I think I had a dud batch of OPKs. I’ve continued using them for the last few days and I continued to get no lines in the test area. I decided to order a new batch just in case but in the meantime I dismissed the lack of lines as just me being paranoid. I spent far too much time googling OPK progressions and it seemed like it was pretty common to have no test line early on in your cycle, so it had to be that I was just being impatient.
As I didn’t think ovulation was going to happen any time soon, the husband and I haven’t exactly been very careful when it came to baby dancing. Okay we hadn’t been careful at all, that in itself should have been a clue, the man seems to have some sort of primal sixth sense when it comes to my ovaries. The replacement batch of OPKs arrived yesterday and on a whim I did one last night, just to see if there was any difference between it and the ones I had been using.
There was a significant difference, and all those little additional signs that I had been dismissing? well I probably shouldn’t have.
Okay so this doesn’t mean I am actually going to ovulate, in the past I have had cycles where I’ve had more than one patch of positive opks only for ovulation to be delayed, but this could mean that I am going to ovulate. I’m just going to have to watch my temp now to see what happens. And I guess this also means that we are trying again. I hope that is not a phenomenally dumb decision.
This is the OPK I did last night. I’m fairly certain it’s a positive. I repeated it this morning and again this afternoon and I can see the surge fading out again. Right now I’m having some niggling pains in my right side which I hope are ovulation. I can’t help but be excited. I have read so much stuff about how you’re more fertile after a miscarriage and I hope it’s true. It’s certainly true in my case that I conceived my daughter right after my last miscarriage and she’s a very healthy almost two year old who disrupted our Jo Jingles music class this morning with loud demands for “boob!”
I really have to come up with another word for that.
But as I said I’m excited. I’m excited to think that we have another shot at this and I maybe don’t have to wait around weeks and weeks to ovulate again. I have cut down pretty drastically on the amount that dd is nursing, it’s maybe two or three times a day now and doesn’t tend to be at all after about 3 o’clock in the afternoon. I think my hormones are stabilising, my BBT hasn’t been as rocky, though I have been having to deal with estrogen induced acne. It’s hard to feel sexy when your face has broken out like a teenager’s. It all feels more like it did when I had a normal regular cycle all those years ago. I used to have one of those nice entirely predictable 28 day cycles, the only time it ever threw me was the month before I conceived my son, and aren’t I glad about that?
I’m also a little glad that I don’t have to face endless weeks of SMEPing.
All that remains now is to see if my temperature rises and I can confirm ovulation. I am thinking that maybe I will stop temping once ovulation has been confirmed. I want to at least try and stay a little relaxed and not agonise over what the thermometer is telling me. I’d also like to try and hold out on testing. For the start I don’t want to spend stupid amounts of money on tests again when ultimately they have no effect whatsoever on the outcome.
So fingers crossed for me that there is an egg on the way out and that it gets to make a nice new friend when it does, and in 9 months we get to say our family is complete.
Now this is without a doubt a positive OPK. The line is even darker than the one I got a couple of days ago (which I was counting as positive, but really now I compare the two it wasn’t).
I know that a positive OPK does not an ovulation make but this is the most encouraging thing I have seen in the past year or more and to say that I am delighted is an understatement, and for a change I’m having all the other signs lining up nicely too.
I think it must have been a combination of the soy isoflavins and cutting back on the breastfeeding that has done it.
I just desperately hope that I see a nice temp rise over the weekend. Come on egg!