I think I've had more pregnancy tests in the last two years than pizzas. (And trust me, I eat a lot of pizza.)
When I was younger this would have been fine. Good even. I spent many years being terrified of getting pregnant. (I think we've all played that "Where's my period??" game.)
But now I find it pretty annoying. Everyone's super concerned with the state of my uterus. To the point where I had to talk about condoms in front of my mom at my first onco appointment. As a 28 year old, I was no less horrified than when I would have been at 12.
It doesn't matter if I am in chemopause, or if I tell my doctor I haven't had sex in approximately 3,000 years: I'm getting the damn test. My first day of radiation my treatment was delayed a few hours because of pregnancy test mayhem.
Once, before one of my ER surgeries, I was administered a $99 pee-on-a-stick pregnancy test. Um, there's a Duane Reade like across the street, guys. We don't even have to buy the generic brand or clip a coupon to get a better deal.
(Speaking of pee tests, can someone please invent a better way for women to pee in a cup? I can't be the only one trembling with fear that I'm going to drop the cup in the toilet and pee all over my hand.)
I guess what bothers me is the implication of all these tests. That what, if the test is positive, that I overhaul my treatment plan, or cease treatment all together, for the fetus? Because that's not what I would do. It just isn't. But I feel like that's the expectation.
I know there are medical reasons why they obsessively test for pregnancy. But the little blue plus or minus is a loaded thing for anyone. What if I wanted to get pregnant, and every negative nest felt like another failure? I don't know. They're just so cavalier about it. But the medical community is cavalier about a lot of things. Like the time when Matt's oncologist laughed when I asked about clinical trials. (There were posters all over the hospital - "Ask about a clinical trial!") Like he actually laughed in my face. Ugh. Going down a bad road here.
ANYWAY, please be more sensitive about pregnancy tests all doctors everywhere k thanks bye.