Hi, de-lurking with a question!

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Registered: 03-29-2003
Hi, de-lurking with a question!
Fri, 04-11-2003 - 11:35am
I am a SAHM with one child. We are thinking of TTC again in a few months, and I haven't been on any form of birth control since September. For the last few months, I have been paying more attention to my cycle. I am not *actually* charting, as I'm just not disciplined enough, lol, but I have been following my cycle to the day. Here's where I'm confused and am hoping you ladies can help me out: I had a 27 day cycle in February, a 26 day cycle in March, and with the arrival of AF this morning, a 25 day cycle for this month. If I'm not mistaken, aren't you supposed to have a 28 day cycle? I'm a little concerned about this. I am pretty sure of when I ovulated, as I get a sharp pain in my ovarian area when I do. If my calculations are correct, then I ovulated on day 13 of my cycle.

Does this sound like something I should talk to my doctor about, or does it sound pretty normal? I've never really paid attention to my cycle before - we weren't even trying when I got pg with our dd - so this is all new to me!

Thanks so much!


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Registered: 03-26-2003
Fri, 04-11-2003 - 4:10pm
My cycles are usually 27 days. Last cycle was 26, and before I had a misscarriage in November they had been 26 before that. 28-30 days is the average, but women every women has different lengths. I can't think of anything you need to worry about. Good luck in ttc! Cassie
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Fri, 04-11-2003 - 6:22pm
Hi Welcome to the board.

I don't think I would be too worried about it. the way i understand it is that AF arrives, APPROX, 14 days after O. Although 11 days after O is still considered "normal". If you feel that you O'd on Cd 13, and AF showed up on cd 25, that is still 12 days dpo, and still within the normal range.

Good luck with figuring it all out. Like i said, that is what I understand, and I could be wrong( but i doubt it! :P )


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Registered: 03-19-2003
Fri, 04-11-2003 - 9:09pm
Hi and welcome! Nice to have you here. I hope you enjoy your stay!

The best way to know what your cycles are doing is to chart, of course. Really, it isn't hard to do, and doesn't take any time out of your day, since you take your temp before you get out of bed in the morning! We highly recommend "Taking Charge of Your Fertility" as a great resource, around here. It explains the whole charting thing in easy-to-understand language.

Off my soapbox now, to answer your question. The Luteal Phase, or LP, is the time from when you O until AF starts. The average LP is 12-16 days. Anything under 10 days is a problem, since the fertilized egg needs at least 10 days to be able to implant. Your O on cd13, and AF on cd25, still gives you a 12 day LP, so you are ok there. I've had some very short cycles before, but I O'd a bit early and my LP was ok. I don't think you need to worry there. You should know, though, that feeling O pain doesn't mean that that is the exact time you are O'ing. Some women feel O pain in the days before or after O, not at the exact moment. O pain is a good symptom to observe in conjunction with other fertility signs, though :-)

HTH some...sue

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Sun, 04-13-2003 - 9:23am
Hi and Welcome! I hope you enjoy here as much as I have. First off let me say that I agree with everything that the others said. They are a bunch of very smart ladies when it comes to this stuff. I normally have a 29 day cycle but in my 14 months of ttc, I had a couple shorter ones around 25 days, a couple around 33 days and one that was over 40 days. So yes it is alright to have them vary from time to time. The most important thing is that your lp is long enough and from what you said, yours sounds like it fits right in. And charting is not that difficult at all, you will get into a routine that fits you and it becomes almost 2nd nature. Good luck to you!

Chris EDD #2 11/9/03