L.J. asks from Tampa, FL on March 31, 2008
Ovulation Problems? - Tampa,FL
I want to apologize in advance for the long post. I breastfed my daughter for 19 months and my period did not return until she was 17 months. The first month, my cycle was 31 days long and each subsequent month my cycle was 1 day shorter. My shortest cycle was 26 days. Last month, I jumped back up to a 30 day cycle (prior to getting pregnant with my daughter, I had 28 day cycles that could be predicted down to the hour). I have yet to get my period this month (pregnancy tests are negative) and it has been 33 days since my last period. I took ovulation predictor tests on days 13-19 (my husband and I are trying for our second) and failed to get a positive result. So, my instinct is that I did not ovulate this month and therefore will not get a period. Has anyone else experienced something similar? Any advice is greatly appreciated!
So What Happened?™
Thank you everyone for your very helpful responses! It is so nice to have access to such a supportive group of women!
As it turns out, my ovulation "problem" wasn't a problem after all. After several more days of not getting my period, I looked at the box that contained the pregnancy test that I had taken. Well, wouldn't you know, the test had reached the expiration date. So, I bought another pregnancy test and it came back positive. I went and bought several more tests all of which were positive. I have my first doctor's appointment the end of April.
Thank you again for all of the responses and best of luck to everyone!!!!
V.S. answers from Naples on April 01, 2008
Try your ovulation test earlier. I had almost the same issue and I found that I was ovulating very early. Just 5-7 days after the first day of my cycle. I figured it out when we tried not to get pregnant one month and did get pregnant. Good luck!
L.G. answers from Tampa on March 31, 2008
It took time for my period to become regular after pregnancy and breastfeeding.
When we started ttc for #2, I started taking Vitex to regulate my cycle. It's an herbal supplement available at health food stores. It also helped reduce my PMS symptoms. Google it and see if it's for you.
I also recommend reading the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler. I learned how to read my fertility signs so that I could time intercourse properly for conception. It was quite an eye opener.
Good luck to you!
K. answers from Tampa on March 31, 2008
I had simular period cycle changes after I gave birth and breastfed (2 yrs) as well. We are trying to get pregnant again and since I am almost 43 yrs. old, we are seeking the help of a fertility Dr. What I have learned, is that the older you get(as well as all other factors), the more your cycles change - so if you are late, no worries - especially if you are still nursing. Also, you can (and will) still have a "period" and NOT ovulate. That is my current problem. Normal cycles, folicle development- but no egg (ovulation). Also, as I am sure you know, not all pregnancy tests are accuate. So, you may get a period, you may not, but it sounds like you didnt ovulate. Normal stuff, but if concerned, see your Dr. of course. Good Luck!
S.S. answers from Tampa on April 01, 2008
You either didn't ovulate or ovulated earlier than when you started your testing. I always heard that it was between the 10-14 days on a 28-30 day cycle. With my 1st 2 kids, we always seemed to miss the time frame. I discovered I was 18-22 days on a 28-30 day cycle.
If you are really serious to have it happen quickly, i would recommend doing more than 1 ovulation test so that you know you have covered the important days.
I found that when we were not trying, we got pregnant with third and #4 is almost here. Go figure!
S.S. answers from Tampa on April 01, 2008
Keep testing for ovulation every day until it comes up positive or you get a period. If your cycle is changing, this is the most effective way I know to determine it. You can buy inexpensive ovulation tests at www.early-pregnancy-tests.com. It worked for me.
H.C. answers from Sarasota on April 03, 2008
If you think you are having ovulations problems (and I'm right there with you, we've been TTC for almost 2 yrs) get a clear blue easy fertility moniter. They aren't cheap ( I was fortunate enough that a lady from mamasource gave me her moniter for free) I think around $200, but that will give you the clearest idea of whats going on. I thought I was having a "normal" cycle, about 31 days or so, but when I started using the moniter, I wasn't ovulating till day 20 or 21, and on a 31 day cycle, that wasn't right. There needs to be atleast 14 days from the time you ovulate till the time of your 1st day of your period. My doc put me on clomid which helped with the ovulation part, but after 3 cycles of that, I gave up on it and went to an infertility doc. After some tests, found out my fallopian tubes are partially blocked and I have a mild case of PCOS. The infertilty doc wants to do invitro, I don't have $15000 to spend on that, so I'm doing some more natural things like progestrone cream, and taking false unicorn root, and just praying maybe one day I'll have another child. Sorry I'm blabbing on, but get the moniter, you won't regret it.
S.F. answers from Tampa on April 02, 2008
I could be wrong, but even when you don't ovulate, you will still get a period. I had to do in vitro for my first child because I also had ovulation and period/irregularity issues. My son is now 22 mmonths old and we are trying for our second as well. If you go a few more days and no period or negative preg test, you can go to your OBGYN and get them to give you Prometrium or something like it to make you start your period. I have been using an ovulation predictor microscope called Maybe Mom that is SO MUCH easier than the pee-on-a-stick kind. It involves putting a dab of saliva on it first thing in the morning. You let it dry and then look at it through the microscope. If you are ovulating, you will see a fern-like pattern. It is totally washable and reusable. I started using it is January, no ovulation that month...Feb I got a positive sign on day 22 of a 33 day cycle(but of course hubby was out of town), and in March I got barely a positive sign just on one day. All of this is the reason I think that even if you don't ovulate, you can still get your period because it happens to me all the time. I wish you the best of luck. Trying to have a baby is hard work, but try not to obsess too much about it...believe me, I have been there done, that:).
R.D. answers from Tampa on April 01, 2008
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