cycle frustration, poas

posted 4 months ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 29th, 2016

Some people swear by vitex to regulate their cycle. I’d be sure to read up on it though. What helps me with understanding where I’m at in my cycle is temping + OPKs. I have the Ava bracelet and app but a regular basal body thermomter and app will do. While I am regular, I have ovulated 10-12 days late in two cycles since I went off the pill and if I had not been temping, I wouldn’t have had a clue about what was going on. I geared up to ovulate only for it not to happen and my body tried again 10 days later. Sure enough, ~2 weeks after that, my period showed up.    

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

Temping and OPKs are the only way I know where Iʻm at in my cycle at all (more so temping tbh). Vitex can go either way. Iʻve had anovulatory cycles on it and Iʻve had good O days with proper progesterone after O on others but try it. Can you get a panel done at the doctors to get an idea of whatʻs going on? then you might have a better idea of what supplmenets if any are best for you

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 29th, 2016

habzrule :  That’s why I bought the Ava bracelet. But it’s definitely more of an investment than other means. There are other wearable devices out there (Temp Drop, Ovusense) but I’m not sure how much those cost in comparison. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee

A LP of only 4 days? I have a hard time believing that. You can have more than one patch of EWCM, or none at all. I would guess you missed ovulation that time around. Or you have some serious hormonal problems if you LP was truly that short and then that much longer for this cycle.

I would recommend you start temping and/or using OPKs. You can still get more than one LH surge with OPKs, but they would likely be more accurate than just checking for CM.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

I had a “4 day LP” last cycle and counted it as anovulatory. I didnʻt have the temps for a few days I was traveling so there was no way to actually confirm O.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

habzrule :  Irregular cycles suck, TTC or not. I’m sorry you’re dealing with that. As others have said, if you really want a better idea of what’s going on, temping is your thing. I know people who get decent charts from irregular waking times if you wanted to try it. 

But if temping and OPKs feel like overkill for where you are right now (particularly for not TTC), there’s not a whole lot you can do to estimate when AF is due. I have a friend whose open to another child but not actively TTC whose cycles are pretty irregular. She just takes a HPT every 2 weeks or so. I know that wouldn’t work for everyone, but it might be less stressful than guessing ovulation and LP length when they seem inconsistent right now.

Post # 9
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Busy bee

My cycles are anywhere from 40-70 days so I definitely get the frustration, but I wouldn’t take any kind of supplement without consulting a doctor first! 24-35 days isn’t really that irregular and you likely just missed ovulation. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - California

My cycles are pretty regular (within 4 days or so is about the biggest difference I have seen), so not sure how much it would help you, but for me temping is the only thing that has worked for me to be able to pinpoint when to expect the first day of my cycle. Even when my cycle length has varied, my LP has been roughly the same length, so once I pinpoint ovulation with temping I can guesstimate when my AF will show up with a day or two margin of error (though the only fool-proof method for me has been that my AF will show up the day after my temp takes a significant drop). 

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