How many months should I BBT before going to the doctor?

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

If waiting 2 more months is going to stress you out, I’d just go now. You already know you have PCOS so I’m sure they will understand that you need either a. reassurance or b. further investigations. I’m sure whatever the outcome, you’ll feel a lot better than waiting 2 more months. Are you 100% sure you are temping correctly (right thermometer, same time each morning, after sleep etc?) I don’t mean that to sound patronising, I just ask because I didn’t do it right at first and it can give you wonky results.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I thought you were probably doing it right – I am sorry if I sounded patronising, I just thought I’d ask since I didn’t do it right when I first started charting. I’d just go to the doctor now. I’ve worried myself silly over things before. They might just be able to give you reassurance that you need. Do you have a FF chart? Maybe if someone else looks at it they might be able to spot something you didn’t already. 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

Definitely at least finish out your current cycle, and ideally do one more … there is a definite learning curve with charting. Everyone‘s chart looks like a random zigzag of data points at the very beginning, and you need to see a couple of them before you start to be able to spot patterns. Once you have two or three, you can look at them side-by-side and start to notice how your body rolls (it may not be the textbook low-high with an obvious shift), and you’ll start to be able to know what to look for. Of course, that takes 2-3 months of time, which I understand is frustrating. But I would just try to be a little patient for now.

ETA: Just noticed that you said you had a very stressful month. That could definitely be a factor – your ovulation might just be delayed, and it could be you haven’t had your temp shift yet. (Have you read Taking Charge of Your Fertility? It talks about how, when stress causes your period to be late, it virtually always lengthens the first part of your cycle and delays ovulation, but luteal phases are generally remarkably consistent. So, it makes perfect sense to me that if you’ve been under stress this month, you might still be in the first phase, waiting for ovulation to happen.)

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Just wanted to pop in and say that I don’t have PCOS and didn’t ovulate until CD 18 the month I got my BFP- so hang in there!!  And yes, if you have a diagnosis already, definitely look at setting up an appointment.  Maybe call next week and set something up for a month or so from now?  I know a lot of the REs in my area book quickly.

Baby dust to you 🙂 ~*~*~**~*~*~*~*~**~*~*~*~***~ <– baby dust

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Evie19:  I have PCOS and my O date often cycled in around CD20. It depends on how long your cycle is. Not at all uncommon to go that long without O, so don’t lose hope!

Also — just to note that 40 minutes is enough to set off your temps a little, in terms of variance. If you use Fertility Friend there’s a temperature corrector option that you can use to adjust for a different waking time.

My doctor told me to track my temps for 3-4 months before checking in with her, knowing there was a past PCOS diagnosis and that I was 34. Some doctors want you to wait longer or less.

It took me and my husband seven cycles to get our BFP with a few wacky long and anovulatory cycles thrown in there post birth control pills.

Good luck!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@Evie19:  I don’t have PCOS and have been charting since April. I consistently ovulate between CD19-21 and have an overall 32-34 day cycle. Would you consider adding OPKs to your temping and charting in order to get a better picture of your ovulation window? The combination of both have been really reassuring to me. Good luck!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Evie19:  Nope, we did not.

But I did take the natural supplement chasteberry. Anecdotally — I got pregnant within a month or two of seeing a naturopath who prescribed the chaste berry (vitex) and did some accupuncture. I’m not really huge in alternative medicine stuff but it really helped normalise my cycles.

The month we got our BFP was the same month that I was scheduled to see a fertility clinic due to my age and the PCOS diagnosis, at which point I suspect I would’ve been put on Clomid.

I don’t have VIP membership at Fertility Friend anymore so you can only display two pages on the share chart but you can compare two cycles — one where I was still working on perfectly timing exact same time to take temperature and when my EWCM was all over the place and the cycle that I got a BFP a few months later.

Both show pretty clear thermal shifts but I had a ton of cycles that didn’t and a few that were extra-long, anovulatory. None of my cycles, even the good ones, were less than 34 days or so. The longest ones without O were around 47 days.

http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/405dc6

 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I never ovulated until CD30+

I got pregnant on my 8th month TTC but that was only 3 cycles.

I would keep temping and see what happens. When I first started, I was worried just like you are. It helped me to be super specific with the time I took my temp. I set my alarm and took it right away. That way I knew I was being as accurate as possible.

I also went to a holistic doctor first instead of taking meds. It helped regulate my body and that was the month I got pregnant.

Good luck!

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