There was one more piece of information from yesterday’s consultation that I’ve been obsessing over.
They checked my ovaries to see if my cyst was gone and everything looked okay. It wasn’t a thorough scan, it was a swish around look, and a quick follicle count. They took no measurements or photos.
When we were chatting afterwards and I said I was expecting my period in two weeks (I’m on CD15), the consultant said:
I think you’ve got a little longer than that to go, you don’t have a dominant follicle, so it might be longer than two weeks.
I don’t have a dominant follicle.
A dominant follicle usually emerges about day 9 (as far as I can tell), and then grows some more and releases the egg a few days later.
According to fertility friend’s crosshairs (and my own observations correlate), I ovulated 3 days ago, on CD12.
Now, they should have seen the corpus luteum, but they didn’t (although they weren’t specifically looking for it). They didn’t see a dominant follicle either.
So, no corpus luteum and no dominant follicle means an anovulatory cycle.
Here’s my chart:
So… for me, it’s not the clearest chart I’ve ever had. My temps are usually 80-90% below 97.9 in the follicular phase, and this month I’ve had a lot of weird highs. I am attributing that to the cyst that has “resolved” possibly interfering with my hormones.
However, I got definite egg white cervical mucus on days 11 and 12, along with three days of ovulation pain (primarily on the right, but I could feel the tenderness in both). I also got a very dark, positive opk on CD12 (I usually ovulate early after miscarriage, so that it normal too).
My cervical mucus has dried up completely, and my ovulation pain has all gone. I’ve got that mild, low backache I always get after O and I feel 99% certain that I’ve ovulated – I wouldn’t even have questioned it if I hadn’t had the ultrasound done.
So what does the scan mean?
Could they have missed the corpus luteum?
If I haven’t ovulated, why has my temp gone back up?
I feel really sad that this cycle – this one I had planned, with all our efforts at eating better, the juice fast, the diligence, the constant attention to everything that might impact my chances – might be a total no-goer.
Especially as it’s the last cycle before IVF, if we go ahead.
Oh well. We’ll find out soon enough.