Post # 1
My husband and I (both 27) have begun TTC early October. While we are very excited, it has been a bit difficult tracking when I ovulate since I have irregular periods (last one was late July). I’ve been using ovulation strips to try and track when I ovulate but so far I haven’t gotten any number higher than .48. When I checked again later that same day it decreased to .17. I’m still very new to testing so I wasn’t sure if perhaps I was doing something wrong or if a sudden drop like that is normal.
Thanks in advanced! 🙂
Post # 2
What time are you testing? Many women have higher LH with morning urine so it is suggested to test I believe after 11 am or so. Also I have noticed that hydration plays a very big role with the readings. I would suggest you also starting taking your BBT as with irregular cycles you could get an LH surge without ovulating (happened with me last cycle- third LH was finally ovulation)
Check out Taking Charge of Your Fertility it can be a bit overwhelming but has a lot of great info on tracking ovulation. Also have you reached out to your OBGYN? They may want to prescribe something to jump start your AF.
Post # 3
I try to test between 10-11:30 am and then again late night. I just got that book today so I’ll definitely start reading it!
I went to my doctor last year and I did mention to her that we would start TTC around this time and all she suggested was to lose some weight (both my husband and I are overweight). I wasn’t sure if I would be able to bring it up to her since we haven’t been trying long.
Post # 4
I believe after three months without a period it is considered secondary amenorrhea and should be something you can discuss with you doctor regardless of how long you have been trying just for health reasons. It seems possible you could have PCOS and that was a possibility for me in my early 20s when I had no desire to have children yet but I was able to work with my OBGYN and an endocrinologist to get my cycles regulated. You might not get anywhere with your doc but I think it’s worth a conversation for sure. I was (I believe) misdiagnosed as PCOS, on medication for years in my 20s and am currently pregnant with my second child- both conceived in my second month trying with no medical intervention and I totally credit Taking Charge so definitely a great read.
Post # 5
did your period start on 10/20? You have it set as CD1, if so you probably won’t start to gear up to ovulate until at least CD8 and that is why you’re LH is so low, it’s too early in your cycle. Usually you begin taking OPKs about CD8-CD10 to catch your O day. I also wouldn’t stress about the T/C Ratio number too much. It’s really just an estimation and if you took 10 pictures of the same test strip you’d get 10 different numbers. It’s more important to see the control line get as dark or darker than the test line. The number is helpful in detecting a peak but it’s not an actual measurement of the LH in your system.
You mentioned that your last period was in late July, is that when you came off birth control? It can take your body sometime to regulate after going off BC but since it’s been so long I would mention it to your OB. Regardless if you’re TTC, if your cycles are wonky they can help regulate them.
You’ve gotten great advice about reading Taking Charge of Your Fertility; it’s the best resource for TTC. I would also encourage you to join the POAS boards, the ladies there are wonderful and full of knowledge. It’s a great support to have while TTC. Best of luck bee!