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KrisP October 7th, 2008 08:11 PM

Hi everyone,

I'm brand new to this group. I've been "officially" TTC for about 2 months and "unofficially" for 4. Prior to June of this year, I was on the pill for 6 years.

Since going off the pill, my cycles have been very irregular (varying from 23 to 30 days). At a recent dr. visit I had my progesterone levels taken; they were reported to be low and they were taken around the time I should have been ovulating.

Should I be concerned for any reason that I've had irregular cycles and possibly wasn't ovulating for at least one cycle? I'm trying not to obsess and I realize that it can take time to get back to normal, but at the same time, am trying to foresee any potential problems.

Thanks!!

~April04~ October 7th, 2008 09:35 PM

Welcome to our group! I'm April (22) married to Jeff (22) We're on Month 11 of TTC #1.

I'd say if your cycles are 23-30 days that isn't really that irregular and I wouldn't really worry about it. And when did you have your progesterone tested? It's supposed to be taken 7 days after you ovulate (7DPO), if it was taken before that, thats probably your reason for a low reading.

Just for some more information. My cycles are anywhere from 19 days (only happened once though) all the way up to 61 days. That's irregular. So see you're pretty normal. ;)

STL_Beth October 7th, 2008 09:48 PM

WELCOME!!! My name is Beth (24), DH is David (26) and we have been TTC #1 for just a few short months. In fact, I also went off bc in June as well. I agree with April - 30 days is definitely not irregular. My doctor said it can take up to 3 months before you start ovulating normally again, but it sounds like you are probably ovulating, and you just didn't get a reading at the right time. My doctor said that if I get my period to go in and get tested, so that would be like almost 14 days after I ovulate. Do you chart or use OPKs? I started to chart in August and that has really helped me learn a lot about my body and when to plan to BD.

ZaydensMomma October 7th, 2008 10:27 PM

Hello there! :welcome:

Since you are off the BCP, it takes few cycles for your body to get back to normal. Some jump right back, some take months before they become regular, some never gets their cycle regulated and had to have provera to induce AF.
I would give it a few cycles and see how it goes.

I'm your cohost along with Ash Les and I have been TTC for 2 years. Please feel free to ask any questions and jump in the posting. Good luck with your cycle! :dust:

Oh and FYI, there's a website for you to record your cycle at http://www.fertilityfriend.com ;)

~*Jackie*~ October 8th, 2008 06:26 AM

Welcome to the group! I'm Jackie (27) DH is Jon (28) and we've been TTC since December 07, currently in our 3rd cycle with medical assistance.

As for your questions, I think the ladies here covered it well. It's going to take some time (doctors usually say up to 6 months) for your body to start to regulate after BCP, although mine never did. ;)

polarbearmama October 8th, 2008 06:46 AM

Hi Kris! Welcome! :smile:

I'm Tina(25) and DH is Justin (26 today!). We have been today for 5 years and married for 2. This was our first "official cycle" TTC, though we've been TTC unofficially since late July.

I'm in the same boat you are. I stopped using BCPs in late July after being on them for 5 years. My first cycle regulated immediately, but this second cycle is going on CD 46 now. I have a doctor's appointment today to talk about options since she knows we are TTC and I am anxious for AF to arrive so we can start trying again.


Soape October 8th, 2008 06:50 AM

Welcome to the group!!! Hope your stay here is short and sweet. I'm Amanda (27) and DH is Michael (25), We have been TTC for 10 cycles now. I think it's different for every woman when they come off of BCP. I got off in January of 07 and it took me a year and 3 months not to have irregular cycles. My Cycles ran from 26 to 38 days. But after that it has gotten regular. It's a good thing that your Dr is already testing your levels. Is your Dr. going to put you on any medications to help with the progesterone? I hope that you can get your BFP soon.

leeann77845 October 8th, 2008 07:30 AM

Hi. I'm Lee Ann, DH is Matt. We're on our third month of ttc.

I was told that anything below 21 days and above 35 days is irregular.....so I agree with the other ladies - your not. The fluctuations from one cycle being 23 days and the next being 30, might just be your body adjusting and I think they will probably level themselves out, just give it time. (That is what happened with me :))


Celry October 8th, 2008 08:08 AM

Hi. I'm Cel (30). DH (31) and I have been ttc for 19 months now. This is our fifth medicated cycle. I'm like April, in that I have very irregular cycles. I did before going on and after coming off of bcp. I don't know for sure, but my doc suspects my longer cycles were annovulatory. I hope your cycles regulate soon and you don't have to wait much longer to get a BFP. Good luck.

Ash October 8th, 2008 08:35 AM

:welcome: I am Ashley (30) and DH is Nathan (31). We have been TTC since January 08 after being on BC for 8 years. This is my 10th month off, and I still have varying cycles. This is the break down:

Cycle 1-35 days
2-38 days
3-29 days (yay, a normal one. Maybe I am getting back to normal!)
4-28 days (woo-hoo, that's two months in a row)
5-36 days (Maybe not!)
6-27 days (what the heck)
7-35 days
8-29 days
9-?? (current cycle)

I wrote all that to let you know that you are definitely not alone. The most important things are that you are ovulating and that you have a normal length Luteal Phase (time from ovulation to AF or BFP). You Luteal phase needs to at the least 11 days, although I have heard that if it is less than 12 you need to point that out to your doctor (if TTC, which is the case here).

Anyway, welcome! I am also one of your co-hosts....with Aaron Nicole. If you have any questions, let one of us know (or anyone else for that matter). The ladies of this board are the BEST!!

KrisP October 8th, 2008 05:30 PM

Thank you, ladies, for all the helpful replies! It is reassuring to connect with others like myself. By the way, I'm Kristin (28) and my husband is Craig (34).

snsgirl336 October 8th, 2008 08:33 PM

I think everyone else has answered your questions, but I wanted to pop in and say Welcome! I'm Cris married to Shawn and we've been trying for 15 cycles now. I hope your stay here is short and I look forward to getting to know you!

CA-mommy-to-be October 8th, 2008 09:20 PM

Hi Kris!

I can totally sympathize with the confusion of ending BCP. My first two cycles were crazy long, as you can see at the bottom of my signature. Things started to regulate with the third cycle though.

May your stay here be short and sweet.

~ Jessica ~

BabyBird October 9th, 2008 02:28 PM

Hi and Welcome!! I agree wiht the other girls that your cycles really aren't that irregular. I also wouldn't count that one cycle out as annovulatory. Progesterone is low in the first part of your cycle and goes up after ovulation but since you weren't tracking your cycles and it was "around when you would ovulate" it is possible it was just taken too early. The best thing to do is start charting your cycles. There is a sticky posted at the top of the page that is called Getting Started TTC. It has info on why it is helpful to chart and what it can tell you. Good luck!


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