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01/07/2013 at 17:04
I confess I have been lurking since BT days - I used wedding planning back in 2010/11 but have changed my username just in case there is anyone watching (like my MIL!). After 12 years, we have had a complete turnaround and decided that maybe we do want children after all... so am off the pill for the first time in 18 years...I never thought I would be hit with the broody stick but well and truly have!
Now, you all seem so nice I was hoping I could ask probably really silly questions. I counted from the first day of my last period (counting that day as day 1) and am now on day 24. I have no idea if this is right? I also have no idea if I've ovulated - no obvious signs, but then I'm not really sure what I'm looking for! Before I was on the pill I was regular as clockwork, a 28 day cycle, but it's been so long that I think it's optimistic to assume I'd go straight back to this isn't it? Last question (sorry!) when would/should I test if there's no sign of my next period? I think I have pmt symptoms so probably not needed but just in case!
01/07/2013 at 17:17
Hello, Welcome too the MD :)
Lots of ladies here who are much more experienced than myself, But I know a lot of ladies track their temperatures to work out ovulation days :)! I am sure someone else will be along soon too help you more :)
01/07/2013 at 17:28
Hiya and welcome, I think you shouldn't worry so much about testing this month as 18 years on the pill you probably won't snap back to 28 days straight away. Maybe just take it slow for now and count the first day of your next period as day 1. A lot of ladies on here had their withdrawal bleed as usual then had to wait a month or two for their first real period.
If you were like clock work with a 28 day cycle you may not even need to worry about temping if your cycles return to their previous patterns. Xx
Good luck x
01/07/2013 at 17:34
Thanks for replying Cupcake and Monnie.
I suppose my main question was double checking I'm counting the days properly - so first day of period is CD1? Then (if you have a 'typical' cycle the most fertile days are 14-21?
I am not expecting this to be easy - I have added gynae issues so think it's going to be a long haul... so I'll try to lurk less!
01/07/2013 at 20:49
Hi Lola and welcome
Yes , the first day of your period is Cycle Day 1. Everyone is different in terms of which day they will ovulate. I'm anywhere between CD17 and CD23. Your fertile days are BEFORE and on ovulation. I think the window runs about 5 days before and 1 day after on my app but its best, in my opinion, to have sex the day before ovulation if you can pin point it.
I don't take my temperature but I do use Ovulation Predictor Kits (OPKs) and they detect the LH surge which is the hormone which rises just before ovulation.
I was on the pill for 16 years and my first period was on CD40 so I would be prepared for your first cycle to be a bit longer than normal. If I were you I would download an app for your phone that you could use to track your cycles, symptoms, DTD etc so you can start to see a bit of a pattern and understand your new pill-free cycles. I use Period Tracker which I love. A lot of the girls use Fertility Friend.
You're in the right place for advice so ask away. There are no silly questions.
Also, I was never broody until recently so you're not alone there!!!!
01/07/2013 at 21:52
Hi and welcome! I used Fertility Friend to track my periods and it gave me the rough times of when I ovulated. You should also take note of what your body is up to, as you may notice in an increase in discharge around the time of ovulation. This is called EWCM (egg white cervical mucus) and basically looks like egg white. Dive in with the TTC threads and no question is silly, so ask away! I hope your TTC journey is a short one x
02/07/2013 at 09:34
Yes, the first day of your period in CD1. If you have a 'normal' 28 day cycle then you would ovulate around CD14. Sperm lives for about 5-7 days whereas an egg only for 12-24 hours so in theory the best/most fertile days to have sex are CD8-CD15 as the sperm will be hanging around waiting for the egg.
It took a few months for me to get back to a regular-ish cycles and then it was 32-35 days. If I were you I would just go with the flow for a few months before you start getting too concerned about ovulation days etc.
Good luck with it!
03/07/2013 at 21:43
Thank you for all your answers. I really didn't know the window for catching the egg was so short! Quite bad that I don't know these things - but I suppose I never needed to before!
I've signed up for Fertility Friend - so just need to get to my next CD1 to give me a bit of a better picture of what's going on. Thanks for the recommendations for that too.
04/07/2013 at 20:03
Hi Lola no silly questions here, all welcomed :) welcome to you too :)
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