Post # 1
So I’ve noticed for the past 6 months or so, my cycles have been alternating between 33/34 days and then 26/27 days. I started temping May 2018 but thats the only cycle I got in before we took a long break from TTC. That month was ovulation on CD18 and a 30 day cycle. November of 2018 we did more of NTNP, and I didn’t start temping until December which was a ovulation on CD19 and a 33 day cycle. However this month I had a feeling it was going to be a much shorter cycle because of how my cycles have been alternating and it looks like I was right. I didn’t start temping until CD10 (completely didn’t realize what day it was!) but FF was able to determine I ovulated on CD13 (crosshairs are dotted because I didn’t enter EWCM which I need to do but couldn’t remember if it was CD11 or 12).
First off, does it look like FF got it right? Here’s my chart: https://imgur.com/LoGIXHi
Second, if FF is right…that’s normal to ovulate on such different days, right? I figure it doesn’t matter as long as I’m ovulating and my LP is good. Just wanted some input though.
Post # 2
linnoix : I think FF looks good, based on the info provided, it’s hard to tell since the temping didn’t occur until CD10, so it’s hard to compare where your normal pre-O temp lies. It’s possible to ovulate at different points in your cycle, some people are regular, some aren’t. I ovulate from CD-14 to CD-19. If you are concerned however I would talk to your GP or GYN.
Post # 3
I’m not too familiar with temping but what if you temped from the moment you period ended till the next period? Might give you more insight? I think I ovulate on different days as well but I don’t temp either.
Post # 4
linnoix : Based on the limited temps you have in that chart, I agree with FF’s analysis. However, next cycle you probably want to temp from the last day of your period at least. But yes, it is possible to O a different times. O depends so much on a variety of external factors, like stress or travel. If you have a similar LP in each cycle then you’re probably fine. If your LP is varying by more than a couple of days each cycle, you might want to ask for some basic hormone testing as variable LP is not normal.
Post # 5
I agree that you need to temp for the whole cycle to be sure of whats going on. It does look like there’s a temp shift but without enough pre-O temps, FF can’t establish a clear coverline (hence the dotted crosshairs instead of solid), so you could be off on pinpointing O.
Post # 6
It’s possible for ovulation to vary somewhat. Yours isn’t too extreme so I don’t think I’d be concerned. Temp for a full month a couple more times and see where you are. Your luteal phase length typically does not vary by more than a day but the period from CD1 to ovulation can vary for a variety of reasons. So I would also keep an eye on that to make sure your luteal phase is roughly the same length, it should also help you confirm the O dates are correct.
Stress and travel can delay ovulation. I don’t think a 5 day window of variability is too concerning. If FF is right, you will probably have a ~26 day cycle this month. It’s possible you haven’t O’d yet and your temps may jump higher. Hard to say, just keep temping and make sure you record other things like cervical fluid, cramps, etc.