Cycle 4 Stats:
- 40 Days
- No ovulation
Cycle 4 Analysis
After 2 good cycles, here I had an anovulatory one. But I didn’t let that get me down. I spend the entire month of January studying abroad, traveling extensively in 2 different countries. Maybe my body thought that excessive stress was a fine environment to bring a baby into, but constantly moving around in a foreign country was a bit too much. I started bleeding after 40 days, so I just assumed that my body found the reset button and the next cycle would be similar to cycles 2 and 3.
It does appear that my mucus, although continuous, ramped up towards the end of the cycle. It is likely that my body tried to ovulate and was unable to, so it settled with a breakthrough bleed. It is also interesting to note that I did not experience any breast tenderness before my period as I had previously. This symptom was one that only showed up when the hormones from ovulation were in play.
On the other end of the cycle, my bleeding lengthened. In my first cycle, my bleeding was my short, light withdrawal bleed. I was terrified for my second cycle. Before going on the pill, the longer my cycle was the more excruciatingly painful my period was. What was it going to be like after 6 months? Well, apparently my hormones weren’t doing well enough to build up any uterine lining, because that period was just as light as a withdrawal bleed. Even once I did ovulate, my period was relatively short. This cycle my bleeding was no heavier, but it lasted longer. Both cycle 3 and cycle 4 had quite a bit of tail-end bleeding.
You’ll notice that I missed a lot of temperatures in the beginning of the cycle. This was due to not wanting to temp with a roommate. But it still remains quite clear that I did not ovulate. Also that getting drunk raises my temps. 😉
Overall it was a slightly frustrating cycle due to the lack of ovulation. But I was confident I would get back on track with cycle 5.
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