March TTC

  1. You have chosen to ignore posts from Alto2. Show Alto2's posts

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    I could use some optimism. I've only been TTC for 4 months, but am fairly certain that I have LPD after having been on the pill for 14 years. If things don't work out this month, I'm going to ask my OB/Gyn for a referral to a RE.
     
  2. You have chosen to ignore posts from Scorpio75. Show Scorpio75's posts

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    Well AF not surprising but still dissapointingly arrived last night (yuck) but I did have a gut feeling so I was prepared.  So now I guess today is day 1 again.  Last month the week before the big O DH was very sick so we didn't really have a quality crack at it, and then there was the trip to my 91 year old Grandmother's and well that also puts a damper on the urge.

    DH's birthday is this month and I am hoping that it bodes well for us and maybe some of his Irish luck will work for us.  And I hope it bodes well for other ladies as well.
     
  3. You have chosen to ignore posts from Prill. Show Prill's posts

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    I started day one of my 7 day "Provera Challenge" today... other than that, not much else to report. :o)
     
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    Alto - if you don't mind my asking, how old are you?  Usually they want you to try for a year if you're under 35, 6 mos. if older than 35, before you can see a RE. 

    I would go armed with as much info as you can.  Charting your cycle is the first thing; try temping or using an ovulation predictor kit if you haven't done that yet.  The more info you can go to your doctor with, the better your case for getting the RE referral.  It's also a powerful tool for learning about your body, so that you get a sense of when there are changes.

    Good luck, and stay positive! 
     
  5. You have chosen to ignore posts from Brighton1. Show Brighton1's posts

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    Luv, generally I agree if you haven't been trying a year then you don't need to see a RE, but that's if you don't have any known issues.  Since she suspects LPD, then I think she should talk to her doctor about it.  That can be fixed with medication or sometimes just vitamins. 
     
  6. You have chosen to ignore posts from Alto2. Show Alto2's posts

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    I'm 32, have read TCOYF, and have been charting temps and CM for 4 months, using OPKs for the past 2.

    I last saw my OB/Gyn and GP right before I started trying, and both advised trying for 6months to a year.

    I didn't think anything of it at the time. After charting for 4 months, though, I've noticed a clear pattern with my cycle. Each cycle has been 21-24 days in total length with a 9-10 day luteal phase. My periods are light, and last only a day or two.

    I don't want to be impatient, but I don't want to just passively "wait and see" if I already think there may be a problem.
     
  7. You have chosen to ignore posts from Brighton1. Show Brighton1's posts

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    Alto- I'd call your doctor and ask if your short LP could be a problem.  The worst that can happen is she tells you to call back when it's been a year.  I've heard B6 can extend your LP, but I wouldn't take anything without consulting a doctor first. 
     
  8. You have chosen to ignore posts from Hydrangea7. Show Hydrangea7's posts

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     Alto- the one year thing is not true it is a general guideline; do not feel you have to abide by it. I also was also going to wait a year before seeking help, but a close friend pushed me to call and see if i could get an appointment. I am SO glad I listened to her.
     I am also 32, been charting for 7 months and just had an appointment with a specialist last week. She already ordered tests for both myself and my husband.  And she also asked me to make some immediate changes to my everyday life.
     Never hurts to ask---you have to be your own advocate when negotiating the medical system.
     
  9. You have chosen to ignore posts from luvRIboy. Show luvRIboy's posts

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    Sounds like it's worth a call to your doc. 

    The reason I asked about your age and charting is that people's definitions of "trying" can vary a lot; for some people it would mean not using contraception, for others it means charting and all the rest.  If you hadn't been charting, that would have been the first thing the doc would tell you to do!

    Good luck!

     
  10. You have chosen to ignore posts from Alto2. Show Alto2's posts

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    Thanks, everyone. This is exactly the boost of confidence that I needed... I'll be calling my doc first thing tomorrow morning.
     
  11. You have chosen to ignore posts from stefani2. Show stefani2's posts

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    hydrangea - i'm curious about the little changes your RE asked you to make to your everyday life - do share!  maybe they will benefit us all!  (well, don't share if it means i can never touch caffeine or wine again, haha.  i don't want to act PG until i am PG or AF's arrival will be all the more depressing!)  ;)

    AFM i've been going to acupuncture this cycle and would recommend it.  it makes me really calm so if nothing else it puts me in a better place stress-wise.  the dr today told me one of his patients is 44, e-room doctor, and just got PG naturally after 2 months with him, after all the "western" doctors told her she had no chance.  !!!  also going to yoga.  chilling out...!  (wow, i sound so adjusted... this after having a crying fit a week ago on my 31st b-day when i thought i hadn't ovulated this cycle.  !!!)

    good luck everyone!


    (and def. call tomorrow AM, alto! :) )

     
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    Scorpio - Sorry to hear about AF.  That just stinks!
    Alto - I will echo what everyone else said.  This process is VERY time consuming and things always take longer than you imagine.  So, I would definitely make an appointment.  It can't hurt.  If they say call in 2 months then at least you have a contact made.


    AFM - I am now 7 weeks pregnant.  I still so stressed since I have had bleeding 2 times now.  My u/s last week did show a heartbeat but I still am questioning every symptom.  I just wish I could turn the head off!
     
  13. You have chosen to ignore posts from Alto2. Show Alto2's posts

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    Just spoke with the nurse at my Ob/Gyn's office. She advised that I continue charting and trying for another 2 months, and then come in for an appointment if nothing happens.

    Funny thing... in looking back over my charts last night, I noticed that I've had 5 cycles over 4 months.
     
  14. You have chosen to ignore posts from Daisy75. Show Daisy75's posts

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    Hi Alto,

    FWIW, I had the opposite problem as you--VERY long cycles (3 - 4 months) and didn't feel like the nurse at my OB/gyn's office was really "getting" it, and that it's not "normal" and that it's a major issue when TTC.  SO, I switched OBs/gyns.  When I called the new one to get an appt., and explained the issue to the nurse, she told me that it would be a few months to get a new patient appt., but that all the doc would do is suggest I see an RE, so she told me to get a referral from my PCP and recommended an RE to me (who was wonderful) and told me to "call back when [I'm] pregnant" and they'd be able to get me in quickly.

    So...that's what I did.  

    I don't think it's unreasonable to TTC for a couple more months, but if you can see there's a problem, then why wait?  If you really like your OB/gyn and don't want to switch, then don't, BUT there is nothing stopping you from seeing someone who will be more pro-active if you aren't happy with your current office's response.  One thing I didn't do, and that you might want to try if you like your current doc, is insist on speaking with your doc directly.  Just as an RE will be more aggressive than an OB/gyn, I think OB/gyns are often more aggressive than their nurses (this is true even with my kids' pedi and the nurses in that office).

    Anyway, just want to remind you that you don't have to accept answers you don't like and can get another opinion or two IF YOU WANT TO.
     
  15. You have chosen to ignore posts from framerican51008. Show framerican51008's posts

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    WOW is it March already???  God I can't wait for the June TTC thread to start :o)

    Stefani - I had no idea you were pregnant!  Congratulations!!  I've been trying not to come on here as often since we're not actually TTC yet and I was driving myself nuts.
     
  16. You have chosen to ignore posts from framerican51008. Show framerican51008's posts

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    Does anyone know what the odds are of getting pregnant if you don't use some kind of contraceptive?  I am curious because a friend said you only have a 20% or less chance even if you use nothing at all.  I'd love to read up on it. 
    (I'm sure the odds go up when you are charting and bding every day!)

     
  17. You have chosen to ignore posts from Notanewbie. Show Notanewbie's posts

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    From eHow.com (not sure how accurate this info is - it seems like when you search for info, the statistics depend on whether you are looking to get pregnant or avoid pregnancy; this site seemed the most neutral on that topic):

    There is an approximately 25 percent chance that the sperm will fertilize the egg; thus a healthy couple who times ovulation correctly has a 25 percent chance to conceive each month. For a couple who is not actively trying to conceive and not timing ovulations, the chance drops for the sperm and egg encountering each other at the right time and fertilization taking place. Thus a woman who is regularly sexually active who is not using any form of birth control has an 11 percent chance of conceiving each month.
     
  18. You have chosen to ignore posts from stefani2. Show stefani2's posts

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    whoops - nope - not PG!  i don't know why i sounded like i was in my post!  sorry.  but wow, it felt good reading that "congratulations"!!!  ;)
    should get AF monday.  :(

    agree on the % - my RE told me a "perfectly healthy YOUNG couple" has about a 20-25% chance each month.  and that's with timing correcty too, i think.  ugh! 

    fram - just go for it!  march, june - whatever!  ;) 
     
  19. You have chosen to ignore posts from Brighton1. Show Brighton1's posts

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    Yep, I've heard 20% even with perfect timing.  My doctor said without "trying" it's closer to 10%.  I'm boosting my odds by using a monitor, but no luck yet.  I should be entering the 2ww (again!) and day now....
     
  20. You have chosen to ignore posts from framerican51008. Show framerican51008's posts

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    Oh stefani!  I am sorry - I feel like an idiot!!  But I promise to save a great big congratulations for when the time is really here :o)

    Thanks for the info ladies.  I couldn't begin to figure out how to find the info, especially at work!
     
  21. You have chosen to ignore posts from Scorpio75. Show Scorpio75's posts

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    Fram-  Have you gotten the book that everyone on here seems to talk about?  Taking Control of Your Fertility?  I just got a copy from the library yesterday.  It is quite interesting and I have learned some stuff about my body and while I still think that cervical mucus is gross, now I know that it is gross but good and I am normal.   As I have been reading it I realized that I have noticed many signs before but never thought much of them.  I am excited to include tracking that with my temps, so I cannot wait for AF to depart.   I also feel more confident in my charting and will be making a few tweaks because the book was more informative than the little blurb that was in the basal thermometer. 

    And just as a PSA because I just read it last night, ladies that are charting remember to adjust for daylight savings time which is the weekend of March 13/14th.

    I just feel that while yes there are a lot of variables out there this book is helping me control them.  I have read parts to my DH as well and he is very interested as well.

    I probably would have read more of the book if Lost wasn't on last night. 
     
  22. You have chosen to ignore posts from Hydrangea7. Show Hydrangea7's posts

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    Scorpio - i missed the part on daylight savings time -- thanks for the heads up i will have to go back and re-read that part.

    Stefani - Totally don't mind sharing my Doctor's comments - and I loved your comment about the wine and caffeine b/c I feel the same way. i really loved the doctor's attitude -- she told me i was no longer allowed  to "Google" b/c i was overwhelming myself, which i found amusing.  In terms of caffeine, i only drink coffee in the am, and then water - so she said that was fine, and in terms of wine -- she said 2-3 glasses a week is fine. Overall she said I should not stop living my life.
     The real change had to do with my exercising.  Funny enough I started exercising again in December to loose a couple of pounds and get back in shape (as all the books tell you to do) -- i was running about 35 minutes a day 4 times a week.  I am now only allowed to run 3 times a week and only for 20 minutes.  I guess running releases estrogen (runners high) and it can interrupt your cycle. I was actually quite surprised to hear her say that, as I thought an every other day workout was a good thing. But I have made the change! Hopefully it will help me.

     Also, I would love to learn more about your acupuncture--how did you find one? How long does it take and how many times a week/month do you have to go? is it very expensive?
     

     
  23. You have chosen to ignore posts from framerican51008. Show framerican51008's posts

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    Hi Scorpio, TCOYF is definitely on my radar.  Thanks for the recommendation.  I think we might just give it a try for a month or two without much planning and see how it goes, before I start reading books.  Only because I tend to obsess about things and I don't want to ruin the whole experience.  Although something tells me nothing could ruin bding every other day for DH :o) 
    Luckily I have learned so much from you ladies that I at least have a clue of when we should be trying, etc.
     
  24. You have chosen to ignore posts from Brighton1. Show Brighton1's posts

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    Interesting about the running.  I wonder if the same is true for other cardio?  I normally just use the elliptical or bike.  I've been trying to get in more yoga, because apparently the key to getting knock-up is to just relax Smile
     
  25. You have chosen to ignore posts from kargiver. Show kargiver's posts

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    That 20% stat is for women under 28.  It goes down as you age because, for one thing, the quality of the eggs goes down.  At 38, my chances are around 6% with "perfect timing."

    We've just started using super cheap ovulation test strips from Amazon.  Last month my LH surge was so obvious.  No smiley face needed.  They are dip only, not POAS.
     
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