(Closed) Irregular periods and TTC

posted 5 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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5481 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Get a copy of Taking Charge of Your Fertility, and either go to their webiste FertilityFriend.com or download the app (both are free, unless you purchase the VIP membership).

You will learn more about your body & your cycles than you thought you could ever know, and you’ll also learn about charting- which can verify whether or not you ovulate each cycle, and if so, when.   You can also use OPKs, ovulation predictor kits, so you can determine when you’re about to ovulate.

I get the vibe that your doctor was rather dismissive… could you go to someone else for a second opinion?

Good luck 🙂

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

@Radiant87:  I had very irregular periods after going off BC in April (ranging from 23-49 days). I saw my Dr in December and had bloodwork and an internal ultrasound, and everything came back normal.

He asked me to start charting to see if we could tell if/when I O’d. I did it one month (from December to January), and my chart showed I O’d on CD 26. After 14 days of elevated temps post-O, I thought “what the heck, I should take a test.” BFP!!!

Temping gave me some sense of control over my body. It gave me confidence that things were functioning properly, thought slower than normal. If I wouldn’t have received my BFP this month, I would have been able to time BD next month based on a CD 26 O date, and that little bit of control made me feel a lot better.

Good luck!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Catholic Church

@Radiant87:  I’m sorry that things are not going well for you with your cycles. I have irregular cycles too, but the longest I’ve gone yet is 48 days. I began charting 2 cycles back in order to know when to expect AF and time BD for TTC. Now, I don’t mean to scare you with this, but I know of at least 3 women who experienced early menopause beginning around your age. Since you are so young, you doctor may not have checked your bloodwork for the signs of early menopause. If this is what is happening to you and you catch it before it has finished, then you still have a chance to have bio-baby. The chances that it’s not what’s happening are higher than this being the case, but I don’t want to risk not saying anything when it could be the case. I wish as much luck as possible in your TTC journey!

ETA: I’ve also never been on BC. My irregularity started about 4-5 years ago though, for no apparent reason. I’ve never gotten it checked out.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@DaneLady:  I agree.

Irregular cycles and me walk hand in hand.  Sorry you have to go through this too.  Off BCP my cycles run from 28 days to 94 days.  When I was younger I could go 6-9 months without AF.  I started using FF last June when I went off BCP just to track AF and see if I could predict when it was coming.  I started temping in November and that seemed the best indicator of when AF, O, etc were coming.  That month just happened to be a 28 day cycle and we conceived on the predicted O night.  It worked!!  I am telling everyone I know that charting works!  Give it a try.

 

Post # 8
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3314 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@Radiant87:  I’d recommend getting a 2nd opinion.  Your dr sounds dismissive and lazy to be honest.  You might want to check into seeing what your vitamin D3 and B12 levels are.  I was determined to be deficient with a level of 40 (my endo prefers it to be closer to 100) and I’ve found that both D3 and B12 deficiency can cause irregularity in cycles.  Do you recall what tests your Dr did to determine that everything was ok?

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I have irregular periods, too, and after a year of TTC with no luck, I had more in-depth testing done and started fertility treatments. Is this an option where you are? This is what I would recommend. A good doctor who specializes in this can help you figure out what’s going on and get you ovulating more regularly, if that’s the issue.

Post # 10
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2196 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

+1 to lots of the other ladies recommendations on getting a second opinion. I went off BCP end of Feb 2012, had 2 regular cycles and then was hit with very long/irregular cycles (anywhere from 40-99 days). My doctor ran my bloodwork and everything came back relatively normal. She referred me to a fertility specialist as she knew we were TTC and that the long/irregular cycles is usually a predictor that something is off.

My fertility clinic has been wonderful. They found that I am hypothyroid, have very, very mild PCOS (no cysts, not overweight etc… just long cycles) and they think I’m ovulating, but just not with enough “pizzaz” or on time. My follicles take a really long time to grow/mature and that was the reason for the long cycles. I have just started my first medicated round on Clomid to help me O sooner/stronger.

I’d defniitely recommend a 2nd opinion, especially since you are coming up on a year without a BFP. Doctors will generally refer you after a year of unsuccessful trying, so I’d highly recommend seeing someone else or asking for the referral. 🙂

Also, as an aside, pleae don’t panic or get upset at the thought of a “fertility” specialist. The first time my doctor told me she was referring me I felt so broken and that it would never happen for us. In reality, it has been such a great experience and feel like I’m in wonderful, knowledgeable hands of people who’s full time job it is, to get people pregnant! 🙂 🙂

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