November 20th, 2013
|tsemed_chemed||07:19 am - Why did FF put my ovulation there?|
My partner and I just inseminated for the first time on Saturday, so this is the first cycle where I actually care what Fertility Friend is saying about my ovulation, and I am really confused! Due to FedEx's schedule, we had to inseminate on Saturday in the hopes of catching a Sunday or Monday ovulation because we wouldn't have been able to inseminate again until Tuesday. Based on my OPKs and cervical fluid, as well as my cervix, I am much more inclined to put my ovulation yesterday (with the big temperature jump today confirming that), or possibly Monday. Ovulation Sunday would obviously be preferable in terms of impregnation, so part of me hopes FF knows something I don't know, but why would my OPKs not turn positive until the day I was ovulating, and stay positive afterward? This is my chart:
<a href="http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/2628f3/" style="font-size:smaller;">
<br /> My Ovulation Chart</a>
When do you think I ovulated?
November 16th, 2013
|theladylies||05:20 pm - Can anyone help me make sense of my chart?|
We've been ttc for over 10 years, and I'm down to the last three rounds of clomid before we accept that it just isn't going to happen. I'm suffering secondary infertility caused by PCOS. I also have endometriosis, but that predates the birth of our daughter, sixteen years ago. This cycle started 10/4/13 and I took 100 mg of clomid days 5-9. Day 3 fell on a Sunday, so I couldn't get the blood work done this cycle. I've always had a short lp, 7 to 10 days on average. I've had really long anovulatory cycles in the past, and I'm anything but regular, but there have been strong indications that I ovulated this cycle. Now, I'm 19 dpo and no sign of af. I plan to call the doctor on Monday, but I'd love to hear what others think, rather than go in to the office with no idea what could be going on.
My Ovulation Chart
November 6th, 2013
|aunteater||07:55 am - Help me date this pregnancy?|
So... yeah. We were TTA, but not being super cautious because we were planning on another kid.... just not *right now*. Unexpected but not unwelcome.
Anyway, we've been trying to transfer my son to his own bed at night, which has meant extremely irregular sleep and a lot of missing data. erg. I'm inclined to say I ovulated on CD25, but there are a few things that suggest it *might* have been earlier:
1) We were using condoms at that time. I don't record intercourse with a condom unless something goes awry with the condom, and that did NOT happen. Is it possible to have a condom failure without noticing it?
2) I have been completely migraine-free for the last six weeks. The last time this happened was when I was pregnant with my son. Normally I get almost one per week. I did start a couple of preventive measures at roughly the same time (six weeks ago) including a low-tyramine/histamine diet, a really comprehensive multivitamin, and a trace mineral supplement. Until today, I figured I had finally stumbled on the magic migraine cure. Now I'm not so sure.
3) This was originally two charts, with chart #2 starting at CD16, which was really weird with the apparently 15-day anovulatory cycle. The four days of spotting days 15-18 did not feel like a "real" period. Please forgive the TMI, but it was all *brown*. No fresh blood like I'd have expected from a real period OR an implantation bleed OR something like mittelschmerz (which never ever happens to me). I figured this was because I'd had an anovulatory cycle and basically had no uterine lining to shed. I normally ovulate day 17-19, and my coverline is always, always at 98.0. If that bleed was an actual period, that puts probable ovulation (CD25 on this chart) at what would actually be CD11... which has happened to me only once before in several years of charting-- it'd be way early.
4) Still, CD25 has a lot going for it, especially those four low temps preceding it.
Opinions? Conjectures? Wild theories?
*edited for clarity
October 27th, 2013
|Kelly Nichols||07:07 pm - Basal body temperature physiology project|
I am a new member of this community but I have charted and used fertility awareness on and off for the past four years. As a current pre-nursing student who is taking a physiology course, I need to conduct a final project examining some aspect of physiology. Due to my interest in reproductive health and fertility awareness, I have decided to look at basal body temperature rise due to ovulation and see if it varies with age. I need some data for this project, which is why I am posting here. If anyone is willing to help out by filling out this survey with your most recent month's daily temperatures, I would REALLY appreciate it! https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JXWCKHN Let me know if you have any questions, and thank you in advance for your participation!
September 12th, 2013
|fushigi_na_chou||10:54 am - Chart wonkiness -- possible ovulation CD14?|
Some of you probably remember me from my last post. I haven't gotten that issue fully resolved yet, since I'm waiting to see if I can detect ovulation (can't replace my thermometer battery until tomorrow when I get paid). The latest I've ever ovulated during my year of tracking is CD18 (which is today for me), but normal is between CD13-CD16. I'm looking at my chart this month and wondering if I didn't ovulate on CD14 this month. I know it's hard to pinpoint because of all my open circles (my sleep has been crazy since last month due to stress I think, but I've adjusted my waking time to hopefully counteract it for next month and get things back on track), and I've only been focusing on BBT with a cursory glance at CM as it appears on my underwear (which is usually easy for me to interpret as it stops showing up on my underwear after ovulating; I do it this way because it always feels and looks the same to me when I actually "go in and get it").
Past couple of days I've had lightly sore breasts, which is normal for me after ovulation (and the soreness is on the sides, which I read recently means you've ovulated? I don't know if there's any truth to that whatsoever, but I have noticed that my breast soreness does tend to localize there after ovulation so I guess there might be something to it). Yesterday and the two days before I saw an increase in CM; not sure about today yet as it's early still. Here's the kicker though: I can't see a very clear thermal shift. Normally my temperature is like "oh hi, we're way down here at the bottom of your chart because you've ovulated" and then shoots up dramatically and hangs out there for about 14-16 days. My chart this month seems like it could go either way. :/ What are your thoughts? (And sorry to keep posting about my chart wonkiness -- I tend to drive myself crazy thinking about babies all the time, so I'm trying to keep my brain from that track til the appropriate time; it's why I'm also avoiding taking a pregnancy test in spite of the fact that my temperatures are still slightly elevated after my last (what seemed to be to be perfectly) normal period.
My chart. Make of it what you will.
September 8th, 2013
|lauralareine||08:40 am - Thanks FAMers|
Thanks to those of you who responded to my last (panicky) post. I am not pregnant, to my relief, but this opened a window for my husband and I to discuss when we do want to start TTC, and that resolved a lot of things for us. Thanks for all your advice!
September 7th, 2013
|fushigi_na_chou||10:12 pm - Just curious -- temps somewhat elevated after period|
I'm sure this is just another one of those "bodies are weird" things, but it's got me curious. My average pre-O temperature is in the high 96 range, and after ovulation, usually rises to the high 97s, sometimes low 98s, and then after my period plummets back into pre-O temperatures. Last month was a stressful month for me, charting wise, so my waking times were all over the place. I think I'm still having some residual stress or something because I can't seem to wake up when I'm supposed to or keep waking up way before, which throws things off, and then I can't remember if I temped. At any rate, I noticed that when my period started (right on time, with the same intensity of cramping and same heaviness of flow), that my temperatures didn't really fall all that much to their normal pre-O numbers (which could be in part to my wonky temping times). Now that my period has gone, I'm also seeing that my temperatures are still hanging out in the 97s. Is it normal for that to happen? I'm fairly certain I'm not pregnant, considering I had a regular period and I don't have any symptoms (and I would assume that sore boobs would be a give away for me since that's always my huge PMS symptom, and that went away when my period started). Is it possible I'm sick and have a super low grade fever or something? I must know! Thanks in advance. :)
September 3rd, 2013
|lauralareine||02:57 am - Sex on Dry Day, EWCM following day = pregnancy?|
Hello fellow FAM-ers,
I am not normally one for a 2ww freakout, but this time I'm worried. I don't usually ovulate until CD18 so it's often CD13 or 14 before I notice any cervical mucus. This month my husband and I had sex with a condom on CD11, which was a completely dry day. The next day, however, I noticed HUGE amounts of EWCM.
If something went wrong with the condom, could I have gotten pregnant? My temp spike was on CD19, indicating that I ovulated on CD18, but my Peak Day was CD16, so maybe I ovulated then. I never had this tight a window before and now that I'm on CD26 and experiencing nausea, I'm totally freaking out that the condom broke without us realizing it.
I chart on paper so I can't post it here, but any thoughts would be appreciated!
August 22nd, 2013
|fushigi_na_chou||02:22 am - A few questions to clarify chart interpretation|
I've been really stressed out this month with having temporary cats we're taking care of while my boyfriend's mom moves, and as a result I haven't been sleeping well, I've been temping at different times, or after being woken up several times in the night, I've somehow slept through my alarm. At any rate, suffice it to say, my chart on FF is full of open circles and dotted lines. I've made an educated guess of when I've ovulated based on a huge sustained spike in temperature (no dip on O day, but that's because I have a day or so of dotted lines before my temperature rise).
At any rate, I've been charting for almost a year, and don't normally have a huge dip after ovulating, but this month, there's a huge one right there, 7 days after when I assumed I'd ovulated. FF is saying that dip is when I ovulated. Of course, I took my temperature at a different time than usual, I think I'd had a restless sleep, and only a few hours of sleep at that. But wouldn't that make my temperature raised? I'm concerned that I actually ovulated later than I suspected for some reason (so far I've never ovulated later than CD18, but FF has my O date on CD22, which seems awfully late to me. :/), and that the dip might be an implantation dip or something, even though we had unprotected sex 6 days ago (which would have been 3-4 days after when I estimated I ovulated). The dip is probably just a fluke, right? Random estrogen spike or something? I've linked to my chart for reference even though it's a hot mess. Make of it what you will.
July 10th, 2013
|thusbands||09:50 pm - Studies|
I was wondering what you people think about having sex during your period and letting the man finish inside of you. How likely is it to cause pregnancy? I went to google which I think was a big mistake. I found this site and now I'm confused. It basically says that women are fertile throughout their cycle. There's only one or two days when you aren't. http://womenshealth.about.com/cs/pregnancy/a/whenpregoccur.htm
According to the book I've read that site is wrong but I never know which to believe.
Does anyone have any thoughts on how "safe" it is? How much trust do you have in FAM?