Mysteries of the Female Body

My body, the same body I have lived in for the past 32 years, still confounds me.

I am 9dpo and have already taken 4 5 (one at 7dpo and 8dpo; two this morning — different brands, just to be sure — and one this afternoon) HPTs and gotten negative results all four times. Yes, I know it is early. Yes, I am a masochist for testing this early and this often. Yes, I have a problem.

Here’s the kicker: I do have “symptoms” but these “symptoms” (I put the word in quotations because I am not sure this isn’t all psychosomatic) only seem to appear in cycles when I am not pregnant. The two times I was pregnant I had the sore breasts and cramps, but only after I got a positive test. The months where I cramp and have horribly sore breasts just about this time in the cycle, the results are never good.

I had cramps so badly these past two days that I seriously considered putting on a pantyliner, just in case. My breasts are also sore, but not too painful. I am peeing all the time, but that could also be residual UTI irritation.

Why do PMS and early pregnancy share exactly the same list of symptoms? Couldn’t evolution have figured out a way to let us know we are pregnant?

“Well, Jill, my left toe is swollen again and my earlobes are burning — I must be pregnant!”

Update:  Just to add to the insanity, I typed in all of my information into FertilityFriend and it only thinks I am 7dpo — a two day difference.  This tww is dragging on seemingly forever.


August 28, 2007. Trying Again.


  1. DD replied:

    I hear you on the similarities. What the hell is up with that?

    Mother Nature? It’s not funny anymore.

  2. My Reality replied:

    I think it would be much easier if your toe swelled and your earlobes burned. Then there would be no need to throw tons of money at the evil stick makers!

  3. Lauren replied:

    I hear ya….I just had my baby girl at the end of June, and even though I’m breastfeeding I got my period after 5 weeks. We didn’t think it would be regular, and we weren’t being careful…and now I might be pregnant again! I took a test last week after I spotted but my period never came, but it was too early and it came out negative. Today’s the day I was supposed ot get it, and still nothing. But I’m waiting till the 31st to take another…I’m so anxious! AHH!

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