Plan of action for June 2013

Right, I am not pregnant… but I have come up with a plan – I am becoming too obsesed by all this monitoring…

This month I went back to ovulation tests + cbfm +duofertility+fertility friend.

Cbfm – clearblue fertility monitor
From day 7 I have had a high fertility level….and this made me worried that something may be wrong with me.
I have said this before – but next month I will not use it! And to be sure, I have asked my husband to sell it on Ebay! So there is no temptation.

Duofertility monitor
It gave me my fertile days, which we used religiously to the letter – not travels, no parties…just baby making …. and it confirmed that I had ovulated. I didn’t do a progesterone test this month as I felt reassured by the last 2 that the monitor works well for me.
The team also contacted me to recommend speaking to my doctor about progesterone again, as I had not taken it for a couple of month. I have been quite stressed with everything this month, so this may have affected my progesterone level…and ability to get pregnant.
The advisor also suggested to stop using the clearblue monitor as it is not helping – of course they would say that – it’s the competitor product!

The ovulation tests
I saw a light band on the test from day 9 until day 14…and then it disappears. So I cannot understand why the clear blue fertility monitor tells me that I am on “high fertility” as it’s using the same method of detection???? Maybe some monitors have different level of detection?? I would have imagined that they were standard.

Fertility friend

I have used fertility friends this month to see what this was all about as I have seen a few people comment on it.
The reality is that it is not so good for me as there is nobody knowledgeable there. Some women on there are claiming to analyse other women’s data, this is probably coming from a good intention, but this is not medical advice and what I read on it worries me more than necessary!
I am keen to use it for plotting my data to see if I learn any more information from it than I do from duo and I will keep you posted. However to reduce my obsession I have asked my husband to do the hard work ( put the data in) and this will hopefully get him a bit more involved 😉
I have also seen 2 new apps called Glow and Ovuline in the media, so I will put that on his phone so we can test it too. I will keep you posted about his impressions and finding.
But for me, this month, I will concentrate on Duo and relaxing as using all those things is probably getting me a bit obsessed about it! And really I get all I need from Duo.

Since my last post

Right – internet is now fixed at home, and I can tell you what happened over the last 4 weeks.

Despite my wonderful temperature and my high progesterone, I was not pregnant last month. Of course, I was disappointed, but that it part of the process… hoping every month that it will be the one I get a good news!

I was still happy to have a lovely a stable luteal phase despite not taking progesterone supplement. My doctor confirmed that with such high progesterone results following ovulation, I wouldn’t need to take extra.

24 april

This cycle is a bit more variable than the last one. I am a day away from having to take a pregnancy test, and except for a bit of a headache, I feel absolutely normal…and therefore probably not pregnant. Reading other people’s comments about early pregnancy it is clear that there is a whole list of symptoms that I should be experiencing by now. I am still optimistic! Who knows 😉

The lovely spring weather in the UK at the moment (Yes, I have learned British irony by now!) means that the house is absolutely freezing and I think that this is causing me to feel under the weather…and this seems to have affected my temperature for the last few days. It has dropped quite a bit for the last 4 days, when I think that it should have remained high. I feel a bit stiffly, so I think that this is making my sleep particularly disrupted, and the fertility advisor told me that this could cause issues with my temperature.

18 may

I have done a blood test to check my progesterone level with the lab duofertility works with, and I got confirmation that I had ovulated, as confirmed by the monitor. My result was 36.6, which is good. So no progesterone supplements for me again! 😉

prog test

Anyway, I will still do a pregnancy test in the morning to see what the result is!

I have bought a pregnancy test from Boots and I have seen that Boots now sells a new type of ovulation tests which seem to do exactly the same job as the clearblue fertility monitor (Clearblue Digital Ovulation Test with Dual Hormone Indicator) and they are a lot cheaper, I am gutted to have spent so much money on the clearblue monitor – which isn’t working for me when I could have tried those for a month are realised that they didn’t work…

On a more technical note, I was happy to see that I could use my duo monitor from the office. Given that I had not internet, the fertility team couldn’t access my data and advise me. But they helped me set up the monitor on my office computer without leaving any traces on the work computer as the last thing I want is my boss to find out that I am trying to get pregnant!

work in progress

I hope that the internet will be better from now on – so I don’t have to write such long posts!

Duofertility chart confirming ovulation

Duofertility chart confirming ovulation

As you can see on my duofertility chart – it looks like I ovulated on Saturday. I will confirm this tomorrow when I have the result of my blood test. The ovacue has not yet confirmed ovulation but tells me … Continue reading

A blood test to tell which monitor is telling the truth

I have big doubts about my ovulation date again… So I went to do a blood test today and I will get my results tomorrow. I want to know if I can use my progesterone supplement or not. The GPs needed a week notice to plan such a test, so I paid for a private one at the private clinic.

If the progesterone level is high, then that means that I have ovulated. I therefore will start taking progesterone capsules tomorrow morning. My ovulation has been confirmed by Duofertility on Saturday, so tomorrow (Tuesday) I will try to help my body make a better womb lining for letting an embryo stick to it.

I was not very sure that my ovulation had really happened as the rise in temperature is not as big as it was last month, but the DuoFertility team confirmed it. So I feel confident that I could start taking my progesterone, but given that the other monitors are not confirming it I really want to have my mind at rest. If I take progesterone too early, I can prevent ovulation from happening.

The clearblue fertility monitor still isn’t working for me. I have read on forums that it seem to work for other women, but maybe it is not too good if you have low ovarian reserve. As recommended by my doctor I have used ovulation test (first response) and I got 2 days with a very faint test line on the ovulation test (Tuesday and Wednesday). I have marked them with the star on my duo fertility chart. The duofertility team told me that is was a little unusual to have a long gap (several days between the ovulation tests being positive and the ovulation date) but reassured me by saying that they have seen it before in women who got pregnant. They also recommended taking 2 tests a day, one in the morning and one in the evening to see if I have missed my lh surge.

The ovacue was very confusing again…. I am not sure that I am trusting the results – apparently I have not yet ovulated.

Tomorrow will be the moment of truth!

My gynaecologist recommended ovulation tests

So I had a good appointment with my doctor, she reassured me about the possible implantation/chemical pregnancy and said the same as the duo fertility team – nothing to worry about for now. So I feel happier about it. She also confirmed that as far as she could see it had nothing to do with my low ovarian reserve!

She has had several of her patients use the Clearblue fertility monitor but has said that in her opinion the ovulation tests are better than the monitor for the couples who have difficulties conceiving. Apparently the monitor is not as good as observing yourself the line get darker and darker day after day on the ovulation tests. She recommended the non-digital tests rather than the digital.

 

 

 

She didn’t know about the ovacue or the duofertility, but she looked them up during our consultation. She found that the ovacue looked not very scientific – she thought that it works like the ovulation microscopes which are not reliable at all apparently. She said that I was probably wasting my time with it. And she also confirmed that if I ovulated twice last cycle it would have happened within 2 days, so the ovacue was probably inaccurate.

Her views of the duofertility is that it was a better way of doing the body basal temperature, and that it was useful to have experts reviewing the data. I printed a few of the emails that I have exchanged with the team and she agreed with their interpretation. That is at least reassuring. She was however surprised that it could predict my fertile days – she thought that this could just be done with ovulation tests. I told her that both cycles it had predicted ovulation and that it seemed accurate.

So going forward, I will add ovulation tests to my testing panel! I collect urine for the clearblue fertility monitor so it doesn’t change too much to do that test as well! One more thing to dip! I need to open a lab in the bathroom at home!

 

 

 

implantation?

My periods started 2 days ago, so I am having a fresh start.
I have been a bit disoriented in the last few days as I have had a faint positive pregnancy test. It was not very clear, but it was definitely there. And then the following day it was negative again.

I spoke with my duofertility advisor who reassured me. It is either that the pregnancy test was duff, or that I had a chemical pregnancy. Given that my luteal phase was quite long and that they could see a sign of implantation, it is likely to be a real pregnancy.
If it is a chemical pregnancy, it is apparently a good sign as it indicates that everything works. I am a bit worried about it as my poor ovarian reserve could indicate a bad egg quality. But my advisor said that 1 in 4 couples experience some sort of miscarriage.

So we are starting again with a fresh mind. But I hope that next time I have a positive pregnancy test, it will be for 9 months.

So implantation is when the embryo gets attached to the womb and starts growing. Apparently this is a time when a whole new set of hormones are being produced. One of those is the pregnancy hormone which get the pregnancy tests positive.
Anyway, it’s the magical moment that I am so looking forward to!!!

I have been loosing sleep over this for a couple of night, but I feel that now that I have spoken to my advisor, I have put things into perspective.