@Soon2BeeMrsG: I would highly recommend you at least go in and talk to your doctor. It is not normal and / or healthy to have cycles that long (this is coming from experience). I too had the mindset that inducing a period via medical intervention was my “last resort” but after discussing with my family doctor, as well as an RE it was the right thing (for me) to do. I am currently on my 9th day of Provera after a CD24 reavealed that my follicles were still extremely small, and ovulation on my own would be extremely delayed and / or non existant.
There are often medical reasons, varying from mild to serious that can cause your cycle to be this far delayed. Of couse, natural things like stress, travel and illness can delay things, but not usually more than a few days.
My last cycle was 99 days and I sought help from a specialist after a series of long-ish cycles, from 40-70ish days before that. I had many tests done and found out I am hypothyroid, and have been diagnosed with mild PCOS. Without the help I am now receiving, my RE has said that it would be highly unlikely that we would get pregnant on our own. With the thyroid and PCOS remaining untreated, my cycles would continue to be months long, and ovulation would either a) not happen or b) not happen “strongly” enough that a viable pregnancy would result.
I am so sorry you are going through this. I know it is very confusing and you are probably at your wits end! Many Bee’s on here have had/currently have long cycles, and heck, some of those get their BFPs in one of those (I believe it was BirdofaFeather who got her BFP after a 100 day cycle!) but… those are few and far between.
I do highly recommend you at least go and sit with your doctor, and perhaps have some baseline blood labs done. If there are medical reasons causing this long cycle, it would be beneficial for you to seek help/treatment/education on what you are dealing with, so you’re playing with a full deck before you swing into TTC 100%. My DH and I started NTNP last August, and and officially TTC last Sept and in that time frame only had like 3 periods.
Without the help from my current RE we would likely never see our BFP this year, and have taken the past month to do an investigative cycle which has clearly revealed our issues and a path to have us assisted in our journey has been carved out for us. Our RE is quite optimistic that we’ll get our BFP this year which has been a huge weight lifted off our shoulders. Just knowing what is causing the long cycles, and that there are very easy ways to “remedy” this has taken a lot of the stress and anxiety about it all off.
I’m not big on medical intervention either, but sometimes your body does things out of our control and reasons for such may need to be explored.
In the meantime, please keep us posted about the tea! If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to PM me. I am truly sorry you’re on this long of a cycle, I know how much it sucks. And, like @traceyjoy: mentioned, I have heard great things about Vitex which may be worth trying for your next cycle as well. 🙂
Ps. Also highly recommend charting! Without it I would have gone batshit crazy with the long cycles!! 🙂