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    Default DPO ??? Confused

    So just wondering how does every one know how any dpo they are ?? My tracker app & Internet calculator are polar opposites when it comes to calc ovulation.

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    I used a combo of OPKs and a maybe baby to see when I was o'ing. Others use BBT or monitor CM. I don't think apps are reliable, they just give a ballpark/average o day based on cycle length.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atropos View Post
    I used a combo of OPKs and a maybe baby to see when I was o'ing. Others use BBT or monitor CM. I don't think apps are reliable, they just give a ballpark/average o day based on cycle length.
    Yer it seems to just give an approx time for O & AF. I have used OPKs & only got one positive but was experiencing retained product at the same time. At a guess AF is due soon lmp being may 29. But no idea when I O

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    Oh & I have no idea how to use BBT. But monitoring CM is new to me also. Like I'm not quiet sure which is fertile cm & which isn't. But yesterday & day before I had like brown cm ???

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    Fertile CM is the one they refer to as egg white cm- it's that consistency. Brown suggests AF is on the way or its possibly an implantation bleed if you are very newly pregnant I never used BBT so can't explain that one good luck though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atropos View Post
    Fertile CM is the one they refer to as egg white cm- it's that consistency. Brown suggests AF is on the way or its possibly an implantation bleed if you are very newly pregnant I never used BBT so can't explain that one good luck though!
    Thanks. Makes it but easier to understand. now ill google it lol had more brown cm n sorry for tmi but dark red almost black on toilet paper when I went just before adding that to the crampy feeling n back pain. I'd think its prob AF

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    Luteal Phase (the time between Ovulation and AF) is usually approx 14 days. This can range tho so its not set in stone for everyone.

    Apps can be so way off, they are barely even worth using!

    Unfortunately sounds like AF is on her way for you.

    I personally used OPK's. When you get a strong positive (both lines equal darkness) you O approx 12 - 36 after that test.

    BBT is keeping a chart / graph of your temperature and reading the dips and highs of said graph. To do this, you use a thermometer from the chemist (its a special one that goes to i think 2 decimal places) and take your temp the second you wake up in the morning, Not after youve got out of bed, showered, had breaky etc. Its also best if you take it approx the same time every day. I never did this method, as a shift worker im never waking up at the same time every day. I also dont love BBT method as it will show you on the graph AFTER you have O'd ... What help is that? Its said to help.. if you do a few charting cycles to see the pattern.

    I prefer OPK's as it shows you the prediction of O so you have time to DTD! However. Neither method is 100% for everyone. Some cant OPK (never get a positive even though they did O) .. Some never show a pattern on BBT charting. Unfortunately this TTC game can be very trial and error!

    I was extremely lucky, I OPK'd for one cycle straight off the pill, saw the positive, DTD 3 times in 24 hrs... and am currently 36 weeks pregnant.

    Good luck.

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    Bbt is your basal body temperature. You take it first thing when you wake up in the morning, before you get up, with a bbt thermometer (one that goes to two decimal places, ie. 36.57 C). It you take it at the same time everyday & chart it (ie. Using fertility friend) then it will predict when you have ovulated. Before o you're bbt will be at its lowest then after you o (usually the day after) your bbt will increase by about 0.2C or more and stay high until it drops just before af or when af arrives. If you get utd, your temp will probably stay high when af is due & after. To determine dpo you just count the days after o day, to determine luteal phase (lp) length you count total of days after o until af arrives. Lp should be at least 10, ideally about 14 days.

    Hopefully that makes sense! If you want to see what a bbt chart looks like check out the 'bbt chart thread'.

    Eta: Like MrsR2012 said, bbt shows you when you have od after the fact...its most useful when you've been doing it a few cycles and get to know your own pattern. I found bbt more reliable that opks, cp was pretty good too but hard to get the hang of. Cm is good but can be confusing if you've dtd recently. You've got to use whatever works for you, sometimes that takes a bit of trial & error.

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    Thanks guys. I feel more educated now .
    BBT sounds difficult lol. OPKs are pretty easy but I ran out.
    Sorry for TMI. But I thought after the dark blood it would be AF & normal heavy flow but nope spotting on liner & cramps normally when I get AF it starts in full force heavy dark & painful. This has me a bit thrown off.

    I had a miscarriage in April needed D&C. Had more confusing symptoms possible retained product. I had a thread on it http://www.bubhub.com.au/community/f...d.php?t=496537

    N now I'm not sure again what the go is. . Just feel like why can't I have normal cycles. Would make TTC so much easier

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    If you od 'on time' (ie. About cd 14) then it seems a little to early for af... Could be a 'heavy' implantation bleed, otherwise at about 7dpo it could be due to low progesterone. Maybe wait and see what happens?

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