Am I ovulating??

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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2190 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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
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1449 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

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
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Baby boy 12/2015

@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 # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Baby boy 12/2015

@MissLunchbox:  I am glad you got a +OPK. Now, time to get busy!

Post # 8
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1449 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

@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
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1284 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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 # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@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!

 

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