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Sunday, January 3, 2010

The Background

So I guess I should start by saying this is a blog about trying to conceive, and my (and my husband's) journey through it. I know there are a lot of these out there, and really this is just for me to get things off my chest.

My husband and I started trying in July of this year. I know the statistics of how long it can take for a couple to "fall" pregnant, as they say. Which I think that phrase is the most annoying I've ever heard. Since I am only in my twenties, it should be about a year before we start looking into medical interventions.

I recently decided to visit my gyno because I was having some long cycles... 35 days plus. By cycles I mean from Day 1 of my period to the day before I start my next one. I was more concerned there may be something medically wrong with me that I needed to address. Come to find out, I'm having anovulatory cycles (or at least this last one has been). So I've been told to try a few things to help out.

First I need to lose weight... and not just a few pounds, but ideally 44 lbs. I do not look overweight (I admit, I've always been described as thick), I do not feel overweight. But apparently I am. This is something that can really have negative effects on your cycle. So I've started working out and dieting. I use Weight Watchers and have had pretty good success with it in the past. I'm already 4 lbs down, so I'm hopeful I'll be able to keep that going.

Second, I need to start using OPK's (Ovulation Predictor Kits) starting on day 14 of my cycle and continuing until I get a positive. From the research I've done, you're supposed to test twice a day, between 10 am and 8 pm, reduce fluid intake for a few hours before you test, and you are supposed to try to hold off going to the bathroom for those few hours before you test. I pretty much have to go to the bathroom every hour or so even if I reduce my fluid intake... This is not going to be fun.

Third I was recently put on Megestrol. The best way I can describe it is it's like a synthetic progesterone. Basically I have to take it for 7 days (6 of which have passed) and then it will jumpstart my period. Since I didn't ovulate, my body didn't produce the horomones needed to trigger a period. So Tuesday should be the start of my next cycle. I'm really hoping I can get a positive OPK. I've used them in the past and I've never gotten a positive test. They are a little tedious.

The good thing that came out of my gyno's visit, she told me she would be comfortable helping get a jumpstart on going to a fertility specialist if I chose to do so. The most likely path this will take, if I'm not ovulating in the next few cycles and I lose weight, is using Clomid. After that, I don't know. So as it stands now, I'm going to try to lose weight, use the OPK's and make another appointment with my gyno in 5 weeks to check progress. I'm hoping I can get my weight down by at least 10 lbs in that time. So another 6 lbs to go.

I know this one was long, but now that's the background. Hopefully from here on out, it will be all good news, and shorter posts.

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