My "O" Face.

by Jen on January 31, 2011

It’s true.  I love Oprah, Orgasms,, and Ovulating.  Oh, and Spaghetti-O‘s.  If I want Oprah?  Hello DVR.  Orgasms?  Come here, George!  Just a couple keystrokes away.  But Ovulating?  I can’t figure that bitch out.
In a nutshell, you are most fertile around the time of ovulation, so homegirls like me, spend “some” time trying to pinpoint this period.  It’s sort of like timing your eBay bid correctly.  Feel me?  There are handy dandy methods to help you determine when you are ovulating, and the two I am currently using are OPK (ovulation predictor kits) and BBT (basal body temping).  You pee on an OPK stick every day, (just like a litmus stick) and eventually the stick turns a dark maroon when it’s “go time”.  With BBT, you take your temperature (not in your vagina – although at one time, I thought that) every morning when you wake up, thus creating a chart of temperatures used to create a fertility pattern that helps pinpoint ovulation.  Doubling up the two methods has to be fail-safe, right?
Here’s my problem.  My OPK sticks turned a dark(ish) pink color on three different occasions this month (none of which seem to coincide with the way cycles are supposed to work).  It wasn’t pale pink and wasn’t really quite as maroon as I think it should have been to clearly identify ovulation.  No problem, though, because my BBT should provide clarity.  Or not.  Once you ovulate, you should sustain slightly higher basal body temperatures than before you ovulate.  I haven’t sustained shit.  My chart resembles a roller coaster with peaks and valleys for days.
So, I’m pretty sure I didn’t ovulate.  Therefore, I’m pretty sure this month did not a baby make.  Help is on the way, though.  February marks our ninth complete month of “trying”.  Due to my pre-determined fertility issues, we weren’t sold on our ability to get pregnant without medical intervention.  We prepared for this, as much as we could anyway. So in March, barring nothing miraculous happens before then, we meet with my doctor to put together a plan of action – a baby plan, if you will.  Until then, I’m trying to coax my ovaries into finding their O.  Oprah needs an episode about this.  My ovaries would listen to her.
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1 Muffy Morgan January 31, 2011 at 10:05 pm

I know you can't talk right now, but I need your ovaries to call me. It might be time to break out the big guns. I learned some crazy shit watching 24 and the Sopranos. Maybe they need a little. . . persuading. 😉 Or I could bribe them with all my weekly skril! Anything for you, my Jebby. I'm actually excited for the next phase of the plan though. Intervention isn't fun, but your chances of being the next octomom go up!


2 Katie February 1, 2011 at 9:19 am

You may have already mentioned this, but do you have PCOS? I could be wrong, but I think that sometimes you can get wonky OPK results with PCOS…


3 Jennifer Bruno February 2, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Muffy: If anyone has Jack Bauer skillz – it is ye. :-)Katie: Yes, I have PCOS. Thank you for the tip. I hadn't heard that before and have since done some research. I appreciate you letting me know. I just keep peeing on sticks, squinting at the results, taking pics of the sticks and texting them to my friends asking, "Does that look maroon to you???" 🙂 So anyway, thank you so much for your help!


4 Michelle April 16, 2011 at 6:39 am

Some people have really good, clear, definable thermal shifts, others do not, so although it's a method that works for some, it doesn't work for everyone. Have you ever looked into NaproTechnology (Natural Reproductive Technology) It is a much more accurate (and easy in my opinion) method for following your fertility. Basically, you learn how to chart your cervical mucus and from it can determine when/if you've ovulated. My charts since I've started charting (first with other nfp methods, with Napro for about 3 years now -about 6 years total) have always been pretty wonky, but we have been able to conceive 5 times and have 2 precious kiddos here with us on earth. You can read more about my story here:… and also under label "birth"There is so much that goes on pre-pregnancy and then in early pregnancy that it just seems a wonder to me that ANYONE ever gets and stays pregnant. Talk about a world class miracle! I hope it will happen for you! Even though I don't know you (at all!) you'll be on my heart now. I have a special place for those struggling with infertility and miscarriages because it just sucks sometimes (okay a lot of the time!) and it sucks a little less to know you have someone out there thinking/praying for you!


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