- 9 years ago
- Wedding: June 2011
@MrsFarmer: Nope, I actually haven’t seen my NaPro Dr yet (September 21st!)- My Creighton teacher suggested the Musinex, B6 and FertileAid/FertileCM but I was already doing those things to help CM. Most of my supplements came from working with my Naturopath and a couple I just added on my own from research. (I tend to approach something from every direction possible- hence why I went to a Fertility Specialist, see a Naturopath, see an acupuncturist, and will be seeing a NaPro dr.)
Re: Internal exams- they want you to judge your CM using the folded tissue wipe method- never to check internally for CM. They aren’t against doing CP checks, but for most people just learning the method it could be a temptation to base their CM observations on what they see when doing a CP check. My Teacher is ok if I do CP checks to verify what I am observing with Creighton because I used Sympto-thermal for many years- but overall they discourage it for most peoplel. I am sure CP checks would be ok for you too- but check with your Creighton teacher.
@MrsFarmer: I actually haven’t seen my Napro dr either – first week of Oct!! But my instructor put me on all of those supplements. I’m CD 9 today so I’m excited to see if they help with CM. I’ve been on clomid or having procedures for so many months now I feel like I forgot what it’s ‘normally’ like for me!
Are we really the only 3 doing Creighton!?!? Wow. I’m surprised!
@ecomaha: I figured we would be a small group- Creighton isn’t as well know as sympto-thermal. Mind if I ask where you get you B6?
So, after meeting with my Creighton consultant last week I’m a bit concerned about my LP- It isn’t consistant in length. My coach had me count the 1-2 days of spotting before my period with my period. So my 11-12 day LP just became a 9-11 day LP. And of course last month was crazy long (15 days). Any ideas what can cause variable length LP?
@Mrs. Pretzel: I’m actually very lucky that since I’m in Omaha with the actual institute, there is a pharmacy that they do all their business with that makes the B6. It’s actually called B6 compound timed release. It’s 500 mg and I will take it every day for 60. And then I guess re-evaluate?? They can probably send it to you! http://www.kubatpharmacy.com/ It’s worth a call. They also sell the Fertile CM/Fertile Aid products in their store. I think it’s definitely going to help my LP since last month I started it a couple days after O and my LP was already a little longer! My teacher also had my chart my spotting as part of AF. I also have the issue of AF lingering with brown spotting after my red flow days. Too Much Information. So that is something she is concerned about and wants to watch. I could have a low grade endometrial infection. Luckily it can be treated with antibiotics. She wants to watch it over the next 2 cycles and then I’ll talk with my napro doctor about it.
@ecomaha: Hey there. My castor oil packs are for my liver, and increased blood flow to my uterus and ovaries, and to help with my PCOS. Finding it hard to do them every night, but with this week having been so cold, I’ve been loving smuggling up to the heating pad!
I can give you details on making the packs if you want to try.
@redsmarties: That would be great! I’d love to hear more about them. Are they a pain? Also, I’d love to hear more about your alternating seeds 🙂 Interesting about the spotting….. we can always hope….. only a couple more days and you should have a good idea! GOOD LUCK!!
@ecomaha: I have the same- spotting before and after. My coach gave me the pharmacy address on Thursday! She gets hers from there too! I guess they do mail order. I also have a compounding pharmacy just down the street from me who is already doing my Thyroid medicine and my progesterone cream- so I might see if he can make this up for me! Its crazy how similar our cycles/issues are!
I don’t have much to input at the moment, but I’m reading along and learning from all of you.
@redsmarties: I would like to hear more about the castor oil packs and how you use them.
FYI, this site carries a lot of the supplements you guys have talked about: FertilAid for men and women, FertileCM, FertiliTea, Evening Primrose Oil, etc. And they have free shipping on any orders over $14.95. (Plus if you’re a compulsive tester, they carry the cheap pg tests too!) 😉
My LP is pretty consistent at 12-13 days, but I’m wondering if any of you have noticed any changes in your O dates? For a while there, I was O’ing consistently CD 17/18, but in the past two cycles, it’s moved up to CD 15 and this time CD16. I’m not complaining because it’s made my cycles a couple days shorter, but was I surprised last month when I wasn’t expecting O for another 3 days! Any ideas what would cause that type of change (and I hadn’t made any other vitamin/supplement changes either). The only thing I can think of is that I’ve pretty much weaned myself off coffee and alcohol over the past two cycles…
@Mrs. Pretzel: That is so crazy – we’re cycle twins! Plus I think we’re at similar CDs too! Has she offered up any suggestions as to why she thinks you might have the spotting? I forgot that I also use progesterone cream from O until my temp drops off. I just self prescribed that though. 🙂 Did she suggest anything to help with the spotting? I really can’t wait til we get to see our actual Napro dr. I wish it was Dr Hilgers but I’m pretty sure he doesn’t take on actual clients anymore and just does the diagnosis from charts that you can pay for him to do.
Well, I’ll pass along my naturopathic advice, haha; mandatory disclaimer that I’m not a licensed medical professional 😉
The castor oil packs are EASY, but apparently they work wonders. You take a piece of flannel (like from an old t-shirt or pillow case), and put it in a pot. Add some castor oil – maybe a few teaspoons, and heat it up. The oil should thin out enough that it will soak the flannel. Wring the flannel out well. This can now be used for multiple castor oil packs (like several weeks worth). Store it in a bowl in the fridge, covered in plastic wrap.
Once you’ve prepared your flannel, gather your supplies. You’ll need a heating pad/hot water bottle, plastic wrap, an old towel, and some old clothes (or pyjamas). Lie down, and place the flannel over your abdomen (more towards the right side, where your liver is). Cover it with plastic wrap. Put the towel on top (I tuck mine into my pants so that its all sealed in), and cover with the heating pad. Then, lie there for about 1/2 hour. When you’re done, roll the flannel in the plastic wrap, chuck it back in the fridge, and use the old towel to wipe any extra oil off your stomach.
I do this every day, but some people are told three times a week.
@MrsFarmer: My O dates are never consistent (ranging from CD18-CD50). Things that I’ve heard that can affect O are weight loss, excess exercise, sickness, using certain over-the-counter medications, cold pills, caffeine, alcohol….the list is endless. I don’t know why you would go from being regular to wonky though. Earlier O is a good thing though, right?
@MrsFarmer: So, I’ve never had a positive pregnancy test and then started my period- however I think there is a chance that last cycle was a chemical and there was a similarly long cycle last november where i also could have had a chemical. I don’t POAS too much so I don’t really know. (both times after getting negatives at 12DPO I stopped POAS and just waited for AF)
RE: Early O- Your body will just do that from time to time. It is completely normal. You can get a heads up as to when it is going to happen by paying attention to any CM during your period. If you start seeing some CM while your period is wrapping up you will likely O early.
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