Post # 1
We toss the baby idea back and forth, talking a bit more frequently of late. In Oct I visited my OBGYN who said I didn’t have tons of time. I’m 36, never pregnant…to my knowing. (I may have had a very early miscarriage years ago (before FI) but I had no idea…it was a dr’s guess after something had happened with lots of clotting.) Overall I seem healthy but was starting to change eating habits b/c she suggested I lose about 20 to make my life easier once pregnant. Again, we aren’t fully on the baby train but I thought hey…it would be healthy anyway, so might as well.
Since Nov I’ve kept track of my periods. I have done it before but never paid huge amounts go attention or kept up with it so I don’t have anything to compare. I just know I was getting periods monthly and they lasted about 4-6 days. Counting my cycle from the first day of my last period until the next one starts, here is my cycle since Nov:
Nov – 25 days
Dec – 28 days
Jan -25 days
I know cycles can be anywhere between 21-28/29 days so I am falling in the normal range but something about all of this feels really fast. Like I feel like I finish one period and just two weeks later I’m getting another. Maybe I’m gettimg older? Hahaha. When I look at the tracking calendar I am starting my period about a week after I finish ovulating, which it shows at about a week long.
Does this seem pretty usual so far? Am I freaking for nothing? What are your cycles like?
(Ps- I started crying when I told Darling Husband that it seems really fast. I asked what if I missed my chance? 🙁 I know if it’s meant to be, it will happen but there are just times it’s front and center you know? Maybe I want a baby more than I think?)
Post # 3
As far as I know, as you run lower on eggs your cycles get longer, not shorter. The only thing that could be an issue is if you are actually starting your period only 7 days after ovulation, your luteal phase might be too short for the egg to have time to implant before being cleared out. If you talk to your doctor about that they will be able to help you fix it (there are a few ways they could help you lengthen your luteal phase, they could tell you the best way for you).
Post # 4
Also, what I used to think was ovulation pains were happening for me a day or two after I actually ovulated (according to opks), so I thought my luteal phase might be too short, but the extra day or two made it so it was perfectly fine.
Post # 5
@Coral99: I had an 18-24 day cycle all through highschool. It wasn’t until after the birth of my first child (which I only had sex one time to conceive) that my periods became more regular and I landed on an about 24-26 day cycle. I had 5 normal pregnancies and no difficulty conceiving, so I wouldn’t read too much into how short your cycle is now. Try to relax and let it flow.
Post # 6
I’m 39 and 13 weeks pregnant with my first. I would suggest starting to chart your cycles. It’s really easy and only take 30 seconds to a minute each morning to do. It gives you a TON of information about what your body is doing. And you can give that info to your doctor if there are any issues.
I had short cycles too and with charting, found it I had a short luteal phase. Having that info for my doctor, he put me on meds and I got my BFP that cycle 🙂
just because you’re older, doesn’t mean it has to be hard or impossible 🙂
Post # 7
@Coral99: My cycle is faithfully 25 days long. I have a 11 day luteal phase which my doctor said isnt a problem. Look at it this way, at least you dont have to wait long to try again if unsuccessful each month
Post # 8
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My cycle is always between 25 and 27 days. I also know that I ovulate early (CD 10-12) becuase I chart. I would also recommend charting, even if it’s only for a few cycles- so that you can understand what your body is doing. Also, I read the opposte of @NinjaDuck:, that as you get older/lower on eggs your cycles get shorter and you tend to ovulate sooner.
Post # 9
I have 24-26 day cycles on average. as long as your LP isn’t shorter than about 10 days, and doesn’t vary by more than 5ish days on average (i was told a 3 day variance is normal and that is my usual), you should be fine. A little pre-O variance is normal.
My mom is pre-menopausal and her cycles are getting longer and totally irregular which doesn’t sound like yours. You’re probably fine, but charting might give some peace of mind so you know what’s going on in there 🙂
Post # 10
Do you know you are only ovulating 7 days before your period or are you guessing that based on the average of ovulating on CD 14? If you don’t know when you are ovulating I would also suggest charting so that you know when you’re ovulating. It could be that you are ovulating earlier than you think and everything is fine, but if it is only a week you should take some meds to correct it because a short LP won’t susutain a pregnancy. Often women take B6 to correct this and it’s an easy fix.
Post # 11
@Tomato22: I keep track of my period on an app. The app tells me when I’m ovulating, or I guess supposed to be. When I count it, it’s 7 days. Thanks for the tip on B6…I will look into that. Everyone keeps telling me to chart, so I will have to look into that and see what that is all about b/c until WB, I had never heard of it.
@CoffeeBeanKate: Thanks so much for that. I literally breathed a sigh of relief!! Also…we got married just 5 days after you last year and I am a fellow Texan! xo
@Glasgowbound: Awww….thanks so very much. 🙂 I wish you the best pregnancy and a very healthy baby!! xo
I really appreciate all these bit of advice…it makes me feel less alone. Most of my gf’s on 2nd and third babies…all younger than me. I especially loved your advice at the end about it not needing to be impossible or hard.
Post # 12
Coral99: An app can’t tell when when or if you’re ovulating. You have to chart or track fertility signs to be certain, and I wouldn’t trust or rely on any information about your ovulation date until you do.
Having a cycle that is 25-28 days long is perfectly normal, so I’m not sure why everything feels so “fast”? Day 1 of your cycle is the first day of your period, so you’re actually going around 20 days between periods (at the fastest)?
Post # 13
@Coral99: haha nice!
@Hausfrau: ditto above. Unless you’re putting in CM signs, temps, or something like that, the app won’t know for sure when you ovulate since it can vary what cycle day it happens on. The app will just tell you when the “average” woman with your cycle length ovulated which may or may not be true.