Post # 1
I’m embarrassed to say, but I’m pretty ignorant to all of this and trying to learn, as my husband and I are now TTC.
Can any of you tell me if my cycle days (listed in photo) is something to be worried about? Am I ovulating? I bought the ovulation kit and have tried 3 tests in the last 2 days (negative) but I don’t even have a clue when I’m supposed to be taking the tests. I’m reading that it should be done 14 days before your next period…. what do you do if you have no clue when that is?
(I’m learning about CM and temps now but want to continue with these tests) do any of you ladies know when I should test? It’s been so irregular lately!! 😁 I’m seeing this long/short/long/short pattern?!
if it’s useful information, we’ve been trying for about 2.5 months, and I stopped taking BC pills about 7 months ago.
thanks in advance ladies 🙂 any hints/tips are appreciated
Post # 2
your cycle does seem a bit crazy. Honestly, I would start to temp. If you google fertility friend it has some excellent advice on how to do so and is far more accurate than just going period to period. Since your cycles are so irregular I would start taking a opk (ovulation test) a couple of days after my bleeding stops until I got a positive. It is better to test in the afternoon. Usually o barely have a second line and as I get closer to ovulating the line get slightly darker so I know to test twice a day.
Post # 3
Yes, those seem problematic from what you have listed. Are you fully bleeding with each period or are there any that are just spotting? If there weren’t the 12, 17, 18 day cycles it would seem normal, cycles that short can be problematic. I would download fertility friend app, go to target and get a $10 basal body thermometer and start temping (fertility friend has a walkthrough guide plus there is a charters thread here you can join to learn).
If you have cycles that short you would need to start using OPKs as soon as your period ends. You would need to use them every day, twice a day even since you don’t know when you will ovulate. So that is why wondfos are probably the best (super cheap). Temping might be more cost effective though to start.
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom
I’m a little irregular too. I have a very understanding doctor who agreed to test my hormones after only three months of TTC. The fertility app I used is called Kindara (reccomended by the naturopath I was also seeing during TTC)..and it was AWESOME!
PS: took me seven cycles, but I am now 12 weeks pregant…so even with irregular cycles there is still lots of hope!
Post # 5
I agree with everything PP have posted. Are your short cycles true bleeding or just spotting? If so some of those cycles are wicked short. Start temping with a basel body thermometer just to get a feel for your cycles/body and tracking with fertility friend. That will help tell you if you are ovulating and when. Also start using OPKs starting a few days after your period and keep testing in the afternoon until you get a positive. For newbies I would recommend the clearblue digital until you get the hang of it (then I’d use wondfos).
Post # 6
I took OPKs with FMU and when I started tracking/temping/etc I took one every single day. I know it sounds excessive but I was like you in that I really had no idea how this whole thing works.
Your cycles seem super irregular. Have you thought about seeing an OBGYN and discussing this with them?
Post # 7
You should read “Taking Charge of your Fertility.” It has all the information you need in order to feel educated about the way our reproductive systems work.
Post # 8
+1 for reading Taking Charge of your Fertility. It’s so educational, and you’ll feel like a master of your body after you finish!
Post # 9
Thanks girls. I will definitely check out fertility friend and taking charge of your fertility. I’ve been googling non stop and sometimes get contradictory info.
not just spotting, but actual periods that last 5-6 days. I started taking the ovu test 4 days after my last period ended. But what’s weird snowflake8 :
is that I use the kindara app and it shows me ovulating the same day my period ends. Which I thought was a glitch of it not recalculating. Lol. I guess it could be actually right though?
I have my yearly Pap test scheduled for mid October but I’m going to call her to see her sooner. I am too impatient in knowing what’s going on.
I don’t mind the quest of figuring out WHEN I’m ovulating, what scares me is the unknown of if I’m not ovulating at all. What actually causes that to happen, and are there any signs of it?
Also, is it true that too much sex can lessen the chances? Since I don’t know when I’m ovu, husband and I are active everyday. (Not out of stress or desperation to conceive, but just cause we’re newlyweds so it happens naturally) At first I believed it would just increase the chances as it was bound to happen during ovu days, but know I’m reading that less is better, and should just focus on ovu days. Should we really cut down if we’re TTC?
Post # 10
as far as I know you can’t ovulate ON your period, but you could very shortly after (maybe immediately? not sure). And yes, without temping and such short cycles, it is possible you’re sometimes not ovulating at all. So temping will help to clarify. I would guess you probably ovulate during your longer cycles but maybe not on the shorter ones, those could be anovulatory. Temping will show for sure if you are ovulating (make sure to take your temp at the same time every morning- and vaginal temping is even more accurate than orally).
And as long as your DH has regular counts, every day is fine. But every other day is also fine and works just as well to get you pregnant. So you could do every other day to ensure he has time to replenish.