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1/5/15 4:50 P

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I'm not sure if it would be a more high-res type of ultrasound to be able to detect the actual cysts. I was at a fertility center when they did this.Then again, I'm not 100% on board w/ the diagnosis even though I've had other symptoms of PCOS for the latter half of my 20s up until now. I just think I'm a medical anomaly, in general haha

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1/5/15 4:41 P

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I may have to try that brand of test strips then, depending on what my cycle does this next month. Thanks for the recommendation!

No one has ever mentioned PCOS and I know they scanned my ovaries when I got my pregnancy ultrasounds. So I'm hoping they would have noted something like that? I go to the doctor next Monday and I'm hoping for some advice or suggestion, but they probably won't be able to tell me anything without running tests, which they would only do if they had real reason to believe something was wrong. Right now I'm just imagining the worst without actually having much facts, I guess, but I just want to be prepared. So, we'll see!

Thanks so much ladies! You're the best :)

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1/5/15 1:38 P

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I use OPKs. This will be my second cycle using them, but I've been using ClearBlue Digital OPKs and since then I've heard terrible things about them. They use blue dye and when I eject the sticks after getting a reading from the unit, it's a huge mess. The control line is sometimes patchy or missing, sometimes there's blue dye all the way across the test area instead of only in a line, sometimes the test line only partially shows up (for example, I'll get a really dark hairline in the test area, and then spotty results in the rest of the test area)....

I really don't know how that's supposed to be interpreted by the digital unit at all! lol. I got a couple days of positive readouts last month a week BEFORE my temp shifted on my chart, and this month I've had ZERO positive readouts, but a temp shift just occurred a couple of days ago.

Since many forums say Wondfos dip strips are better, next month I'm switching to those. They're also much MUCH cheaper, which means I could test twice a day if I needed to, so that I wouldn't miss a surge.

On the subject of temping -- I've heard that all you need before taking your temp is 4hrs of solid sleep. Do you get that much? Even if you go to bed at, say, midnight, and you sleep until 4am -- that'd be sufficient for taking your temperature. The only other issue is that they usually recommend that you take it at the same time every morning, so you'd always have to take it at 4am.

I will say, though, that the first month I was temping, I took my temperature whenever I woke up, 'cause I have trouble sleeping solidly through the night without any help from a toddler. The Fertility Friend app was still able to interpret my data and pinpoint ovulation for me. So don't despair!

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1/5/15 12:42 P

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I've tried those tests, but only a couple times when I was being monitored anyways.

And darn--so sorry to hear about your little one not sleeping through the night:( That definitely cannot help matters.

Did you ever get checked for PCOS? I was told I had it based on ultrasounds of my ovaries. Funny because for years they just figured it was something else but would never confirm PCOS. Thing is, I alllways had SUPER regular periods, so when one symptom matched, another was totally off haha such is my life w/ docs!

I went on metformin at the beginning (or maybe before?) this last pregnancy and not sure if that helped any, but I may be put on that again before the next one.

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1/5/15 12:23 P

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I've been done b'fing all together since July, so I've had plenty of time to even out from that I thought? I started my period well over a year ago, so it just seems like a random time for a lengthening, but as a New Year's present I did get AF :) haha, but I am just worried that this could mean a longer time TTC when we're ready. At worst it means something is wrong with my system, but even at best if I don't know how long my cycle is going to be that month then it is going to be real tough to know when I'm ovulating. As long as I am not actually having any problems though, the longer cycle isn't such a worry, we'll figure it out! I just wish there was a way to make sure it's happening on time, like a secret food to eat or something! bahaha, I guess not...

I know taking temps can be a great way, but due to such inconsistent sleep (yes my almost 2 year old still doesn't sleep through the night...not even close. Which is why I'm not ready to start TTC at the moment :)) I've heard that it can be pretty off. I may get some of those ovulation test strips? I've heard that can be really helpful, have either of you tried them?

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1/5/15 11:51 A

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Mine has been weird for a few months where it's been SHORTER. This month, however, was more back on track, so maybe it's just hormonal.

Are you still bf'ing? I forget if you said hehe sorry! I think you may have said you still are, so that could also play in.

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12/30/14 1:57 P

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You're welcome!

I wish our bodies weren't so finicky with this stuff. I feel like these tiny things like catching a cold or not getting enough sleep really shouldn't cause someone's cycle to change! I can understand how some extreme situations can call for a lack of period, but seriously... a 40 day cycle is so stressful in and of itself!

So I can totally relate. You start thinking there's something wrong, and it makes you stress out even more... If our cycles could just pick a number of days and stick with them, that'd be so great! Haha

I hope you either get AF or your BFP soon. The wait and the not-knowing are terrible!

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12/30/14 1:45 P

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Thank you for the response! That puts everything I've been thinking into good perspective. I'm on day 40 now with no signs, so it is worrying me, but ultimately there's nothing I can do right now other than wait! I have a doctors appointment for the beginning of the year, so hopefully they can tell me if anything seems off.

I totally get that if I just went of BC that maybe I don't even know what my normal cycle is, but it's been nearly a year of 30 day cycles (and believe me there was plenty of stress going on then too! haha) so it just seems weird to me, but what do I know? Maybe it's just a fluke thing. Definitely not in any pain. This will definitely delay any plans to start for #2 though, I guess I just don't know by how much. Maybe it's good because I wasn't sure if I was ready or not! haha. I'll keep you posted if anything major gets discovered!

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12/29/14 1:21 P

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I've recently had to research this, too. I went from having 28 day cycles like clockwork (earlier this year, before May?) and this last cycle I just had was 40 days. So aggravating!

But most of what I found said the same thing: there are multiple causes for delayed periods, including...

Exercising too much
Eating too little
Illness
Change in medication
Hormonal Imbalance
Sleep pattern disturbance or too little sleep
PCOS
Lengthening Luteal Phase

There are some other reasons, but unless you're doubled over in pain for half your cycle I don't think those apply in this instance.

For me, even just changing jobs seemed to affect my cycle. It's like your body gets into this routine, and when you change its routine it has trouble coping sometimes. lol. It's incredibly annoying! A 40 day cycle means that while most other women get two attempts at TTC in a 2 month period, I'm getting ONE attempt...


If you aren't currently tracking your BBT, I recommend it. You'll be able to see when you ovulate each month, and that will tell you what part of your cycle is changing -- whether it's the phase before ovulation, or the one after it -- and if your cycles don't even out and you feel the need to see an OB/GYN, then you will have the data you've collected by temping to provide to your doctor so they can figure out what's going on.

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12/29/14 12:18 P

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Has anyone had experience with their cycle getting longer and longer? I was on birth control for 5 years before TTC and getting pregnant with my son. I gave birth 21 months ago and now me and my husband are starting to think seriously about baby number 2. So my cycle is of more importance and it suddenly seems to be lengthening.

I have had my period back now for over a year and it was really on schedule every month. Then last month I kept waiting and waiting for it and it was more like a 36 day cycle, which isn't crazy, but longer than usual and now I'm on day 39 of my cycle. I have taken a pregnancy test just this morning and it was definitely negative, so now I'm nervous that this means something weird for my ovulation. Last month I could see that stress may have been a factor, but I really just don't understand it this month. I swore I could feel myself starting last Saturday (the 20th) with some cramping, but then not even spotting. I really don't feel at all pregnant or even like I'm going to start my period now, it just feels like I missed the boat or something. Hoping anyone else has had this experience! I'm very new to this and just wondering if I should read anything into it or if there is anything I can do to be sure I'm on a normal cycle? I'm only 27 so why would it just start lengthening out of nowhere??

Thanks in advance for any help!



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