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    dianelipovsky

    Thank you for helping describe the nuances with our condition!

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    archiesjess

    Great example. I was pulling my hair out until I saw this. Thanks so much!

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    lf2185

    Hi, I think thus is similar to my cycles! Is it possible or normal to get a false positive digi opk in the "false peak" in the cycle? :)

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    Courtney

    Hey lf2185, it is possible to get a false positive with an OPK, particularly during a false peak. Just before you ovulate, your pituitary gland releases a 'surge' of luteinizing hormone (LH), telling your body it's time to ovulate.  OPKs work by detecting the presence of LH in urine. However, sometimes a woman's body may gear up to ovulate, and will produce the LH surge - yet ovulation will not occur. So if you use OPKs, it's important to track your temperatures as well to confirm if ovulation really occurred. 

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    lf2185

    Hi, thanks for that, I am charting my temps since mid January, I got the dip and rise just before my last period, I'm on cd27 today I think, and the temps are all over the place similar to the chart, I take them round same time every day before I move etc, i had confirmed cysts by u/s but told I don't have pcos, I have app today, I'm going to take my iPad with the apps and show them to the doc (different doc) and see what they say!! Very frustrating. Lol. Thanks again!

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    Sarah Lloyd

    Thank you for this chart it really gives me hope that I can conceive. Doctors are saying that I don't have PCOS at the moment even though have confirmed cysts on ovaries and been diagnosed with it in the past. Have changed doctors too. Fingers crossed I get more help.

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    Sarah Lloyd

    Been charting my temp for 5 days now and noticed a temprature surge the day after I finished my period. Can ovulation occur so soon after mensturation which always lasts 5 days for me.

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    Courtney

    Hi Sarah,

    While unlikely, it is possible to ovulate as soon as day 6-7 of your cycle, particularly if you normally have short cycles. Was the surge at least .1 degrees F/.05 degrees C higher than any of the previous temperatures from that cycle, and did it stay in the higher range for at least 3 days? If so, then it sounds like you ovulated. Pay attention to your cervical fluid as well to see if it dries up for the rest of your cycle.

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    Sarah Lloyd

    The surge went from 35.5 to 36.5 on day 6-7 of my cycle. My CF has been alternating between creamy and watery sometimes on the same day till now on day 13. My cervix seems to be moving up and down too and of different firmness. I'm not able to reach the cervix opening. I don't know if I'm just not able to read the signs yet of if this really what is happening with my body and is cause by the PCOS. I'm not really sure what it can do. Do you have any more reliable info that you can recommend?

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    Courtney

    Hey again,

    If you only have one temperature recorded before the temperature rise, unfortunately this isn't enough to confirm a temp shift, as it's possible that the lower temperature was inaccurate or erratic (and erratic temps can be common during your period). Keep watching your temperatures to see if they rise again.

    Here's a resource with some more information on charting with PCOS: http://www.pcosdietsupport.com/fertility/pcos-fertility-charting/

     

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    torie_radical

    Is having a 17 day luteral phase considered long?

    I have an in average 15 day folicale phase 17 days luteral phase.

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    Courtney

    Hey Torie, a 17-day luteal phase is on the longer end, but it doesn't mean anything's wrong! A cycle with a 17-day luteal phase can still be perfectly healthy.

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    kiranicole92

    This is what my cycles have looked like since coming off the birth control pill. Does this mean I could have PCOS, or is it solely because of recently stopping birth control pills? Can birth control pills cause PCOS?

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    Courtney

    Hey there! If your charts are all over the place right now, don't stress - it's totally common for your charts to be out of whack in the first few months after coming off the Pill. For some women, it can take 6 months or longer for their cycles to go back to normal after stopping hormonal birth control. So, no need to worry :)

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    megshughes

    This is such an awesome resource. I wish I knew about this years ago.

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    tasha_baptiste

    I've been trying to track my ovulation for the last 2 months n my temps are all over the place I've been to a fertlilty doctor n had test done he said I was ovulating on the 23rd day but I had noticed last month it was the 20th day should I be looking at around those days every month?

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    Courtney

    Hey Tasha, because you can ovulate on different days in different cycles, you'll probably have more luck by paying attention to your cervical fluid patterns. As soon as you start noticing fertile (i.e., slippery or wet) cervical fluid, this is a good indication that you're entering the fertile window - meaning it's a great time to have sex to get pregnant. Once your cervical fluid starts drying up for the rest of your cycle, you likely already ovulated, meaning that the fertile window is over. 

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    yackisoba

    Hey Courtney,

    If you have a sustained rise in your temperature, does that confirm ovulation? I have irregular cycles and my doc says I may not be ovulating but I'm seeing a sustained temp rise after watery CM. Is it possible that I would get all those symptoms but not ovulate?

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    gutierrez9791

    I'm confused I had a chart similar to this and thought I was in the right track for pregnancy but on day 12 after ovulation I was spotting and now it seems as I've gotten my period but I tracked my temperature every and it still high. This is my first time chart but with temperature high and some bleeding it has me confused. Help!

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    Lauren

    Hi Yackisoba, thanks for contacting us!  Yes, a sustained temperature shift that lasts through the remainder of your cycle, you can be very certain that you ovulated.  Tracking your BBT and observing a sustained temperature shift is the strongest indicator that you're ovulating successfully. I hope this helps!

    Hi Gutierre, thanks for your question!  It's actually very normal to have high temperatures for the few days even after you start bleeding.  This is due to the lingering effects of progesterone from your previous luteal phase.  This will probably only last a few days and your temperature will go back down to its preovulatory range soon.  I hope that helps!

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    portia.westesen

    Thank you so much for sharing this!!!

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