Cramping, Ovulation & 31 Day Cycle...

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Cramping, Ovulation & 31 Day Cycle...
Sun, 07-10-2011 - 10:17am

Hi Everyone! I would love some feedback from ya...

My husband and I are going to start TTC in November so I've started charting and getting to know my body and cycles better. Thank you guys for all of the helpful information you gave me in my first post.

In May 2011 AF came on 5/21/11, in June AF came on 6/21/11 which would give me a 31 day cycle for that time period, correct?

So, my entire life I've always had horrible cramps when AF came, and growing up I would always cramp for about 1-3 hours one day, a week or two in advance to AF. My Mom has always said they

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Sun, 07-10-2011 - 10:42am
Hi there, I don't have any real answers for you as I'm just starting out on my journey as well - We're going to officially start trying in Aug. Personally, I don't think I've ever had O cramps. But, I have always had horrible AF cramps - which was the only reason I went on the pill. I think it's great you're being so proactive though - sounds like you're an extreme planner like me. :)

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Sun, 07-10-2011 - 12:39pm

Yes, that is a 31 day cycle.

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Sun, 07-10-2011 - 3:14pm
Welcome! Im so glad that you found us! Congratulations on your decision to start trying. And it is a great idea to get to know your body.
First things first, if you just came off birth control, It may take a few cycles to regulate your cycles.

And as someone already mentioned your first day of a new cycle is the first day you see red flow, spotting doesn't count.

To answer your questions :-) 1. Not everyone feels Oing pains, and Oing pains can happen before your Oing, right as you are Oing. And even after you O. There are other signs to watch for are your Oing time, one is temping, sounds like you're going to do that, it's a good idea to do that a few cycles before just so you can get a feel for seeing the spike and rises. Another thing you can watch for is changes in your cervical mucus. After your period you will notice your mucus will be very dry. Leading up to O it will become wet, or sticky. A few days before O you will get what's best known as egg white mucus, which looks like raw egg whites, and can be very stretchy. This is the best mucus for sperm to live in, it will help them swim up past the cervix towards the egg! Sperm can live up to 5 days in fertile mucus such as egg white mucus, so if you only have sex once durin that time you still have a good chance at catching the egg. Once you notice the egg white mucus you normally O between 12-48 hours after the first time you notice it, average time is 36 hours after so once you notice that get to the baby dancing! :-) after you O your mucus will stay a little wet until your period and then once she comes it will be dry again.

2. average cycles can be anywhere between 28-36 days it's anything that is shorter then that, or longer then that that an OB will worry about. Once you get familiar with your body and getting an estimated time that you O, it could very well be an easy journey for you in trying to conceive.

3. Oing on day 20 is normal for me :) I average about a 30 day, but again once you chart your cycle and start seeing a pattern with O you will become more familiar with it. There is something called the luteal phase, which is after O happens. That usually is 12-16 days after O, which is the time given to the egg to implant. If that is under 12 days that could be an indication of an LP Defect and your OB can give you medication to help make that longer, and sometimes help O be sooner.

OBs will not do any test for infertility until you've been trying for over a year. Don't be shy in asking questions!! Good luck to you!


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Sun, 07-10-2011 - 11:04pm
charting your BBT is a great thing to do, I started doing that years ago to get to know my body and it helped so much.
So to answer your questions.. I do cramp when I O.
I O on or around CD 20 and my cycles are about 32 days generally. My luetal phase (time after O before AF) is 12-13 days.
Most people believe that if you do not have a CD14 O and a 28 day cycle you are broken, not true. Most women do not ovulate right on CD14, CD16-18 is actually the norm. So IMO CD 20 isn't too far off from that.

Now all of that being said....I used to O on CD39 w/ a 56 day cycle and it was horrible. After losing weight and taking 100mg of B6 daily it moved my O date to around CD20.