Post # 1
I need some brainstorming here with women who’ve had similar experiences. We only started trying last Spring and got pg. Unfortunately, we had a MC last June. Per the doctor’s recommendations, waited to have at least a full cycle (July) and tried again this cycle. I got a LH surge positive OPK result on day 19th of my cycle, and I am really hoping AF doesn’t come next week. So, here is the deal, with our last pregnancy, I got a BFP only 14 days from conception, which means it was probably only 12 or 13 days after ovulation? Back then, I wasn’t using OPKs or anything, we were just “freely” trying. Of course the MC changed that and now I am paranoid and just worried that there isn’t even enough time between my ovulation, probably on CD20 or CD21 this month and my period which is supposed to come 10 days after that per my period tracker app… I’m thinking that maybe that’s why the first pregnancy didn’t progress well as there wasn’t enough time for implantation?
I guess I’m asking, were you a late ovulator and did you have a succesful pregnancy? According to my app my average cycle is 28 days, of course that gets messed up when we count in the pregnancy, MC, and 1 month last winter where I didn’t get my period because I was too stressed over a test for a professional license.
As you can see, I’ve only used OPKs one month, just FYI I never took the pill so that’s not affecting me. I’ve been on prenatal vitamins for almost 2 years now.
Post # 2
Lots of things can delay ovulation. Stress can do it and I know for some women, OPKs can be enough stress to impact cycles. It’s possible you have a short LP, but since this is your first cycle with OPKs and you aren’t charting, there’s really not enough information to know for sure.
If I were you, I’d assume you ovulated late and will have a longer cycle this time around. If you’re period does come when you expect, it’s possible that you do have a luteal phase defect, but I’d still wait another month before jumping to that conclusion since it’s your first month using OPKs.
Post # 3
I have two children, and for both pregnancies, I conceived after ovulating on CD 24 or 25. My cycles are long — 36-39 days, so I have a normal LP. I agree with PP…you need to chart some more cycles to see what’s up!
Post # 4
Your luteal phase (LP) will always generally be around the same length (give or take a day or two) – ovulating later just means that your cycle will be longer than normal. The length of your follicular phase (FP), however, can change without rhyme or reason (stress can be a major factor as PPs have already pointed out). So if you normally have 12-13 day LPs and you didn’t ovulate until CD20 or 21, your period won’t actually be due until around CD32 or 33 (instead of CD28 like you’re used to).
As PPs have said, you need to chart for some more cycles so that you have a better idea of what’s actually going on.
Post # 5
I have PCOS, so I used OPKs+temping to monitor ovulation. I ovulated on CD 62 with my daughter, and CD 30 with my current pregnancy (currently 30 weeks). My cycles range from 30-90 days–they are all over the place. My luteal phase is usually 13 days. I got pregnant the first time trying for each of those pregnancies despite the late ovulation–so it’s possible!
Post # 6
I would suggest you start charting to see when you actually O and how long your luteal phase is. Your luteal phase will usually not change except by maybe 1 day and it is the time before O that can change. This will give you more information to work with. The luteal phase is the time between O and AF. That being said, I did not O late but I had a short luteal phase before my second pregnancy ( it was usually 9 or 10 days) and I got pregnant easily with my second. I O’d a day early on CD14 (usual was CD15 or CD16 for me) that cycle and probably implanted around 9 DPO. Average for implantation is 9 DPO with a range of 7-12 DPO being possible. I wouldn’t consider CD 20 or CD21 to be super late or anything though. Longer than normal but not super problematic.
If you O’d late this month, CD 20 or 21 then your period will be delayed