Next step?

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Registered: 09-13-2002
Next step?
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Tue, 01-03-2012 - 5:08pm

Hi! I just saw signs of my period today. I'm sad about it, but slightly encouraged that it will be coming tomorrow (day 28) rather than day 34 like a couple of months ago.

I have been trying since March, but haven't done nearly what a lot of posters have been doing (medicines, vitamins, BBT, ovulation kits) mostly because the first came so easy and also because I had a thryoid imbalance last summer so I kept thinking each month it would be better.

The only thing I have been doing is having a lot of sex starting around day 5- day 20 or so. I also drink less alcohol and caffeine during that time.

I guess I should start figuring out my ovulation cycle better to find out if I am ovulating too early or too late, so I think I'll buy the tests. I am not to excited about taking my BBT because I don't want to buy the special thermometer and trying to do it every morning, but if that is what people suggest, then maybe I should.

Suggestions, comments?

  ~Jen
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Registered: 09-21-2009
In reply to: gb_girl
Wed, 01-04-2012 - 8:34am

Jen,

This journey after 40 can be very frustrating. I, too, had no problem conceiving my other children, but it has been a different story after turning 40. I would say do what you feel comfortable with. What you are doing will work as long as you are ovulating. That is the thing though....you can't be sure that you are Oing unless you do a little bit more. This is what my RE suggested. Start doing OPKs at cd10 or 11 and then go in for a progesterone check 8 days (dpo7) after you get a pos OPK. I had all ready had a cd3 FSH and estrodial done (both normal) and he said that he would do the other tests for me, but he didn't feel that they were necessary. One, I all ready had children, my youngest is 18 months, so there should be no blockage problems and my DHs sperm should be fine. He also said that the other tests just gave you an idea of ovarian reserves, and we already knew that they were low because of my age and that you could have lots of eggs left, but they could be no good or you could have just a few eggs left and they could be great...it only takes one good egg. He also said that you only have a 10-15 % chance of getting pregnant in any given cycle so that not get pregnant for a year was not a sign of a problem. I temp for my own benefit. It helps me keep track of what is going on with my body, what meds/supplements I am taking, any spotting, and to time BDing better. It is also much easier to go to the Dr with my charts then it is to remember all that info like how long my cycles have been and how long does AF last. As far as supplements go, it depends on if you are having any issues. You should be taking a prenatal vitamin and extra folic acid and calcium just because you are trying to get pregnant. The rest of the supplements are just to improve egg quality and help with issues, like grapefruit juice, preseed,

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Registered: 04-21-2010
In reply to: gb_girl
Wed, 01-04-2012 - 11:31am

I agree with Mel. Do only what you feel comfortable doing.

I temp and chart because it helps me focus BD as close to O as possible.

My Ovulation Chart <img      

  

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Registered: 09-13-2002
In reply to: gb_girl
Wed, 01-04-2012 - 1:15pm

Thank you so much Mel!

I need to go find the list of abbreviations because I didn't understand a lot.

I am taking prenatal vitamins along with fish oil pills.

Thanks!

Jen

  ~Jen
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Registered: 09-13-2002
In reply to: gb_girl
Wed, 01-04-2012 - 1:16pm

Yes, every cycle brings hope. Thanks Vickie!

  ~Jen