Post # 1
UGH, now I’m keyboard stupid too, cause I typed almost my whole post and then accidentally DELETED IT!
Long story short, I’m trying to figure out when I ovulate without having a chart (which is a little stupid in itself). There are just some things I realized today about my cycle which have me confused.
I had AF Aug. 13, Sept. 13, and Oct. 15, and then got my very faint BFP before the MC around the 23rd of Nov.
How is it possible that the test was so faint if I was already a week late? Does that sound like I may ovulate later than the average person?
I know the best advice would be to start charting but I want to hold on to the relaxed nature of it for a while, and I’m just hoping someone with charting experience could tell me how it sounds based on what I’ve described. I know it won’t be a science without me actually charting, but any input would be great.
Additional info, I MC’ed on the 8th-ish of December, and then got AF back on the 9th of January. So it changed my cycle by a few days but I would assume getting my period back would mean that I should be ovulating again as well?
Please shed some light on a bee who seems to be ‘challenged’ by all things fertility!
Thanks ladies. 🙂
Post # 3
Really, charting doesn’t make it more stressful. If anything it makes ttc less stressful. Actually knowing when I ovulated is so helpful instead of wondering each month if we had sex at the right time or not. I use an app on my phone and its super easy.
Post # 4
Maybe the test was so faint because you were already miscarrying?
Post # 5
Lines on pregnancy tests can be light because of the dye lot used, the concentration of your urine etc. A light postitive could be a test that didn’t get a ton of dye on it in the factory. You also could have ovulated at the regular time but gotten a light result because your urine had to much water in it, or you had a lower then normal hormone level because something was already going on in your body that resulted in the miscarriage. Your best bet to get a clear idea of whats going on its to chart for a few months, or try using OPK’s.
Post # 6
I totally considered that I may have already been miscarrying but the tests I took after those just got continually and gradually darker. Just like everyone else’s. :-/
Post # 7
if you sign up for fertility friend, all you really have to do is enter your Basal temp and it does all the work for you. not stressful at all, but kind of fun and interesting to see how your body pattern works.
i think it’s the only real way to know if you are ovulating (aside from going to the doctor, though they just might have you chart too).
Post # 8
@MrsSunshine: It’s really hard to say when you O’d based on that info. It sounds like you would have been ~7 days late when you got your faint BFP based on previous cycles. However, it is possible that you O’d late that cycle. It is also possible that you weren’t producing much hCG at that point, since levels can vary for every woman and pregnancy. Check out this link where they say at 5 weeks your hCG level could have been between 18 – 7,340 mIU/ml. If you were on the low end of that range the test would show a faint positive even at 5 weeks. With a 32-33 day cycle and assuming an average LP of 12-16 days you should BD between ~CD13-22.
If you are not interesting in charting your temp or using OPK’s you could casually track changes in CM. Not everyone has clear changes, but if you do it can be an easy way to tell that you are in your fertile window. I check just by using a little TP when I use the restroom – easy and noninvasive.
I hope that helps!
Post # 9
The lines were probably so faint because your HCG levels were low. Pregnancy tests detect pregnancies through HCG levels and when you start MCing your levels drop.
Sorry for your loss. I too suffered a MC in 2011. Good luck with TTC! I am a TTC newbie as well. 🙂