Cycle 2: Declaration Of Ovulation

February 25, 2012

We have a bit of a goldilocks story going on here. My first period was long, my first cycle was short. My second period was short (4 days), and my second cycle was L.O.N.G!

This month, cycle 2, I decided I wanted the knowledge of what was going on under my skin. I wanted to know which day I ovulated (and IF I was ovulating) and if my temperature would rise as it had for all the women I had read about when I had thought I was pregnant during cycle 1. So, against everything I said before, I started charting.

Charting turned out to be fun, and I was SO GLAD I had the information. I used Fertility Friend, which is an awesome program that uses computer models to predict ovulation and cycle statistics. I bought a basal thermometer at CVS and started to take my temperature between 6:30 and 7 every morning. My chart was a little erratic, but Fertility Friend told me I ovulated on day 11 – so early! Since my last cycle was short, I figured this made sense.

Note the first dip circled here:

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[I’ll pause here for a moment to say that I was also paying close attention to my cervical fluid – but I’m not going to go into detail on that because it’s gross!! However, I will say that it seemed to be doing what I thought it should do around the fertile time : ) There is lots of information on the internet about the different types of cervical fluid, like this site and this one.]

I also tried some cheap ovulation strips I ordered from Amazon this month, but I ran out before the test ever went positive (another hint I probably ovulated in the mid-twenties). But these tests were also SO hard to read. Some of them looked almost positive to me. I found them very confusing.

About 10 days after that day 11 dip, I started taking tests. 10 days past ovulation (dpo), 11 dpo, 12 dpo – tests were all still negative. Then I went to Foodbuzz, which involved a 4:30 am wake-up call to go to the airport. This threw off my chart a lot with a really low temp, circled here:

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I manually threw out the temp because I woke up so early I figured it was not accurate data.

When I was in San Francisco, in a different time zone, my temps were high. I attributed this variation to the time changes, but I think this is actually when I ovulated – around day 22-25. Too bad I was 3,000 miles away from my husband!

Back at home, around cycle day 28, my period was “late.” Of course I only had one cycle to go off of and a funky temperature chart confusing me even more. Fertility Friend didn’t know I was in a different time zone, and it recalled its original declaration of ovulation and plopped it smack in the middle of my trip.

I still thought there was a chance we had conceived some other week and since my period was late – and again, I was having crazy PMS symptoms, I continued to take tests. But finally at about 17 dpo from my original day 11 ovulation date, I gave up and waited for my period. Sure enough it came – on cycle day 37.

I’m still not sure which day I ovulated, but I do think it was while I was in San Francisco, so it’s no surprise we didn’t conceive. I waited for my period to end and another cycle to begin. I had stopped drinking full-size servings of alcohol after ovulation, so it had been quite a while since I’d had a big mug of beer. I celebrated my period week with alcohol every night!

Fore-shadowing: you’ll see this beer again!

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Up next: Cycle 3: Knowledge or Luck?

{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Molly @ RDexposed February 25, 2012 at 3:08 pm

This is going to sound nerdy but…the body is so cool! Love hearing about your self study.
PS now whenever I see 120 minute IPA, I think of you!

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2 Carol Vasconcellos February 25, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Hey Kath,I’m a new follower of your blogs and I loved the idea of creating a baby blog! Have you ever seen Elena’s one?She had her baby 3/4 weeks ago but her blog is pretty good for new moms.
By the way can’t wait to see your week by week pictures!! Have you feeling morning sickness?
All the best

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3 KERF February 25, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Welcome!! Can you share Elena’s link?

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4 TrailSnail February 25, 2012 at 11:01 pm

I’m assuming it’s this one: http://prebabyblog.com/

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5 Kimberly February 26, 2012 at 8:55 am

I was going to say that too! This blog is reminding me a lot of hers. Little Alexis is so adorable. Can’t wait to read her birth story.

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6 Allison K February 25, 2012 at 3:38 pm

I’m glad that I first started charting while trying to prevent pregnancy. I think I would have driven myself crazy trying to figure out ovulation and all of that (with the hopes of getting pregnant) the first couple of months, when I didn’t really know what I was looking at, or even how to interpret my chart! I tried fertility friend, but preferred paper charting.

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7 Sarah @ The Strength of Faith February 25, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Bodies are so strange and miraculous at the same time!

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8 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga February 25, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Charting, temping, checking C.M., ovulation predictor kits. Thank goodness I conceived quickly because the only thing I did was buy some cheapie ovulation predictor sticks but those things are like reading a Greek to me…some looked positive, others didn’t just seconds later…it’s all so tricky and it makes me thank my lucky stars things worked out pretty easily for me because the variables, the body, all the micro-nuance changes…it could drive you nuts!

I’m loving BERF!

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9 Carly February 25, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Kath, I am loving this new blog and as others have said, your raw honesty! It is so refreshing and I am already learning so much. (Not TTC but will be soon). Thank you for sharing all the details, you sound like a new person hearing this side of you and I love love love it!!

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10 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey February 25, 2012 at 4:01 pm

I love reading these things – I also freakishly interpret my charts as well (they are ALLLL over the place – something we are trying to work through with my TCM doctor).

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11 Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) February 25, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Okay, I am already totally confused by the chart! It seems like it dipped a lot before that circled one!? LOL, I don’t get it.

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12 KERF February 25, 2012 at 4:51 pm

So was I :)

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13 Katelyn February 25, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Kath,
Thank you so much for sharing your story with us!

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14 ashley February 25, 2012 at 5:02 pm

not to be all up in your life or anything, but i could have sworn you moved to cville in 2010. your about page says 2011

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15 KERF February 25, 2012 at 11:51 pm

You are so right!!!!! Time flies!! Going to change it :)

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16 Alyse February 25, 2012 at 8:22 pm

I clicked on the cervical mucus link, which I had never heard of. Super interesting. I don’t have kids yet but it already amazes me of what my body can do. And now I’m learning the signals it gives.

I appreciate all the honesty and info(!) you are putting forth. Watching Jen (thisrunnerstrials) and Caitlin (HTP) going through the pregnancy stuff was pretty neat and here you are doing the same thing. I look forward to reading all about your baby growin': even the mucus!

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17 Karin February 25, 2012 at 8:42 pm

TTC with temperature charting and CM is like running a science experiment on your body. It is so fun to watch things change and try and figure out what will happen next. :) Am loving this blog!

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18 Alyssa @ Fit and Fun in Third February 25, 2012 at 9:04 pm

Hi Kath! I’m a new follower, and I love that your so open and willing to share all these details. It’s a little confusing for me to figure out and follow, but so interesting to read about everything that goes on “behind the scenes” of getting pregnant. Can’t wait to read more!!!!

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19 KERF February 25, 2012 at 11:53 pm

Welcome!!! Cycles are very confusing, but they get easier as you learn more!

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20 Carly February 26, 2012 at 2:47 am

Hi Kath,
I have been reading KERF for a while now, but am finding BERF great because I am pregnant too! I am currently 9.5 weeks pregnant with my 2nd baby and love reading your thoughts about being a first time Mum-to-be.
I have been so sick I have struggled even looking at the food pictures on KERF!

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21 Heidi Bundles Of Hugs February 26, 2012 at 10:36 am

Oh man this charting all seems tedious and time consuming. I guess it worked since you have a bun in the oven! Again, love this blog and I totally love that you created a seperate one from KERF. I think it was smart not to mix delicious appetizing foods with period talk. SMART!

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22 Tiffany February 27, 2012 at 9:36 am

I can’t believe you did the whole temperature-chart thing – I’m impressed. A friend had given me a book about “taking charge of your fertility” and it had all these detailed charts and graphs, explicit directions (with pictures) of how to check your cervical fluids, etc….and it all confused and/or grossed me out! After trying for 3-4 months to just “have fun and not use protection” I decided to use an ovulation kit. My doctor had told us to shoot for days 12, 14 and 16 of my cycle and that we would be pregnant within a year. That seemed like a long time to us, and after talking to two girlfriends who told me they ovulated on days 7 and 20, I realized my body my not be on a “normal” schedule and we were essentially swinging at a pinata while blindfolded :) I wanted to know the exact day I ovulated. I did the kit and I was day 13…and boom we got pregnant that month! Just a note though the kit however told us to do it within 24-48 hours of getting the positive sign, but did it that day instead (my doctor had also told me that the kits are almost too accurate and can cause couples to miss their window of opportunity…she kept telling me that it’s better to have the sperm waiting on the egg…haha).

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23 Angel7 February 28, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Wow! … That sounds confusing :) However, you are pregnant, so that is all that matters :)

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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24 Michael Tavallaei DDS May 24, 2012 at 7:26 pm

our bodies are fascinating sometimes

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25 Karen June 15, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Hey Kath. I of course started reading BERF when it launched and kept thinking so fun to learn all this info for the future.. here I am 3 and a half months later and I am going off the pill this weekend and have my fertility chart read to go and basal thermometer by my bedside.. and going back and rereading everything haa

Hopefully will be able to come back online in a few months and say I am preggers!:) Here goes nothing and thanks again for being so open.. you have no idea how appreciated it is!!

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