Yes, the monitor can skip low and go straight to high. How long have you been using it? Also how long were your cycles while taking clomid to conceive your first? Now I am curious, how many rounds of clomid did you do the first time?
My cycles were about the same length when I finally regulated after getting off of birth control... Let's see, I stopped taking birth control in October 2009, and maybe three months later they were a regular 15 or 16 days long. Very short. I went through sort of a hard time trying to get seen about it. My husband is military, and the military hospital wanted to put me back on birth control to lengthen my cycle, and I said "Uh, whoa there, I'm trying to get pregnant, that seems pretty counter-productive" so I changed doctors, and when I finally got seen by a FS he pretty much just put me on Clomid (I don't remember them doing any kind of checking to see if I ovulated on my own or testing to see why my cycles were so short...) Anyway I got pregnant on my third round of Clomid. I had no self-awareness all the time, I just had tunnel-vision about wanting to be pregnant now. So this time around I'm trying to get to know what's going on with my body before I go in (still in that same town lol where I'm afraid the cure-all will be Clomid!). I am doing BBT charting, taking OPKs daily, and using my monitor (you asked, this is only my first cycle using it, so it doesn't know me at all, and I don't know it lol!)
Um, when I started taking Clomid I didn't monitor ovulation. But it DID lengthen my cycles, so I assume that I did ovulate on it. The third month I got frustrated and went and got OPKs and that was the month I got pregnant. My first two rounds might have been more successful if I hadn't just relied on the medicine getting me pregnant... the medicine doesn't get you pregnant, your spousal unit does! lol Anyway, I'm a little older and wiser now so I see the value in al of these things, OPKs, BBT charting, CP checking, lalala. Next cycle I think I'll drink my vitex tea and that's it, just to see what happens.
Your chart looks nice - no wacky spikes that may confuse... if you get a thermal shift it should be quite straightforward. I'm very curious about what your tracking will show over the course of the next month or so.
I also applaud your willingness and discipline in getting to KNOW your body and how it works. Just because your cycle doesn't fall within the NORMAL boundries that docs have - doesn't mean you're broken !
Just means that your body works a little differently - and I look up to you for getting to know your body.
A book that might interest you is Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Teri Weschler. She's created a compendium of great information about fertility awareness and health. Very easy read. And invaluable information.
Thanks so much again marg! I did get a kind of wacky spike today, but my fertility monitor read high fertility so I'm going to go by that for now! I'm actually really enjoying doing all of this! And I plan on continuing to chart after I manage to achieve a second pregnancy!
Lol yeah I still bf my ds. He's 18 months old and I have no idea how to stop without breaking his little heart! So not stopping for now!
thanks for answering my questions!! I wish you lots of baby dust and good luck with soy! I took soy 1 cycle too and I loved it.
by the way, I don't know if the comment
" I also applaud your willingness and discipline in getting to KNOW your body and how it works. Just because your cycle doesn't fall within the NORMAL boundaries that docs have - doesn't mean you're broken!" was meant against me................
I was in NO way ever trying to tell you that your body is "broken" or not "normal." I was just explaining to you my situation with progesterone deficiency being linked to MY abnormal bleeding.
Oh hon, I didn't think you were trying to be offensive! I was just telling her that given her 15 day cycles it would be really easy for her to feel down about it. I just wanted to encourage her - not that anyone was being mean
Okay, maybe it doesn't look quite as "peak" as yours does. I feel like my estrogen line has gotten darker, but so has my LH. I just hope, since this is my first month using it, that it doesn't miss my peak! Haven't gotten a pos OPK yet, though, so fx that I won't miss it! Did BD yesterday after my first high reading, and will every other day until peak or pos opk, and then everyday for three days! Poor DH is in the military and doing night training, so don't want to torture the poor man! Anyway, tell me what you think of my test sticks thus far!
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