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Did I Ovulate Twice? 
9th-Aug-2012 08:16 am

Last cycle I had a blighted ovum. I started spotting at 4w2d, and by the next morning, it was a full on period flow. My midwife said that I could just count it as a period, and start TTC again right away. So that’s what we did. We arranged things with our sperm donor again, and we were set to go. On Thursday, at CD 10, we did our first insemination. That afternoon and into Friday, I felt intermittent twinges in the area around my left ovary. I assumed I was ovulating, even though it seemed a little early, even for me. I dismissed it though, thinking that the miscarriage had just screwed with my body a little bit. We did our second and third inseminations on Saturday and Monday respectively. All day on Monday, I felt pain and crampiness in the area of my left ovary. Often the discomfort was similar to what I’d felt on Thursday and Friday, but it was more intense and constant. I even had to take a couple of Tylenol to relieve the pain. So I’m not sure if I ovulated on Thursday/Friday, or Monday, or both. Any insight? Anectdota? Anyone ovulate twice post-miscarriage? Did you have twins? I’m a little bit paranoid now. We would deal with it if I wound up pregnant with twins, but I’d prefer a singleton for now. LOL.

Cross-posted to pregnant and trying4ababy
9th-Aug-2012 04:40 pm (UTC)
It's totally possible - I know having a m/c can mess with your hormones a bit and possibly trigger double ovulation. However, even if you did superovulate, it's not remotely a guarantee that both eggs will be fertilized or stick, so don't panic just yet. ;) But if you do end up with multiples, be sure to let your MW know that you think you might have ovulated a few days apart - it could explain some early growth discrepancies and save her/you some worry about that.

Anecdatally, I got pregnant with my singleton in my first post-m/c cycle. There wasn't anything particularly special or notable about the cycle in which I conceived my (probably dizygotic) twins, except that I was still nursing my daughter.
9th-Aug-2012 11:53 pm (UTC)
I ovulated twice a few days apart. We were not yet trying but were tracking my period. I ovulated from the left side on Tuesday and didn't have unprotected sex until Thursday night (when my app said it would be safe!) that was followed by surprise ovulation from my right ovary on Friday morning and now I'm 12 weeks pregnant. So yes, it can definitely happen. This was my first cycle ever where I ovulated twice and 4 days apart. I would say 25% of the time, I ovulate from both sides, but it's always on the same day.
10th-Aug-2012 12:09 am (UTC)
Were you actually tracking with FAM (bbt to confirm ovulation) or just using an app that guestimates your ovulation date? You can ovulate from both ovaries or from multiple follicles on the same ovary, but everything I've ever read (and trust me, I've researched this a lot) says it'll happen within a 24hr period, not days apart. I'd love to see your chart if you have one.

FYI - Those apps are nothing other than a glorified calendar method, which equates to pretty much guessing on your protection because it doesn't confirm that you actually ovulated, which can happen early or later than the app assumes. Using true FAM you'd want to wait 3 days to confirm ovulation and make sure if you did have a multiple egg release all eggs have died, then you'd be safe to have unprotected sex again.
10th-Aug-2012 12:42 am (UTC)
I was tracking my temp.
10th-Aug-2012 01:03 am (UTC)
That is fascinating, how did that show up in your chart? Do you chart CM as well? Sorry, if I'm being intrusive you don't have to answer. I really find this fascinating though, the way hormones change should prevent ovulation from occurring with more than minimal difference in time.
10th-Aug-2012 06:15 am (UTC)
i came to say the same thing. i've heard 24 hours too, so dude i would also love to see this chart!
11th-Aug-2012 02:19 pm (UTC)
We're moving house on Wednesday so everything is packed up including my temp charts.

I had mittelschmerz on Tuesday morning, then avoided unprotected sex until Thursday night. Then on Friday morning, I had the pain from my right ovary along with the ovulating cervical mucus. It has never happened to me before in the 3 years I've been tracking. I will always use HBC from now on, haha!
14th-Aug-2012 03:45 am (UTC)
Just curious... how are you able to discern ovulatory pain from just other ovary pain? And I'm surprised you'd be able to discern fertile CM from ejaculate and arousal secretions.
20th-Aug-2012 07:36 am (UTC)
Well, I've been ovulating for 12 years or so now, so I'm pretty good at detecting my mittelschmerz. It's a very specific, sharp pain localised at whichever ovary is releasing the egg. It lasts anywhere from half and hour to a couple of hours. The only other cycle pain I ever get is a dull back ache when I menstruate.

CM is unlike any other secretions I might get. It is a huge lump of clear gunk. There is no way my partner or I could mistake it for anything else, it's really gross looking.
14th-Aug-2012 03:40 am (UTC)
IIRC, your fertility can be slightly heightened after a loss. It could also just be that you're noticing pain from your corpus luteum or fluid in the area after the egg burst out since you're focusing so much on things or that what you felt Friday was not yet ovulation.
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