To summarize, I have been charting my cycles using a Natural Family Planning method (The Creighton Model), and have been taking Vitamin B and Mucinex, which will hopefully help to make ovulation more obvious, as both can act as mucus-enhancing agents, and the Creighton model focuses on tracking mucus or lack thereof. By looking at the charts of my cycles, my doctor also suspects low progesterone (hormone), and did blood work last month to test my progesterone level.
So this month I am continuing to take Vitamin B everyday. I'll also take Mucinex a few days before ovulation would typically happen, and continue it until I see signs of ovulation. After I see signs of ovulation, I will stop taking the Mucinex, and start taking progesterone. Thankfully, the progesterone is simply a pill I can swallow rather than an injection like some of the other hormones I previously took. This is a small victory that I am happy to celebrate! :)
With adding the progesterone this month, there are 2 good outcomes we could hope for. The first option would be that I get pregnant, and we'd have exciting news to share with you guys! The second option would be that if I don't get pregnant, we hope I have a normal period without a lot of spotting. If I miss my period and am pregnant, we will do some blood work to see if I should keep taking progesterone throughout the first trimester of pregnancy. If I don't get pregnant this month, we will go back to the doctor and see if he thinks the progesterone helped at all, and go from there. We are really feeling positive about what we are doing right now. We have no way to know if this will work for us, just as we didn't know with IUI, but we feel like everything we are learning about NFP is very useful, and I really feel like I am in a much better place emotionally than I was last spring. I am looking forward to trying something new this month, and I can't wait to share our progress with you all!