I was wondering if you could help me regarding my cycle. I have been charting my CM and BBT and had a 68 day cycle after coming off the pill in December.
I intended to try lunaception this cycle, but can't say that I have dont it very well, although darker than before our room is certainly not pitch black. Anyhow it seemed as though I was getting set to ovulate at a relatively normal time in my cycle, and if you look at my chart in the link below, it suggests that i may have ovulated on day 18.
My question is this: surely I would have to have higher temps than that in order to indicate ovulation? Also, is it normal to still have wet vaginall sensation and CM present for days after ovulation? If this turns into another nasty long cycle, what would you recommend I do next - Vitex, naturopath, TCM?
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06-04-2010 10:55 #1
Long cycles - fertile CM after supposed ovulation?
08-04-2010 10:04 #2
Thanks for sending through your chart. I’d love to see previous months to be more conclusive but if you only just started it’s unlikely you’d have any further charting data.
From what I can see you body has been ‘trying to ovulate’ since around day 15-17 based on mucus and temperature patterns but then it wasn’t able to for some reason and it kept on trying...
I am not sure if you are aware that when a woman’s cycle is lengthened or shortened the most likely changing phase of the cycle is the first half (i.e. follicular phase)—the luteal phase (2nd half is generally always around about 14 days. Knowing this makes me believe that your most likely day of ovulation in this cycle was around day 54 but it may also have been day 48—if your luteal phases are generally lengthened.
There’s a lot of information about this in fertility friend which you are already using but to answer your questions...
Yes it would be ideal to see higher temperatures in the luteal phase. The fact this is not happening can have 2 main reasons: 1) Under functioning thyroid gland and/or 2) Low progesterone levels.
The second reason also explains the mucus fluctuations because it’s potentially a sign of higher/ peaking oestrogen levels (or lowered progesterone), which makes mucus wetter and more profuse. However they can often happen together.
These imbalances can be treated naturally. I would recommend you see a specialist naturopath to help with rebalancing your cycle as vitex on its own may not be enough.
I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.
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