I have now temped for a full 3 cycles – just as the doctor ordered – and I have learned several things. First, I seem to ovulate every month. That is definitely reassuring. Although I have read that one can have a positive OPK and a temp spike and still not ovulate (or not ovulate useful eggs), those recurring spikes on my graphs give me peace of mind.
What doesn’t help my peace of mind is the short luteal phase and the erratic cycle lengths. Luteal phases should be anywhere from 12-16 days (averaging 14 days in general). This is the period of time between ovulation and menstruation, and if it is too short, any successfully created embryos may not have a chance to implant in the uterine wall before menstruation starts and washes it away. Luteal phase defect is diagnosed when luteal phases are consistently less than 10 days (embryos can take up to 10 days to implant). My luteal phases are consistently 11 days, so I definitely don’t have luteal phase defect, but of course I am still worried about it hurting my chances of getting pregnant quickly. I spoke to a nurse at the fertility clinic about 11 day luteal phases, and she said to just go ahead and try for a while, and if we run into problems, they will look into it. I am very likely concerned for nothing. What else is new.
The erratic cycle lengths should not be a problem, but it is annoying when it comes to trying to schedule insemination – The last 3 cycles have been 31, 34, and 28 days, with ovulation occurring on CD 19, 23, and 17, respectively. We will just have to hope that our donor has a fairly open schedule this fall!
We are in for one more month of tracking while we sort out our donor agreement and ask our donor to get an STI screening, and by October we will hopefully have all of our ducks in a row and can start actually trying to create life.