TTC with irregular period

Jackie - posted on 02/06/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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OK....I have NEVER had a problem conceiving in the past, I got pregnant the first time not even trying (34), miscarried that baby, got pregnant 3 months later. Then I breastfed till HE was 8 months old, weaned and got pregnant 2 months later. I have breast fed him for 10 months. I got my first period Jan 1st, then again on Feb 6. My normal cycle has been 32 days....but this last one was 37 days. How do I chart? Should I go to the doctor?

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Abi - posted on 02/18/2009

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We used a lubricant called pre-seed, which increases your natural fertility by aiding the little swimmers in getting to the egg! I think you can buy it direct off their website too.

http://www.preseed.co.uk/main.html



Other than ovuation tests, the other thing I took (following two early miscarriages before falling pregnant with my toddler) was a herbal remedy called agnus castus. It basically helps regulate your cycle (helping with PMS symptoms too) and makes it more likely that if you fall pregnant, you won't miscarry.



"Herbal treatment is aimed at restoring hormone imbalances, and encouraging ovulation if it is not occurring. It will also give you the best possible chance of maintaining a pregnancy, should you conceive.



Agnus Castus (Vitex or Chaste tree berry)

This is the herb of choice for helping to restore hormone imbalance and increasing fertility. In one study 48 women diagnosed with infertility took agnus castus daily for three months, 7 of them became pregnant during that time and 25 of them regained normal progesterone levels ... Agnus castus works to restore hormonal balance and can be used where there are hormone deficits as well as excesses it:

*Regulates periods

*Restarts periods which have stopped

*Helps with heavy bleeding

*Increases the ratio of progesterone to oestrogen by balancing excess oestrogen. "

http://www.marilynglenville.com/infertil...



You do need to stop taking this once you get a positive pregnancy test result though.



Hope that helps.

Colette - posted on 02/16/2009

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If you're concerned, I believe in going to the doctor. What will it hurt? I was able to get pregnant easily with my first child too. So I kept putting off going to the doctor, and now it's been over a year and I'm just barely getting the medical care that I needed that could have made me pregnant a while ago. You know your body. If it isn't working like it should, then get some help.

Tamara - posted on 02/11/2009

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Also www.fertilityfriend.com is a good place to chart.  you can learn how to chart and how to interprit the chart.  I'd say if there is no consistency in  6-9 months of charting I'd talk to your doctor make sure it's not a hormone imbalance or something else.

Shawnie - posted on 02/09/2009

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Hi Jackie,

I recommend the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility, by Toni Weschler, it outlines it in detail (www.ovusoft.com) and also has software you can use to chart. In a nutshell, you want to monitor your cervical fluid consistency (eggwhite-like near ovulation) and take your basal temperature (1st thing in the morning before getting out of bed). Right before ovulation your temperature shifts, so by charting you can tell when and if you are ovulating and how long each phase of your cycle lasts. Good luck!

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