Post # 1
So last month I posted that my period was uncharacteristically late for me and then when I got it, it was just…off. I was off that entire month. Plus, when I took the HPT, it was ‘negative’ but it wasn’t starkly negative…I keep thinking about it and while poking around online I read about a chemical pregnancy. I never knew what this was, but the more I read the more I am starting to feel as though that is what happened last month and I wasn’t fully aware. My period is due today, and the more I compare last month and how I felt to this month, the more I realize something was really off. I can tell today that I am going to get my period, and I feel like this is a normal cycle. Last month was just so…different.
My question is about opk’s. After last month’s ‘off’ cycle, I tried using opks this month to see if I am still ovulating around the same time. I kept them so I could compare them to this month when I use them, and I feel like I kept getting positives. If I had a chemical last month, would it be normal to get a lot of positive opk’s this month? I’m now so afraid something is wrong.
I feel sort of dumb posting this…but my mind keeps going back to last month and I just feel like it might have been more than a late period. I am due for my annual in August, so I want to bring it up then, but if it isn’t a big deal I’d rather not bring it up and embarass myself. I was talking to a friend on the phone who works in medicine last week and she said when I mentioned my cycle last month she wondered if it wasn’t a chemical but was afraid to say anything at the time.
Post # 3
I’m new to all of this, so please take listen with a HUGE grain of salt. I think OPK’s turn positive when there is LH (luteinizing hormone – associated with ovulation) OR HCG (pregnacy hormone). So maybe if you had a chemical you could have some HCG in your body?
Post # 4
Remember also that a +OPk means that the line is as dark or darker than the control line. Just because a line shows up, doesn’t make it positive.
Post # 5
@soyjoy222: Can you tell us when in your cycle you were getting the +OPKs? Are the two lines equally dark or the test line darker than the control one?
Post # 6
I don’t think your hcg levels get very high with a chemical pregnancy, usually you would have one or two positive hpts, and then they would turn negative very soon after when your period comes. So I wouldn’t think you would get a lot of positive OPKs the following month from a chemical pregnancy, especially since you didn’t get a positive hpt. In my experience, hpt’s are positive for pregnancy before an OPK becomes positive from the amount of hcg. I was 7 weeks pregnant when i miscarried so my hcg levels had built up quite a bit by that time. Two weeks after the miscarriage, I tested negative again on hpt and opks and my opk was only positive when I ovulated again that cycle. If you weren’t charting you may have just ovulated later than usual that month which can happen for many reasons.
Post # 7
If it makes you feel any better, I’m not TTC and I chart my cycles and I’ve had some WONKY ones. Made me think about that too, but obviously there’s no way. I’m sure that you are just fine love! Some months there are circumstances that mess with our cycles!
Post # 8
@soyjoy222: at this point there is really no way of telling whether it was a chemical or not, and actually, probably very little real benefit in knowing. Many women have them without ever knowing. In fact, apparently something like 50% of pregnancies end before they’re even known about (don’t quote me on that stat!!) due to unviable embryos or something.
I had a chemical last year, my temps went up, my luteal phase was 3 or so days longer than normal, and I had a couple of very faint squint-y bfps for a day, but then AF arrived the next day. AF was certainly heavier that cycle (but it always varied when I went off the pill anyway, so I probably wouldn’t have noticed if I sosn’t looking for symptoms.my next cycle was normal, (wasn’t using looks though, so can’t answer the part of your question) so it didn’t effect me physically at all. When I told my doctor about what I thought had happened she wasn’t the last bit interested (she wasn’t very nice anyway, and I found a new one) so I don’t think she thought it was relevant to anything.
Everyone reacts differently, but I just took it as a sign that my body was finally ovulating (I’d been TTC for 12 months by then) and at least one tube must have been clear, and celebrated the good news. Some people mourn it like a miscarriage, and if you’ve started getting excited about the idea of pregnancy, that’s completely understandable. If I were you, I’d try to note it as something interesting that happened, but not stress too much about it, unless it becomes a reoccurring problem.
Finally, I took solace in reading somewhere that our bodies often reject the first pregnancy while they work out how to deal with it all, so I just saw it as being one step closer to my sticky baby, which I got 3 cycles later 🙂 not sure how true that is, but helped me stay positive about it all!
All the very best for future cycles!!