Month: March 2013
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Don’t See That Every Day…

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013.  CD17.

OPK

Sorry for the crappy phone pic – I was just so excited!

That, my friends, is a VERY positive ovulation prediction test.

You might be thinking, “Big fat deal!”, but what you don’t know is that the odds of me getting a flaming positive like that one in a non-medicated cycle are very slim.  I don’t know why it is, perhaps what the doctors have told me is a “weak ovulation”, but my hormones don’t like to rise and fall very impressively on their own.

It’s also pretty awesome that I’m getting a positive OPK this early in a natural cycle… I typically don’t see this until closer to CD23!

So now I’m wondering, what’s with this sudden burst of enthusiasm from my endocrine system?

Is my body having some kind of resurgence of its natural cycle after having been on meds for so many months in a row?  This one I doubt a bit, mainly because last month was my first off-meds month and I’m honestly not even sure I ovulated.  I definitely didn’t have a positive OPK, and I tested for ten days straight…

Is it the dietary changes I’ve made, trying very hard to exclude caffeine, sugar, dairy, anything processed, and yes – even gluten, that has helped to even things out so quickly?

Is it the Chinese herbal dirt-ass-and-foot tea I’ve been drinking in strong doses twice a day for what… four whole days now?

Is it the one acupuncture treatment I’ve had thus far that’s made such a difference in this cycle?

I really don’t know why this cycle seems to feel better, more normal, than most, but I do know that I’ve felt very full in the pelvic region since leaving the acupuncturist’s office.  That’s not something I typically feel unless I’ve had several days of injectable meds and I know that my ovaries are full of ripe follicles ready to burst.

I have no way of knowing if what I’m doing in the off season is helping me or hurting me, and I realize that this might all be a coincidence.  It’s enough of a difference, though, to encourage me to keep at it!

Day by day, folks… day by day.  🙂

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