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I'm not going to TTC for another year or so. I have some health problems that <span style="text-decoration:underline;">must</span> be dealt with first. But I'd like to be ready, and knowledgeable about my body and TTC.<br><br>
I have a Mirena IUD, which is the one with the hormone. My periods used to be about 4-5 days long, and pretty heavy for 3 days. Now it's heavy for about 6 hours, then spotting on and off for ~8 days.<br><br>
Is it possible to check and be knowledgeable about things like my cervical mucus? I think I still ovulate, but I'm not sure.<br><br>
Taking the IUD out before TTC is not an option. We hate condoms, my cervix is in a weird position, so I can't use a diaphragm, and the pill makes me a crazy UAV. Plus, I (and DH, to some extent) have baby fever bad enough that I can totally see us, after I'm off the meds, but before I'm healthy enough to handle having a baby, one night, saying, what the heck, let's go for it anyway!
 

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I don't know how IUD's work but if it's like other BC, you don't O and that's how you don't get pg. So, you won't be able to track your cycle since it's completely controlled by your IUD. I could be wrong. Just explaining it as I understand it with other BC.<br><br>
But, don't let this stop you from educating yourself on your body in general! It just won't relate to your fertility quite the same since it's being controlled. GL!
 

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the progesterone in the mirena can cause thickening of the cervical mucous, which means your current mucous is probably different than what it will be like when the IUD is taken out. You might be able to take your waking temperature each morning to see if you are ovulating, but again, your pattern may change once the IUD is removed. I don't think charting at this point would provide you with any useful information.
 

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You could try using OPK's and see if you ovulate. That would be the best way to find out if you still O. I think you should still be O'ing with the IUD. It just prevents the fertilized egg from implanting.<br><br>
If you have CM you could try tracking that as well.<br><br>
I am not sure if checking BBT would work if you do not have a regular AF.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm not going to TTC for another year or so. I have some health problems that <span style="text-decoration:underline;">must</span> be dealt with first. But I'd like to be ready, and knowledgeable about my body and TTC.<br><br>
I have a Mirena IUD, which is the one with the hormone. My periods used to be about 4-5 days long, and pretty heavy for 3 days. Now it's heavy for about 6 hours, then spotting on and off for ~8 days.<br><br>
Is it possible to check and be knowledgeable about things like my cervical mucus? I think I still ovulate, but I'm not sure.<br><br>
Taking the IUD out before TTC is not an option. We hate condoms, my cervix is in a weird position, so I can't use a diaphragm, and the pill makes me a crazy UAV. Plus, I (and DH, to some extent) have baby fever bad enough that I can totally see us, after I'm off the meds, but before I'm healthy enough to handle having a baby, one night, saying, what the heck, let's go for it anyway!</div>
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Unfortunately, hormonal birth control really does a number on your body and will be next to impossible to accurately chart your cycles. With that said you could start temping, checking your cervix, etc. to "learn" how to do it and to get in the habit, but it will take awhile once you take the mirena out for your body to get intoa regular pattern and will most likely be NOTHING like it is now. With that said if you're really eager to start charting and would like more accurate results, than i would recommend removing the mirena and having a copper-t placed as it is non hormonal, and while it affects cycles a bit, nowehre near the way hormones do. I have the copper t and found within a cycle or two that my cycles are back to "normal".
 

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Unfortunately, I don't feel comfortable using the copper one. It has a significant chance of making periods and menstrual and premenstrual sumptoms heavier. And if my pms and period symptoms were any heavier than they are normally, I'd shoot somebody. Seriously, I got the Mirena 6 months <i>before</i> we got married, even though I knew having it would increase temptation, just for the side effects of a lightened period and pms.<br><br>
Also, the Mirena is <i>less likely</i> to be an abortifacient (did I spell that right and use the right word - I mean to allow an egg to be fertilized but not implant), and I'm on the fence about that one, I'd rather stick with it. I know, I'm probably a hypocrite, because the Mirena <i>can</i> still allow it, but since I'm on the fence... I'll probably eiter use another IUD, or work my way up to FAM, after this next kid.<br><br>
And finally, and this is no small thing for me, getting this put in was OMG PAINFUL! It hurt so freaking badly, I was crying. And that's <span style="text-decoration:underline;">with</span> a vicodin and Rescue Remedy. I really can't stand that again just to practice tracking.<br><br>
Thank you mamas for all your input. I'm probably going to do a lot of lurking, and a lot of question asking, over the next year. Then hopefully, I can take all that information and not need it, right? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/fingersx.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="fingersx">:
 

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Yeah I have the copper T and I can tell exactly where I am in my cycle which is why I chose it because I loved cycling and knowing what was happening in my cycle. I'd never go back to hormonal. But on Mirena you should not be ovulaing with any regularity at all. That's why it's less likely to be an abortifacient because you shouldn't be ovulating to allow conception to being with and there's the other factors that make your ph less friendly to sperm and your lining is affected etc. But I doubt you're cycling at all. So like someone else mentioned you could just get in the habit but I doubt you're going to see a pattern at all.
 

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i have a copper iud and have considered charting, i have the book tcoyf and all but i am lazy about taking temps. so my question to moms who have the copper iud- do you still ovulate? because my cervical mucous is so much less and so much less strechy with the non-hormonal ius than it was before.
 

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It does change your mucus as one of the way it works and it does create less fertile quality mucus. However you should still ovulate. I feel myself ovulate every month actually and I still have tons of EWCM. But no the copper IUD does not stop ovulation.
 

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I had the Mirena IUD and noticed cyclical bleeding about 4-5 months before I had it removed. I started keeping track and noticed that the spotting (I just spotted for a day - it was awesome after week-long HEAVY periods) was coming every 26-27 days, which was in line with my unmedicated cycles (usually 26-28 days). I also temped the month before I had my IUD out, mostly just to get myself used to it (so if I skipped a day, it wasn't a big deal at the time). I did notice a shift at about what would have been ovulation time. After having my IUD out (I had it out 5 days before AF was expected), I continued to temp and check fluid, though I will say that the fluid totally bulked up in the EW category (lovely!). I didn't get pregnant the first time, and I will warn you that that first post-IUD period was AWFUL. Horrible PMS, horrible cramping, horrible bleeding. Ugh. But I can't complain too much. I haven't had one since. The second cycle, I also used OPKs.<br><br>
Hope this helps. Good luck to you.
 
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