Yes, your doctor can order an ultrasound. Keep in mind that ovulation creates a cyst every month. When the cyst containing the egg ruptures open, releasing the egg, we call it ovulation. The fertility doctors sometimes watch these cysts form in order to time your cycle and to determine the effectiveness of their treatments. When you review your symptoms and the test results with your practitioner you will be thinking about normal ovulation vs cysts that are not part of the normal cycle..View Thread
Jealous, angry, the list goes on and on. This is something we never expected. We all assume that as soon as we're ready, we'll be able to get pregnant. But how are you handling all of those feelings? Do you have someone to talk to about all of this? We need to be careful that while pursuiing our pregnancy we don't destroy our other relationships.If you do not have friends or family members that you can approach with these feeling, consider seeing a couselor There are counselors with special expertise in fertility issues.
I think knowledge really is power. Wouldn't it be better to know what your choices really are? Your provider should be able to walk you through this process. Don't let the fear stop you from finding out about your choices. Good luck!View Thread
Trying for pregnancy can be quite an experience. About 50% of couples who undergo the testing An 244103 discussed will have normal testing. Officially their diagnosis is "unexplained infertiity." We all have to make decisions about how we would like to proceed at that point. It's important to know what your options are though.View Thread
It can be difficult when your cycles are that far apart. How long has this been happening? The ovulation machine can abe helpful in these situations but the machine is pricey. You can even try using a regular ovulation predictor kit but it will only be helpful if you test at the right time, about 2 weeks before you period actually comes (again, sometimes difficult to guess when your cycles are far apart)
You might ask your health provider about drawing a progesterone level a week before you expect your period. There are other blood tests they might want to perform in this situation (like thyroid testing) but you need to review this with your caregiveer.
We want to confirm that you are actually ovulating with your your cycles this far apart. There are mild fertility drugs that are sometimes useful if you are not ovulating.
If all of this has happened over a short time and the stressors in your life are going away, things may normalize on their own.View Thread
The risk of pregnancy is quite low. None of our methods are perfect though and carry a failure rate. I have heard numbers as high as 1 in 300 following tubal ligation. That means if we tie 300 women's tubes, one of them gets pregnant anyway. And this number persists over time. We can't say that if you didn't get pregnant this year or next year that you will not be that one person next year.
If you two would like to conceive a child you need to see a fertility specialist to talk about your options. Many of the specialists recommend in vitro fertilization in these situations (you go around the blocked tube by fertilizing the egg outside of the body and placing it back into the uterus by going through the vagina). But every case is different so you would want to review your options with someone who specializes in this area.View Thread
I would go in and get a blood pregnancy test. They are better than urine pregnancy tests and might help sort things out. After that, well....
My motto is, one time is a fluke and doesn't bear a lot of investigation. If you are not pregnant this time, wait and see what happens next. If your next period is normal (or better yet you are pregnant next cycle) than wonderful. If you notice that this happens again over the next few months, talk to your health provider about what has happenedView Thread
I completely agree with blueeyebaby's response. Let's be proactive about figuring this out. I would not use over-the-counter products and expose a potential pregnancy to products that might not be necessary.
Get in and see your caregiver. Tell them your history and let them investigate your issues. There may be some very easy and straightforward treatments that will help normalize your cycles and help you get pregnant. Knowledge is power in this situation.
A urologist can perform the semen analysis for your husband. Fertility clinics can also perform this test. In our area, regular labs no longer run this test so we have to use one of the specialists. Check with your gynecologist, they can let you know how the test is done in your area.
The HSG is an xray to see if your tubes are open. A small amount of dye is injected into your uterus and then pictures are taken. We are looking to see if your uterus has a normal shape and if the tubes are open. It is another component of the infertility evaluation.View Thread
The natural fertility rate at age 50 is extremely low. We've all seen people who appear to be older, conceive and carry pregnancies. There are really two different issues to consider. The first is the risk to the mother of carrying a pregnancy at age 50.
The safety of carrying a pregnancy is much more related to your general health than your age. A 50 year old in good health may have a very successful pregnancy. You were right to check with your general practitioner to be sure there are no hidden health issues before beginning this journey.
Generally anyone who will be 35 or older at the time of delivery is designated "high risk" in obstetrics. This phrase allows them to access testing that they would not be able to have otherwise. And women over 40 are at higher risk for some complications of pregnancy (pregnancy induced diabetes and pregnancy induced high blood pressure for instance). Most of these things require more monitoring in the pregnancy but can usually be managed siccessfully.
The other issue is actually conceiving a pregnancy. Most pregnancies at age 50 will be conceived using advanced technologies. Most of these women will actually purchase donor eggs from younger women and will use in vitro fertilization to achieve a pregnancy. If this is important to you, seek the advice of a fertility clinic and they can give you specific information about your status and options. Best wishes, keep us updated.View Thread