Post # 1
So I have been off BC since last November (so about 9 months) b/c I wanted to get my body regulated before TTC. Hubby and I are going on a trip at the beginning of October for our 1 year anniversary so we have been doing things to prevent pregnancy. We plan to start TTC while on our trip (2 months away!)….HOWEVER, since coming off BC, my periods have been very irregular. They were always irregular before getting on birth control. For the first few months of getting off BC, it was pretty regular, but it has been getting more and more infrequent. For example, my last period was 8 weeks 3 days before the previous, and now I am on 8 weeks and 5 days since the last one and still no sign…..
Not sure if I should go to the doc before our trip so they do any tests necessary, or just go when my appt is (which is actually in October anyway)….
Have any of you had irregular periods (8+ weeks in between) and gotten PG right away? I am worried it will take us forever to conceive even tho we haven’t even tried yet….
Thoughts/advice/suggestions…please & thank you!
Post # 3
Yes, me! I only had my period 4 times in the last year, and I got pregnant! We were NTNT for 2 months and trying properly for 4 months. I was really concerned I couldn’t get preg but it happened. I used OPKs and BDd when we saw the smiley. I had just started temping a couple of weeks before we conceived. It is possible!
Post # 4
@Mrsluckywife: That’s great news! Sorry but what’s OPKs and BDd? and NTNT? Did you get a basal thermometer? Not quite how that process works. I have a lot to learn…ha 🙂
Post # 5
This might help (all the baby related abbreviations are at the bottom): http://wiki.weddingbee.com/Abbreviations
But for now ….
- OPK – Ovulation Predictor Kit
- BDing – Baby Dancing (aka having sex)
- NTNT – Not Trying Not To (Get Pregnant)
From following people on the Baby/TTC/Pregnancy boards, it is my understanding that most doctors won’t see you regardng issues concieving until you have been actively trying for over a year without success. So I’d say you best bet is to start trying and see how it goes as I doubt a doctor would do anything for you yet.
Post # 6
@Mrs.KMM: True, I was thinking that but wasn’t sure if they would take a look at things due to the irregular periods….
Thanks for the info!
Post # 7
@fallbride10111: Sorry for my abbreviations! 🙂 OPTs: ovulation predictor tests (I used cheap Amazon ones and also a Clearblue digital to confirm with); BD: baby dancing (making the baby ;)); NTNT: not trying not to conceive but not actively trying. Yes, I bought a digital basal themometer from Amazon – it was called ‘BabyMad’.
Best of luck! Long cycles can be a pain. I think you should start charting & temping so you can make sure you are ovulating. that will take a weight off your mind. 🙂 x baby dust to you!
Post # 8
Since you have already an appt in October I would just wait. But make sure you bring it up to your doc. Since you have been off BCP for a while and your periods haven’t been regular before you went on it s/he made be able to get some initial cycle day 3 blood work and maybe even an U/S done without trying for a year.
In the meantime, as alraedy suggested by PP, I would start charting/temping to see if you are actually ovulating on your own. And, if you are open to alternative medicine, you could try a naturopath or acupuncture to help regulate your cycles.
Post # 9
How do you chart/temp? I am clueless, lol. I have a tracker on my phone and it says when I should be ovulating and getting my period but since I haven’t got my period almost 9 weeks, its not really accurate
Post # 10
@fallbride10111: I was very irregular coming off BCP too, anywhere from 29-48 days. So I started using OPK’s to help predict when I would O (ovulate) which was a big help. I ended up getting my BFP on a cycle where I O’d on CD 32, so it doesn’t matter when you O, just as long as you BD at the appropriate time!
There was quite a learning curve in learning how to use OPKs, but it worked for me. I was had just started charting, but then I got my BFP. Check out Fertility Friend.com for info on charting/temping. That is what helped me get started
EDIT: Forgot to add, that it took me about 9-10 months (about 6 period cycles) after going off BCP to get KU
Post # 11
- Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news in your poll, but I had infrequent periods and am still here, TTC after 20 months. I wasn’t ovulating, so that explained why.
Post # 12
Ack I didn’t see your post first and I LITERALLY just wrote basically the same thing. I’m having the same issues and it’s driving me NUTS. I’m still getting a period every month-ish, but as of this month, I’m pushing 39 days in my cycle and still no period this month. And I tested like 5 days ago and got a big ol’ negative. (PS-I HATE the digital pregnancy tests. seeing “NOT PREGNANT” is like a punch in the face. I’ll go back to my lines thanks…lol) It’s super frustrating!
If you’re going to start TTC, you should definitely go to your doc first so they can run their gamut of tests to make sure that momma is ready to go. 🙂
Post # 13
@fallbride10111: A great way to chart & temp is to sign up to ‘Fertility Friend’ – you can google it and sign up for free (there are VIP memberships which cost more, but the basic one is fine). You can input your data every day (temperature, cervical mucus etc) and it draws conclusions for you and tells you what’s going on and if it thinks you ovulated (hopefully). It also provides you with a course in fertility which you can have emailed to your inbox (you can select this when you sign up).
I really recommend it. It does ask you to start on the first day of your period, but since I wasn’t getting mine I just started on a random day. I’m not sure if this is an issue – other bees might know.
Post # 14
hi ladies bees,
After reading some of these replies it seems I should start charting with OPK as well. Ive read about fertilityfriend.com and something in Amazon. And claerblue was also mentioned. Which is best and easier to use?
And Ive read something of Internet cheapies in reference to OPK, whats that? Sorry I’m just so confused!! and new to all this! Many thanks! I trully appreciate any words and opinions!