(Closed) TTC- Need help interpreting my numbers/symptoms

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
682 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

It could take 6 months to a year for your cycle to become regular after being on hormonal birth control. What are you using as your day 1 of your cycle? Day 1 is the first day of heavy bleed. For a woman having regular cycles if they are 28 day cycles ovulation usually occurs around day 14. I can’t speak to the charting though as I have never charted but hopefully the ladies who do will chime in.

Post # 5
2871 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@KoiKove: Are you saying you had a 17 day long period? 

Post # 7
152 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Like panterapeach – I’m a little confused about the length of your period. 

So you’re saying that you had full flow from CD1 to CD15, with spotting for three days before your period and on CD16-17?   Did you get a period at all while using the IUD?  If so, were they lighter while using the IUD?

I had the mirena IUD for two years, and my doctor told me it could take upwards of 3-6 months before everything was back to “normal” with my cycle (I didn’t get AF while I had the Mirena).  That doesn’t mean that the hormones are still in your system for that long of course, but sometimes, our bodies may take a while to fall back into their normal hormonal rhythyms. 

When you are charting – do you see a sustained thermal shift after ovulation?  As in – after ovulation do your temps stay up?  Or do they dip back down below the coverline?  If they are all over the place, then maybe they are anovulatory cycles? 

I’m thinking that perhaps another visit to the doctor to discuss the length of your periods and any affect it might have on conception might be a good idea.  They could take a look at your charts at the same time too. 

Good Luck you to on your TTC journey 🙂

Also – do you use Fertility Friend to chart?  I’ve found a lot of good info on the message boards there, and people are generally friendly and helpful!

Post # 9
152 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

No worries – this is a great resource, so I’d come here to ask first too!   But FF has a lot of “chart experts” that might be able to take a peek at your temps, and give you some advice as to what you might want to do next.  

I use FF too, and have been charting for about 5 months now.  I don’t proclaim to be an expert, but if you’d like, I can be a second set of eyes and take a peek at your chart to see if I can help.  If you’d rather not post your FF home page for all to see, you can send me a link by private message too 😉

If you don’t see a sustainable thermal shift, then you might not be ovulating – and the bleeding you are experiencing might be breakthrough bleeding rather than a true period.  Do you get PEAK day readings on your monitor?  

Perhaps your body is just trying to regulate still, but it might be better to speak with your gyne sooner rather than later – perhaps she/he can review your charts, and maybe even do some hormone testing at various points in your cycle, or an ultrasound?  

Not that I don’t think you have plenty of time (because you totally DO, so don’t let anyone tell you differently – can you tell I’m TTC at what’s termed “advanced maternal age” too – haha) but since you are TTC at 40, your gyne might offer help/testing at an earlier stage in your TTC journey, then if you were in your twenties say Smile



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