I’m skinny, muscular, age 33. After 15 years on the pill I quit. My period didn’t come back for a year, I was so underweight and over-exercised. As soon as I cut down on fitness and put on a few pounds I had a period twice. Every time the ovulation was very late and the luteal phase did not exceed 10 days. This (third) cycle I also ovulated late, on CD45. We BD’d three days and one day before the O-Day.
O-Day: The usual signs of ovulation: sore bbs, cramps, slippery EWCM and skin breakouts (the latter became a sure signal of the O-day).
1dpo-4 dpo: The usual post-O routine. EWCM showed up for one more day after ovulation, mixed with creamy CM. Cervix is hard. Bbs have gotten less sore. CM has thickened. Slight cramps. Up until 5dpo everything was normal.
5 DPO: Bbs got sore on the sides, very unusual. Bloated, a bit crampy, retain water.
6 DPO: Had sex, though my sexual appetite was gone. Just went through the motions. Cramps and slight shooting pain in bbs. Suddenly sore throat in the evening.
7 DPO: Sore throat is now accompanied with a runny nose and sneezing. Coffee tasted weird! I forced myself to finish it. (This symptom only lasted for two days, thankfully.) I began to get a new sort of cramps, different from pre-AF cramps. My pre-AF cramps have a burning sensation, like an inflammation, a dull, hot, annoying pain. These new cramps are like twitches, short pulls or muscle cramps. From this day on they come and go several times a day. They are not nearly as bothersome as pre-AF cramps. Cervix was hard but has gone high.
8 DPO: Slept poorly because of the congestion. Coffee tasted disgusting again. Another food aversion: cinnamon smelled metallic and I couldn’t stand it. Bbs began to get especially sore at night: every time I get up to pee, they are full and painful to press. (This symptom persisted past the TWW.) I began to notice some heartburn and dizziness every time I blow my nose. Excessive nasal mucus also stayed after the cold was gone and past the TWW.
9 DPO: The cold got worse. I lost my sense of smell, so the coffee tasted neutral. Thought I had a fever but the thermometer reading was lower than what it felt like. Pre-AF cramps should be here by now, but I only got those gentle twitches in the center and in the ovaries area. Couldn’t fall asleep, feeling cold and hot alternatively.
10 DPO: POASed in the morning: BFN; an evap line showed up after 15 minutes. Not bummed out at all! At best, I’ve just had an implantation moment, so it’s early for a positive. At worst, I’m getting a longer luteal phase, because this cycle everything has gone a different way: pre-AF “burning” cramps have not showed up, and the cervix is so high it’s out of reach and even turned away at an angle (like it’s saying, stop poking me). The earlier symptoms just slowly increased through the day (sore bbs, uterine twitches).
11 DPO: POASed: BFP! Coffee tasted normal since. Increased appetite. Everything tastes and smells great. The cold subsided. I eat a lot of spicy and oily food, so constipation is not my problem, but from this day on I notice my stools have gone harder (sorry, TMI!). By the evening the right boob is visibly larger, but the left one is still catching up. I’m so flat that seeing myself with bbs (well, one boob) is shocking. Began to notice a pulling sensation in the navel area when I stretch backward. Cervix remains high and semi-hard.
12 DPO-15 DPO: The symptoms stabilized: sore bbs sides, slight cramps, cervix high, an urge to pee more often comes and goes. From this day on I’m placid and non-confrontational. And quite energized! No devastating fatigue. On the downside, I find it hard to keep my mind on little details, and I lose or forget a couple things every day.
Overall, I didn’t have any fatigue, metal taste in my mouth, morning sickness, veiny bbs, dark nipples, severe cramps, spotting or increased CM. All CM was the same as during my usual post-O time. Of the unusual symptoms that distinguished this cycle was 1) severe soreness on the sides of the bbs; 2) cramps felt different from pre-AF cramps; 3) a couple taste and smell hallucinations that soon went away.
Good luck to to everyone trying!