Post # 1
So this month according to my chart, I O’d on CD23.. I was expecting to get my period 2 days ago, on Thursday (this is only my second month off birth control, but I was going by last month’s cycle length to guess when I would get it this month). So according to my chart I am on 7 dpo and also 2 days late from when I guessed I would get my period. When should I take a test that would be reliable?I know that 7 dpo is early…but since AF is “late” …. Did anyone else have this issue when they got of birth control? This is honestly enough to make a normal person crazy.
I thought for SURE AF was coming either Thurs or Fri because I felt so crampy in my lower back so now I am really confused.
Post # 3
I think most HPTs are better able to detect at 10 dpo. Some women get BFPs at 8 dpo. However, if you’re only 7dpo, then that’s an awefully short LP, and AF may not really be late yet. A “typical” LP is 14 days, so 7 is on the short side. My last LP (after my first o last cycle) was 12 days.
Did you get AF at 7dpo last cycle too?
Post # 4
@Rose120: Your time period between ovualtion and getting AF will remain the same. What I mean by that is last month when you o’d if it took 14 days for you to get AF, it should take 14 days this time for you to get AF. Which means AF is not late. This is called your Luteal phase and the length of it will not change.
Post # 5
@anotherbee: This is my first month charting so I’m not really sure how long my LP was last month…. Also since this is only going to be my second AF off of birth control, I’m not totally sure what to expect…but I know the day I guessed I would have it and I know the way my body felt yesterday and Thursday left my shocked that AF wasn’t here yet..
Post # 6
if you’re just off birth control then I would allow your body a few months to adjust before you start counting on a pattern. Once your body sorts itself out, then you’ll likely be able to count on a similar lenght cycle, but probably not yet. Just keep temping and checking CM. if your temps are still up, then you’ll be looking for a potential drop a day or so before AF shows.
Post # 7
does the drop have to be below the line or does any drop mean AF is on its way?
Post # 8
- Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia
@Rose120: Each woman is different when it comes to temp drops. I hate to say it, but you kind of just have to wait it out and see when AF comes. Those first few months off BC are a little all over the place.
Post # 9
Just a couple of things to add: 1) you’re not “late.” Charting is pretty accurate, but your last cycle number is not really. Your LP should be somewhere between 12 and 14 days. Some people differ, but that range is very common. The typical “1st” day to test is 10dpo, but Hcg takes a while to build up in your system so it is possible to get a BFN just because it’s too early.
And lastly, one temp below your coverline is no big deal. It could be implantation or something else, but does not mean AF is on way, esp at 7dpo. If your next few are below, then it would be strange.
Hope that helps!
Post # 10
- Wedding: November 2011 - Palma Sola Botanical Park
Like others have said, your luteal ohase (O to AF) will be roughly the same each month, within 2 or so days if any variation. My cycle is still all wonky and its my third one off BC. Your luteal phase may or may not lengthen/shorten while your body adjusts, before normalizing. If you *can*, I would wait to test until 18 straight days with high temps (no drop below coverline). Or at least until 12 dpo…