Sunday, January 31, 2016

Infertility Update January 2016

Hi everyone!! In my last post, I told you all that Lee and I were working with a new Family/OB Doctor who was helping us learn how to use Natural Family Planning (NFP). NFP is a way of tracking various biological markers (such as mucus) to determine when ovulation is occurring. There are several different versions of NFP. Lee and I are using The Creighton Model.

We started tracking my cycle in late October, and had tracked about 2.5 cycles when we did our follow up at the end of December. 

Here's what we found out at our appointment: based on what I've charted, I likely have a very small window of ovulation. He suggested I start taking a slow release Vitamin B daily, which should help with this. He also recommended that I start taking Mucinex n a few days before I would typically ovulate, and continue taking It until after my peak day (ovulation). 

In addition to the two over-the-counter medications I'm taking, my doctor also wanted to do some blood work to test my progesterone. From what I understand, progesterone is a hormone that helps thicken the lining of the uterus. Each month the progesterone level should increase around the time of ovulation (and subsequently the lining of the uterus would thicken as well). Then, after the egg is not fertilized, the lining of the uterus flushes out, and that's when a woman has a period. If the egg does fertilize, then of course the progesterone level stays higher and the lining of the uterus stays thick so that it can support the growth of a baby. Low progesterone can cause issues with implantation and also can be a cause of miscarriage. Based on what my charting has shown, my doctor thinks it's possible I may have low progesterone. He suggested we do some blood work to find out. To make sure my progesterone level is peaking like it should, once I show signs of Ovulation, I have blood work done on days 3, 5, 7, 9, & 11 after my peak day. I had this done last week. My blood work is being sent to a lab in Omaha, and once my doctor gets the results, he will have Lee and I schedule a follow up appointment. If my level is low, he will likely have me take progesterone. So we're curious to see how that turns out. 

Our doctor says once we get the progesterone and mucus levels right, Lee and I should try getting pregnant naturally for several months. Once we get the blood work results back, I will post another update. So far, we are learning a lot tracking my cycles, and the past two months my cycles were fairly regular! This is great, and we are thankful for every bit of progress we make.

Thank you for reading my blog, especially since my posts are less frequent these days, and thank you even more for your thoughts and prayers!