A good friend of mine who had a baby about a year ago recommended this site to me, so here I am :)
More than anything else, I'm looking for advice and guidance from ladies who are going or have gone through the ordeal of trying to conceive for the first time.
I went off of the pill this past December, and was pleasantly surprised to have two regular cycles (for me, regular is 6 weeks on the dot), one right after the other. Had all of my usual symptoms that I remembered from when I'd been off BC (sore bbs, etc.). I also temped for those two cycles and noted a clear biphasic chart on each. So, as far as can I can tell, I did ovulate those two months.
It's now July/almost August, and no sign of AF (my last period was in late Feb.). My Gyn put me on provera for five days back in June, and I did respond to the medication by having a light withdrawal bleed, but I'm now going on seven weeks and there's no sign of an impending ovulation,much less AF.
There are a few curiosities though:
1) I have been an athlete since I was about 9, and my periods weren't regular until I was almost 20. I was diagnosed with multiple, small ovarian cysts when I was 19 and was put on BC to treat them (the pain was awful). Apparently, my body was trying to ovulate, but was under too much stress because of the intense workouts.
2) I went off BC for a couple of years back around 2006-2008 and did not notice any of those symptoms. Also did not experience ammenorrhea during that time, so far as I can recall.
3) I tried using the OPK sticks after the provera this past June to see if I could pick up a surge. They were the cheapie 20-pack from CVS and while I did pick up something close to a surge, nothing happened, and it was hard to tell whether they were still popping up as positive a week after the test line first went dark.
4) I've been under a heinous amount of stress the past semester, and am also nursing a couple of sports-related injuries.
I've been referred out to a specialist (who is male, which is fine, but not something I'm used to) and I'll be seeing him on the 4th of next month, but I'm really anxious about things at present. Not only am I worried about what's going to come of the appt, but I'm also stressed because my crappy health insurance policy (yey student status) doesn't cover fertility issues -- I was essentially told to ONLY talk about ammennhorea when I go there so that the visit will be covered.
I get so frustrated and discouraged sometimes, because I feel so very much in the dark on just about everything. As someone whose been into athletics, yoga, and karate for many years I'm very in tune with my body, and not knowing what's wrong with me is really taking a toll stress-wise.
How do you ladies cope amidst all the uncertainty? I think, more than anything else, getting some solid advice on how to hang in there would help me more than anything.
Thanks in advance for any insights and advice you have to offer!