Three Cycles of Temping

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.

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4 thoughts on “Three Cycles of Temping”

  1. If it’s any comfort, my wife’s luteal phase was also consistently 11 days, and it was definitely not an issue for us (she conceived with the first insemination). Incidentally, we also know that the blastocyst implanted quickly, because she got a positive pregnancy test 9 days after inseminating (so it probably implanted around day 6, to have detectable HCG on our dollar store pregnancy test). So maybe implantation is relative to luteal phase length, when there aren’t actual luteal phase defects? I know, that’s a big leap.

    Anyway, that’s very exciting, that you’re so close to trying!

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  2. I wouldn’t worry about the 11 day literal phase. I think the fact that it’s consistent is probably a good sign. My cycles are erratic in length too and I find I get a positive OPK anywhere from CD12 – CD 17. This cycle it’s looking like CD18. The only annoyance is having to guess when to have the sperm delivered! But you’re probably already starting to notice the signs when you’re close to ovulating, so it helps to just listen to your body. So exciting that you guys are so close to trying!

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