Post # 1
The women in my family tend to have reproductive issues after the age of 30/32, mostly ending up in hysterectomies. I am flirting with 30 and I was curious if there were some sort of fertility tests that can be done, and if any of you have done it. Probably moved up more on my list because of a newscast this morning advising by the age of 30, most women have 10% of eggs left. :/
I would ask my gyno but I’m actually between doctors now as I got new health insurance. I’m not sure if there are specialists available for this type of thing or if it’s standard practice for regular ob/gyn professionals.
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
I’m not a doctor, but from what I’ve read there are tests that can be done to determine your fertility… I believe most are a bit invasive though. Special ultrasounds to see if you’re ovulating etc. A less invasive way to see if you’re ovulating would be to chart your basal body temps- a good book to check out is “Taking Charge of Your Fertilty” by Toni Weschler. There are also ovulation kits (kind of like pregnancy tests) that you can buy at the grocery store, I don’t know too much about them though.
Post # 4
I defer to my OB friends on this kind of stuff. I know that while we were engaged, I made an appointment with my doctor to discuss these issues and to have the basic FSH and LH run. Your OB can definitely steer you in the right direction or provide reassurance if that’s all that is needed at this point.
Post # 5
I second the book “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” and also “The Fastest Way To Get Pregnant Naturally”. Both of those were good resources for me in prepping and figuring out what I needed to do if my natural body’s cycle was off, and helped steer me in the way of when to get off of the pill, etc. But definitely – like Mrs. DG & NorthernAzbride said – meet with an OB and discuss your concers because they will know the best course of action for you.
Post # 6
This may sound like a dumb question…but since I’m on the pill (and have been for a number of years) would I still be able to get an idea of what my fertility is like? I’m on a combined pill (estrogen+progestin) which suppresses ovulation…so how would I get an idea of what my body should be doing as far as when I would be ovulating? Is that even possible? How long would I have to be off the pill in order for my body to cycle itself up again so that I could get a sense of my ovulation cycle?
Post # 7
I would check with your doctor, but mine advised typically 3-12 months depending on how regular your cycles become after that. I was only on BC for 3 months before I decided being a ravenous, emotional super bitch was not worth it.
Thanks everyone for the input, and I absolutely will check out that book. 🙂