The More I Try to Control, the less in control I feel…
January 2016 (WARNING: this post may contain TMI about menstrual cycles for some)
Happy New Year? Once the holidays had passed and all the stress that comes along with them, I was convinced that NOW I would be able to get pregnant. But just to ensure things a bit I started taking any and all action I thought would give me an extra little boost.
A friend had lent me her copy of “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” by Toni Weschler. “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” was originally written about twenty years ago and is chock full of information about how women’s fertility cycles work, and what may interfere. I started charting my temperatures religiously every morning at the same time and recorded them in the OvuView App that I downloaded at the advice of the same friend.
After reading a bit about luteal phases (the time between ovulation and menstruation), I was convinced that mine was one the short side. The body needs enough time from releasing the egg to conceive with the sperm and implant into the uterine lining. At this point I knew that ovulation was occurring and Beau and I were timing our intercourse correctly, so implantation must have been the element that was impaired! Also, looking back on my cycles, I did notice that I would start spotting 3-4 days before I actually started bleeding, and indication that the luteal phase is too short. So I began using over-the-counter progesterone cream. Sure enough, once I started using that I stopped spotting prior to my period. I felt like things were finally starting to work!
But…just in case they didn’t, I scheduled an appointment with a fertility specialist. Originally I was going to wait until after my first cycle in January and see what happened before I scheduled it, but I am glad I didn’t wait because she was booked out over a month anyway so it would have been TWO months of waiting, since we all know by now that I did not get pregnant in January as I had hoped.