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I'm feeling really discouraged this week... I have been to many Dr.'s including a Naturopathic one, & they tell me that I'm incredibly healthy & should have no problem getting pg again since it only took 4 months for ds (we weren't ttc or tta)... Thing is I wasn't having periods during that time, so I'm pretty sure that it was just dumb luck that we actually get pg the only time I think I o'd in 4 months... I have had 3 - 5 ppafs (I had over a month of on & off bleeding) and I know that I o'd for sure last month.... But now this month it seems like I'm going to go back to not O'ing again and I'm afraid that I'm going to keep going months without & miss on the months I do... I pretty much feel like I'm 'broken" w/ no fix since everything else is healthy, and adding to that feeling is the fact that every time I go out somewhere, I get asked "when I'm going to go back to work or have another baby" as if only caring for my ds isn't good enough and I can just say "I want to be pg" & *Poof* be pg or something is wrong w/ me... Anyone else not have any medical reason for why they don't always O?
 

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That sounds really rough. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hug2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Hug2"><br><br>
What kinds of doctors have you seen already? Have you seen any that specialize in fertility/infertility? It is possible to seem "perfectly healthy" from the outside and still have something going on with the reproductive system; e.g. a man can be in excellent health but for some reason be infertile and just never realize it until he TTC. Given that you weren't having regular periods at the time you conceived your son and that your PP AFs have been so irregular (bleeding on and off), I would reccommend seeing an RE, because your hormones (that regulate ovulation and bleeding) may be the issue.<br><br>
Some things to consider: (in terms of how "typical" they are or not)<br><br>
How old were you when your periods first started?<br>
Were they ever 'regular' and predictable?<br>
If they were once regular but then stopped being regular, did something change in your life or health that might have caused that? (Like a major lifestyle change, drastic weight loss, etc)<br><br>
If you've gone most of your adult life with irregular or missing periods, it would be a major red flag, as could a sudden shift from normal periods to odd ones.<br><br>
Oh, and you didn't mention how old you were when you conceived your son, or now-- it could make a difference!<br><br>
Good luck to you, I hope everything gets figured out shortly and that your pregnant again right away! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/goodvibes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Goodvibes">:
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">That sounds really rough. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hug2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Hug2"><br><br>
What kinds of doctors have you seen already? Have you seen any that specialize in fertility/infertility? It is possible to seem "perfectly healthy" from the outside and still have something going on with the reproductive system; e.g. a man can be in excellent health but for some reason be infertile and just never realize it until he TTC. Given that you weren't having regular periods at the time you conceived your son and that your PP AFs have been so irregular (bleeding on and off), I would reccommend seeing an RE, because your hormones (that regulate ovulation and bleeding) may be the issue.<br><br>
Some things to consider: (in terms of how "typical" they are or not)<br><br>
How old were you when your periods first started?<br>
Were they ever 'regular' and predictable?<br>
If they were once regular but then stopped being regular, did something change in your life or health that might have caused that? (Like a major lifestyle change, drastic weight loss, etc)<br><br>
If you've gone most of your adult life with irregular or missing periods, it would be a major red flag, as could a sudden shift from normal periods to odd ones.<br><br>
Oh, and you didn't mention how old you were when you conceived your son, or now-- it could make a difference!<br><br>
Good luck to you, I hope everything gets figured out shortly and that your pregnant again right away! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/goodvibes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Goodvibes">:</div>
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My NP specializes in fertility I think... But other then that it's just been "regular" Dr.s & my baby Dr... I don't think anyone of them would refer me... I'm going to talk to my NP about acupuncture etc though... She was going to start doing weekly acupuncture to help me o, but decided I didn't need it after hearing my history... I can get a couple months worth covered by insurance, so I'd at least like to try it to see if it helps me o/get pg...<br><br>
I had my first af at 13, and it was never "regular" I always have skipped a few months here and there... But my cycles have always synced back up so that when I do have an af it's when I would have had it had I been having af's the whole time... So I pretty much know after a point in the month that I won't have an af that month if that makes any sense... I have a hard time keeping weight on which I thought might be part of the problem... But it hasn't changed much the last couple of months, and was way underweight when I got pg w/ ds... So I dunno... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br>
I was 20 when I conceived my son, and he is 15 months now...<br><br>
Thanks & thanks for replying. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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are you still nursing? because that can affect ovulation. it would not be "problem" or unhealthy, it would require more patience though. If you are, there's a nursing mamas TTc thread here, too.
 

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I would consider trying to get your doctor to refer you to an RE, or at least to run a blood test checking your level of thyroid activity. Hyperthyroidism can really screw around with ovulation, as can having funky levels of other hormones like progesterone. They're both simple blood tests-- my doctors did them without blinking an eye-- but could shed some light on the issue, especially given that you're so young.<br><br>
ETA: I suggest thyroid because one indicator for having an overactive thyroid is losing weight, or being unable to maintain a high enough weight. (Similarly, unexplained weight gain can point to an <i>underactive</i> thyroid.)
 

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I'm right there with you. Just o'ed for the first time since late December, and have already had the blood tests for thyroid issues and prolactin. There was nothing unusual. I just started vitex after another bout of weird spotting/anovulation...I was due anyway, but am holding out hope that it was the vitex helping me out. This is the most normal cycle I've had in a long time.<br><br>
We also had our first by accident, and now I really think it was a miracle.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">are you still nursing? because that can affect ovulation. it would not be "problem" or unhealthy, it would require more patience though. If you are, there's a nursing mamas TTc thread here, too.</div>
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I've wondered if nursing was the problem this month as my ds unnight weaned himself <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> But I was nursing a heck of a lot more before when af came back... I'm not good w/ patience lol <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> I found out I was pg w/ ds a couple of days after I decided I wanted to have a baby right away after all <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> (I've wanted lots of babies since I was like 3, but I was to busy being a newlywed and intending to go back to Az for a 2 yr program before I got pg...) So I've never done this waiting game before & frankly I suck at it.... I'd really just like to forget about "ttc" & just let it happen again... But I keep on panicking that if something is wrong I'm going to waste all this time I had to fix it and end up not getting pg... (it's also really hard to "forget" about it when ppl ask you if your pg again more then they ask you how you are etc, and everyone else you know is pg...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">)
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I would consider trying to get your doctor to refer you to an RE, or at least to run a blood test checking your level of thyroid activity. Hyperthyroidism can really screw around with ovulation, as can having funky levels of other hormones like progesterone. They're both simple blood tests-- my doctors did them without blinking an eye-- but could shed some light on the issue, especially given that you're so young.<br><br>
ETA: I suggest thyroid because one indicator for having an overactive thyroid is losing weight, or being unable to maintain a high enough weight. (Similarly, unexplained weight gain can point to an <i>underactive</i> thyroid.)</div>
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I have had my thyroid checked a lot due to unending fatigue since I was about 16 and a family history of low thyroid on my moms side. It has always come back normal and I have been told that the fatigue is all in my head or I'm depressed (family history that they want to peg me w/ to sell more drugs ) I finally a went to a NP at the start of this month to see if she could help me figure out why I was so tired and felt so out of it despite being "healthy", figure out if that was going to make it hard to conceive and to clear up my skin. She didn't think that my temps were low enough to be low thyroid, but said to keep an eye on it due to the family history. So she gave me these for the fatigue and since she think the acne is hormonal (it was much worse when I was pg etc)<br><br><a href="http://www.rockwellnutrition.net/Unda-10-by-Unda-Seroyal_p_0-647.html" target="_blank">UNDA 10</a><br><a href="http://www.rockwellnutrition.net/Unda-21-by-Unda-Seroyal_p_0-686.html" target="_blank">UNDA 21</a><br><a href="http://www.rockwellnutrition.net/Unda-48-by-Unda-Seroyal_p_0-715.html" target="_blank">UNDA 48</a><br><a href="http://www.costlessvitamin.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=1471" target="_blank">HAD</a><br><br>
I'm going to call her today & book my follow up as I felt awesome the first week on the stuff and my dh was amazed at how much I got done, but while I still feel a lot more clearheaded my energy seems to be crashing and instead of o'ing & having my temps go up, they are going down even more... She did say that ppl w/ low thyroid would feel good at first on the HAD and then crash b/c they need something else to balance it? So I don't know maybe I do have low thyroid after all... My mom had Dr's tell her it was all in her head that she felt the same way as me after she had my brother and she starting taking stuff for low thyroid the lasted couple of years and feels way better... She also only had 3 pg's (My brother and Me -3 yrs apart) and a miscarriage (which was 15 years after the last one (me) ) despite not using b/c and wanting lots of kids, which is another reason I'm worried about my chances of getting pg again....<br>
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I don't know enough about thyroid conditions to comment on any of that treatment, but would like to suggest the following:<br><br>
1. Don't trust any doctor that belittles your symptoms. If you're tired, then you're tired! It wasn't that long ago that the (male) medical world thought that PMS was completely "in our heads" or that they even discovered chronic fatigue syndrome. A doctor that writes off your symptoms is both disrespectful to you and unwilling to dig deeper to figure out what's really going on.<br><br>
2. Try to see an RE or someone who specializes in hormones, especially given your family history-- sounds like your mom didn't ovulate often either.<br><br>
Good luck! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/goodvibes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Goodvibes">:
 
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