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This is a follow up to this thread.

I don't know whether to be devastated or relieved that at least now I know what's going on...

I had an ultrasound today, and my nurse practitioner tells me that I have "a" small fibroid, but that it's nothing to be concerned about. We talked about my previous cycles and she asked if I had been using OPKs. I told her yes, but I couldnt ever tell if any of them were definite positives are not.... I always seem to have test lines that are almost, or practically the same as the control line, and I've never had an OPK that was darker... Then again, I may have stopped using the OPK kits too soon.

I think I'm going to buy a TON of internet cheapie OPKs, and test several times a day. She wants me to call her as soon as I have a "positive" one so I can get scheduled to come in and do some kind of test where they can determine if I did in fact ovulate. She says she doesnt trust the temperature thing, and doesnt think it's a realiable way to determine ovulation. That's so weird. I always thought that temperature was more reliable than anything else. Hmm. She was also concerned about my "normal" 33-35 day cycles. I guess i didn't think there was anything wrong with it... I thought some people just had longer cycles thank others...

Anyway. She doesnt want to call it infertility yet because insurance companies are weird about that if it's been less than a year since we started trying, but we're going to start testing to find out if I am ovulating, and if I don't within the next 2 - 3 months, then she wants to start me on Clomid.

So... yeah. She did say that everything else with the ultrasound looked fine, so I guess except for the 1 small fibroid, my stuff is a-ok. I go back Friday morning for a lab to be tested for several other things, including cycstic fibrosis... and a bunch of other stuff she said that i honestly cannot remember. Ugh.

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Crazy. I know when I was struggling with infertility TTC DD that when I was doing the Clomid Challenge, I would have to go in on CD 21 to get blood drawn to see if I ovulated. I guess that's the most reliable way to find out for sure if you did in fact O. I think the only reason an OB would not trust the temp thing is because of the high opportunity for user error. I mean the recommendation is to move not at all or as little as possible before you temp in the morning. When I was temping I usually had to roll over and reach to my nightstand to get my thermometer and temp.

I'm glad that everything is fine. About 75% of women have or will have fibroids and they are benign and don't usually cause any problems unless they are really big. My MIL has one, so I've done a lot of research for her about them.

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"ahicks07" wrote:

She was also concerned about my "normal" 33-35 day cycles. I guess i didn't think there was anything wrong with it... I thought some people just had longer cycles thank others...

If it makes you feel any better, my cycles range from 34-36 days, and once in awhile much longer than that - and it had no effect whatsoever on my fertility.

I also noticed you expressed concern about your age in your other thread. I was 31 when I got pregnant with DD, and 32 when I had her. Early 30s is not a barrier to a healthy pregnancy.

I hope things work out for you and you get answers soon. KUP!

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At least she's taking all of this seriously, which is important and good. I find a lot of doctors think that charting is "silly" and "doesn't show anything" when in fact it's quite reliable when done correctly. And if a chart looks screwy there's a reason. I know when TTC DS several other women would never have known that there was an issue as soon as they did if it wasn't for charting.
Like I said in the other thread, I have a cycle than commonly goes to 35 days. I've been told by every doctor I've seen (and there's been quite a few since I see someone different each year thanks to the military) that it's normal still. Very few women have 28 day cycles. I just tend to ovulate around CD 18-21, instead of 14. While DH and I may be fertility challenged, we never did find a reason for it.
:grouphug: KUP!

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I'm glad you have some answers. That's a big step towards fixing it. :bigarmhug:

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I hope things work out for you. I think a 33-35 day cycle isn't something to worry about. She may just be thinking about that as a factor since you are worried about your fertility, and if there IS a problem, that could be a clue. But my cycles were around 32-34 days when I conceived DS. They are a bit shorter now, 30-31 days. Also, I was 30 when I had DS and will be 34 with the next one, assuming I get pregnant in the next few months. I read the other day that for women over 30, it tends to take a few extra cycles (2-3 months more) to conceive beyond what it would have when they were in their 20s. They are still just as likely to conceive, it just takes a bit longer.
Anyway, good luck. Hopefully there's no problem!

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I have mild PCOS and just started Clomid this cycle. However, on every cycle since we've been TTC my doctor has taken a day 21 Progesterone test to see if I ovulated or not. I was doing OPKs at home and I never had a line get darker than the control. I had lines that would be about the same or they would be darker from one day to the next but not darker than the control. I was ovulating according to the blood test my doctor ordered. That helped a bit to know that I was regardless of what the tests were showing. Good luck! I hope you have some solid answers soon!

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Thanks, girls. I had my follow up fasting lab friday morning and they tested me for insulin, cholesterol, thyroid, cystic fibrosis, and....I think there was 1 more, but I don't remember what. As soon as I have those results back I'll let y'all know. Thanks for all the sweet comments.

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Good Luck! I hope the clomid words for you. It didn't do anything for me, but then again, I wasn't having periods at all... I'm moving on to injectables, so hopefully we will all get our PCOS in check and get our BFPs soon!

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:bigarmhug: Glad she was able to get you some answers about what's been going on and is also going to help you get more answers. Sounds like she is on top of things. KUP on things!

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Well, based on the OPK tests I took this week, I am now 2 DPO. I have an appt on Thursday to get my progestrone levels checked to find out for sure. Hubby and I BD in anticipation, so I am hoping and proaying that I AM Ovulating on my own and that this will be our month. If not...well, at least I'm on track to have the docs help me figure out whats going on.