It was also a particularly brutal PMS month, which as some of you likely know, adds to the emotional intensity of any experience. That particular fog is lifting, at least, thank God.
My family was in town from Oregon, so the extra cycle day took place out and about, mainly at the Oregon-Stanford game (which Oregon won handily, Go Ducks!). Every trip to the bathroom, I would come back and whisper to sh/cm, "Nothing yet."
At the end of the day, hope was definitely building, but then some different type of cramping started and then light spotting and a temperature drop, so I knew that was it. I admit it, there was crying. But I'm doing okay now.
I do wonder if that up down, up down bounce at the beginning of my cycle meant I ovulated late or ovulated twice, which may have affected my luteal phase length?
In related news, I am cutting back my DHEA supplementation to 50 mg from 75 after noticing slight facial hair increase. It was blonde and very light, but still, yikes! *I also wonder whether it affected my mood and plan to research that a bit further.
If I doctor recommends it, I will tough it out, but for now, I'm going with 50, as I've seen this dosage recommended, as well. And it will hopefully keep me recognizably female.
Now that we've had insurance approval, I'm also calling Kaiser tomorrow and recruiting a real doctor back into the mix.