First I want to say thank you all for your suggestions and most importantly your prayers and encouragement. I know a lot of you have suggested charting my temperature and my CM. Honestly it was really good to read all of the comments, they all helped remind me that I am not alone in this struggle. So again, thank you!
Warning for the following, if you are a guy or don’t want to hear about all the female stuff feel free to stop reading now.
Moving along, I did try charting my temperature for two months before I had the surgery. I have ran into a couple problems though. First, my temp seems to run really low (like in the 96 range) which was lower than what the chart measured. About half way through the first month I found a chart for lower temps and started using that but I was still concerned by the low temp. Now I kind of wonder if it also had something to do with my thermometer which took like a minute and a half to get my final temp read (so annoying)! I showed the chart to Dr. B and she said that it looked like an ovulary cycle but she still didn’t fully think that I ovulated and my cycles were very irregular. Dr. B said that she doesn’t recommend charting temp because according to her it is not reliable and there are other more reliable ways to see if I have ovulated.
I asked her again about charting after I had the surgery and was going to be waiting two months before treatments but her answer was still the same with the addition of using the OPK’s and taking Metformin and Progesterone. Like I said in the previous post, she told me to take the progesterone on day 17 of my cycle incase I ovulate late and take it for 10 days. At that time I didn’t think to ask her what to do if I haven’t ovulated by day 17 (which is the main reason for all of these frantic posts)! Since my last appointment with Dr. B she has moved to a different practice so I can’t get in contact with her to clarify. I haven’t been charting because she seemed so against it.
However, after hearing from all of you lovely ladies I am going to start charting again next cycle (with the help of a new thermometer). One of my other problems is that I am very dry. Like in zero CM. I know that CM is very helpful in detecting ovulation so not having any makes everything even more confusing. I had started freaking out about all of the negative OKP’s but after hearing from others that they never worked for them I feel a little better.
Now back to taking the progesterone. This has been the most confusing part. I hate feeling so in the dark and everyone has been really helpful but in the end I have to figure out when to take it. I really don’t want to do anything to mess up our chances so I have just been a little spooked about taking it since I don’t know if I have ovulated. The hubs and I talked about not taking it this cycle since I am unsure and then trying it the next cycle. I have also thought about waiting until day 21 or so and then taking it. After talking to a friend of ours that is an OB today I think I have formed a plan for this cycle.
He explained to me that part of having me take it on day 17 is to try and get me more regulated. To him it sounds like I am probably not going to get pregnant this cycle so he suggested to start taking it now for the 10 days (since it is day 19 of my cycle). He did think it was a good idea to take a pregnancy test before I stop taking it just to be safe. I am going to call Dr. B’s old office tomorrow (where I have been going) to make sure I should take it. If I get the go from them then I am going to start the progesterone tomorrow and make sure I am not pregnant before I go off of it!
I know this is a lot of info but I just wanted to give an update to all of you who asked me what I have tried and have been so encouraging! I will make sure and keep you all updated! Boy is this hard work :)