Monday, April 26, 2010

Cycle Watch: A Watched Stickles Never Ovulates...

Thanks every one for the supportive comments on my last post. I felt a little mean and ugly putting it out there, and I'm relieved no one decided to rip me a few new ones over it.

I hate the ovulation waiting game. Based on my last two Clomid cycles, I should be getting a peak on my ClearBlue monitor today, but I'm holding steady at "high." It probably will come tomorrow, considering that I can read the pattern of these sticks like a pro by now, but I'm bothered nonetheless.

When you're told to BD every other day and then abstain two days before the IUI, it sounds like easy instructions until your O day becomes a moving target. Now I feel like I'm "off schedule."

Friday's CD 12 ultrasound was pretty typical - lining is at 6.1mm (not a disaster, but nothing to write home about), and I have a 18mm follie on my left side (maybe I'll do better with a left side drop since my last two cycles were on my right and nothing happened). All things considered, I should probably be a little grateful that I'm a little behind on ovulating since it'll give me another day for my lining to build up. (Build cells, build!!!)

I really ought to let go though and just let things be without overanalyzing them. My cycles are notoriously "self-conscious" and stall even longer when I put them under a microscope.

And *DON'T* get me started on that "go on a vacation business." The first time my cycle went over 40 days, I was in Greece. And my longest cycle ever at 49 days (49!!!) happened while I was in Maui. (Of course, now I sound spoiled - "I went to Greece and Hawaii, and all I got was a long menstrual cycle.")

Hope everyone has a happy Monday!!!


  1. I am a new reader to your blog...just wanted you to know that I am rooting for you! Hoping for a nice thick lining!

  2. Good luck with this cycle! My longest cycle was 69 days - yikes!

    Have a great week!

  3. Uggh, having to monitor yourself is really hard. I hadn't quite appreciated what a total pain that would be. Any particular reason why you don't use a trigger shot (I looked at your details again but can't tell)? In any case, I hope you get the peak tomorrow...

  4. Hi bunny!

    I haven't used a trigger mainly because my RE has never told me to use one - I never really thought to ask him why. Maybe because I eventually ovulate on my own?

    I'm rather relieved that I don't have to use one, really, but considering that the potential for injectibles is hovering in my future, I'm going to have to get over that fast.

  5. I'm sorry you have to wait so long to ovulate-- I think waiting to ovulate is almost worse than waiting for your period, and I usually don't have to wait too long. It would kill me!!! I guess this makes me thankful for small blessings.

    And I suppose we should BOTH be thankful that we're ovulating at all... ugh!

  6. I've never quite understood -- what factor go into the lining measurement? Is there anything we/doctors can do to help it build up? What is an ideal measurement?

  7. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I've been hearing lots about acupuncture and I might just have to give it a go.

    As for waiting to ovulate......I wish you all the luck.

    Oh and my longest cycle was 67 days!!!! Ooo totally jealous of your trip to Greece!

  8. I'm sending lots of growing thoughts your way! I can't wait to hear the good news!

  9. I hope everything is perfect by the time you go back in. I get it with the long cycles. They are frustrating. Mine average in the 70+ days. Talk about frustrating.

  10. Hey here from ICLW
    I read the previous post as well and I understand those thoughts. In blog land I think it's perfectly fine to voice those if you need to.
    Hoping your ovulation comes soon for you and this cycle is not too stressful!