A squinter, if you’re in the TTC game, is a home pregnancy test with a faint line on it. A line so faint that you have to stand in a certain place in the house, screw your eyes up, tilt it slightly away from you and stare at it for a considerable length of time before you can see it.
Squinters appear in the twilight days of the two week wait, anywhere from 7dpo onwards. Super-sensitive (10miu) pregnancy tests are favoured.
Squinters are infamous for not being seen by partners and spouses and they cause hours of paralysis, speculation and obsession among their owners.
Why test so early?
For me personally, there is one reason to test early and it is this study which I first read about years ago, when I was suffering miscarriages before DS1.
82% of pregnancies that implant on or after 12dpo result in miscarriage.
And for me, if I don’t get at least a faint positive on a high-sensitivity test by 11dpo, then I know I’m looking at a high chance of failure.
Not that you won’t miscarry if you implant within the normal timeframe, but I like the reassurance of knowing everything has got off to a decent start.
How early can a 10miu test detect a pregnancy?
In my experience, pretty damn quick. HCG makes it into your blood stream as soon as implantation happens. The kidneys start excreting it into urine a few hours later.
There will usually be a very faint line if there is any HCG in your system at all.
So, why am I writing this post?
I tested yesterday at 8dpo.
I tested because at 7dpo, in the afternoon, I was sitting on the floor playing with the boys and I got a few brief but definite cramps on my right side, followed by a sudden wave of mild nausea. Nothing else. I have had nothing else out of the ordinary, but those two things seemed a little… unusual.
The next morning, my 8dpo test wasn’t even a squinter. But it wasn’t a snowy white BFN either. There was SOMETHING there. A shadow… something. In conclusion, I was convinced I was convincing myself. I’ve used many of these tests and they do not leave evap lines, but… I wasn’t certain that I wasn’t imagining what I was seeing.
Do you wanna see a pic? Of course you do!
Onto this morning’s test.
I was expecting a snowy white BFN. I was expecting nothing. Nada. Confirmation that I was indeed imagining a shadowy line of possible baby-presence the morning before.
Instead I got a squinter.
Do you wanna see a pic? Of course you do:
Now, in the photos, they look similar. In real life, today’s is slightly more obvious than yesterdays. They both appeared within the time limit.
Here we are.
Not thinking about anything.
Fully expecting a snowy white BFN tomorrow.
I will, of course, keep you all informed 😉