Post # 1
Since coming off BC in late November, my cycles have been: December – 34, January – 30, February/March – 32. I figure I’m averaging a 32 day cycle.
This was the first month that we even sorta ‘tried’. And by ‘tried’, I mean had some fun around what I assumed to have been the right time. No charting, no taking my temperature, just being more conscious and trying the good old fashioned way.
Today is CD29 and no sign of AF. My shortest cycle after BC was 30 days, so I can’t say that I’m really surprised and won’t really be expecting anything until tomorrow at the earliest, but more likely towards the end of the week.
I don’t want to test too early and get disappointed. The real question is when I should consider myself ‘late’? I’m honestly not sure I will make it all the way to the end of the week without testing if AF doesn’t show up, but would you say I’m late after day 32? After day 34 (my longest cycle)?
Post # 2
without tracking your cycles, there is no real way to know.
For sanity’s sake, I’d wait until the weekend at least, and preferably after your longest cycle to date. It will save you a lot of heartache in the “waiting” game of TTC
Post # 3
At least track using a phone ap so you get a better idea of your cycle. I thought I was pretty regular until I started doing that a year and a half ago. Turns out I’m completely all over the place. I’ve ranged from 24 day to 66 days. I’d wait until after your longest cycle to test.
Post # 4
Oh yes, I do use a phone app. I’ve been using it for years, even before I was on BC and those cycles really were all over the map (anywhere between 30 and 68 days!)
Anyway, my phone app tells me that my average cycle is 32 days.
Post # 5
When I wasn’t taking BC my cycles were anywhere from 35-42 and even 49 days regularly. I didn’t consider myself late and wonder until 56 days.
Post # 6
smiles4jo: I wouldn’t be concerned until after a week.
Post # 7
Before I was on the pill, I’d consider late anything that was beyond my longest cycle length in the past year or two.
Post # 8
I’d say that you’re “late” after your longest cycle length – so I’d wait until CD34 to test. Realistically, you don’t know for sure if that’s late enough to test, because without tracking your cycles in any other way you have no idea when or if you ovulated, but I’d say that’s the best way to avoid making yourself crazy by testing too early if you don’t want to track or chart in more detail.