After some time for reflection on my last doctor’s appointment, I did what any normal woman would do. I spent $23 on 7 ovulation sticks (with free pregnancy test included!). The doctor seemed to think that I should have been ovulating just about the time I saw her, but I have my doubts about the counting of cycle days she was doing. By my count, the 7th of May would have been day 14 and so I took peeing on a stick on the 8th of May.
I’m a habitual late ovulater, and while I’ve had a couple of months here and there that have seen me ovulating bang on cycle day 14 it’s a rare one. I have a sneaky suspicion that I might have ovulated WAY too early in this cycle like cycle day 8 or even 11. I only think this because of some ewcm (egg white cervical mucous) spotted on those days. Seems unfair, as I was still spotting and cramping on cycle day 8 and still cramping by cd 11. Hardly the stuff of a romantic run up to baby making.
And since you’re probably already bored of reading about my ovulation woes, here’s a picture of the last 5 ovulation tests (cycle day 15-19, from top to bottom):
Today I’ll be heading to the blood lab to have some blood drawn. The doctor has ordered this to look at:
a) progesterone, this will tell us whether I have already ovulated or not
b) follicle stimulating hormone (FSH)
c) luteinizing hormone (LH, the very thing the pee sticks are looking for too)
d) oestradiol (or Estradiol for the Americans among you)
Dr. Wikipedia has a very handy graph that shows where these hormones are meant to be during any time of your cycle:
So I guess what we’re looking for today is a drop in pretty much all of the hormones except for progesterone. Because, if the progesterone is rising or high than this might well mean, well, you know.
Last point, this month marks 2 years of wild no protection sex. 2 years! Does it seem a bit odd then that this is the book the doctor recommend me to read?