Post # 1
First off, I am an old bee but deleted my account after I got married and now I am back for more advice! I hope that this isn’t TMI for anyone and if it is, I am sorry. Here I go…
My husband and I have been TTC for 5 months now. I got off of BC in June (was on it for a little over a year) and ever since then I have had exactly a 28-day cycle. I have also had a ovarian cyst form that sent me to the hospital since it ruptured. We were using the cheaper OPK to track my ovulation but I couldn’t ever decide if the one line was darker than the control line so this month we decided to get the Clear Blue Easy one that gives you a smiley face when it detects the LH surge. According to the standard 14-day theory, I should have ovulated last week but I haven’t yet. So, here is my long list of questions:
1. Can you have regular periods without ever ovulating? Although, I think I am ovulating because I developed the cyst.
2. Do you start your period exactly 14 days after you ovulate or does ovulation have no bearing on when you start?
3. Also, we started working out about a month ago and changed our diet to be a little healthier. Nothing too extreme, I go to the gym maybe two or three times a week and it is never more than 30 minutes and we just cut out a lot of our red meat consumption and going out to eat. Could that have influenced my ovulation?
I am so confused and would love anyone’s two cents. I know that everyone is different but if someone could offer me some clarity, I would really appreciate it. Thanks for bearing with me.
P.S. I decided to start charting so hopefully I will have that figured out by next month and will help me with my cycle.
Post # 3
Per my doctor, some women do not ovulate every month and also not everyone ovulates on the 14th day. It is rare but it is a fact. Also, not everyone starts their period 14 days from ovulation because some women have different luteal phases. For example I am a average 30 day cycler and I ovulate early but have my period later, confusing yes. Don’t know your health history, but exercising should not effect it unless you have extremely low body weight or body fat. If you wanted you could ask your doctor for a progesterone test that is drawn 7 days after your first positive OPK and this will help determine your luteal phase and if in fact you did ovulate.
I know there are bees on here that say, oh I got pregnant right away after stopping BC but honestly it does take most a while. I agree, I switched to the digital tests bc it is easier and you are for sure getting the result you need instead of guessing.
Post # 4
Thanks for your reply. I don’t have extremely low body weight or fat, my BMI is in the healthy range. I didn’t think it would be from exercising but my body is a mystery to me so I thought I would include it. I also forgot to mention that when I do ovulate, my chest is very, very tender. I can barely touch certain regions on my chest even when I am in the shower because they are so sore. But, that tenderness hasn’t happened either this month. Since I have gotten off of BC, it has been like clock work for my tenderness. My chest always gets tender two weeks before I start and then slowly gets back to normal over those two weeks.
I have a call into my doc so hopefully I will hear from her today. I am hoping I am overreacting and that I am just having a random late ovulation.
My hubby said last night that maybe I preggo! I wish but that is higly unlikely (I think…)
Post # 5
I have “periods” about every 45 days or so, but I don’t ovulate. I do have PCOS, which is apparently the reason.
Definately look at Taking Charge of Your Fertility. It is a great book.
Post # 6
According to TCOYF:
1. Having a regular period does not mean you ARE ovulating. If you are not ovulating then you are not having a true period, but you may be having break-through bleeding, which you may confuse with a period.
2. Ovulation occurs whenevr your body decides to ovulate. 14 days is the common number, but that is no means true for every woman. You can go months without ovulating. Your period always comes 12-16 days after ovulation.
Post # 7
Add me to the list of folks who likes TCOYF. To piggyback on what snmcdowell said, you can have a short luteal phase (which means your period comes earlier than the 12 days post-ovulation). And ovulation doesn’t necessarily happen at Day 14. I had regular cycles before conceiving and I ovulated a around Day 17 (so a little later) and then my period started a little sooner than the 12-16 day “rule.” Still looked like a 28-30ish day cycle but not exactly like the average woman. Good luck with everything!
Post # 8
I also highly recommend TCOYF. I was on birth control for 12 years, and I’m sooo glad I read that book before stopping my pills. I had nearly all of the same questions you do, and that book answered them all.
Post # 9
I actually did borrow that book from a friend but as I was reading it, I was getting overwhelmed with everything. Maybe I should take another look at it. I just don’t understand why it seems that my body decided not to ovulate. And to make matters worse, I woke up with some acne this morning. I don’t think that it is entirely fair of my body to give me acne without ovulating.