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So, I'm Tiffany, 24, married to Dusty for 2 years, been together for 7. We are trying to get pregnant with our first child. (Sorry everything is spelt out, I only know certain abbrevations lingo lol) I was on the pill right after I turned 14 due to horrible periods and stayed on it until December 2011. We have been trying to get pregnant since about March of this year. My cycles are around 36 days, that I'm aware of and have been keeping track. But now I am two weeks late to start. I've had 3 negative tests. Recent bloodwork showed I had low progesterone. I'm just concerned..
Hi Tiffany, welcome to the board! I'm Karin, one of the co-hosts here. First, it's very possible that your cycles are still regulating after coming off BCP...I was also on BCP for MANY years (17ish, lost count!) and it took my body a few cycles to get normal again. Have you been charting your temps and/or do you know if you're ovulating? That will be my first recommendation. Many of us use Fertility Friend, it's an easy to use site that is free, and allows you to track not only your basal body temperature (get a basal therm that tracks your temps to the hundredth degree), but also your CM, CP, OPKs, and any other symptoms/signs. Keeping track of your cycle is the best way to get a handle on what your body does each cycle. Many women do not ovulate in the middle of their cycle like is commonly thought.
So, it's possible you could be having an off cycle, or even an annovulatory cycle this month. If you are pregnant, and truly 2 weeks late, a HPT would show positive by now.
Thanks! I have purchased an OPK and thought of trying it on the next cycle. I use an app on my phone that charts CM and BBT, weight, symptoms/feelings, things like that and I keep it pretty up to date on an every other day basis. I'm actually supposed to call my doctor on Monday and let him know if I've started, pregnant, or neither. Thank you for all the advice!!
My pleasure. The site that most of us use (Fertility Friend) also has a phone app. One thing that's important to note, and is a common error for many people just starting out, is that you cannot rely on an app/website alone to tell you when you are going to ovulate, and when your next cycle should be starting. Until you have entered data and the site/app has enough historical data to change its predictions based on YOUR historical cycles, the app will just make guesstimates based on averages, and for many women this can be way off.
We have had folks pop in and out of here swearing upon swearing that they know when their next cycle is supposed to start or when they are supposed to ovulate based on what some generic app says, despite the fact that they have put no information about their cycles into it.
It's good to know that you are keeping your chart relatively up to date, and the more regular you can update it (i.e. should be every day), the better it will be at helping you out. As for BBT, be sure you are taking your temp at the same time each day, right after you wake up, before you talk, walk, pee, anything. Your temps will help you confirm that you have ovulated AFTER the fact (after a sustained temp shift of 3 days of high temps). So, while temps are great at tracking your cycles on a long term basis, they aren't going to help you predict when you will O each month. That's what other things like OPKs, CM, and CP are for.
I'm glad you will be speaking with your doctor on Monday. KUP on how things are going!
Hey ladies! Just an update! I talked to my OB/GYN today and he suggested me taking Provera and then 5 days of Clomid to try and increase our chances this month. I found out this is the route my mother had to do to get pregnant with me and my brother (we, however, are twins!) Her OB swore her taking that medication for one month didn't have anything to do with it........ I dunno.... So, I'm anxious, nervous, excited and all kinds of emotions balled into one. Anywho, guess we will see what happens now! Good luck to all of you as well!!! I've never been so excited about something in my life, except marrying the best man in my life.