Today is CD10. As instructed by our doc we are to have sex every second day between CD10 and CD20. I don’t think we’ll have any difficulty following these instructions!
I’m not taking my temperatures, but I am going to use daily OPKs. I’m quite excited about breaking out my huge stash of sticks to pee on. When we first started TTC I was using OPKs but for a few reasons it’s been quite a while since I’ve used one.
Firstly, with such long cycles I was using so many tests that the pharmacy-bought ones didn’t seem like value-for-money. A friend recommended an online shop in the US to buy bulk OPKs and HPTs from, so now I have a shoebox full!
Secondly, it soon became clear that I wasn’t ovulating, so taking the OPKs and HPTs seemed pretty pointless.
Finally, similar to the sense of disappointment that comes with a negative HPT, I used to feel quite low after a negative OPK. Instead of the sense of excitment I used to experience, I just felt hopeless. It got to the point where it was impacting on my libido. What’s the point of having sex if I knew I wasn’t ovulating?
It’s different this time. I just took a OPK and it’s pretty clearly negative.
Strangley, I’m quite pleased about it. I didn’t expect a positive result on CD10, and I’m quite relieved to have seen a clear negative. When I took the OPKs previously, the results were always equivocable – I guess this is because my hormones were a bit wacky. The test line was always just about as dark as the control line, in fact so close that it was really hard to distinguish a difference, which meant that it was really hard to tell if it was a negative or a positive.
Now, with a clear negative today, I have a really good benchmark to compare future tests to.
So now it’s time to get down to business, as per doctor’s orders!