Dh and I have been TTC since June 11. I figured it would take a few months but never expected this long. Nov I got an odd period and it continued to crazy for the next 2 cycles. Feb, I decided to go on BCP to help regulate me and started vitex to see if that would help. This month for the first time while TTC, I understood what ewcm is. What I thought was fertile cm wasn't anything close to what I had this month and I am feeling very encouraged by this. DH and I bd everyother day for the past week. Yesterday was O day. I am feeling very confident this cycle. So anyone looking to increase fertility, I'd suggest giving the vitex a try. Its definitley helped my situation.View Thread
UPDATE TRIGS> I got a BFP this cycle but only after 1 neg and bleeding for 2 weeks. Bleeding was due to MC. The Vitex helped and I was pregnant but didn't know til after I had miscarried. Taking a break this cycle after the d and c and have already started back on the vitex. Hopefully this board starts to see more traffic soon.View Thread
Studies have been done to show that ovulation happens in stages. Each stage has an LH surge. Most women dont produce enough LH in the first few stages to be traced. Typically most OPK can only detect LH once it has reached a certain level. Think of your cycle like a road trip. You start out taking your time, enjoying the scenery, conserving your gas, as you get closer to your destination, you get more anxious and get going faster, using more fuel, By that last stretch you are hualing butt, pedal to the floor and the mpgs are tapped. Think of the total cycle as the trip and the LH as the fuel. Those eggs develope in spurts. You may detect the LH and then it tappers off. It does this a few times until a dominate follicle is determined in which case all the LH is directed toward that follicle to continue its developement. My condolences for your miscarriage. The other possibility is that some ovulation tests double as pregnancy tests and you may be detecting HCG. Please dont let this info get your hopes I would suggest calling your ob, advising them of your ttc and talk to them about the OPK results. Best of luck!View Thread
I took 2 months off to reset myself. Don't know wether to go back to JSO or stay here. I did a month on the pill with Vitex and this is my second month on just vitex. DH and I are really excited. Anyone with experience in using vitex?View Thread
Well I have been TTC since June 2011. I thought it would happen by now but it hasn't so I decided to move from the JSO board to here. My cycles were regular 28 days when we first started, and now they have moved to 30-31 days. Not sure what to think about that. Kind of frustrating cause it makes me feel like when I am a few days late that it might be the month and then after I test and AF shows. I'm not sure where to go from here to be honest. Has anyone else experienced this, any suggestions on what to do? I think I may try OPK's this month. Gonna try some Vitex supplements and see if the regulates me. I had an unplanned pregnancy in 09 and I just figured that when we were ready for #2 it would just happen. I would love DS to have a sibling this year but Im not sure if thats going to happen.View Thread
TTC since june 11. Nov 11 AF late 9 days, horrible pain, heavy bleeding, and last 8 days. Dec 11 same scenario. Jan late again and not a bad AF symptoms but worse than regular. Gyne squad puts me on BCP to raise hormone levels for conception. Anyone heard of this? DR knows I am trying to conceive, she called back to say bd every other day up to day 18 and call her back if I get a pos hpt or AF at the end of the month.She doesn't seem to be worried about side effects or ttc being affected by this. Does she know something other DR dont? Maybe she is just trying to jump-start something? I googled this over and over again with no results. Any ideas would be appreciated.View Thread
It means the you have a few LH surges during your cycle. There have been studies showing a women's egg develop in spurts. LH is what causes the follicles to develop. They may rise a few time during your cycle. This allows the follicles to grow and pause. Once a dominant follicle is established, you will get a "true positive". By that I mean the OPK positive line will be darker the the control line. Until it reaches that level, you aren't actually ovulating. The LH needs to be at a certain level before the ovary releases the egg for fertilization. I hope this helps. and Baby DustView Thread
Prolactin levels can be increased for a few reasons. #1 is postpartum milk production. Its is a necessary hormone to establish and maintain milk in lactating women. #2 is an overactive pituitary gland. Women with active hormone imbalances can lead to other hormone imbalances such as prolactin increases. This can be caused by a missed miscarriage, prescription meds, and other medical conditions. # 3 is a little scarier and can usually only be diagnosed through MRI. Tumors can cause the pituitary to become unwarrantedly active. Its usually diagnosed through subjective symptoms leading the DR to request an image of the pituitary gland to rule out a tumor. Most tumors on the pituitary are benign but cause a malfunction. The DR just wants to rule out an possible medical conditions. Be thankful you have a proactive Dr. Many Dr will try to medicate without ruling out other possibilities.View Thread
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