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Wed, 09-28-2011 - 4:39pm

Hi,

I'm new to this board. I'm 35, and my husband and I have just started TTC for first child. I never really thought about my fertility until a scare earlier this summer. AF didn't show up for the month of May. I had some blood work done and it revealed an elevated FSH level. I had additional blood work on CD 12, and my hormone levels were normal. But ever since then, I have been extremely anxious and edgy about TTC (even though we haven't been trying long at all), especially because of my age and (It's so annoying that so many people act like that when you are 30 plus that it's time to sign up for AARP. LOL!) we haven't been successful yet.

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Wed, 09-28-2011 - 6:48pm
So glad you found us too! Hope your stay is short and sweet, but if it's longer than you like, you've found a great group of gals! I am 31 (32 in 10 days!) and I'm already hearing those AARP like talks. It's crazy! I am a firm believer that stress can delay ovulation. A death in the family (sorry for your loss!) and all the other things you mentioned are big deals... I think I would give it a little time to see if you can re-regulate. I'm still learning myself, so I look forward to what the other ladies say. :-)
31, Florida. Happily married for 7 years, and TTC # 1.
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Wed, 09-28-2011 - 6:49pm
Oh, and one more thing. I just finished Taking Charge of Your Fertility. Everyone talks about the book, so I finally bought it, and it's been SO helpful!
31, Florida. Happily married for 7 years, and TTC # 1.
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Wed, 09-28-2011 - 8:54pm

Welcome to the boards!

I just got the "Taking Charge of Your Fertility" book and I'm hoping to understand my cycles more. I'm 31 and I'm panicked about my fertility but I've only been trying for two months. I was on the BCP before that.

My first cycle lasted 30 days and the second lasted 35 days. I can't wait to see what Cycle 3 does for me! I too am a firm believer that stress can interfere with your cycle. If it doesn't regulate itself after another cycle or so, I don't see any problem with checking with your doctor. I hope your stay here is short - this is a great group for support!

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Wed, 09-28-2011 - 10:36pm

Hi Sugar! Welcome to the board :) So glad you found us! Feel free to just jump in with any questions, concerns or if you need to vent a little. We are all here for the same thing, support. So it's kinda like a huge family :)

As far as your question goes, stress does not delay your period. Stress may delay ovulation, there for your cycles will be longer then usual. Once you ovulated your period should show between 10-16 day's later, if you aren't pregnant :) But if you are stressing before you O it will cause you to delay some. Yes you need to de-stress a little :) but everyone does at some point in their lives! We are the lucky ones that get to stress about TTC! Which isn't fun, but just remember to breathe and take a time out whenever you need it!

I found this while searching the web, it talks a little about what the other ladies mentioned the book 'Taking Charge of Your Fertility'. Enjoy :) http://www.babyzone.com/preconception/getting_pregnant/article/stress-and-fertility-pg2

Have a wonderful evening!

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Wed, 09-28-2011 - 10:50pm
Hi! Welcome to the board! I truely hope your stay is short and sweet! I am also glad you found us, the ladies here are awesome.

In answer to your questions: When did you stop your birth control? What kind of BC did you use? Stress can delay ovulation, which will cause your cycle to lengthen. Personally I may *think* I'm dealing ok with my stress, but my body disagrees, and stuff gets late, which cause me more stress!
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Wed, 09-28-2011 - 11:20pm
Hi and welcome!!! I'm new to the boards as well. Going to turn 30 in early November and excited that my BF and I are officially trying after a year of talking about it. I just went of BCP in August, so we're still trying to figure out what my "normal" cycle will be. Sorry I can't offer answers to your Qs, but wanted to chime in and welcome you and say hello.

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Fri, 09-30-2011 - 6:06pm
Hi there! Welcome! I'm Rebekah, I'm 29, and my husband and I have been trying since January. We've also been living apart for almost three months thanks to his new job (I'm moving to join him in two weeks), so I feel your pain there!

The other ladies have given you great advice. Stress can most definitely delay ovulation, pretty significantly. I normally O somewhere between CD 15-18, but have O'ed as late as CD 36 on rare occasions, usually related to stress. I'll echo everyone's recommendation that you read TCOYF. I found it really useful, and still refer to it when I'm confused about an odd cycle.
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Fri, 09-30-2011 - 11:51pm
Welcome to the board! So sorry things have been difficult - sounds like you had a very rough summer. I hope things start looking up soon and that you get a BFP soon. Sorry I can't help with your questions but it sounds like the other ladies have been helpful. My cycle has been kind of messed up but I think it's because I went off the pill in March after being on it for many years.
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Fri, 10-07-2011 - 6:25pm

Welcome! My deepest condolences on your loss.

I wouldn't be surprised if stress did contribute to some cycle inconsistencies. Hopefully once things stabilize a bit, your cycles will follow suit.

In the meantime, we're here to support you! :)

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