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i baby is almost 3 months old. i have tcoyf and i meet all the 3 requirements in the bfeeding section. my question is how reliable is that? i mean, you have to ovulate before you get a period, right? so isn't it possible to catch the egg before you have that period and know that those rules don't apply to you? i'm a little confused on this...
__________________ Kristin, proud Air Force wife to Kevin(since 01.20.06)
Mommy to Kaylynn Grace(11.20.06), Jackson William(3.18.08),
Carsyn Olivia(9.5.09), and Noah Cauthen(10.27.11)
The LAM guidelines don't specify that the chance of ovulation is only 2%, but the chance of pregnancy. When all 3 criteria are met, the chance of ovulation is very very low. Even if ovulation does occur without warning while you meet all 3 criteria, there's only a 2% chance of pregnancy. Usually the egg is not viable or the Luteal Phase will be insufficient for pregnancy. Basically, we're talking about a bum egg.
Usually when women conceive before their first post partum periods, they did not qualify for LAM. They were either past the 6 month mark, were supplementing/pumping, or had spotting/bleeding which would have been their warning of impending fertility. When LAM does not apply, there's a much higher chance that you can conceive with the first ovulation before your first period. A higher chance that the egg will be a good one.
Does that make sense?
When you meet all 3 conditions, LAM is 98% reliable. If you're anxious, you can always track your CM for extra re-assurance that nothing is happening in the fertility department.
Last edited by ShawnaCAN; November 30th, 2009 at 04:29 PM.
There are actually 4 types of bleeding and menstruation is only one of them.
1. Breakthrough bleeding, from rising estrogen levels when your body tries to ovulate
2. Withdrawal bleeding, from crashing estrogen levels when your body tries to ovulate and doesn't succeed
3. Implantation bleeding, after conception when the embryo nestles into the uterine lining
4. Menstruation, 11 - 16 days after ovulation to shed the lining of the uterus
While BFing, spotting/bleeding is your warning that hormone levels are fluctuating again, so fertility is on it's way. During BFing infertility, hormone levels are just "resting."