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Cycle Day 29 – Round 9 October 8, 2010

Filed under: Possible conception? — Misty Dorman @ 7:54 am
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Here’s a post I made today on FertilityFriend:

I’m really sorry to those of you who are out for this round. Maybe you should start a new thread & keep supporting each other. If AF comes soon for me, I’ll probably be joining you icon_sad.gif On the bright side, I’m starting to feel like we’ve been becoming a little family here. It’s nice to talk to people who are going through the same types of struggles.

Hubby & I breed sugar gliders & hedgehogs (http://www.dormanexotics.com). Our websites aren’t done yet, but I have a few cute pictures up.

Well I had a crappy sleep night. I just kept waking up. Grrr. So my temps are pretty unreliable. I just posted this in the forum:

IowaMisty wrote:
Last night I woke up a lot. I took my temp almost every time, but I don’t think I ever slept for more than 2 hrs straight. I’m guessing you’ll all tell me all of my temps are throw-away, but I figured it can’t hurt to ask. The first time I woke up was probably about an hour after I fell asleep. My temp was 98.28, which is really high for me. The next time I woke up, I think it was 97.36 (going from memory here). Then it jumped up to 97.76. I laid in bed for a little while longer & it got up to 97.8 (but I’m not really counting that one). When I tried FF’s temp adjuster putting the 1st two and then tried it again putting the 1st & 3rd temps in, it adjusted me to 98.57 and 98.41…which is REALLY high for me. Can that be right? Would my “real” temp have actually been even higher than the 98.28? If all of my temps had been kind of low, I don’t think I’d be as curious, but my temps have been so good this month, the thought of it going even higher than yesterday was kind of exciting! For now, I put in the 97.76. I thought maybe some of you might be experienced with this & have some thoughts on it.



It’s either really good & my temp would have gone up today….or it could actually be a drop. A small drop is no biggie, but I am really hoping that it wouldn’t really have been as low as 97.36….grr. I didn’t test today. If I had slept well & had a temp rise, I think I would have. But I didn’t even have a faint line yesterday, so maybe tomorrow if icon_SAAF.gif . The good news (I think) is that I’m at 14 DPO (If FF got the ovulation date right) & not even a hint of pink when I go to the bathroom (and trust me, I am checking…lol). My longest LP since I’ve been temping is 15 DPO. I’m going to try & actually be productive at work & keep my mind off this as much as I can. I can’t believe how much this has been consuming my mind. I was doing so good over the past few months with just being content with things.

DH & I had a good talk last night. I sort of called him out on not being as emotionally invested in all of this as I am. We’re just so crazy busy that he feels like we’re not ready & he doesn’t even have time to sit around & think about it & get excited about it. I told him there really isn’t ever a “ready”. It’s always going to be scary. We just have to take a leap of faith & know it’ll work out. He definitely wants kids. It’s just not something that’s always on his mind, so I wanted to make sure he actually wants this & that we are trying for the right reasons. Anyway…it was a good talk & I think we both felt good about it.

Uggh….so late for work…..again. I just can’t seem to get moving in the mornings. So tired!



Cycle Day 28 – Round 9 October 7, 2010

Filed under: Possible conception? — Misty Dorman @ 10:10 am
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Fertility Friend says I’m 13 days past ovulation.  I think there’s a slight possibility I’m actually only 10 DPO though because I missed getting a temp around that time.  At 11 DPO, I took a pregnancy test (I had a few freebies that were sent to me with an order I placed online).  I thought I was seeing a VERY faint line,  so I took a 2nd test (one I got from the dollar store).  It was stark white,  so I took a 3rd test (same type as the 1st) & it was also white.  I haven’t been this crazy since we first started trying.  I don’t know what’s gotten into me.  I even pulled them out of the garbage can to look at them again that night.  Yes, pathetic I know.  Yesterday’s test was negative.  This brings us up to today.   I joined the message board on fertilityfriend.com & have been posting with a group of women who are at about the same place in their cycles.  Here’s what I posted this morning.

Ok…so I have an embarrassing story to tell you about my morning. I don’t know what has gotten into me!

I woke up this morning & took my temp & when I read it in my morning delirium, I thought it said 97.08, which is a huge drop. I was feeling kind of crampy & just figured that must mean AF is coming & I’m out. So I went pee & came back to bed (I never can seem to just stay up when I get up….the comfy bed keeps calling me back). And when I laid down, I had this “wait a minute” moment & thought maybe I read the temp wrong because 98.08 was in my head for some reason (brain starting to wake up a bit maybe). So I looked at it again & sure enough it was 98.08. Well of course I was kicking myself for already peeing, so after taking my temp again (just to make sure) & seeing that it had only dropped a tiny bit, I ran back to the bathroom & tried to squeeze a little more out into a cup, so I could take a HPT. I was down to one strip & I thought for sure this must be my day. Anyway, I tested & nothing showed….so I went & laid back down for a bit again. When I came back to look at it again, I swear I saw a faint line…but I couldn’t tell if there was any color to it.

I couldn’t stop thinking about it while I was getting ready, so finally I decided to take this minuscule amount of FMU with me, so I could stop & pick up a First Response test on my way to work. I’m getting ready to walk out the door & what do I do? I knock over the cup of urine onto the floor. All that was left was MAYBE 10 drops. I was determined though, so I went & picked up a FR test anyway. I’ve never used that kind, so when I opened the box, I felt really stupid to find out that you need to dip a LARGE section of the test into the urine & it doesn’t even have to be FMU. Well there was no way my measly 10 drops of pee was going to be enough, so I got to work, brought my cup & my test in, & went to the bathroom……and all of that was for a BFP. What the crap? I’m totally confused now. I hope this high temp isn’t just a fluke. icon_sad.gif

My only threads of hope on this are:
– Because I missed a temp around O time, it’s possible I’m really only 10 DPO (which would probably push my cover line up a little bit too) & maybe it’s just still too early to tell (cuz I’d be 4-5 days before my period instead of 2-3 days). Anyone think this is possible, looking at my chart?
– I don’t think my temp has ever spiked this high since I’ve been temping & definitely not at 13 DPO. I have a chart comparison on my home page & this month still looks VERY promising temp-wise.
– I’m still not having any bleeding whatsoever.

Anyway…..that is my stupid story of the morning. I can’t believe how crazy I am right now. Have I lost my mind?

I’ve been having cramps since about 6 DPO.  I hope that’s a good sign.  I’ve really been trying not to get my hopes up, but it’s really hard not to think about it & over-analyze everything when you have to take your temp & chart it every day.


Cycle Day 33 – Round 8 September 7, 2010

So a week & 1/2 ago, I went in to the doctor for some fertility testing.  I still hadn’t ovulated yet.  They ran a blood test for suspected PCOS.  The results showed my FSH & LH levels to be off & progesterone was low as I suspected.  They had me go in last week for an ultrasound.  The good news is that the ultrasounds showed no cysts on my ovaries.  They did see some small benign fibroid tissue on my uterus, but said that’s nothing to be concerned about.  I’ll be having a gynecologist appointment soon to see what the next step will be.

In the mean time, I did end up ovulating (according to my temps) on day 22, which is the latest so far & means that we weren’t really trying to conceive on the right days.  I’m on day 33 now, 11 days past ovulation.  Since about 6 DPO, my breasts have been really sore & I’ve been having some cramps that feel like light menstrual cramps.  That’s not normal for me, so I’m hoping that’s a good sign…but today my temp dipped, which could be an indicator that my period is starting soon.  Incidentally, if we did by some miracle get pregnant this month, we would have had to conceive on our 3-yr anniversary.  That’d be pretty darn cool.  Pregnancy test showed negative yesterday, but it could have just been too early for anything to show up.


Cycle Day 17 – Round 6 June 22, 2010

Well…FertilAid was a bust… For me anyway.  It gave me a 17-day cycle with no ovulation.  Then I had a weird (much lighter than usual) 7-day period & stopped taking it.  I maybe should have gone the recommended 2 month minimum before passing judgements on it, but I was running out & was at the point where I needed to decide whether or not to buy more…& I decided not to.  I can’t say whether or not the men’s FertilAid was helping Ben.  On my 5th cycle for trying to get pregnant (in May),  it does look like I ovulated, but we were unsuccessful.   I only had a 23-day cycle, which is really short for me.  I’m going to blame that on the FertilAid altering my system a bit.  I think I may be back to “normal” (or “normal for me”) now, but I guess time will tell.

We’re on cycle #6 now for trying to conceive.  Temperatures indicate I may have ovulated, so that’s good.  I’m on cycle day 17, 4 days past ovulation.  Fertility Friend seems to indicate I will either be starting my period or able to take a pregnancy test on the 4th of July.  Maybe we’ll have something new to celebrate on the holiday?  If not, I’m kind of debating when we should start seeing a medical professional for some help with this.  Out of 6 cycles of trying to conceive, I only ovulated 3-4 cycles.  I really don’t want medical intervention, but it would probably be good for both of us to get checked out & get a handle on what we’re dealing with her.

On a side-note, Pre~Seed is awesome stuff if your TTC or even if you’re not!



Cycle Day 1 – Round 4 April 27, 2010

Filed under: Conception Aids,Not Pregnant Yet — Misty Dorman @ 11:05 am
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Quick update on this past month…

We started using Pre~Seed.  I don’t want to give TMI, but it’s awesome!…BUT….I didn’t appear to ovulate this month.  I had no positive results from OPKs, no ferning on my saliva tests, and no increase in my basal body temperatures, other than one spike.  That’s a bit of a bummer, but at least I feel like I have a good handle on what’s going on with my body, so we can deal with it.

On cycle day 24, Ben & I both started taking FertilAid.  The men’s version is proven to aid in sperm count & motility.  We don’t know that Ben has any problems with this, but we figured it can’t hurt.  The women’s version is essentially a prenatal vitamin with added herbs that are supposed to help regulate your cycle, get you ovulating regularly, balance your hormones, etc.  It’s supposed to take around 2 months to have full effect.  I don’t know if this is related to starting the FertilAid on day 24 or not, but I actually had a 28-day cycle this month…so maybe it’s helping already.  And so far I’m not having any menstrual cramps…so far so good.  I’ve read so many stories on different websites of people who were trying to conceive for years & tried FertilAid & got pregnant within just a few months.  We are hoping this will help balance us out & help us to conceive soon too.  I’m going to keep tracking my temps & ovulation & ferning patterns & everything, so if we’re not successful in the next few tries, we can be armed with information when we go see a doctor.  I really want to avoid having any kind of drug treatments for fertility.  In 2 more tries, we’ll have been trying for 6 months.



Cycle Day 33 – Temps Dropping March 30, 2010

Filed under: Possible conception? — Misty Dorman @ 6:59 am

My BBT has dropped quite a bet yesterday & today.  It’s now below my coverline.  I guess I’ll probably be starting my period pretty soon.  It’s a little disappointing, but not the end of the world.  My breasts don’t hurt any more today.


Cycle Day 29 – Temps Still High March 26, 2010

Filed under: Possible conception? — Misty Dorman @ 7:44 am
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Well so far, so good with my BBT testing.  My post-ovulation temps are still pretty high.  FertilityFriend is estimating I’ll start my period on cycle day 32 or 33 (my average is day 34), so I guess I’ll know more in a few days.  I am now 12 days past ovulation.  I wanted to take a pregnancy test, but I can’t find one, so Ben’s going to pick up some more for me today.  According to FertilityFriend, 60.5% of positive pregnancy tests occur before 12 days past ovulation, so there is a chance that if I’m pregnant, it would show on a test now….although FF did recommend I wait until 18 DPO (cycle day 35) to test, to avoid a false negative.

I now also have 61 points.  FF has started rating pregnancy signs (temperatures & symptoms) based on how often they show up on other peoples’ charts who are pregnant.  It’s kind of neat that they have so much data they’re able to do that.  Anyway, the points don’t determine anything conclusively, but it’s kind of a neat feature.  They say that “charts with a display of 80 or more points are 70 to 90% more likely to be pregnancy charts all other factors being equal.”  My points have been going up every day.  This is the first month I’ve charted my BBT though, so I don’t know what my temps usually do on a regular cycle.  My breasts have been a little sore too.  I don’t really remember them ever being sore in the past, so I think that’s new, but maybe I just never noticed before because I wasn’t checking them out every day before…haha.

I’m still just kind of assuming that I’m not pregnant, so I won’t be as let down, but it’s hard not to think about it & hope for it when I’m having to chart my BBT every day.  I think since my BBT indicates I probably did actually ovulate, I will go another month before heading in to the doctor for some fertility testing.  Then I’ll have some more data to show them.