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Old Sep 4th, 2017, 00:03 AM   1
KatieA
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Confused about this cycle!


Hey everyone! New to posting here but have stalked the forum! This is our 3rd month ttc. I have had a 27 day cycle since tracking (to the day) Im using the Clue app to track and the estimated ovulation is CD 15. I started using OPKs this month and had a very faint line on CD 15 and 16. CD17 (I believe) I had a dark line, but not as thick as the control. At the time I wasn't sure if that counted as a positive or not. I figured not so didn't even track it. (We baby danced anyway) CD 18 the line was faint again so I gave up and thought maybe I had just missed it this month. A little back story. On the clue app, it suggests a 28 day cycle, but I always start the day before it predicts AF. So I thought maybe I o'ed on CD14. Anyway. Fast forward. None of my normal PMS symptoms show up. I typically have tender breasts close to AF so I take a test on CD26 negative. I got really crampy on CD 27 and figured the witch was rearing her ugly head. Nothing. No cramps on 28 and negative HPT (dollar store cheapy) Now here I am CD 30 very slight breast tenderness in my right only. Weird feeling in lower belly that I can only describe as active. Almost a tenderness but very far from normal pms feelings. Slight cramps on my right side but they are mild and come and go. I DID have a sharp stinging pain in my left lower back. It only lasted for 30 minutes or so but I had to lay down. I have had several waves of light headed spells, and hunger like crazy. Over the month (I've been eating healthy for the last 6ish months and have lost a lot of weight since watching what I eat, my meals typically are satisfying for the day. But I've been having hunger pangs 2 hours after I eat) anyway I am PROBABLY symptom spotting especially with a "late" period, but would love to hear any thoughts. If I did ovulate when the OPK was dark what could the cramps from CD27 be?



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Old Sep 4th, 2017, 20:42 PM   2
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Are you tracking your fertility with anything aside from the OPKs?



 
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Old Sep 4th, 2017, 20:51 PM   3
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Not at this time. Just following the tracker and doing OPKs.



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Old Sep 4th, 2017, 20:59 PM   4
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It's tough to estimate possible ovulation dates based on cycle length alone; I wouldn't rely on the tracker's guess without tracking other fertility signs. I'd also be sure to do more than just a few days' worth of OPKs. You can get a 50-pack of dip strips on Amazon for $12. I like to get those and test daily (remember that it should be at the same time every day, between 11 AM and 8 PM, with early afternoon being preferable) from about CD7 up until I get a positive, and keep doing that until you know your cycles better. You could easily be ovulating earlier or later than expected. Most apps start their estimates based on a 14-day luteal phase, and that just isn't the case for a lot of women. It's just a rough guess based on averages.



 
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Old Sep 6th, 2017, 18:50 PM   5
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Update. Started getting brown spotting yesterday. Convinced it was AF. I always begin AF this way and it usually lasts a couple hours then turns bright red. Fast forward today it is almost nonexistent brown spotting. Barely any when wiping. No cramps. No. Breast tenderness. Now on CD 33....



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Old Sep 6th, 2017, 20:29 PM   6
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Have you taken a test?



 
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