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I'm confused! I don't know where to turn!

Postby Lnfowler887 » Wed Jul 06, 2016 7:47 am

OK ladies, stick with me here...
I had my IUI on 5/22/16 after a positive OPK on 5/21/16. On 6/4/16 AF showed up. It was normal length, just a tad more painful and with a little more clots. I did not do an IUI in June. AF is like clockwork for me. And I always have the same symptoms leading up to it. This month.. Nothing. Nada. I start my period anywhere between the 4th - 6th of the month. Always. I did OPKs last month just to keep track of my ovulation since I'm horrible at temping. I got a positive OPK in the evening of 6/22/16, a negative on 6/23/16 in the AM, and a positive on 6/24/16 in the AM. I have taken cheap $store HPTs as well. All have been BFN. Could I possibly be PG and the cheapies aren't detecting it? I feel heavy in my uterus and lower back but that sometimes happens with AF too. I'm technically on CD 32, and I am pretty consistent with 28-30 day cycles. Ugh. TTC is stressful and confusing at times.
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Re: I'm confused! I don't know where to turn!

Postby Lnfowler887 » Wed Jul 06, 2016 9:56 am

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Re: I'm confused! I don't know where to turn!

Postby RoloCat » Wed Jul 06, 2016 10:52 am

OK… since you are not temping you don't know for sure when ovulation occurred. Doesn't matter how long your cycles normally are, AF will show up (if not pregnant) at the same point in your LP each month. How long is your usual LP (time between O and AF), or in your case, how long after a +opk before AF typically shows up? That's what should stay relatively consistent every month. Most LP are in the 12-15d range. Let's assume you have a typical 13-14d LP. The fact that you had multiple + opks with a negative day in between suggests to me that you likely ovulated somewhere June 24-25 (CD21-22) after the second positive opk. So, adding 13-14d to that, I would look for AF somewhere in the July 7-9 range (CD33-36) this month.

TTC can mess with our bodies, and even if we've always ben regular, things can change drastically while TTC. I had a regular 30-32d cycle prior to TTC. While TTC, it ranged anywhere from 26-35d (with O anywhere from CD12-CD20!!!). A fluctuation of 7-10d isn't uncommon or anything to worry about medically, although it may make timing for BD'ing a bit more difficult.

I would highly recommend adding charting your BBT to your TTC regimen. That will let you know for sure when/if you ovulated and when by default to expect AF. You can chart for free at www.fertilityfriend.com If I hadn't been temping, I likely would have missed O on the month I got my BFP: I had 2 series of positive opks with several days of negatives in between, and didn't O (as confirmed by temping) until a week after the first +opk (that was my long cycle).

GL and hang in there… I know it's frustrating...
me: 41yo
DH: 42yo
married 11yrs, together 16 and just decided to start trying...

TTC#1 cycle 3:
6/10/14 CD1
6/29/14 CD20 ovulation
7/7/14 (8dpo) BFP
7/9/14 (10dpo) beta#1 hcg: 34.5 progesterone 20.8
7/11/14 (12dpo) beta#2 hcg 139
7/30/14 early u/s 6w5d HB 121
8/12/14 u/s 8w2d HB 175
9/11/12: It's a BOY!
10/29/14: 19wk ultrasound
11/26/14: 23wk ultrasound
12/23/14: 27wk ultrasound
12/31/14: gestational diabetes. Yuck.

3/6/15: Welcome to the world, Thomas Joseph "TJ" Roland (2 weeks early)
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Re: I'm confused! I don't know where to turn!

Postby Lnfowler887 » Wed Jul 06, 2016 5:47 pm

Thank you for your response, RoloCat! I actually have fertility friend and have been using it since March. My typical LP is around 13 days from positive OPK to AF (since I started tracking). So from the first positive OPK last month to today would put it at 14 days but if I go by the second OPK positive, then that's only 12 days.

So I'll just keep an eye out for AF to come soon. And you're right, it can be a tad frustrating. I'm doing IUI with donor sperm, so I need to be more precise with the timing. I'm going to set an alarm just for temping! I do it some mornings, and forget others.

Thank you again for your advice and input!
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