Anovulatory Cycle

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    bridgetcoop

    How do I know when my fertile window is occurring?

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    Courtney

    Hi bridgetcoop! You can detect when the fertile window is occurring by tracking your basal body temperatures (BBTs) and cervical fluid. Your cervical fluid tells you when you are becoming fertile - i.e. when you're approaching ovulation. Your BBTs tell you when ovulation has occurred. You can also track your cervical position as an added confirmation of your fertile days.

    For more info, check out this article on cervical fluid and fertility: https://kindara.zendesk.com/entries/23642546-Cervical-Fluid-and-Fertility

    And, this article on BBTs: https://kindara.zendesk.com/entries/23626932-BBT-101

    And finally, this article on cervix tracking: https://kindara.zendesk.com/entries/23861856-What-is-cervix-tracking-

    Happy charting!

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    britania169

    Would this chart be an example of someone who has recently quit birth control?

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    Courtney

    It could be. Having recently come off hormonal birth control is one common reason for anovulatory cycles - others include travel, stress, illness, breastfeeding, significant weight gain or loss, and hormonal imbalances such as PCOS. This is just a standard example of a cycle in which the woman didn't ovulate - Anovulatory cycles may be shorter or longer than this one, and the cervical fluid and temperature patterns may differ, as well. 

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    ptcbass

    Can using progesterone cream last half of cycle throw temps (or anything else) off?

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    Courtney

    Hey ptcbass, Progesterone cream can cause your basal temperatures to be higher than normal, and can cause your cervical fluid to dry up or become sticky. If you already confirmed ovulation with a temperature shift before starting the progesterone, then you don't need to worry about your temps being skewed, as you'll know you're already in the luteal phase (and are infertile for the rest of your cycle). 

    If you didn't confirm ovulation before starting the progesterone, it's very unlikely that you'll ovulate while on progesterone cream, as progesterone cream causes your body to think it's already ovulated. Just in case, pay close attention to your cervical fluid and cervical position to see if you notice any changes.

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    vml19

    What if your temps are all over the place

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    Courtney

    Hi there,

    There are a number of possible reasons why your temperatures are inconsistent. First, have you recently come off hormonal birth control? Many women have anovulatory cycles and erratic temperatures in the months after coming off the Pill.

    If that's not the case, is your cervical fluid showing an ovulatory pattern (e.g., you either have no cervical fluid or dryer (sticky) CF in the beginning of your cycle, then it gets wetter/slipperier for a period, then transitions back to dry/none)? If so, and your temperatures are erratic, it's possible your thermometer isn't sensitive enough, or you aren't taking your temperature correctly. This article explains how to get an accurate BBT reading. If you're following all those guidelines, you may want to consider purchasing another thermometer. 

    Alternatively, it's possible that you are having an anovulatory cycle. This article explains more about what anovulatory cycles are and possible causes for them.

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    Rebekah Botero

    So there are some cycles you don't become fertile? I'm getting married in three months and new to charting. Just trying to figure things out :)

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    Sam

    Hi Rebekah,  Some women can experience cycles during which they don't ovulate, but this is not the norm.  Most women ovulate every month and charting helps you determine when and if that occurs.  Hope this helps!

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    aawiseman2014

    I'm a little confused. I thought a woman can only get pregnant around the time that she has ovulated. Doesn't "fertile" mean that pregnancy could happen? Are you fertile any time there is cf present? Could this woman still get pregnant though she hasn't ovulated?

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    Sam

    Hi Aawiseman,

    In FAM, when we're trying to avoid conception, we consider any cervical fluid before confirmed ovulation to be fertile.  We do this because we don't necessarily know what the fertile window is until after it has already occurred.  In this case "fertile" means "potentially fertile" because we are being conservative since this example is trying to avoid conception.  This woman would not technically have been able to get pregnant because she never ovulated, however, she did not know that she was not GOING TO ovulate, so she played it safe.  Only after she had confirmed ovulation could she be sure that it had occurred, otherwise, she may ovulate after having unprotected sex because she assumed she knew when she were going to ovulate- probably not the best idea if she's trying to avoid conception.  I hope this answers your question!

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    donnahays1023

    Is it normal to have an anovulatory cycle right after miscarriage?

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    Sam

    Hi DonnaHays,

    I'm so sorry for your loss, and yes, it can be normal to have an anovulatory cycle right after a miscarriage.  It can take a few cycles to reestablish your normal rhythm again. Your body will return to normal, it may just take a cycle or two.

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    annabelrushton96

    I came off hbc almost two months ago, I have my first cycle and confirmed ovulation, my cycle was approx 30 days long, I had a period and started a new cycle. Now, on my second cycle, I don't appear to have any temperature shift (I'm on day 25) and yet my cervical fluid has been fertile for a good 10 days now! All my temperatures are consistently low (pre ovulation and below my cover line from last cylcle) so I have a feeling I'm not going to ovulate at all, but am worried to have intercourse because I'm tta (it has been 20 days since I have had intercourse) and I use barrier always as I'm only on cycle 2. Does anyone have any advice

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    Rebekah Botero

    Is it normal for cycles to go from "picture perfect" to all over the place after a life changing event, such as marriage? The last few cycles after getting married have been so crazy and off the walls weird, when I used to have perfect 27-30 day cycles. My sister mentioned her cycles went crazy after getting married too, is it normal or is something wrong? Thanks :)

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