Hi Praying&Hoping in Ottawa
31 day cycle is better than a 32 day cycle in my opinion. In Chinese medicine we prefer regular so if you continued to fluctuate between 25 and 32 day cycles it would be something we would want to correct. The range is 26 - 35 days but the key is regular. So less than 26 days consistent,y is too early and more than 35 days regularly is too long according to Chinese medicine
So what could be happening with you. And by the way I do not see any alarm bells going off for you.
Two common reasons why your cycle could be late
2. delayed ovulation
1. It is possible you had fertilization but then your embryo stopped developing and hence not picked up with your urine EPT or it is viable and just not picked up on your EPT
2. You ovulated a few days later than normal
If you know when you ovulated based on ovulation predictor test or accurate BBT this cycle then it is easier to figure out which of the two it maybe.
If you know with certainty you ovulated on day 14 or earlier (BBT or ovulation predictor test)
What I often would suggest in your case if your bleed has still not started is to do another urine test and if no bleed by day 33 is to have a blood test of both progesterone and Hcg
If you did not test for ovulation then run the blood test on day 35 progesterone and Hcg
This cycle could be a one off and therefore nothing to worry about. Regardless, you were having early cycles before you started acupuncture and having early cycles like yours are not optimal for fertility from a Chinese medicine perspective or a functional medicine perspective. Either you are having early recruitment of follicles, early ovulation which can lead to immature and smaller follicles that are not as easy for sperm to fertilize or you ovulated within normal range (14-16) and you have short luteal phase.
It is up to you to share the info about your cycle with your acupuncturist so he/she can help you regulate your hormones and cycles. For those who live in the Vancouver area I am giving a lecture on 10 steps to getting pregnant where I emphasize regulating the cycle for optimal fertility.
In your case there could have been fertilization which is a step in the right direction. I would need much more history and current details to be more specific. The forums have their limitations but I hope I offered you some info and action steps too.
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