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Trying to Conceive: Tracking Ovulation and Secondary Infertility

Trying to Conceive: Tracking Ovulation #infertility

Well, it’s “Trying to Conceive Tuesday” again…I’m just kidding. That’s not a thing. At least not that I’m aware of. Nonetheless I have ttc updates and it is Tuesday, so let’s just roll with it shall we…

Cool Daddy and I have actually been trying to conceive ever since I started blogging, but it just wasn’t anything I wrote about on the blog. But during my series of infertility posts that I wrote for National Infertility Awareness Week I kinda let the cat out of the bag so to speak. Now I feel obligated to let you know what’s going on. I mean, it’s totally cool, I don’t mind sharing.

On May 3 I had another appointment with the OBGYN to check our test results. Cool Daddy had to take in a *ahem* sample, and I had blood work done to check my thyroid and see if I’d be ovulating. So the doc said that according to the results hubby’s count is normal and I don’t have a thyroid problem and dun, dun, dun…I am NOT ovulating. Say what now? Yeah. Despite all of our struggles conceiving in the past I was still surprised to hear her say it. Prior to my first two pregnancies they weren’t able to find anything “wrong”…so we had unexplained infertility. Now we are struggling again, I assumed that there still wasn’t anything “wrong”. But there is.

I started taking 50mg of Clomid that day and finished up on Saturday. I can take Clomid for 6 months, which means until October, unless I get pregnant which would be, ya know, the point of taking it to begin with. This week hubby and I have some “business” to take care of. This weekend I start taking the Crinone again. Next week I must have more blood work done to see if the Clomid helped me to ovulate and the following week I have an exam to check and make sure I’m not forming a lot of cysts. So there will be a lot of poking and prodding the Jenn for the remainder of the month (pun intended, feel free to insert a creeped-out shiver here__).

When we left the doctor’s office, I cried. Not a lot, really. I’m not sure why I cried. We weren’t getting pregnant when I thought that I was ovulating…and even if I was she was going to put me on Clomid anyway. Still it was just a different thing to have to deal with going from, “We don’t know what’s wrong.” to “Yes, there’s a problem.”. I’m not really sure which one is worse. I’m fine. We’re going to try the Clomid and if it doesn’t work we’re going to close our ttc door and move on.

I’ve spent nearly 6 years of my life trying to get pregnant. We’ve always been serious about it but not overly “aggressive”. People always like to tell you to “relax” and that “you’re trying too hard”, but unless you’ve told them every little detail they really have no idea how “hard” you’re trying. Well, in the spirit of doing the exact opposite of what people like to say to me I’m actually going to “try harder”. In that I mean that I’m going to be trying to track my ovulation in ways that I’ve really never bothered to use before. Now that I know I’m not ovulating and because I know that if the Clomid works I may ovulate earlier or later than expected, I don’t want to miss the window. So I have a few ovulation calculating tricks up my sleeve. Tada…

1. Ovulation Predictor Kit:
I started taking an opt every day at 2pm to detect my LH surge. I have used an OPK before…about 4 or 5 times during the 6 years of ttc. Now I plan on using them every month while we’re on the Clomid.
2. Basal Digital Thermometer:
I have never charted my temps before. Now I’m going to take my temperature the same time every morning before I get out of bed.
3. Ovulation Microscope:
This is pretty cool. Apparently your saliva changes during your cycle. Every morning before I get out of bed I put a drop of spit (yum) on the lens of the microscope and let it dry for 5 minutes. Then I look into the lens to see if I can detect a “ferning pattern”. When my spit sample looks like a fern…I’m fertile 😉
4. Ovulation Calendar:
I’ve been using this online calendar for years to keep track of my cycle and get an idea of when to expect my period. I always use this to see when my estimated fertile days are according to my LMP. You can make notes on this calendar and that’s a feature that I’ve always liked.
5. Clomid Ovulation Calculator:
You enter the date that you started taking Clomid and it will calculate for you the expected date of ovulation.

I made a calendar on the computer and plugged in all of the dates when I should be fertile, the dates to start using the OPK, when to start using Crinone, my OBGYN appointments, etc. and I printed it out and put it next to the bed with a pen and my thermometer and microscope.

So now you are all caught up and you probably know way more about my personal reproductive system than you ever cared to know.
You can thank me later.

*** Update…the Clomid worked after one cycle! Jonathan Paul was born on February 08, 2012 🙂 ***

*Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase using these links I may get a small amount of money for it. I’ve only been using these products for one day and can not yet comment on how well they work. I paid for these products using my own money. All opinions expressed are my own.*


+Our Infertility Story: The short version
But if you want the whole story read…
+Part 1: The first 4 ½ years of our infertility struggle
+Part 2: My first Pregnancy
+Part 3: My Miscarriage
+Part 4: Conceiving after miscarriage
+Part 5: Secondary infertility after the birth of our daughter
Other Related Posts:
*National Infertility Awareness Week
*Infertility Myth Busted: Just Relax
*Childless Mother: Infertility Poem
*Spring Ahead: Reflections on Miscarriage
*Celebrate Your Name Week: Jordan: Why we named the baby we miscarried


Our Infertility Story: The Short Version

My Infertility Story: The Short Version
Here’s the short version of the story:
*January 2004:
I stopped taking the birth control pill after a year and three months of use.

*December 2007:
After 3 years 5 months of ttc, an endometrial biopsy, hysterosalpingogram, numerous blood tests, ultrasounds, and home ovulation tests for me and two semen analysis for my husband we’re diagnosed with “unexplained infertility”.

*June 2008:
Start using Crinone progesterone gel for a potential Luteal Phase Defect.

*June 2008:
Got pregnant.

*August 2008:
Miscarried the baby at 11 weeks 5 days.
(Blighted ovum)
*November 2008:
Got pregnant again two months later.

*August 2009:
Gave birth to a healthy baby girl, Adaline, via c-section.

The length of time from stopping birth control to the birth of our daughter:
5 years 8 months
*September 2009:
Adaline weaned at 13 months old and we begin trying to conceive again using the Crinone.
*April 2011:
We’re 8 months into trying for another child.

*May 2011:
A blood test reveals that I’m not ovulating.
Started 50mg of Clomid on cycle days 3-7.
Start Crinone 8% on cycle day 15.

*May 27, 2011:
Postive Pregnancy Test! Baby due February 5, 2012!
*February 08, 2012:
Gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Jonathan, via unmedicated vbac.
We are done adding to our family unless God sees fit to bless us with a child that we aren’t *trying* to have. Our “trying” days are over now. We currently have no plans to adopt because I find motherhood to be very challenging, but we’re open to adopting in the future if we feel God leading us down that path.

*But if you want the whole story read…
+Part 1: The first 4 ½ years of our infertility struggle
+Part 2: My first Pregnancy
+Part 3: My Miscarriage
+Part 4: Conceiving after miscarriage
+Part 5: Secondary infertility after the birth of our daughter
+Part 6: TTC and Treatment for Secondary Infertility
+Part 7: Pregnant after Secondary Infertility

Related Posts:
*National Infertility Awareness Week
*Infertility Myth Busted: Just Relax
*Childless Mother: Infertility Poem
*Spring Ahead: Reflections on Miscarriage
*Celebrate Your Name Week: Jordan: Why we named the baby I miscarried

My Infertility Story (Part 5): Trying to Conceive and Secondary Infertility

April 24-April 30, 2011 is National Infertility Awareness Week and I’ll be sharing my infertility story with you.

Read The Short Version, or for the whole story read:
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5

Trying to Conceive: Secondary Infertility

Trying to Conceive: Take 3
Secondary Infertility

On August 04, 2008, 5 years and 8 months after stopping the birth control pill, after over 4 years of unexplained infertility, a miscarriage, and 2 hours of pushing, I gave birth via caesarean section to a beautiful, healthy 8lb 6oz baby girl…Adaline Rose.

Even after all of the years of not being able to get pregnant after getting pregnant back to back, we thought maybe we were done struggling. Maybe we’ll be able to get pregnant again when we want to. I never started taking the pill again. It had made me sick before and after all of the struggles that I had I didn’t feel comfortable ever taking the pill again. We used alternative methods of birth control including tracking my cycles online.

I was breastfeeding and continued to breastfeed until Adaline was 13 months old. My period started to come back when she was 4 months old and was back to normal by the time she was 6 months old. Aside from my periods being a little lighter everything appeared “back to normal”. In fact, because I had been tracking my cycles online for years, when I went to add in my first period after the birth I saw that my period came exactly when it would’ve come had I never gotten pregnant. My cycles were always very regular.

I wanted to wait until after Adaline’s first birthday to attempt conceiving again. I wanted to be certain to give my caesarean scars time to heal and I wanted to be done breastfeeding first (I completely support longer breastfeeding and tandem nursing, but considering our history with infertility, I thought weaning would be best). Sometime in August we stopped preventing pregnancy and by October we were using the ovulation calendar to make sure we had our days right 😉 The end of September I went to the OBGYN for a Pap smear and told her that we were ready to start trying again. She gave us a prescription for the Crinone and said that if we weren’t pregnant in 6 months to come back to see her.

Ouch 😦

In September I used a home ovulation predictor kit because I wanted to check and make sure I had started ovulating again. When using a OPK/OPT you pee on the stick every day until it detects your LH surge which then means you should be ovulating in the next 24 hours. Once you detect the surge you can stop peeing on the stick. My LH surge was detected exactly when the ovulation calendar said that it should be, but I decided to keep peeing on all of the sticks until they were gone…just in case. The tests detected a surge for 7 straight days! I’m not sure what that meant, but it didn’t make any difference because I didn’t get pregnant anyway.

Shortly after stopping breastfeeding, I noticed that my periods were off. They started coming 5 days to a week early and one month it was a day or two late. I’ve never been one to obsessively take pregnancy tests, because it can be a waste of money and emotionally draining. I usually wait to see if my period comes unless I’m experiencing a lot of symptoms. Because my periods were so weird I took pregnancy tests now and then just to be sure. They were always negative.

After 8 months of trying we had an appointment to see the OBGYN at the beginning of April 2011. She asked some questions and we answered them. I told her about my weird periods and that I’d taken ovulation tests two different months (September and March) and detected my LH surge. She didn’t see any reason to repeat any of the more invasive tests (endometrial biopsy, hysterosalpingogram) (yippy!), but she ordered up more blood work to make sure that I was ovulating and to check my thyroid (again) and she ordered another semen analysis for my husband.

Guess what is going in here!

A few days later my husband took his sample to the hospital and on Good Friday I went and had my blood work done. Once she has the test results the doctor is fairly certain that she’ll be starting me on Clomid. We have an appointment on May 3 and then, well, we’ll see…

To be continuedsomeday.

*National Infertility Awareness Week
*Infertility Myth Busted: Just Relax
*Childless Mother: Infertility Poem
*Trying to Conceive: Take 1
*My First Pregnancy
*My Miscarriage
*Trying to Conceive: Take 2
*Trying to Conceive: Take 3 Secondary Infertility You are here!
*Spring Ahead: Reflections on Miscarriage
*Celebrate Your Name Week: Jordan: Why we named the baby we miscarried

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