Ovulation Calendar Temperature

Linda asks…

is there a possibility that im pregnant?

on 4/11 me and my boyfriend had sex, but we had sex with a condom and after he came we kept on going for a few more seconds. I keep track of my ovulation weeks and my periods, according to my calendar my fertile days started on 4/13.. but this week ive been moody with
– lower back pains
– on and off cramps
– lower abdominal pain on the left side of pelvis
– i had a heat flash a few nights ago
– my temperature goes up and then goes back down (hasnt been normal for a while)
– peeing a lot
– very watery discharge
– hungry all the time
– on and off headaches
could i be pregnant?
ive been super tired too.. ive spent these days sleeping, and ive felt faint a few times

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Oh, oh, honey… It does sound like you may have a little alien inside you!:) i hope this works into your life and does not cause you to panic or be sad… Try and relax and…go to the store and purchase a test… You should probably wait until after your period is actually late, but yes… Those are indeed the symptoms. Good Luck!

Betty asks…

Questions about fertility…?

How does fertility work? Logic and “amorous” feelings would indicate that I’m “in heat” about the week before I begin bleeding.
I say logic, cause that’d be good time for a healthy supply of blood to build up, and if impregnation doesn’t happen that week, then *bing* it expires, and purges, and the whole thing repeats.

Is your first day of menstruation the day where blood starts becoming shed (ie, spotting), or is it considered the first day you’re heavily bleeding?

If I have a 26-28 day cycle, when can I (roundabouts) safely have sex?

What does being a “little fertile” mean, what does being fertile mean, and what does ovulation mean / what is ovulation day? Likewise, do days of infertility mean you’re just not fertile that day, or does it mean that you can have sex those days, *sperm lives for however long*, and you won’t get pregnant?

Can I have sex up until (or even ON) the first day that I’m “a little” fertile, or do I need to not have sex 3-5 days before that first “little fertile” day? Can I have sex into the “nearing fertility” days up until his sperm would totally be dead and gone before my fertile day/ovulation day?
According to Pink Pad and the Standard Days calendar, the 3 days I had sex with my boyfriend (the day [day 4] I stopped bleeding, and the two following days), were safe. However, lets say he has super sperm and they lived the whole maximum 5 days inside me after Day 6 (the last time we had sex). That’d put me a few days into my “almost fertile” time. Is this safe, or playing chicken?

The standard days calendar says that the whole first 7 days of menstruation are infertile- does this still apply if you only bleed for 3-4 days, or do you become “fertile” as soon as you stop?

Which calendar should I listen to? Why?
-StandardDays says that no matter what, I’m fertile between days 8-19 (conveniently this month, the 8th through the 19th).
-PinkPad (and other fertility-calculating online calendars) say that I’m fertile between the 9th and 15th of this month.
Can I resume having sex on/after the 15th? Cause…5 extra days of bonding would be mighty nice.
Can the Plan B pill be used for short term birth-control?
The different hormones and reduced side effects (in severity and number), is very appealing, but would it be safe to use once or even twice a week for three weeks?

FOR THE RECORD:
I’m fully aware that the calendar-method on it’s own isn’t entirely reliable. However, I’m also monitoring my basal temperature, will be using a (all natural; yet certified in Canada and Europe) spermicide, and possibly, the Plan B pill (ultimately gonna ask my gyno about that). I’m aware all of these methods are only 80-95% successful, but I figure that success is greater when stacked. And, if it’s not evident by my questions, I’d like to have sex as often as possible because I have a limited amount of time with my boyfriend (as we’re long distance and only visit on school breaks) and have no intention of having sex on the days where I could get pregnant. It’s not gonna be like “oops, I can probably get pregnant today so lets just use spermicide” because that’s stupid. These are legitimate methods of birth control (atleast I’m not asking how much Mountain Dew to drink so I don’t get pregnant >.<) and atleast I'm not going to have sex *whenever* just because I can always get an abortion.

I hope everyone can respect that I'm doing what I am as my options are limited, and just help me by answering my questions and spare me any lectures. If you disagree with me, then save it. If you help me, then thank you <3

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

HI there!

DON’T use the Calendar method, that’s not a method.

DO use Fertility awareness. Fertility awareness is a combination of taking your temperature every morning and checking your cervical fluid every morning. These two methods combined will give you a very clear idea of when you are ovulating. The book “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” will teach you how to do this. You can see the website at www.tcoyf.com

None of those calendars will work for you. You have to listen to your own body. But once you learn how, it’s very simple.

If you are using this method, DO NOT take Plan B unless a condom breaks. It will mess up your method for up to three months from the time you it. It also can cause infertility if used frequently and it is in general terrible for your body. Worse than taking birth control pills, which I assume you have reasons for not wanting to take.

You can be fertile even while you are bleeding if you ovulate on day 8, something that is completely possible. It’s not very likely that you do, though. As soon as your period ends, you may be fertile, the only way to know is to check your cervical fluid by using two fingers to pinch it off your cervix.

The general rule with fertility awareness is don’t push it on the front side of ovulation. The time after your period before ovulation is a risky time. If you miscalculate by even 24 hours, you can become pregnant. The time after you ovulate is completely safe. The only risk is being wrong about when you’ve ovulated. “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” will teach you how to not be wrong.

Best of luck.

Mandy asks…

Should I have gotten my period by now?

I’ve been breastfeeding for over a year now (I’ve been gradually weaning by son for a few weeks now), and I’ve been getting periods since June. My first two cycles were 34 days and then 50 days. But since then, my last three cycles have been 41, 40, then 36 days. And in fact, I’m not entirely sure exactly when I started my period in November (I forgot to mark it on the calendar – I just know I had my period on Thanksgiving) but I’m not off by more than two days. So it could be that my last three cycles were really 41, 38 and 38 days (or 41, 39 and 37).

Regardless, I am now 42 days into my cycle with no sign of good old Aunt Flo. Furthermore, I just started tracking my cervical mucus and BBT this past month. Even though my temps were a little erratic at first, I do have a pretty obvious sustained temperature rise following four days of egg white mucus and high sex drive – so I feel pretty confident that’s when I ovulated. That means that right now I am 19 dpo. My husband and I had sex about two days before ovulation, and we used spermacide (which I know is less effective as a contraceptive than other methods).

I’ve had two or three days where I felt nauseous, but nothing like the symptoms I felt the first time I was pregnant. And I’ve tested three times in the last week, and every time it’s been negative. So I’m going mad with uncertainty right now, and my doctor won’t tell me over the phone whether it’s reasonable for me to expect to be menstruating by now.

And I don’t want to make an appointment with her until I’m definitely late because I did that last summer. I had been sure I was pregnant, went in for a check up at 33 days (my cycle before getting pregnant was predictably 33 days), and when the urine test was negative she refused to do a blood test because she said it’s no more accurate thant the urine test (???) and told me to go home and wait some more. I don’t want to do that again.

So should I give it a few more days? It is reasonable for me to still be really irregular, even when my last 3 periods have been pretty consistent? Do some women have luteal phases that are 19 days and longer?

And four days after my estimated ovulation day (in between I had a couple days of dry cervix and no sex drive at all) I suddenly had more egg white mucus and my temperature dipped again – though by then I was cross-checking the regular 10-second thermometer I started using with a 60-second BBT thermometer, and the BBT thermometer didn’t dip and stayed high. Part of me wonders if that was my real ovulation day… Could it be possible? I’m using http:www.fertilityfriend.com to keep track, and it’s ovulation calculator thinks that the earlier OD is more likely, and it doesn’t even know that I suspect the low temp isn’t accurate or that I haven’t had any increase in sex drive since cycle day 23 (my predicted ovulation day).

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

I don’t know anything about cycles coming back after breastfeeding but since I have a habit of asking long questions myself I wanted to make sure you got some kind of answer.

First off, you can share your temp chart here on yahoo so people can look at it and tell you what they think was going on.

If you were 19dpo its possible you still wouldn’t get a positive HPT. You really do just have to give it time, either AF will show up or you will get a positive test. Implantation can happen as late as 12dpo and that would mean you only have 7 days of hormone building up.

Each pregnancy is different and if you’re not sure how far along you could be, your HCG levels may not be at the same point as they were last time, making your symptoms milder (in fact, getting negatives on the hpts means your HCG isn’t as high).

I would wait until 21dpo to test again, then call and make an appt with your doctor a week from then, so you’d be 2 weeks late at that point.
The blood tests aren’t any more ‘accurate’ per say. There is a blood test that just looks for HCG past a tiny threshold and gives you a positive the same as a urine test would (though the blood test usually has a threshhold of 3 or 5 HCG and urine tests, even sensitive ones are looking for 50). The other blood test (a quantitative blood test) comes back with a NUMBER. That kind of test is more informative but in theory, all tests are equaly accurate, they just are looking for different things.

I hope that helps a little. You can still insist on a blood test but do give until at least CD21 (and if you think you may have had a second ovulation or may have the wrong date, wait until CD21 from that date).

A friend of mine didn’t get her hpt positive at home until she was over 2 weeks late.

Susan asks…

How many days or weeks does ovulation last?

An online ovulation calendar says I begin ovulation on 17TH. How many days or weeks will I continue to ovulate?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Ovulation is when your body releases an egg and that can take only a few hours. The egg that is released will last only 12-36 hours after that.
If that egg is not fertilized by sperm then it deteriorates and you get your period.

So you see, ovulation would happen about that same day that the calendar predicts and you are most fertile two days before and one day after that ovulation date.

Only by recording your temperatures first thing in the morning before getting out of bed (using a Basal Thermometer) will you pin point your real ovulation dates.

Your temperature sign is the sign that will best help you to precisely pinpoint the day that ovulation occurred. This is because progesterone, and hence your temperature, increase quite dramatically just after ovulation has taken place.

Before ovulation, there is only a small amount of progesterone present in your body and your basal body temperatures (your resting temperatures) are in the lower range. After ovulation, when there is increased progesterone secreted from the corpus luteum, temperatures become elevated. The temperature elevation that occurs after ovulation is sufficient to be measured with a BBT thermometer and viewed on a BBT graph when a few simple conditions are met.

The rise in temperature is usually about 0.4 degrees Fahrenheit or 0.2 degrees Celsius, but the rise may be as slight as 0.2 degrees Fahrenheit or 0.1 degrees Celsius or even less in some cases. The actual temperatures are less important than noting a biphasic pattern showing two levels of temperatures. FertilityFriend.com will indicate that ovulation has taken place once a sustained temperature rise is observed (at least three days).

If there is no pregnancy, your temperature will stay elevated for 10-16 days, until the corpus luteum regresses. At this time, unless there is a pregnancy, progesterone levels drop dramatically and you get your period.

Ruth asks…

My husband and I are trying to concieve, and I was hoping for a good website to provide tips and advice?

It you can recommend a website that will allow me to use a free ovulation calendar and maybe an online chart for my temperature readings. Basically I am looking for the best website for someone trying to get pregnant. I have searched through google, and all the websites from the start seem the same. I would love to know what people out there think is the best! Thank you in advance!

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Http://www.baby-gaga.com/?bgref=759358

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