Post # 1
I’m a long time lurker of the wedding boards and more recently the TTC boards. This is my first post, but I feel like I know many of you and should thank you for the help you’ve already given me just through reading your posts, so thanks!
My husband and I are TTC in May – not sooner because of some work/family date conflicts. In the meantime, I’ve really wanted to do my homework and figure out all this TTC business as much as possible. I stopped the pill in May 2013 after 3 years on it. I was always regular (29-30 days) before and have been all over the place since. My last few cycles have been 32, 20, 39, 36, 53. I’m currently on day 45 of this cycle and am really getting anxious about it. I went for my annual visit to my OBGYN in late Jan and she did some cycle 3 bloodwork because she suspected PCOS. All of that came back perfectly normal (FSH 5.1, LH 3.9, TSH 1.39…only number that was odd to me is Estradiol – 14.98, but dr. didn’t say anything about this). That was day 3 of this cycle, which is now on day 45 with no AF in sight. I had a lot of CM around day 16-18, but I have NEVER (tried the last 3 months) been able to get a positive wondfo OPK, including during this cycle. I’ve often had what I think are ovulation pains and they seem to alternate one side to the other, but I didn’t get that this month.
Sorry for the long post with a lot of detail, but I’m really starting to wonder what is going on in my body. I felt relieved about the cd3 bloodwork at the time, but I’ve lost that confidence since then. I’m planning to start temping next cycle, but before that is there anything else I can be doing? Does anyone have any idea what might be going on or what I can do or say to my doctor to move forward from here?
Thanks in advance!!! 🙂
Post # 2
I’m so sorry you’re going through this! I don’t know a lot, but there are two things I can say. First, if you have not already, take a pregnancy test! Second, really just an FYI, ovulation pains do not necessarily switch back and forth by month, it is just than on average it equals out (like flipping a coin-you would not be surprised to see heads twice in a row, but over a lot of flips you’d expect half heads). I hope you get answers soon! Our bodies can be so strange.
Post # 3
Thanks! I should have mentioned that I’ve taken multiple pregnancy tests in the last week or so and they are all definitely negative.
Post # 4
I know how you feel. I also stopped taking BCP in May of 2013. My husband and I started TTC right away. When I was on the pill my cycle was every 28-29 days. After getting off of the pill, I have had maybe 4 periods. I was diagnosed by blood test with PCOS in Sept./Oct 2013. My OB put me on Metformin and sent me on my way. My cycle after using Metformin was 45 days so I got excited that maybe they were starting to get more regular. However during that time I was temping and using OPKS. I never ovulated according to FF but I did have some pretty close to +OPKs. It was maddening. I explained to my OB that I did not think I was ovulation. She assured me that if I was getting a period, then I was ovulating. I knew better then this so I made a call to go see a RE. I went to see him 2 weeks ago and in 2 weeks I have gotten more answers then the last 9 months. I was told yes, I do have PCOS. He took blood and did an U/s which showed my ovaries covered in the typical PCOS pearl necklace. He gave me provera to induce my period. Yesterday was CD1 for me. I go in tomorrow to check to make sure my lining has thinned out enough. Since I did not hvae a period for so long, my lining was very thick which is not good.
I hope by telling you all of this, that I didn’t scare you or freak you out. I just wanted you to know that if you feel you aren’t getting answers, do not be afarid to switch doctors or seek a second opinion.
Please keep us updated on the situation! Best of luck to you!
Post # 5
NJlady123: Start temping! It’s really the best thing you can do to figure out what’s going on with your body. You’ll start to see patterns and possibly get a better understanding of what to expect form one cycle to the next. Join Fertility Friend (it’s free) and Charters of the Hive here on WB. Good luck!
Post # 6
Definitely start temping, it will tell you if you are ovulating. I wouldn’t hesistate to dig deeper until you get a reason for the irregular cycles and low estrogen. It seems like with this stuff, if you see five doctors you might get five different answers. Good luck!