Alhastings10 2015-12-08 15:39:20
My husband and I have just begun the infertility merry go round. My
question is about counting the days of my cycle. Do I start day #1
when I spot or when I have a steady flow? My other question is
finding the ovulation day. My cycle fluctuates anywhere from 17 days
to 34 days. How am I supposed to find the day? Do I go by the number
of days in my previous cycle?
We have been trying (unsuccessfully) to have a baby for over two
years. Now that I am gaining in age, I am afraid about my chances
reducing. I had an HSG done last month and everything appeared normal
and clear. My bloodwork shows that I ovulated two months ago. My
OB-GYN wants me to wait three more cycles before we go to see an
fertility endocrinologist. We’ve put off going because our insurance
doesn’t cover any of the expenses, only the doctor visits. Our state
does not require coverage.
Sorry if all of these questions seem elementary. I am new to all of
these processes. It seems so strange to me that I spent years trying
not to get pregnant. Now, I can’t seem to get pregnant.
Tlc 2015-12-08 15:39:24
Day 1 is the 1st day of any bleeding according to my RE.
Ovulation occurs approximately 14 days BEFORE your period. There is no way
to accurately predict when/if you will ovulate as our bodies don’t
necessarily go by an alarm clock. Your previous cycle has no bearing the
current cycle. Have you been charting your BBT’s? By charting your BBTs a
few months, you can get an estimate of when you ovulate. However, if your
cycle fluctuates from 17 to 34 days, you are ovulating anywhere from day 3
to day 20. Not a big helper, I know. You can use ovulation predictor kits
(OPK) to help you out. They come 5 to a kit, so you may need more than one
kit if your cycles are so spread out. Also, are you sure you’re not just
having breakthrough bleeding? Here’s a good site for keeping a record of
your cycles. It will show you when you ovulated the previous month (if you
did) according to when your cycle started, as well as show you a prediction
of upcoming ovulation dates for those that have consistent cycles.
This is just basic information. I’m surprised your doctor didn’t give you
more to go on as opposed to the “wait and see” approach. I hope this helps.
If you have any more questions (as I’m sure you do), feel free to post and
someone will answer them.
Stephanie 2015-12-08 15:39:27
On the other hand, my Re told me the first day of full flow is day one.
You better check with your Dr. to see what they consider day one.