(Closed) Pretty sure I just had an anovulatory cycle?

posted 4 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
6702 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Baby boy 12/2015

@lovelyrose:  If you ignore your low temp from CD27, you could have ovulated and just not have high enough temps as you have seen in your previous cylces.  Also, you could be having a short luteal phase. 

If I am correct, you can perform some progesterone test to check whether you are in fact ovulating. I am planning to do a saliva test next cycle to make sure my progesterone levels are high enough after ovulation. There are some saliva test you can do yourself. Feel free to PM me!

Post # 4
361 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I think I may be dealing with this too… I got a pos opk on cd 12. It’s now cd 31, and no sign of AF but a bfn.  Wondering how long this could last. I just want to move on to the next cycle!

Post # 6
2196 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Hmm, hard to tell with your chart missing a few temps. Either way, totally possible that you had an annovulatory cycle. They say it’s actually fairly common to have 1-2 of these a year, so .. could just be an oddball. 🙂 I had cycles myself with + OPK’s, CM and then no temp spike and AF.. so it can definitely happen.

I noticed your cycles are getting longer and a little irregular – do you have any other health issues (PCOS, thyroid etc) that you know of? They look a LOT like mine did after coming off of the pill last year.

Post # 8
481 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@lovelyrose: Not to worry you, but your endocrinologist is wrong in his understanding of PCOS. I have PCOS (confirmed by my family doctor and a reproductive endocrinologist) and I ovulate every cycle, my cycles are just long and irregular like yours (my last few cycles have been 40 days, 47 days, 31 days, 38 days). PCOS is a spectrum and, if you are on the mild end of that spectrum, you can definitely still ovulate on your own. 

You very well might not have PCOS but, if you are worried about your cycles, I would ask your doctor to look into it a bit more (your difficulties losing weight are also consistent with PCOS). The good news is that my RE always reminds me that, whether you have PCOS or not, if you are ovulating, you can get pregnant! Good luck with everything!

Post # 10
481 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Well, I went to my dr because of my irregular cycles, so that counted as my symptom #1. So then they did bloodwork and a transvaginal ultrasound. My bloodwork came back with normal levels of everything except my LH:FSH ratio, which was high (symptom # 2). I didn’t have any of the other common hormonal abnormalities (all angrogen levels were fine, no insulin resistance, etc.) For the ultra sound they did a transvaginal ultrasound and it showed an elevated number of follicles on my ovaries, which was symptom # 3 (there were no large cysts). With these 3 symptoms combined, they diagnosed PCOS. I know you mentioned that you had an ultrasound last spring but if it wasn’t a transvaginal one, they might not have been able to see the extra little follicles. Also, if it was too soon after going off the pill you might not have had any extra follicles/cysts yet since the BCP suppresses the effects of PCOS by regulating your hormones for you. 

Anyways, that’s what my drs did to diagnos PCOS for me. They also told me that the #1 indicator was my irregular cycles. I was told that when women have consistently irregular cycles without another explanation (i.e., really high stress, medication), it is often PCOS somewhere along the spectrum (and it’s a big spectrum … apparently lots of women have it on the very mild end without ever really knowing). Let me know if you have any other questions and I will do my best to answer 🙂

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