Post # 1
Well, here I am, another girl who is married and jumping right onto the baby train. I just went off the pill in June, got my period promptly, and have been tracking my cycle. I haven’t been charting my temperature (and don’t plan to start), but I’m tracking my cervical mucous on fertility friend.
Here’s the TMI part: apparently, I have a never-ending supply of cervical mucous. Of all varieties! First creamy, then watery, then creamy again, now eggwhite. I’ve gotten negative OPKs for the past 2 days (the eggwhite days) and am on CD 18 today. FF informs me that I was supposed to ovulate last week but I’m still waiting. It also insists I have been fertile for 8 days straight.
Is this pretty normal? I guess I won’t know until I get my period and track for a few months, so this is more of a ranty vent than anything else (sorry). I guess I’m not really looking for information since I know that it can take months for my body to adjust from being on the pill.
Does anyone else have long cycles or irregular cycles or had wonky cycles after coming off the pill? Does anyone else have unreasonable amounts of CM? Wanna tell me about it?? Hahaha.
*Note: we’re not actually trying to get pregnant THIS month, but we’d like to start trying a month from now.
**Another note: the word “creamy” pretty much makes me barf but it’s in my drop-down menu on FF. Ew!
Post # 3
@Juliepants: LMAO about your notes. Okay, for one, there’s no such thing as TMI on the TTC boards. For two, yeah, I’d say I pretty much have cervical mucous all days of the month, and have only recently gotten better at telling the difference. Especially just coming off the pill. You’ve been surpressing those hormones for however long you were on the pill, and now all the sudden they get to run wild through your body! Your lady parts are saying, “Whoooooa.” FF only guesses your fertile window based off of averages of other people’s fertile windows, and if this is your first month using it, it doesn’t have enough information to really know when it is.
Look at this site:
Under the cervical mucous section, it shows what your CM should look like. Is the pattern you’re seeing anything like that?
Also, for good pictures of cervical mucous, look at this site (it helped me differentiate betweem slippery and watery and eggwhite haha):
Note: Forgot to say, welcome to (almost) TTCing! hehehe
Post # 4
Hahaha, the CM descriptors make me cringe too! Gah, my husband cracks up whenever I would talk about it. I had a really hard time figuring out my CM situation after I went off the pill. AND my first cycle off was 100 days! It was totally ridiculous and frustrating to wait for over 3 months, just thinking “Is it today?” I felt like I was 13 again. My next cycle after that was around 40 days and then I got pregnant (I had an easier time with the CM that cycle, but I still didn’t know I was ovulating – it was a baby surprise!), so I don’t know how long it’ll take me to be “regular” again.
Anyway, I hope you don’t have to wait that long. Good luck & have fun TTC!
Post # 5
- Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia
Hey! Welcome to the crazy world of TTC. 🙂
I have long and irregular cycles, but it’s from a medical condition – yours may just be your body trying to regulate itself. CM is connected to your cycles, so if they’re a little wacky, it makes sense that it might be a little all over the place too.
Keep an eye on cycle lengths & take it easy, if you can!
Post # 6
I just have to say that you both just made the TTC board my new favourite board. Thank you for being so welcoming and kind!
@ChuckNorris: I checked out both of those websites, thank you (also, ew, lol).
@mowi322: 100 days!! I won’t complain about my measly 18 then, hahaha. So are you pregnant right now? Congrats!
Post # 7
@Mrs. Jaguar: Thank you! This board rules. I won’t stress yet, I just want to feel like I have some semblance of control over this whole thing even if I don’t, haha.
Post # 8
@Juliepants: YAY!!! Soooo glad you’re joining us on this TTC journey! Love your straightforwardness as always…and nothing is TMI around here! lol I’m thinking your body is still trying to regulate itself. My cycles were varied the first few months, then became more consistent. Although you sound like you don’t want to temp, you might want to get a baseline to use to see if you have a spike when you see the eggwhite cm. Good luck, woman!!!
Post # 9
- Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia
@Juliepants: Oh, I know what you mean. I’m a ridiculous over-planner, and I have to say, TTC has humbled me a little bit. Charting and tracking does give me some sense of control, but when your body is all over the shot, it’s hard to stay calm.
We’re always around if you have questions or need a chat! The TTC boards are my favourite place, have been for a while. 🙂
Post # 10
@Juliepants: Yea, I’m about 6 months & due in September. Giving up control was the hardest part. The funny thing is, the day after I called the Dr. to make an appointment because I was so stressed about the long cycle, I ovulated. I started my period the morning of my doctor’s appointment. How’s that for the universe signaling me to chill out?!
Post # 11
@Juliepants: When are checking your CM? You shouldn’t check close the times you’ve had intercourse as your partner’s semen can interfere with this method of determining ovulation.
I’ve had watery discharge during ovulation some months and egg white CM during ovulation other times.
Post # 12
@melisslp: Yay – thank you – it’s nice to be back on the boards in general, and I’m glad this board is here!
@Mrs. Jaguar: I can see why, everyone is so nice here. There’s no drama, just encouragement! I can see how this whole TTC thing could be very humbling (especially for the planny planny types).
@mowi322: The universe is a trickster for sure. 😉
@greenidlady: So far I’ve been checking in the mornings but since we’re trying to NOT get pregnant this month, we’ve either been abstaining or using the ever-hated condom, haha.
Post # 13
@Juliepants: It sounds like your body is trying to regulate. Your estrogen has not hit its peak to cause ovulation. Temping is a good idea because you will have your baseline and see the ovulation spike as well as other hormonal spikes. Since I’ve been going to AP the past 4 months, I’ve learned more from him than school ever taught me.
Post # 14
I don’t have anything to add except “creamy” is a total ew factor for me to! Ha, and even though I am not a active TTC member this is the best board here:)
Post # 15
Hi & welcome! Yes – just to chime in and say that my experience of the pill was that it has great power to mess with your cycles, so don’t worry if you take a while to regulate. Lol – ‘EWCM’ & ‘creamy’ etc are not the most attractive phrases are they – but anything goes here 😉 I hope TTC goes very well for you x
Post # 16
Welcome to ttc! lol Oh it’s an adventure for sure. Keep in mind that it can take a while for your body to get back in sync after coming off of BC. If you go more then 3 months without a cycle, talk to your OB because that can be unhealthy and they should trigger AF for you. I most definitely have wonky irregular cycles, though it seems they are kinda settling into a 33 day pattern with O on cd19.
Good luck!! 🙂