Very confused about cycle

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Registered: 03-20-2006
Very confused about cycle
Wed, 10-17-2012 - 1:24pm

Okay, short background. 42 years old, been trying for 4.5 years to get pregnant with our 2nd. First nursling weaned at 3 years (2.5 years ago) so obviously that isn't an issue anymore. I decided to try TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) as a last ditch effort to improve my chances at my age especially now that DS is in kindergarten and I have time to do it. I had my first month of acupuncture in mid-September and Chinese herbs starting on the Sept. 30th cycle.

I was devastated a couple of days ago when, right after I had awesome EWCM and BD'ed with hubby, that I had a light period. My BBT temps dropped on Sunday and I started to spot that night, then got clots/brighter blood but still pretty light flow that lasted until late Monday/earlyTuesday morning (I'm usually at least three days, regardless of how early it comes). Temps were lower on Monday and Tuesday and I went in for another acupuncture session on Tuesday. Today, my BBT is as high as it usually is after ovulation.

Do you think the crazy temps are just perimenopausal issues and this is a new cycle or is it possible I really did O and had a late temp rise? My acupuncturist was truly surprised I had such a short cycle (but I've had some crazy cycles this year). I'm crampy today and feel nothing like I usually do at the start of my cycle.

I suppose I just need to wait and see but it really was hard for me yesterday. We'd really like a second child and I felt like the whole menopause thing was shutting the door on me. 


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Registered: 06-21-2007
Thu, 11-01-2012 - 10:14am
Strange cycle, Deb. have you taken a test? I am crossing my fingers that it isn't menopause. I hope you get good results with the TCM, i think it helped me get DD2.


Mom to Talia (3)

expecting #2 on 1/11/11

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Registered: 03-30-2012
Thu, 10-18-2012 - 9:42am

Hi Deb,

Your charts do seem to be all over the place.  The only input I can give is that maybe you should see your doctor if you haven't already.  I had bleeding midcycle once when I was in my 20s.  My doctor did a smear test and sent me for an ultrasound.  On the ultrasound they could see that I had a cyst on one of my ovaries.  They said it was probably nothing and scanned me again the month after when the cyst had gone again.  I was very stressed out at the time so just put it down to that and it never happened again.  However, if you haven't already been checked out then maybe they could do an ultrasound to rule out cysts or fibroids etc, which could possibly be getting in the way of conceiving again.

Good luck and I hope the TCM works for you x