(Closed) At what point do you start to worry?

posted 7 years ago in TTC
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  • Post # 2
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I’ve always just waited it out.  I’ve had 2 90+ day cycles after coming off BC.  (I had them occasionally before BC too), usually 40ish day cycles and some in the 50’s and have never called the doc for intervention to end the cycle.  But I wasn’t very patient with starting intervention to help ovulate sooner.  After my 2 90 day cycles, I had 3 normal for me cycles of 40 something days, then decided to try Clomid.  When that didnt work, I started seeing an RE.

    Post # 3
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I waited 3 months- I’m on CD116 now. If I were having any periods, I probably would have waited at least 6 months.

    Post # 4
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    My cycles were pretty long after discontinuing BCP (114, 53, 43,41)…my dr was similar to yours and ran basic tests but didn’t seem concerned since I was getting a period. I wasn’t satisfied with this so I sought a 2nd opinion. From there I was able to get to the root of the problem and once that was addressed, my cycles shorted consistently to 30-35 days.

    Post # 5
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

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    AOriver:  What did your second doctor discover that was causing it?

    Post # 6
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

     

    pinkshoes:  I ended up seeking out a naturopath because I’ve heard very good things about them looking at the issue from the perspective of the whole body. i.e. if this isn’t working right then it will affect this and that. They also tend to have much much narrower lab ranges then traditional medical doctors. (my dr called it ‘lifestyle ranges’ and even though it may be in the ‘normal’ lab range, that doesn’t mean you won’t still feel like shit).

    She found that I had a subclinical low T3. Which means, it would have been in the normal lab range but at the very very low end. Once she put me on a replacement T3, my cycles became shorter immediately and my every lasting fatigue got much better. We also got pregnant during this time and I am convinced we wouldn’t have had such an easy time if I hadn’t had the T3 levels addressed!

    I grew up in a house with a labor and delivery nurse as a mother and an ER nurse as a step father. Ive always been taught to be your own advocate and if you are not satisfied with the answers your dr gives you, push for more. We know our own bodies & for me, I just knew something wasn’t right. I wasn’t willing to wait a whole year to try and get my cycles straightened out only to have a difficult time TTC, so I pushed.  

    Post # 7
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

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    AOriver:  Is that a different test from TSH?  I’ve always had TSH tested, but nothing I recall as T3.

    Post # 8
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

     

    pinkshoes:  Yes, TSH is different. Typically if you are going to a physician, they will test TSH and if its normal, they don’t test anything further. If you see an endocrinologist, they will test T3 and T4.

    In the recent years, it has come to light that TSH levels are not good markers for thyroid issues but not all dr’s have changed their mindset. Plus, primary care physicians don’t specialize in the endocrine system so sometimes they are hesitant to do further testing.

    Post # 9
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: City, State

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    AOriver:  :  
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    juliette.eliza:  I had T3 issues too. Mine was tested right before I went off birth control. My first withdrawl bleed didn’t happen for 43 days. My doctor wasn’t phased, but upped my meds and requested that I began charting. My chart shows that I ovulated 17 days ago (I am now on CD 34), but I have no signs of a cycle and only BFNs.

    I am giving it another week (until 25 dpo or CD 42) and then getting a blood test and ultrasound to rule out no pregnancy and no cyst. I also am having my thryoid re-checked.

    If I hadn’t ovulated, my doctor said to give it 3 months before inducing a withdrawl bleed. Because I ovulated and 18 days of temps above the coverline normally mean pregnancy, we want to double check.

    Post # 11
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

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    AOriver:  Thats interesting.  I’ve been seeing my RE for a year now and she has not done any blood work.  My OB/PCP had a bunch done right before I started to see my RE and she said that everythign there looked normal and jumped right into treatments….

    Post # 12
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

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    pinkshoes:  you should ask for a copy of your labs to see what exactly your first dr tested. 

    Post # 13
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Yeah same thing happened to me. I am a labor and delivery nurse and luckily have access to many OB’s during the day. I spoke to one about not getting my period after stopping BCP and she told me to wait 3 months then to call and make an appointment. I did and they prescribed me Provera. Still waiting for my withdrawl bleed after this. My doc said if I don’t get a period 2 weeks after last pill to call and come back…. Or lukcy for me talk to one of them at work!! Yay! my doc seemed to think it was normal for things to straighten out, so depends on how long you want to wait it out. I definitely agree with AOriver- you know your body and if your not happy keep pushing to get the answers you deserve. 

    Post # 14
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    Newbee

    I went off the pill in July and had one normal period/cycle, then no period for three months. My doctor gave me provera, which worked within a week or so, and my cycles are roughly back to normal, but a little less regular than they used to be. If your cycles are getting longer each month, I would definitely push to get some answers from my doctor. 

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