So for the last 3 days my morning routine has been to wake up and POAS (fertility forum speak for pee on a stick). Following my “breakthrough” last weekend I’ve been impatient to know what’s been going on inside my body. I called Dr A last Monday to see if we were going to try and monitor my hormones and see if looked like I was going to ovulate and have a “normal” cycle, but her response was to wait and see.
WAIT AND SEE?!?!?!
That’s all I’ve been doing for the past couple of months, and there will be plenty more of that to come once I start TTC in earnest! As you have probably guessed by now I’m no good at waiting… Since the day of the bleed I started a new cycle on Fertility Friend (yes, I’m into that now!) and I’ve been temping in earnest at 6am “every” day (weekends are hard – you understand, right?). Tracking your basal body temperature can tell you when you’ve ovulated, but it can’t tell you if you’re about to ovulate which is what I really wanted to know. So I had the ingenious idea to head to Boots and buy an advanced Ovulation Predictor Kit – the advanced part is important as it tracks oestrogen as well as LH which means it shows “high” as well as “peak” fertility – a.k.a earlier notice that ovulation may be coming.
The first couple of days I tested I got a “low” fertility indicator and I started to get a little worried since I started testing on CD8, since my natural cycle was generally 26 days I would expect to ovulate around CD11 or CD12… seeing that little empty circle on the reader made my little heart start to sink as I’d been so hoping for a flashing smiley faced “high” reading.
Then yesterday morning I woke up, made my bleary-eyed way to the loo and did my morning tinkle. I hopped in the shower to pass the 5 minutes waiting time, and when I got out…
Big ol’ smiley face! Not even flashing – it was showing “peak” fertility. Imminent ovulation!
Whoop whoop! I was doing a happy dance for so long I made myself late getting ready for work! 🙂 🙂
This morning I woke up and took my temperature as usual – it has jumped from 36.21 to 36.55 (Celsius). It looked like I had my LH surge and ovulated on the same day (CD11). Now I’m just hoping this higher temperature sticks around for the next 3 days (at least) to confirm ovulation*. The I can look forward to AF turning up in time to be gone by the time I head of on my hols.
[*For Info: Progesterone increases after ovulation and this makes your temperature higher]