Hi everyone, I've been quiet lately because this cycle is a little wacky and I am not completely sure what's going on. My RE warned it would probably be an unusual cycle for me, and wow, it totally is. On CD4 I had that 15mm follicle on u/s and I got a + opk on the morning of CD9. I felt o pains late that night, then had one more + opk the next morning. Okay, so that should all be good, right? I even know the reason for the early o (I usually o around cd15-16). But, weird slow temp rise, plus I usually have very clear CM signs and this month, not at all. CP signs were right on, at least. So, I guess I ovulated? I am not going to feel good about it until I see three nice, high, 98+ temps. Actually, even then I am not going to feel good about it, because it's still a bizarre cycle for me. The short story is that I am 4dpo...I think. That's what fertility friend thinks, anyway.
Renavoo, My intuition is saying, don't wean off the progesterone this cycle. Say your corpus luteum's progesterone production is at 8. Then with the prog supps, it brings it up to 18. Well, even if you cut the dose in half and it only drops to, say, 12 - nice and high for 9dpo - it is still signalling a progesterone drop to you body. I would be nervous about that. Since you're at 9dpo I would keep going with it this cycle until 14dpo. I really do know what you mean about freaking out over adding these meds, because I also tend to avoid when reasonable. (Remember all my angst about the trigger?! We don't even keep Advil in the house because it always expires before we have a chance to use more than a few.) That being said, I think prometrium is a relatively gentle medication and I have a feeling the UTIs are from the application process rather than the active ingredient. I really would not be worried myself taking 5 more days' worth.
Also, I wanted to second your Memorial Day thoughts!
Kaydove, I think the idea that an egg is of lesser quality if ovulated after cd21 depends on the reason for late ovulation; I don't think it is a blanket rule. I think it is more true for women who are having regular cycles. But if you are coming from a situation where your body is regulating in some way (after pregnancy, after m/c, after BCPs, etc.) it may not be true. The apparent later o time may not really be late, it may just reflect that your body started its process of developing the egg later. I know it probably doesn't help to hear that - I know anything that might be the slightest indication of risk or a problem makes me worry worry worry, personally. But I hope it will be reassuring to think that this may not be a hard and fast rule. About the hcg shot, what Renavoo said! I can also tell you my RE requires monitoring for its use. I think the advantages would be mitigated if you didn't confirm you had a mature follicle before using it.
Brichole, Just another huge congratulations on your new home!!! You know what? We are considering a move and since you've given me house fever, I've been having a lot of fun looking at real estate listings!
Sending lots of good thoughts out there to all of you.