Ovulation

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  1. Tina

    Tina Well-Known Member

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    Here is my experience though...The first time I had sex I got pregnant so I know what day it was..it was right after my period, and I know we didn't do it again that month...

    Edit to add: I've also been tracking my cycles since January, and I found that they alternate between 28 and 30 days, so one month it's 28 and the next it's 30. weird eh?
     
  2. clsupnorth

    clsupnorth 'Kooky' Vegetarian

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    That wasn't likely the day you ovulated, though, since if conditions inside are right, that sperm could have survived up to 5, possibly 7 days inside you. You may have had sex only once right after your period, but you may not have ovulated for another 4 days or so.

    It's not unusual for cycles to alternate between 28 and 30 days. All through 2004 for some reason my cycles alternated between 28 and 31 days. And now they've settled to a clockwork 28 days every month.

    Dare - how long are your periods? If you calculate that ovulation should be day 18, and you say that lands on the end of your period, are you saying you are bleeding for 18 days? Better yet, just post when the first day of your last period was... we'll figure it out for you.

    I'll suggest it again... www.fertilityfriend.com is a great free charting site.
     
  3. Tina

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    I went to fertilityfriend, lots of info...they told me that I have 11 possible ovuation days this month and next month :huh:

    It just seems like a lot :lol:
     
  4. dare

    dare I'm not fat...I'm pregnant!

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    That wasn't likely the day you ovulated, though, since if conditions inside are right, that sperm could have survived up to 5, possibly 7 days inside you. You may have had sex only once right after your period, but you may not have ovulated for another 4 days or so.

    It's not unusual for cycles to alternate between 28 and 30 days. All through 2004 for some reason my cycles alternated between 28 and 31 days. And now they've settled to a clockwork 28 days every month.

    Dare - how long are your periods? If you calculate that ovulation should be day 18, and you say that lands on the end of your period, are you saying you are bleeding for 18 days? Better yet, just post when the first day of your last period was... we'll figure it out for you.

    I'll suggest it again... www.fertilityfriend.com is a great free charting site. [/b][/quote]
    :huh: oy! There is so much info to take in! :lol: Okay, so my periods usually last a week or so. The first day of my last period was June 11...and it just got finished around the 17th-18th.

    Also, maybe I missed something.....how exactly do you chart your cycles? I've only really start keeping track of my periods for the past few months. The average of those was 32 days. ...Don't know if that helps any?

    Thank you for your help!! :baby:

    After all this, I think I'm going to just tell my hubby that we need to have sex every other day all month! :laugh:
     
  5. Tina

    Tina Well-Known Member

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    I think that's the best plan if you're just starting out ;)
     
  6. clsupnorth

    clsupnorth 'Kooky' Vegetarian

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    When you first use fertilityfriend.com, it is 'learning' your cycle patterns, so it will overestimate your fertile days, just to be safe. After charting 3 cycles or so, then it will narrow it down to just 3 estimated days for ovulation.

    Dare:
    (32-14 dpo = 18 days) So counting from June 11, 18 days places you at June 28. With a buffer zone, that means ovulation is likely between June 26-30. And your period should come on July 12 or around about. Does that make sense?

    And yes, the most fool-proof plan is to have sex every other day from the end of your period to a few days before your period. But seriously, who does that? ;)
     
  7. dare

    dare I'm not fat...I'm pregnant!

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    Ah yes, it now makes perfect sense. I was thinking about this again today, before I read your post, and realized where I had gotten confused. Instead of counting 18 days from the first day of my period, I was thinking that the "18" was to be the 18th of June! So ya, that didn't make any sense to me.

    It's all good now!! Thank you so much! :)
     
  8. clsupnorth

    clsupnorth 'Kooky' Vegetarian

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    I was wondering if you were thinking it meant the 18th of June!
    Glad it makes sense now. Keep track like that for awhile, but if you can learn to also chart any cervical mucus, or taking your temps, or using ovulation tests, it would make it more accurate.... since we are still assuming a 14 day luteal phase for you. Remember, yours might be 12 days. Or 16.
     
  9. dare

    dare I'm not fat...I'm pregnant!

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    One more question :) ....

    I would assume then, that it would be nearly impossible to become pregnant at any other time of month other than when you ovulate? correct?
     
  10. Tina

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    That's what they say, but it could still happen.
     
  11. H&G'sMom

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    That would be correct.... ovulation is required to get pregnant ;)
    But remember, ovulation is a funny thing that is totally hormone dependant, and it could be a fluke that you ovulate on day 6 or 8 or 22 instead of the 'normal' day 12 - 16 of your cycle. When I was trying to get pregnant, I found cycles where I ovulated on day 10 and others where it was on day 18.... unless you were charting and paying attention, you would never know exactly when.
     
  12. clsupnorth

    clsupnorth 'Kooky' Vegetarian

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    That would be correct.... ovulation is required to get pregnant ;)
    But remember, ovulation is a funny thing that is totally hormone dependant, and it could be a fluke that you ovulate on day 6 or 8 or 22 instead of the 'normal' day 12 - 16 of your cycle. When I was trying to get pregnant, I found cycles where I ovulated on day 10 and others where it was on day 18.... unless you were charting and paying attention, you would never know exactly when. [/b][/quote]
    Exactly what she said. Also, because of cervical mucus and depending on the durability of the sperm, you could have a HUGE window of 'fertility' surrounding ovulation.

    Not only that, but my fertility doctor was telling me that he has had cases where women have ovulated twice in one month. So THAT'S who's been hogging my eggs!!! :mad:
     
  13. Tina

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    Exactly what she said. Also, because of cervical mucus and depending on the durability of the sperm, you could have a HUGE window of 'fertility' surrounding ovulation.

    Not only that, but my fertility doctor was telling me that he has had cases where women have ovulated twice in one month. So THAT'S who's been hogging my eggs!!! :mad: [/b][/quote]
    Because I got pregnant so easily I thought I was one of those woman who ovulated twice, but whenever I try to look it up the info says it's impossible..but I know I heard that somewhere from a doctor.

    There are so many factors involved Dare, that's why I'm saying for the first little while just have fun and don't worry about 'timing' :)
     
  14. clsupnorth

    clsupnorth 'Kooky' Vegetarian

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    That's what I thought too, so i questioned my specialist when he said that. He explained that yes, it is impossible to get more than one hormonal surge that produces ovulation each month - meaning that your body only gives the signal to ovulate one time, and one time only. However, if a woman is polycystic, normally only one of those cysts is mature enough to release an egg - but he says that in those polycystic women, one egg will release normally on time, and then the second egg released a few days later. He says it's a freak occurence, and they only discovered that because of ultrasound.

    Weird.
     
  15. dare

    dare I'm not fat...I'm pregnant!

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    stupid question ??

    Is it possible to get your period & not ovulate?
     
  16. H&G'sMom

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    Yes.
     
  17. CraveMuscle

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    :ditto:

    isn't it b/c progesterone peaking controls the lining and its shedding and estrogen peaking controls ovulation/egg release?
     
  18. H&G'sMom

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    Yep, it is the drop of progesterone that 'triggers' the lining to shed (causing your period), while you need to have good levels of both estrogen and progesterone to ovulate and/or get pregnant.
     
  19. dare

    dare I'm not fat...I'm pregnant!

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    So how will you ever know if you're ovulating or not?
     
  20. colo1278

    colo1278 I'm growing a person!

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    use an ovulation test kit. They are just like pregnnacy tests in that you pee on a little stick and wait for a result in the little window. Most tests come with a lot of them and tell you to start testing everyday from somewhere during the first week of your cycle. They test for Lh, Lutenizing Hormone, which tells your ovary to pop out an egg in about 24-48 hours... so once you get a positive Lh "surge" make sure you have some sex in the next two days.

    You can also take your basal temp every morning (use a special basal thermomter). Your body's temp rises at ovulation, so after a few months of keeping track, you may be able to notice a pattern and can have sex a few days BEFORE the rise in temp. If you have sex after ovulation, it is probably too late. (same with the Lh method). This method is WAY harder, but can be just as effective.
     
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2006

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