is figuring out when you ovulate (meaning when your ovary releases an egg) and your peak fertilization window. This window only lasts about 3-5 days each month, which is why women so easily stress out about it. That’s why we pee on sticks.
Ovulation tests let you know when your body is ovulating, if you aren’t exactly sure. It’s something I tried the first time around and swore I would never do it again because it confused me more than it helped me. After talking with some of my girlfriends, they swear by them. To each their own, right? I prefer using my Ava Bracelet and app (read more about this HERE) to determine this fertile window and skipping the stick-peeing to be honest. The first time around, it became like a part time job. If I wasn’t peeing on an ovulation test, I was surly peeing on a pregnancy test. It becomes exhausting (and expensive).
I promised myself this time around that I wasn’t going to pee on ANY sticks, unless I missed my period. And I am proud to say that I have stuck to this. It’s helped keep my mind at ease, a lot, actually. I wear my Ava bracelet that collects my data overnight and indicates the exact days of my fertile window and the day of my ovulation. So simple and less work for me. After that along with my two week wait, I’d much rather get frustrated and disappointed by getting my period in the morning than a pregnancy test screaming NO in my face.
By no means am I telling y’all to stop peeing on sticks, but I just wanted to share with you how much not doing it has helped my stress level and anxiety while TTC. I think any stressors we can take out of our lives during this difficult time, the better. A friend of mine gave me some great advice recently that I took to heart: just keep living your life. I have to. I can’t let TTC consume every part of my mind and body. I need those things for my family, friends, and everyday life, you know? I will keep living and I will turn down any job that requires me to pee on a stick from here on out 😉