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February 09, 2006



Yay! Something I can help you with! (The charting, not the babymaking)

Your luteal phase--the time between ovulation and menstruation--is NOT always 14 days. Mine is usually somewhere between 10 and 12 days, for instance. This wreaks havoc with the due-date charts at the OB's, so just be warned. It usually needs to be at least 10 days in order to sustain the pregnancy, and if it isn't, then you may be prescribed progesterone. When my hormones are really out of whack, my LP is sometimes only 7 or 8 days.

When we were trying to get pregnant, we "tried" every month based on the 14-day belief. For three years. When I learned to chart properly, I was pregnant within 2 months, even with PCOS. So I wish you all good luck :-)


Oh, Carrie, that is good news! So I may see that spike yet, huh? I'll be sure and let you know!

I did go ahead and get an appointment since I want to have the endo checked out regardless, but you've given me a little hope.


Cooter-wanding! Ha! I love it. Keep us posted about all this. GF and I are over the barrel about it all, and we are aging and edging past the point of no return. But we think about it and talk about it and talk about not talking about it. Best of luck with any and all of your plans.


Thanks Sfrajett! It's exciting but also terrifying, and you can be assured I'll tell you all about it.


Whoa! Halfway into the first cycle is way too soon to decide things aren't working. Take your time, and let the patterns reveal themselves. It's way more likely that the pattern isn't what you expect than that your body's quit ovulating. It's twenty years since Martha and I were trying, and I don't remember the details very well, but I do remember that virtually everything we were told was wrong. In that way it was a good preparation for childrearing -- everything we were told about that was wrong, too :-)


I had no idea charting was so complicated (but then, I guess, keeping track of anything in such detail can seem a hassle at first). Good luck maintaining a sense of balance with the trying--it's so easy to be impatient at times like this. I hope it all goes smoothly.


Yeah, it's a pain, but it does start to make sense after a few cycles. Good luck! :)


You know that the "spike" is tiny, right? It took me several months of charting to realize that my definition of "spike" was more than half the problem with the charting.

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