(Closed) How do you plan *in case* of fertility problems?

posted 5 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Sorry you’re having troubles!  It might be a good idea to start charting, if you aren’t opposed.  You’ll have a MUCH better idea of whether or not you are ovulating, and if there’s anything you really need to be worried about.  Plus, if you know you aren’t (and you will be able to tell) there would be no need to wait to see an RE if you needed to.  You would already have all the evidence you need that you can’t get pregnant without some help — if your doctor won’t give you a referral to an RE right away when you wish to get pregnant, then you’d have every reason to get a new doctor.

Just to reassure you — it would be strange to have such regular cycles and not be ovulating, from what I know.  There needs to be some regular horomone shifts in order for you to be getting your period on a regular, 28-day basis, so something must be going on!  Usually anovulatory cycles are long and erratic — all the ones I’ve had have been that way.  It might also be possible that you are just missing your cm?  I don’t always have a ton, either and I might miss it if I didn’t know exactly which days of my cycle I should be looking for it.  Sometimes it helps to check internally if you don’t have much. 

 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Honestly, I would probably tell a little white lie to the doctor and say that you’ve been trying for over a year in order to get testing. But really, given the family history I would think the doctors would make an exception and test early. Would you consider a serogate to carry your baby rather then rush your timeline and/or put yourself or baby at risk?, just a thought. Good luck to you and your husband

Post # 5
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Busy bee

@Mrs.Elivs:  Ask your doc to check your FSH levels now if you’re not taking any precautions. And don’t worry about your periods only lasting 2-3 days, just be thankful 🙂

 

Good luck!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

I’m not sure if I missed it in the post but are you currently on birth control? If so that would explain the no positive OPK and regular cycles from what I know. I agree with the PP that usually girls who are having ovulation issues have long irregular cycles.  There are things you can do to increase your CM. I would suggest just get your body as baby friendly as possible before you start to try and find a doctor who understand the importance of your timeline and will maybe see you after 6 months of trying not a year.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Definitely agree with PP’s that have suggested charting, it will help you confirm you are ovulating and put your mind at ease 🙂 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

@Mrs.Elivs:  I’m assuming taking the bar was really stressful for you (you are crazy if it wasn’t!).  Stress can do a number on your cycles, and suppress your horomone levels.  I’m a grad student who has gone months at a time without a period.  Hopefully you’ll see things perk up now that its over (more estrogen = more cm and more endometrium buildup). 

I’ve heard that doctors often want you to actively try for a year if you have no known issues and are young.  But, I would think that if you had good scientific evidence you weren’t ovulating or had some other problem (a seven day luteal phase, for instance), a doctor wouldn’t make you wait.  If she wanted to, I think that would be grounds for switching doctors.  I mean, what kind of doctor thinks you can get preganant if you aren’t ovulating?  That woman needs to go back to physiology class. 

Anyway, I don’t think you’ll have a problem.  Start temping to confirm that and give yourself some piece of mind while you wait until you are ready — at least it gives me some peace of mind while I wait . . .

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

When are you doing your OPK tests? You may surge later in the afternoon/evening rather than morning, or vice versa. Get some cheap ones and pee twice a day starting like 10 days after your period starts. Track temps. Get your FSH tested. Good luck!

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Start charting your temps and see an RE in 6 months (tell them you have been TTC for over 1 year when you make the appointment and bring in your charts for the last 6 months.)  OPKs never worked for me either.

As for the heart issue, 14 years is a lot of time in the medical field.  If you have good insurance I would suggest seeing a cardiologist sooner rather than later to see if there are any abnormalities that you should worry about, especially since you seem to have the family history.

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