Originally Posted by dak2005
This month I finally tried OPK on day 16 and finally got 2 lines. We left for our first wedding anniversary getaway and on day 20 my temp increased to 98 but fell back to 97.5 on day 21 so I guess I didn't ovulate. Within this time I had the physical twinges that come along for me when I ovulate. I took an OPK test on day 24 and day 25 and both had a faint 2nd line but day 25 I had increased physical twinges and was fairly uncomfortable and checked cm and thought oh, now I must be ovulating....... I am so confused and frustrated.
Glad to hear your test results are good. Have you seen an infertility specialist yet to check everything else? If you can afford it, it might be worth it especially with your changing periods. And get a SA!
Temperature tracking to figure the exact ovulation time isn't entirely precise according to the Dr I saw. There are a lot of factors that can change it. When I did it I did not have a rise in temp for a day or two after I was sure I had ovulated. So it is very possible that your ovulation was happening on CD 17/18, then your temps fluctuated a bit after CD 20.
OPKs can also have faint readings before and after you ovulate. You have to go with the darkest one in conjunction with your other signs. It's possible that your twinges could be misleading you since we become hyper sensitive to our bodies at this time. It could be other things causing the discomfort too.
I would recommend checking your cervix daily in the shower if you really want to know if you've already ovulated. It moves a bit during the cycle, but the big difference is in the feel. During your fertile time it's softer and when you're not, it's firmer. At that time you can also check your CM. When you do it daily like that it's a lot easier to see what's going on.
On another note, from the Dr I saw, frequency of BD is a lot more effective than exact timing. If you can do it every other or at least every 3 days during your wide window of possible fertility, you'll have a chance of hitting your day since the sperm can stay alive for a while.
For myself after TTC #2 for almost 1 1/2 yrs, I've laid off on the being obsessed with when I'm ovulating (as it can add some stress) and we're sticking to about every other day for my fertile week. I was a pretty regular 28 days, but now I'm shifting to 27. I am however taking cough syrup (Guaifenesin only) to loosen my CM. I did get PG using it and then had a MC. I'm 36 and some months I do know my CM isn't as great as others, or when I was younger, so I figure it can't hurt.