Post # 1
The background story: So we are in the “let’s try in May but not be careful now and if it happens we would be thrilled” phase. I’m 29 and he is 35, we have very stable jobs, are finacially, mentally and physically ready. Been together for 8 years. Can’t wait for babies basically ;)The reason we are waiting until May is because we have my cousin’s wedding overseas in September and if it all goes according to plan we would be able to fly there. She was one of my bridesmaids and made the trip here (about $3k) just to be there on my special day so I would really really really love to be there for her. Another funny fact is that she caught the bouquet at my wedding 🙂
The situation: I went off the pill the last week of september and and have had 3 periods since then. First one very light, only 3 days, not normal at all. Second one, still light. Third one, getting better, looking more like a period and lasted 4 days. My ovulation was supposed to happen on January 5th-6th. TMI alert: We had unprotected sex the night of the 3rd and the morning of the 4th. I tested with the OPK on the evening of the 4th and it was positive. Tested again the morning of the 5th and it was negative.
The problem: I didn’t have an abundance of CM because I had a cold and I didn’t know that cold medicine makes the CM industry go on strike. I noticed some sticky CM on friday afternoon when the OPK was positive and over the weekend until monday it was sticky-creamy-eggy-at some point and little tiny bit watery on sunday. What are the chances that the the swimers survived the desert of friday morning and made their trip to the meeting location? aka, can the sperm have survived friday morning and made it to the fallopian tubes at some point? I saw sticky CM that afternoon but to my knowledge that is not very fertile.
P.S: I’m not even quite sure I’m ovulating since my periods are very light. I plan on start taking my BBT this upcoming cycle. I got my copy of TCOYF and my thermomether all ready to go. Just need AF to walk the red carpet.
I guess what I’m looking for is, do you know someone or have you had this happened to you and got a BFP?
Thank you ladies! let me know if I missed any details…. Oh and I guess this is goes on the TTC board but let me know if I’m wrong…
Post # 3
@mrswagner: i’d say it is definitely possible, from what I’ve read good quality CM is most important if you have sex a few days pre-ovulation and you need the sperm to be able to survive, but plenty of ladies around here get pregnant with little CM. Also, what you see on the toilet paper is not neccessarily always the same as what is further up where it’s needed, although it’s usually a very good indication. You will be able to test with an early response test in a couple of days time if you want to find out.
However, it is also possible to time everything perfectly for months at a time and still not get pregnant. I’d say your chances are the usual 20-30% (depending which book/website you read).
All the best!!
Post # 4
oh, and it’s also possible to get a positive OPK and then not actually ovulate, especially if you are sick (you said you had a cold) – so if your period is late and you’re not getting positive tests, that could be another answer, it may just be delayed.
Post # 5
Agreed with Hamikay in full!
If you have unprotected sex, you could get pregnant. All that other stuff is just things to increase your chances. If you got a positive OPK on January 4, you can ovulate in between 9-51 hours (according to research done by Clear Blue Easy Digital Ovulation Tests) after that. As you can see, that range is pretty huge. So it’s best to continue having sex AFTER the OPK is positive, usually for the next three days. Either way, you still have a chance. Good luck!
Post # 6
@mrswagner: I agree with PPs. I don’t think the lightness of your periods has anything to do with whether or not you’re ovulating. My periods are super light, like 1.5-2 days and could use one pad a day if it wasn’t gross, and I’m definitely ovulating (confirmed by temping). There’s a handy chart that gets posted a lot on the TCOYF boards that says as long as you’re bleeding 5mL over the course of your period (basically enough to fill up one regular pad/tampon), then you’re probably ok. More than likely, your periods are so light because you just came off BCP. They’ll probably get longer and heavier as your body regulates, or you might stay just how you are. Good luck TTC, and I hope this was your month!
Post # 7
Thank you much ladies! you give me hope!
@hamikay I agree, I will stay positive and at the same time know that it is normal if it comes back negative. Thank you for your comment!
@chucknorris hoping I don’t have to but if I have to I will definitely keep the party going next time! lol 😉 I think the hubby is all for it “the more, the better” he said!
@twofortheshow very interesting info! I had no idea! good to know, I was thinking that it might just be the lining of the uterus and no ovulation happening. I am right on schedule in the 27-29 cycle range so that seems to be fine but will confirm ovulation with temps if the next cycle comes.
You ladies are the best! I will be testing by the end of the week and will let you know what comes back. keeping fingers crossed! 🙂