Just When I Was Thinking I Understood My Body

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Lin - July 13

Hi ladies. I haven't been around for awhile due to modem problems and still probably won't be for a few more days, but I had a quick opportunity to visit the site this evening. I just thought I'd take that opportunity to VENT! Man, just when I thought my body couldn't throw me for a loop - after monitoring the damn thing ridiculously closely for 9 months - it throws me this doozy. Check it out: I've got an approximately 28 day cycle and normally ovulate on cd 12-ish with a 15 or 16 day luteal phase. I expected to ovulate as usual this month on cd 12. I only temped a couple times before ovulation, and the last time was on cd 7. Both times my temp was 98.0, which is a relatively normal follicular phase temp for me. I didn't bother temping again until cd 13, because I knew I'd be doing a lot of bd-ing in the time in between, and I just wanted to confirm at that point that ovulation had indeed occurred. Sure enough, my temp was 98.6 (usual for my luteal phase temps) and stayed that way - until yesterday (cd 21!). So on cd 20, which I *thought* was 8 dpo, I noticed some blood when I checked my cervix. I thought, no way, am I going to be one of the few who have implantation bleeding? So I waited. The next morning I awoke, and my temp had dropped from 98.6 down to 98.0. When I went to the bathroom, I discovered the start of a full-fledged period! The bleeding wasn't particularly heavy, but it's just as substantial as my very light periods have been for the past 9 months. The really crushing blow came this morning, when my temp was once again 98.0 for a second day. The bleeding seems to be petering out, but that's how all my periods have been since I quit the pill - only 1-3 days long. WTF?!? So, if I ovulated at the expected time (cd 12) - which is the latest it could have been based on my elevated temp on cd 13 (I didn't temp at all between cd 7 and cd 13) - then I had an insanely short luteal phase of only 8 days. Alternatively, if I ovulated as early as the last time I temped with a low temp, cd 7, then I BOTH ovulated *really* early AND had the shortest luteal phase I've ever had of 13 days! Aaaaarrrrgghhh! Damn this body of mine!

 

Saird - July 13

Lin, this is exactly what happened to me last month! I couldn't figure it out. I had a 21 day cycle. I had a 9 day luteal phase according to fertilityfriend. I didn't understand that at all. I didn't O until CD20 this cycle, and I'm only 6DPO, but I'll let you know if I have a 9 day luteal phase again. If you figure anything out, let me know.

 

Lin - July 13

Have you had a short luteal phase like that before? I haven't. In fact, the last month that we were ttc (we took a couple months off), my luteal phase was actually 18 days long! I didn't pay attention during the two months off, but man, these last couple months of charting have really driven me nuts!

 

lissica - July 13

Isn't it amazing how annoying our bodies can be sometimes? The last few months i've had all these different body changes never experienced before so i think..Hey this is wierd and it's never happened before..i must be pregnant..Ummm nope! Like for this month for instance..i got lots of heartburn that i NEVER get but i'm sure it's just another annoying thing that my body is doing.

 

Lin - July 14

Yeah, my body went most nuts in the first four or so months after quitting the pill, and I swear I had every symptom in the book. It seems to have regulated itself a bit now, but then suddenly the 18 day luteal phase and now this really short one so many months later. I guess that just goes to show how unpredictable our bodies can be!

 

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