Longer Cycles, Planning, & Previous History Affecting Planning

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Longer Cycles, Planning, & Previous History Affecting Planning
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Sat, 01-26-2013 - 2:53am

I had a very large cyst on my left ovary and fallopian tube for many years. Finally, I got pregnant with my first child Hannah, although I didn't know until I was five months along because I had heavy abnormal bleeding that came and went since I was 18. They had told me that I would never get pregnant and that they didn't even believe that I ovulated at all.  But, I did get pregnant and when she was born via C-section the doctor decided to remove the cyst when he saw it while he was in there. His report was that he couldn't salvage the fallopian tube on that side. 

A month after I had Hannah, I got pregnant again. This time my tests came up positive early on whereas with Hannah the doubt of pregnancy coupled with the negative pregnancy tests they did as a precaution ended up costing me 5 months until I found out. This second pregnancy ended up in a premature birth due to a placenta previa. I delivered via emergency C-section at 26 wks and 3 days gestation. She is wonderful and healthy by the way despite such a rough start.

My bleeding problems began again about a year after my second girl, Jessie, was born. They kept using large amounts of birth control to control it. (which by the way I was on when I got pregnant both times)  I finally decided that I would get off of all birth control last summer (2012) and I did experience some bleeding up until September. In October, November, and December (2012) I have experienced a 5-7 day bleeding period and stopped.  I am assuming that my body has put itself back in order. It is amazing to me after not having this happen since I was 18! I've had numerous blood transfusions and problems because of all that bleeding I did over the years. Now, I seem to be having a normal cycle.  I decided to count in November to see how long it took for me to have a period again and after 42 days from November to December, I had another normal cycle lasting exactly 7 days. My cycle in November lasted 5 days. I began tracking symptoms in December and am actually have normal PMS symptoms. This month of January I have had symptoms of increased fluids, cramps, and moodiness about 15 days after the first day of my period. After about a week of that it went away and now I have felt fine until the last two days. I have been extremely tired and had major cravings.

Now that you know my history, my questions are these:  I have noticed that 42 days is a bit long for a cycle, but a close female friend who is almost to menopause herself told me that it could be a normal thing for me since one side isn't working right.  Has anyone else had this be a reason for a longer cycle? Because my left fallopian tube is supposed to be non-functioning I could have a longer cycle?

Also, Could the increased fluids, cramps, and moodiness be ovulation?  And am I correct in assuming that since I conceived twice (in 2006 & 2007) that means I do ovulate despite the doctors claims? Or was it just a miracle never to repeat?  I would like to have one more child to try for a boy.

I am totally amazed at my body basically "resetting itself" after all these years and that even with it messed up I had two children. I wonder at my chances this time around with my body seeming to be acting normal. I welcome all thoughts, comments, answers, and advice.  

(By the way, I know I had a previa that second time, but I truly believe it was because we didn't wait long enough before having intercourse again. My children's dad never wanted to wait the time periods they gave us on anything. Thankfully, this man with whom I've been with for a long while, is not that way and has my health and the health of our children (ALL of them) in his top priorities. And it has been 5 years on Feb 8th since I had Jessie. So, I'm not fearing another previa.)

           Laineybug

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Thank you so much. That is good to know that even if one tube isn't functioning that the hormones are still there. I will look up the book that you recommended for sure. My little girls are definitely amazing. I can't believe that in just a couple of weeks my premature little Jessie will be 5 years old! She's become such an adorable and sweet little girl. I love both my babies immensely. And they will always be my "babies" :) 

           Laineybug

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Thank you so much. That is good to know that even if one tube isn't functioning that the hormones are still there. I will look up the book that you recommended for sure. My little girls are definitely amazing. I can't believe that in just a couple of weeks my premature little Jessie will be 5 years old! She's become such an adorable and sweet little girl. I love both my babies immensely. And they will always be my "babies" :) 

           Laineybug

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Wow, your little girls are definitely miracle babies.  I'm so glad that your body cooperated with having them.  Motherhood is such a blessing.  I hope you'll be able to add a little boy to your family, too.

I wouldn't worry about the 42 day cycle.  It's not the length so much as the regularity. "28 day cycles" is actually a myth...few women have exactly 28 day cycles.  We're all over the map, just like our bodies and our personalities and our interests and our abilities.  I've never heard of having longer cycles because of only having one fallopian tube.  Your hormones control your cycles and those hormones exist regardless of fallopian tube status.

Your moodiness and other symptoms midway through your cycle sure sound like ovulation to me.  The older I get, the worse ovulation becomes.  I hardly have any symptoms with my period, but around ovulation I am a cranky gal, let me tell you.  I get uncomfortable cramps too...enough so that it makes me glad I'm not ttc because I sure wouldn't want anyone touching me, LOL.

There are blood tests that your doctor can order at various points in your cycle that would help you know if you're ovulating or not.  However, some of those tests are done at a specific day of your cycle, and determining that day is based on the "28 day cycle"...so you could get skewed results because for your cycle, the test wasn't done at the right time!  Charting your cycles is much less inexpensive and can definitely help you determine whether you're ovulating or not.  The complete picture of a chart includes your basal temperature (first thing in the morning before you get up, and taken with a special BBT thermometer), your cervical mucus, and as an option, an ovulation predictor test (kind of like a pregnancy test but it looks for a different hormone). Of those various elements, a temperature rise would be most significant in indicating that you've ovulated, but all of the elements together give a quite complete picture of your cycle.  Charting isn't something that many doctors are very familiar with, but it's the easiest and least expensive way to at least begin looking at what's happening with your body.

If you'd like to know more about charting, we're happy to help you get started here.  www.fertilityfriend.com is a good place to keep a chart (there's an app too!) and they have a "charting university" course that will definitely get you on the right road to charting and understanding what you see.  I also recommend the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler.  It'll tell you everything you ever wanted to know, and much more, about your cycles, and it's easy to read.

Good luck, and I really do hope that your body is finding "normal" now for you!


Sue
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