Over the last 6 or so weeks, I have started charting again. For those who aren’t familiar with charting, it is where you take your temperature every morning, the moment you wake up, before getting out of bed, and record it. Over time you learn your body’s pattern. Your temps are generally lower in the follicular phase (the days leading up to ovulation), and then they spike up during the luteal phase (after ovulation). If you ovulated, you will see a clearly defined shift on the chart.
I personally use Fertility Friend to document everything, because it’s familiar, it’s easy, and I like that it will give me crosshairs on the chart to denote ovulation. While it can sometimes be unreliable, most of the time it’s right. Your temps don’t lie, as long as you are taking them consistently at the same time each day. Inconsistently is a different story.
Last week, I had something happen for the first time ever. And I mean, ever. Well, first of all, I FLIPPING OVULATED ON MY OWN. So, yay for that! But the big surprise? My chart started to look like a potential pregnancy chart. It appeared I was about to have a tri-phastic pattern, which means my chart was close to showing a very clearly defined three-tier range of temperatures. Usually if a woman is pregnant, there will be a third shift in temperatures due to the hCG and increased progesterone levels from the pregnancy. When my Conceivable rep noticed this, she mentioned to me that pregnancy was a possibility.
I didn’t want to get my hopes up, because I didn’t want to feel anything, albeit excitement or pain. I knew putting my hope into this was a leap for me, so I kept my guard up and told myself that no matter what happens, the fact that I was able to ovulate without Follistim mattered, pregnancy or not.