Damn Blinky Smiley Face

Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash

It is a wonder our world is so very over populated when you consider how much work it is to get pregnant. Truly — some women’s cycles are irregular, others only ovulate some months and not others, diet matters, exercise matters, and more important than anything is timing. The universe has to be firing on all cylinders between menstrual cycle, ovulation, sperm count, and the connection of an egg and sperm in order for a woman to get pregnant.

My husband and I, now that we are trying, experienced this timing conundrum. Since I have been on birth control since I was 18, I really had no inclination as to what my cycle is like. I remember it being super irregular back in the day, but things can change over time. As such, and since my husband and I are such data freaks, we decided to use Clear Blue Ovulation tests to track ovulation in the first full cycle. I will say I highly recommend using these tests if you want to know more about your ovulation cycle. However, if I could do it over again, I would probably wait one full cycle after IUD removal before starting to use the ovulation tests. We were shooting in the dark as to when to start tracking, but we gave it a shot! 7 days after my period ended, we started using them.

For a few days, we saw the open circle, which means no ovulation. We expected that. Then, a few days in, we saw a blinky smiley face. The moment we saw that, we were over joyed! It meant I was likely to start ovulating soon and that my hormone levels were spiking. We started testing a few times a day to see when ovulation would occur. The next test— blinky smiley face. The day after that — blinky smiley faces. We saw that damn blinky smiley face for 10 days! Over and over and over again.

At some point, you really begin to wonder if you are ever going to ovulate or if your body is going to keep you guessing. After 10 tests, we decided to stop testing and wait for the next cycle. We guessed that I likely ovulated somewhere in the 10 day window, but my ovulation window was not very long so we just missed the tracking of it.

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Erin Kron

A Type 1 Diabetic of 20+ years entering into the world of pregnancy. I’m here to share my journey, learnings, and noticings along the way.