A Very Busy Week (And a Follicular Phase Question)

Stopping by for a belated update before I head out to run some errands.

On the ttc front, wondering if any of you have had the experience of your follicular phase shortening after going on any of the supplements I talked about in this post?  I have consistently had a 27-day cycle, with a 13-day follicular phase followed by a 14-day luteal phase.

Until last month.

Last month, my follicular phase shortened to 11 days, and this month it was around 10!  At least according to my basal body temperature charting, which showed a significant, post-ovulation rise yesterday on day 11.  And I tested positive on an OPK the evening of day 10 (negative that morning).

I'm worried that this may be a "bad thing" and would love any feedback you may have to give.

In other news, sh/cm and I visited his brother and family in San Diego last weekend and he was surprised that we all got along so well right from the beginning.  Not to inflate myself, but apparently the relationship between his family and his two exes was less than warm and close.  So, of course, I feel great about that.

And best of all, it was a fun and generally relaxed time.  Walks on the beach, a tall ship festival, two lovely home-cooked dinners with friends, hot tubbing. . . and sh/cm and I had some great deeper talks on the long car ride back (I slept a lot on the ride there because we left at 8 p.m., but that's another story!).

Finally, I started the new job. . . and survived the first day!

The kids were generally engaged and fairly well-behaved - except for a couple students in one of the classes but it wasn't too horrible.  It definitely took stamina to get through so many class periods, but I kept reminding myself of the high hourly pay rate to keep me going!

If I can just get through this one day a week, I think I'll develop a lot professionally.  And I can have a stiff drink at the end of the day!  lol


  1. No suggestions on the follicles. Sorry! I'm glad things are going well with sh/cm and that you enjoyed the trip. As for the classes, you CAN do it. :-)

  2. It's interesting that you're experiencing a shortening of your follicular phase. I've had the same thing happen to me this cycle. When I'm not on fertility meds, I usually ovulate around day 14. This month I ovulated on day 11. The only change I made was adding evening primrose oil to my supplements. I can't see how that would cause me to ovulate earlier, but...who knows? I wish I could offer you some insight into what's going on, but I'm just as clueless as you.

    I'm really glad you had such a lovely trip and a good introduction to the family. :)

  3. Thanks, Nell!
    Yeah, M, it's a mystery! For both of us! I guess the point of these supplements/meds is to change things and alter our hormones/chemistry to make pregnancy more likely. I think I'll be optimistic for now and hope that, even though a shorter follicular phase isn't categorically a great thing, maybe it's a positive step in the body's overall adjustment. Sound good? :)

  4. Just curious have you heard of soy isoflavones. I just stumbled on it. It says it is the natural clomid. You even take it like clomid on the first few days of your cycle. I am going to give it a shot. I am just trying to get the timing and dosage down. It is also very cheap.