Post # 1
Hey bees. I cannot find a reliable source anywhere to tell me one way or another. And the doctor brushed me off since I havent been TTC for a year yet..
I have long cycles. 50ish days.
I have NEVER gotten a + OPK
Just switched to CB Digital OPK this cycle..still not even a hint of a “smiley”
BUT..My temp ALWAYS goes up and stays up until my period for about 14 days, though.
I am taking OPK in afternoon, after hold. But still never had a +…
Am I ovulating?? Does anyone have any resources that I could look at?? Thanks!
Post # 3
Hi there, sorry you are going through this.
I had similarly long cycles (my longest was 100 days!) and was also charting,doing opk’s etc. My temps always showed a rise, followed by a similar 14 day LP and then my period. I often didn’t get + OPK’s, but learned through the ladies here that it’s very easy to miss your surge. I would usually get only 1 + OPK and it could have been mid morning or mid afternoon, and then all the others would go back to negative. If you are only testing once a day there is a good chance you are just missing your surge.
I ended up being referred to a specialist who didn’t think I was ovulating stronly enough (or at all, despite my charting evidence!) so this could be the case with you as well. Having long cycles is a pain in the butt, not impossible to get your BFP but certainly makes it more challenging.
I highly recommend getting the book “Taking Charge of Your Fertility”… it was a great read for me and I felt extremely empowered knowing so much about my body. In the end, we needed medical intervention to get our BFP but the book still made me feel better about everything that was going on.
Good luck! XO
Post # 4
MAybe, maybe not. I know I ovulate but according to my DR my blood tests show I don’t. I get +opks and temp shifts and everything. If you have that long of cycles though you really need to talk to your doctor and at least get a blood test done.
Post # 5
@MissLunchbox: As far as I know getting a temp shift confirms ovulation whether it was weak or not. Ovulation is ovulation in one way or another. Like @lovemygsp: said, only a test can confirm that. Do you think you are getting your FW right? There are other factors that can stop you from getting a BFP and not all of them have to do with you. My advice is for you to conitnue what your are doing, make sure to BD a lot in your FW, take prenantals, and I also heard that Mucinex w/Guaifenesin is good to help the swimmers. Also, talk to your doctor to run a test for you so you get peace of mind. Good luck!
Post # 6
AS IF BY MAGIC, I took an OPK right after this (I had a temp shift this morning) and IT WAS POSITIVE. I cried, my DH cried. You’d think that I was PG we were so happy! It has just been such a struggle so to SEE that at least I had a surge made me so so SO happy. It’s the little things.
My doctor won’t do A THING until we have been TTC for a year. I may have to just change doctors…I am paying for it…why wouldn’t they do it?! Oh well…something good to focus on!!
Post # 7
@MissLunchbox: I am glad you got a +OPK. Now, time to get busy!
Post # 8
@MissLunchbox: I think you need to find a new doctor. If you don’t have regular cycles any doctor should start looking into the cause of it. Whether you are TTC or not. Good luck!
Post # 9
My story is on a million similar boards already, but long story short, I had irregular cycles, but+’ve opks and temp shifts, so assumed I was ovulating. Blood tests showed otherwise, doctor didn’t do anything about it until I got to 1yr mark, but saw a naturopath who made dietary and lifestyle changes, and gave me liquid vitex in a herbal mix. My cycles regulated after 1 month, and got our bfp after 4 (after 15 months TTC). I’d highly recommend researching natural therapies while you wait for a referral, and then hopefully you won’t need one!!
Post # 10
Thank you for the reassurance that I am not insane. The doctor straight up told me that they will do run a single test until the 1 year mark. I told her my sister has PCOS, but she has many physical sympotms- and I don’t have any. She told me (quote):”Oh. Then you probably have it. I wouldn’t worry about it, we can start figuring that out in a few months.” and I told her I was temping..she told me not to bother and to only use OPK’s. I told her I never get + OPKs and she said: “Then I doubt you have even been ovulating. Like I said, we can look into this more when you have been trying longer.”
MANY references on how losing weight and exercising would help me. Um..I excercise VERY regularly. I am down 40 pounds from where I was 2 years ago, I have a VERY healthy level of visceral fat. Healthy blood pressure, etc.
Just frustrating to find ANOTHER doctor. But you’re right..it’s not worth the run around.
@hamikay: This is honestly my biggest fear. I just feel like I am not. My body is so unpredictable. I would love to hear more. You went to your doctor and they referred you?? Or you found one on your own? What kind of steps were taken or things can I try? Or you can link me to somewhere you have talked about it, if that’s easier!
Post # 11
@MissLunchbox: No worries, I can reply here, just didn’t want to bore you if you’d read it already 🙂 I too was concerned about my irregular cycles and other symptoms of low progesterone, but my GP kept dismissing my concerns. Finally he ran blood tests (to shut me up) but when they came back he miss-read my progesterone result, because it was within “normal range” but I found out later it was too low to confirm ovulation had occurred.
While I was waiting to hit the 12 month mark for a referral to a specialist, I heard about a friend of a friend who had just got pregnant after 4 YEARS TTC (!) thanks to a local naturopath, so I made an appointment the next week and finally had someone take me seriously and listen with concern. She took a holistic health point of view, wrote down a whole range of seemingly unrelated symptoms (poor digestion, cold extremities, allergies, etc) looked at my charts and blood results, and made a plan to deal with it all. Amazingly, the second month of treatment I had a 31 day cycle, followed by two more, then my bfp.
probably no point listing all my treatment advice, because it was very much personalized to my problems, but it was the book Making Babies (there is a related website too) which opened my eyes to natural and eastern approaches, and many of the treatments my naturopath suggested matched up with theirs.
All the best!