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March 22nd, 2011, 11:59 AM
Join Date: May 2010
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I'm wondering if any of you could help me and give me some ideas on what's going on! Lots of info - I hope it's not too confusing!
  • I'm on day 32 of my cycle of a normally 24-25 day cycle, and still no period.
  • 3 HPT big fat neg.
  • Ever since day 24, I've been feeling heavy and slightly crampy in my uterus.
  • My progesterone was tested on days 24 and 26, and both were <0.5. Low low low for this time in the cycle.
  • I had EWCM off and on up till day 28. Is this estrogen dominance in the absence of progesterone?
  • My period was also late 2 cycles ago, back in December, finally appearing on day 31. This is all brand new, having hiccups in my cycles.
  • ALSO - in "normal" cycles with a period, I get positive OPK, and sometimes it is positive for several days. As a general rule, I am having my period only a week after getting that first positive. My Gyno -insists- that ovulation occurs 14 days prior to period and that my tests are wrong. I don't think so - I think something's wrong with me, and I think it's tied to the low progesterone.
So, I'm anovulatory this month, and this is probably at least the second time it's happened. My Gyno will put me on Clomid for 5 days once I reach day 5 of my cycle. Day 12 will be an ultrasound to find new follicle. If it is >18mm, she will start me on hCG. Then day 26, I will start on progesterone suppositories.

Questions: If I totally skip my period this month, can I still start this treatment plan on the presumed day 5 (which would have been like a couple days ago), assuming everything's going to ovulate like normal next cycle? Or do I have to wait till I bleed and lose out on a month of TTC?

Any ideas what all could be going on with me? Why almost 0 progesterone? If it is because I did not ovulate, why did I not ovulate? I had a cold earlier this month, and am still coughing a lot. Would that prevent ovulation?

Is there any chance I have an ectopic pg, given all these symptoms?

Also, I was on Yasmin for 2-3 years, and quit that about 8 months ago. Any chance that messed me up hormonally? Pre-BC, my cycles were normal 28 days, long periods, with baaaad cramps. Post-BC, my cycles are average 24 days, milder cramps, and shorter periods.

Thanks ladies!
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March 22nd, 2011, 01:38 PM
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I know that once you ovulate the corpus luteum bursts and releases progesterone. So being annovulatory could definitely be the reason for low low Progesterone.

That's the only question I can answer for you. I hope this helps.
Me-38 DH-38. TTC #1 since August 2009
2/2011 - IUI + Femara + HCG trigger and Progesterone injection BFN
3/2011 - IUI + Femara + HCG trigger and Progesterone injection
4/2011 - not doing IUI - DH out of town
5/2011 - IUI with Femara and HCG trigger. In hospital due to infection from IUI.
Took a break from all meds this summer.
9/2011: - Start with new RE - testing begins.
10/2011: - Hysteroscopy - determine tubes are blocked.
10/2011 : - Laparoscopy - clip blocked tubes, determine right ovary is adhered to pelvic wall, cut adhesions
11/24/2011: IVF cycle #1 begins. Start stims.
12/2/2011: End stims. HCG trigger.
12/4/2011: Egg Retrieval. 9 eggs, only 1 embryo.
12/7/2011: Transfer.
12/20/2011: IVF #1 failed.
1/16/2012: IVF #2 first scan
"Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible." Matt. 19:26
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March 22nd, 2011, 02:05 PM
Join Date: May 2010
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Well I didn't understand the mechanism of progesterone release, so that does help. Still don't know why I didn't ovulate, if that's what happened here.

If I have a period, does that mean I did for sure ovulate that month? Do I build up a lining at all if I didn't ovulate (and if not, then why the full, achy feeling in there..)

We've been TTC for 7 months now.
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