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I have a cycle that varies 26-28 days. I have tried the ovulations kits and the past two months show negative on all days...

By Anonymous June 9, 2009 - 11:50am
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I have a cycle that varies 26-28 days. I have tried the ovulations kits and the past two months show negative on all days... I used the 28 day cycle dates on the box instructions. Both tests I did day 11-16 with all negative results. I have normal periods, though every other month my period and cramps are worse. Due to unrelated medical appointments (physical etc) the dr. did pregnancy tests (blood) and they have been negative, so I know that I am not pregnant. Even though the ovulation test kits said negative, my husband and I still had sex anyway... What is wrong with me? I have an appt at the end of the month for a regular PAP appt. and am waiting to find out if my insurance will approve some fertility tests.

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Thanks for the help! We have started some fertility testing and have found that my husband has low sperm count, which could be a problem. I am still seeing my dr. so we'll see what happens :) My dr. is starting me on clomid.

July 13, 2009 - 12:08pm
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My Monthly cycle is also D26-28. And here I thought I was abnormal. 8 out 12 months I started on D26, and the few times I started on D28 or D29 I thought for sure I was "finally" pregnant.

All of my OPK have been negitive. sadly. I KNOW I OVULATE, I'm just trying to figure out when.

So I started taking my BBT. I bought the BBT on D9, and started taking my temperture on D10, and there has never really been that much change in temperture.

But this is my first month with the BBT and the OPK. I've been trying to concieve for a year now. And we thought we were pregnant twice. But, we're not.

I did have PCOS, and I've been working with natural remedies to bring this under control. I'm hoping that it is less of a problem. I gained 11lbs last year and I have lost 8 of the 11 lbs now. And I'm doing a lot better.

Hoping to get pregnant!

I would like to have a May baby, so if I'm not pregnant this month, I'm really going to be trying hard next month!

July 13, 2009 - 12:01pm

Anon, in addition to Alison's comments, have you tried (or have you heard of) basal body temperature charting?

The basics of it are this: You have a basal body temperature upon waking that stays at a certain level before you ovulate. Right before you ovulate, it dips as much as a half degree. Soon after you ovulate, it rises as much as a full degree, and stays there until you have your period.

Charting your basal temperature requires very little: A special thermometer (regular thermometers don't go to the tenth of a degree) and charts, which you can even print from the internet. If you were to use them for a couple months along with your ovulation predictor kits, you might get a better idea of just what your body's doing.

Here's a former EmpowHer post where I explain basal body temperature charting and include some links:


June 10, 2009 - 9:21am

Have you considered using the predictor kits on days other than 11-16?

I'm like you...I have a cycle that varies from 26-28 days, a few times it was even 25 days. I thought I was ovulating around the 14th day or a few days earlier around 11th...but I now believe I am ovulating around day 8, 9, 10. That seems early, in the cycle, but it makes sense (to bring it back to you and your question)...

Women can ovulate as early as 16 days before their period begins. So, if you have a menstrual cycle that is 26-days, you could possibly ovulate as early as "day 10", maybe even earlier?? Plus, from my readings, many OB/GYNs are saying it is better for the sperm to be "waiting" for the egg to travel through the fallopian tube (where its fertilized), instead of the egg getting their first. That could mean you have intercourse a few days leading up to ovulation, around days 7, 8, 9 of your cycle. And yes, that's probably right as your period is ending.

That's the frustrating part with ovulation...it can occur well-outside the "11-16 cycle-day" window. Women also ovulate "later" in the cycle, into the "day 18", with their expected period only a week away.

For these reasons, experts are recommending couples to have intercourse 2-3 times per week, or every-other day, regardless of when they believe they are ovulating...the window of ovulation is wide (almost 2 weeks), and cycles vary from month-to-month, which makes it nearly impossible to pinpoint accurately each time.

How long have you been trying to conceive? How old are you and your husband? (You have already begun investigating fertility treatment options?)

June 9, 2009 - 1:33pm
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