Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Ovulation Tracking - Week 2

Week 2 of tracking is over as you can see from the photo below. I'm getting worse at taking the test on time. I have an alarm set but I just don't need to go and get distracted...

I've been doing some reading about the different ways to use OPK's (blog post to come) and some people test more than once a day (say mid-morning and mid-afternoon) but I'm only testing once a day. I mention that now because as you can see from Day 1, it looks like I had either ovulated and was on the way down, or on my way up (it's not 100% the same or darker), especially when you remember that just the day before the line was darker than usual (but not like this).

Some people would start testing many times that day (and the day prior), looking for the peak, but because we're not actually "trying" yet, I simply marked this date on my calendar and expected to see my period around 2 weeks later.

My symptoms for around that day (which I didn't really think were symptoms but wrote down anyway once I saw this line) were:
  • April 15, 2014 - Bloated, nauseous, painful stomach (unable to solve with Gas-X), moodiness
  • April 16, 2014 - still bloated in the morning and mildly moody. Took gas-x and felt better in the afternoon
I actually thought perhaps I was getting sick. I also wondered whether it was because I hadn't really eaten very well that day (I forgot breakfast).

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Ovulation Tracking - Week 1

This is my very first week testing ovulation. I'm relatively certain all of these are negative, although Day 7 does appear to be darker than the others. I won't feel "sure" until I get my first period and after I've done an entire month so know what to expect... so time will tell!

Implanon Removed!

On March 7, 2014 I had my Implanon birth control rod removed. For those that don't know, it's a small rod that contains progesterone which is inserted under the skin of the upper arm.

I'm not having it removed for conception purposes (yet), I'm having it removed for weight loss reasons, to give my body time to normalise in time for when we ARE ready to try for children, and also so I have an idea of what my cycles are like now and hopefully increase our chances of conceiving relatively quickly.

I've had two (2) rods, starting with the first in July 2009, and it's replacement in September 2012. They're "good" for 3 years and while leaving it in a little longer doesn't hurt you (I've read some people just leave them in forever!), your chances of accidentally getting pregnant are increased.

My symptoms with the rod have been pretty good (I think) compared to some of the stories I've read. I haven't had a full period since I had it put in (a light one about a month in then nothing except some light spotting after the changeover). I've LOVED not having a period. No pain. It's been great in that regard. No pregnancy scares except at the change over (which I will explain again later).

The bad is I've gained a LOT of weight. How much is the rod and how much is lifestyle change (got married, moved to another country etc) I'll never know but I simply cannot shift the weight with it in. It's so disheartening to exercise, eat right, track calories and all that jazz and instead gain weight! A lot of people report the same thing. Gaining weight and it being next to impossible to shift. I have successfully lost weight PRIOR to getting the rod so I know that it's possible for me, and I know how to do it right (well I did... maybe my old body needs something else now), but it's just been going up and up and though I noticed it, I didn't really worry about it too much because at least I wasn't pregnant or having a period or worrying about taking the pill at the right time.

The doctor wasn't too impressed with where it was (it was pretty high up and curved downward) and when she was pressing down on it to get a good feel for where it is/was it started to ache, which I told her. She told me it was going to hurt a bit when she took it out because she was going to have to push it (great!).

She gave me the local, swabbed with the brown stuff, poked me to make sure I was numb and then made the cut and fiddled around until she got it out (maybe 5 mins or so). She put a steri-strip on it, a sticky bandage pad thing and then wrapped it in a bandage. I had to wait 24 hours before I could get it wet and if i got it wet I need to change the bandage pad and put a bandaid on it.

And now that's it!

I've yet to have a period and I have no idea when it will come. Some people report getting pregnant as soon as it is removed, others that it took them several months, even a year plus. This is why I've got it out now. While I'd love to be one who was able to get pregnant immediately, I'm not sure I would be, so it's out now and we're using barrier methods of birth control in the interim.

Now to track my ovulation!