existential pondering

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existential pondering
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Fri, 10-02-2009 - 5:47pm

hello, ttc lady friends,

Well, I started really trying to get serious this month and started charting and doing OPKs. I think I am learning that I am not ovulating. My temps are all low (96.5 avg), which makes me suspect that I might have a thyroid problem or something. Plus, every OPK is negative and there has been no temp spike.

This whole ttc thing has, for me at least, turned into a realizing that I'm getting older and going perimenopausal thing. I haven't given up yet, but the process of monitoring these cycles seems to now, for me at least, to be more about seeing if anything is working at all.

I think I'm in Matti's boat. Having a regular AF at this point would be a victory....

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Fri, 10-02-2009 - 6:16pm
Can you post your chart and we'll all take a look.
 


 


Susan V

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Fri, 10-02-2009 - 8:07pm

Hi, MC.

I feel the same way. I have had lower temps than usual, at least lower than when I was ttc my DD 9 and DS 6. I suspected thyroid too, but found out that it was estrogen dominance, which prohibits the thyroid from doing what it needs to do. Once we fix the ED, we may find that I still need a small thyroid boost. It is all so frustrating. I too was trying to temp, but they are low and now I've added bio-identical progesterone cream CD 15-28. So, FF gives me O when I know I didn't O. It is just registering the temp raise from the cream.

Hang in there, but don't waste any time. I consulted with a NP to find out my deficiencies so that my vitamins and supplements were exactly what I needed. This is so important, because for example, some women here supplement with DHEA. This can be a major problem. I bought some about a year ago and took a couple. I was worried about it and stopped. Thank goodness I did, because when they tested my hormones, I actually have more DHEA than most people at my age.

Anyway, I really just wanted to let you know that I understand.

Blessings!

lena

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Fri, 10-02-2009 - 8:15pm
here it is as a PDF... see if this works!
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Fri, 10-02-2009 - 8:17pm
yes, I was taking DHEA and I suspect it was not a good idea! ... plan on going for some tests soon... thank you! - mch
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Registered: 07-07-2006
Sat, 10-03-2009 - 10:40am

Even if you do not go through an MD you can test your hormones at home with a saliva test. There are two really good books by Dr. John Lee, "What you doctor may not tell you about Premenopause" and "What your....about menopause." He is deceased, but still has a website. On this site, see link below, you can check your symptoms and order appropriate saliva tests. They mail it to you with the instructions. You do the test at home and send it back to them (they give you a prepaid label for this). Within a few weeks, they send you the results with an analysis. I did this test along with blood test through my NP. The results were in line with both. This was very helpful to me.

Lena

http://www.johnleemd.com/store/prod_stest.html

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Sat, 10-03-2009 - 12:45pm

Hi
Looks like you haven't ovulated YET this cycle--keep going w/ the temping and the OPKs.
My midwife says it's perfectly normal to have a random cycle where you don't ovulate... also, it's just IMHO, but technically we're in perimenopause the minute we start menstruating, so I wouldn't worry about it yet! I agree w/ Susan though, don't delay getting checked out by your doc--you can go in around cycle day 21 for a bloodtest to check progesterone levels, to see if you're ovulating.

HTH. The existential crisis, I can't help with! ;)

Rebekkah

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Registered: 02-01-2009
Sat, 10-03-2009 - 5:01pm

Lena, where do you get bio-identical progesterone cream? Is that by prescription, or would a health food store have it? Just wondering, because the last 3 cycles, I have had a short LP and was wondering if that would help me. Thanks in advance! You have a beautiful family.

Janice, 42, TTC #1
Janice, 44, TTC #1
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Registered: 07-07-2006
Sun, 10-04-2009 - 5:14pm

Janice,

I answered this yesterday, but don't see it now. I am not sure what happened. Maybe in my haste, I logged off before it actually posted. Anyway, Check out, womensinternational.com

You can fill out a form on-line to request a packet of info with the names of doctors in your area who prescribe bio-identicals. This is the place where I get mine. When you find a doc, they send your prescription to then (fax I think) and they mail your meds.

I hope this helps.

Lena

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Sun, 10-04-2009 - 5:15pm
PS: Thanks for the complement about the fam:)
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Mon, 10-05-2009 - 5:25pm

I have always had low temperatures - even now that I'm on synthroid.

Susan L.

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