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#1 of 5 Old 04-30-2009, 05:09 PM - Thread Starter
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Okay...DH and I have been casually TTC for 2 years now and are just now starting to be serious about it. I just started tracking my temps this cycle, but I have kept track of my cycle length since October '07. I'd like to use this data to help plot fertile days starting as soon as possible (especially since we STRONGLY want a DD, so we'll need to DTD in advance of O date to maximize our grrrrlpower). The thing is, my cycle lengths have changed, getting shorter...

If I average from when I first started tracking, I have a 27 day cycle.
If I average for the last 12 cycles, I have a 26 day cycle.
If I average for the last 3 cycles, I have a 25 day cycle.



(BTW, I am *not* happy about this shortening cycle of mine. It seems like AF has barely left when she comes knocking again >_<)
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It's sort of hard to say. As far as knowing when to dtd, knowing past cycle length is great, but it doesn't necessarily tell you when you've ovulated, or how long your luteal phase is.
If I were you, I'd probably look into using ovulation tests. When you get a positive on one of those, then you know that you'll most likely be ovulating in the next 24-36 hours.
Also, temping and charting cervical fluid, will help give you a better idea when you ovulated. Not exactly helpful for this cycle, but could be helpful for next cycle, if you need it.

Anyone, please chime in if I'm wrong about any of that!
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Hi,welcome. Sorry don't have any experience with trying for a specific gender, I'm kinda skeptical about if that will work or not since different theories say totally different things. I'd like to have a girl too, but the method I read about (shettles?) reccommends skipping DTD on certain days and I'm not willing (at my age) to take the chance of missing a fertile day.
Boys are awesome too at any rate

At least if your cycle is shorter, you have more opportunites to catch the egg than a person with a 45 day schedule. How is your luteal phase? That's the one I'd be afraid of getting shorter.

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My cycle is 25 days with a 14 day luteal phase, which means I ovulate day 9 - 11 or so. Nothing appears to be wrong and I've had a previous successful pregnancy - so the cycle length is not an indication that anything's necessarily wrong.

I would chart for a month and see what your luteal phase is doing but otherwise hopefully no cause for concern!
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Cycle lengths don't tell us very much - it's more about figuring out when you O on average. Usually, our luteal phases (time between O and AF) rarely change by more than a day cycle to cycle. My LP's are almost always 12 days in length, whether I ovulate on CD 11 or 14, they are 12 days long.

I have 25 day cycles and I almost always ovulate on CD 12. I'd suggest just continuing to keep track, maybe use OPK's, do BBT and CM.
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