- 3 years ago
- Wedding: March 1998
I’m in my mid-20s and going into my 10th cycle trying. I finally made an appointment with an RE after I saw that my temps were consistently low (96s; the highest was 97.4, but the 97 range was less than 1/3rd of the time). After printing out some of my charts, I saw that I had started temping in October (but didn’t stick with it) – there were about 10 temperatures there, and again, they ranged from 95.5 to 96.5…two of them being after ovulation (or, when I believe I ovulated. Maybe I’m not, even though I’m getting positive OPKs each month).
We’ve had exceptional timing in these 9 months. I’ve used OPKs and charted since the beginning. Nada.
My mom has an underactive thyroid and is now being evaluated for thyroid cancer; when I took her to her appointment, her doctor told me that I should “absolutely” get tested, as he said that in his practice, it’s very common for parents and children to share thyroid issues. I had my thyroid tested several years ago and was told I was OK; but, maybe they were normal enough…but bad enough to cause fertility issues.
At that time, I went in because I was being teased at school for being “bald” and having thin hair, and a doctor suggested hypothyroidism. I’d like to think my hair is better now, but I’m also older and people are probably less inclined to say anything (the baldness before was at the dome of my head, so I never saw it).
Cycles are normal but a short LP was a huge issue for my first 6 cycles; I had some as low as 5 days, and occasionally I still will have an 8-day LP. I took B6 for a long time, which boosted it (to 10-11 days) but I think maybe it just masked the problem – it didn’t actually solve it.
Pain during sex is occasional but present (which is why I strongly prefer shallow positions); every few cycles, I have a day or two where pain medicines, even a heating pad, won’t help with cramps during my periods, but I suspect that’s fairly normal.
Now I’m plagued with worries that I’m being “unreasonable” or irrational and that the RE is just going to giggle me out of his office, along with a, “Come back in a few months,” on account of my age.
When I called to make the appointment, the receptionist initially thought that I was just interested in a preconception consultation – I told her I had several months of charts, and she never questioned it. I figured I would get the, “What’s your age? How long have you been trying? Ok, come back (blank).”
On the one hand, I’m afraid that I’d set a bad first impression with this clinic – it is the best one around and the only one through which I get such great insurance coverage. I don’t want visits afterward to revolve around the idea that I’m the “impatient” one.
On the other hand, if it IS hypothyroidism, symptoms tend to get worse over time, and treatment would likely mean adjusting medications for at least a few months (generally speaking – I know some people are able to get back to TTC sooner, while for others, it’s much longer. Pregnancy during that time would not be a good idea)…which will mean adding even more time to this whole thing.
It’s not like I’ve been trying for 4 months or just “not trying, not preventing.”
Has anyone else gone in early because they had some unusual symptoms? Did anyone ignore their symptoms and conceive within a reasonable time anyway? I’m growing anxious about the whole thing. I’m very excited to (hopefully) be getting some help, but I’m nervous as well about being brushed aside.