Sunday, August 9, 2009

Confessions of a Bored Infertile

Good Evening Humble Readers... I hope this post makes sense, as I am very tired at the moment.

** Usual disclaimer ** If you are a reader who knows me irl, and have no interest in hearing about my 'plumbing', you might want to skip this post.

I'm feeling a little like Ross on Friends... I have to keep reminding myself that we are 'on a break'. I know that it is highly, HIGHLY unlikely that I'm going to need to even consider testing this cycle. Or next cycle. I mean we are using condoms after all... geez!

And yet, here we are... 12 dpo and I'm still fixated on the mild heartburn I had yesterday and of course the sore boobs. Ridiculous! I KNOW that AF is going to show up tomorrow. So, why can't I just let this obsession go?

In an attempt to distract myself from the "am I?" question running around my brain, I have spent some time pondering my ovulation charts. I've noticed something that I'm wondering about.

Throughout the winter and spring, each cycle I generally had 5-6 days of the good cm. In fact, there were a few cycles that I thought I was going to ovulate earlier than normal because I had early ewcm. The last few months I have had very scant cm... barely 4 days, and not in the amounts I have gotten accustomed to.

So, I'm wondering if this is a result of the testing I've had in recent months. The hysteroscopy, the HSG, etc. Or could it be because it's summer... it's hot, and I have not been as good about drinking my water as I should have? Because I was pregnant at this point last summer, I don't have any charts to compare.

Anyone have any thoughts?

Another thing that has been niggling in the back of my brain... my luteal phase. I know that it's not supposed to change all that much from cycle to cycle, but mine has continuously gotten longer. I have had 11, 12, 12.5, and now almost 13 day LP. I know that longer is better, and I think it might be a result of the vitamin B I've been taking for quite a while.

Again, I ask, any thoughts?

Ok... I think that's it for now. I'm falling asleep as I type.


  1. Interesting questions! I wish I had some answers. Sounds like it could be the B6 lengthening your LP, though.

    Let me recommend vitex. It *really* helps with CM and LP. I was on "female balancing" supplements both times I conceived, and while I won't credit it with my BFPs (I think the Follistim and IUIs had something to do with it), I do kinda feel like it helped prepare my body.

  2. I agree the B vitamins are likely lengthening your LP a little. 13 days is great!
    CM could be a combination. I wouldn't be surprised if dehydration has something to do with it. Try drinking more at the time you normally have it. Or you can try guiafenesin (?Sp), a pure mucus thinning med used as a decongestant. I think I've heard others swear by red grapefruit juice too, though I haven't tried that myself. Hydration is probably the best bet.
    None of all that worked for me, but it may work for you when you end your break.

  3. This is going to sound stupid, but...maybe if you just relax and stop worrying about it? I know that is ridiculous, but I have SO many friends who, once they stopped trying so hard, got preggers.

    Maybe with all the other things you've tried/lengths you've gone to, that's the missing piece?

  4. Oh, Hobbit I love your candidness.

    Sorry I have no words of wisdom to share on this one....


  5. Yes, dehydration (even a little) can affect cm, so I would guess based on the seasonality, that that is the issue.

    And yes on the B-Vitamins. I'd say it was highly likely.

    As I mentioned before I hated my wait. I charted throughout and analyzed it to no end. You're almost there. Hang on. :)

  6. I was told to drink water even though I have NO CM.

    Your LP sounds good. You want it to be between 12-14 days.

    It is frustrating when your cycle doesn't do the same thing every month isn't it?

  7. I am moronically useless on both the questions... don't have any answers for them.

    But I hope you did manage to get to the bed and sleep off there.

    Thank you for the support you have shown to me. It means a lot to me.

    All the best.


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