Monday, October 17, 2011

Hot flashes, long cycles, the game plan and a thanks.

I don't know what it is but it seems that during the second half of my cycle I get hot flashes on and off. It's almost as if I'm taking clomid again even though I am not. Anybody have any clues as to what the heck this may mean?! I was going to but when I went to search I freaked out because I was worried something else may be wrong and I just wasn't so sure I could take it. So, any idea ladies?!

Now not only am I worrying about these hot flashes I am also worrying about loooong cycles. Before my wedge resection surgery last July, my periods were all over the place...sometimes they wouldn't come for months-just another joy of PCOS. Well, thankfully immediately following the surgery my periods were normal...28-30 very predictable. I have noticed in the last couple months they have gone as long as 32 days even. Well, this month I am at CD37 and freaking out because I don't want my body reverting back to pre-surgery crumminess. Does this happen? Does the surgery lose effect after so long? I did test a couple days ago, thinking this would bring on CD1 because that's what usually happens, but no just got a BFN and here I am still waiting. I will say, I did jot down on my phone that I was still seeing some ok mucus on the 3rd, so it's possible that I'm (allegedly-grr PCOS) ovulating later than normal...which would mean I'm right on track to start any day. I just want my period to start already because freaking out that my body is just reverting back to it's old ways...

And seeing as this freaks me out, my dh and I have decided to start back with the doctor's visits and with being a bit more aggressive with this TCC. We are coming up on 4 years and I really want to be doing something proactive before that time rolls around. My first thing, I'm going to call up the local NAPRO doctor in our area and schedule an appointment. I need my regular woman's checkup and also am hoping he knows something about fertility stuff. Either way, I just want to meet with him because we are going to start charting back up SO THAT we can hopefully start working with Doctor H in Omaha. I haven't even "gotten on the waiting list" or whatever it is...I just remember lots of you guys mentioning that I need to three months of charting first and that there's a long wait, so that's why I'm going to start charting now. So yeah, that's our game plan. I feel good about starting (again) and hopes that maybe this time I'll be seeing more than just BFNs.

Okay- and lastly, I just had to say thank you for all of the sweet comments for my last post. It was the craziest thing, I was messing on FB and saw 3 more preggo announcements and my heart just felt so alone. That's what prompted the post because I knew that even though, at that very moment I felt alone, I was not. I am so thankful for each and everyone of y'all and love the new people coming out and commenting. Thank yall!!

So, in a nutshell:
-Why these hot flashes?
-Why this long cycle?
-Charting and Dr. H advice

Hope you all have had a great weekend and an even better week!!

"Just because today is a terrible day doesn't mean tomorrow won't be the best day of your life. You just have to get there."
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Hebrews 11:1 said...

Regarding the long cycles--are you on HCG? That will lengthen your luteal phases. It did for me...they were around 4-5 days longer on HCG.

Faith makes things possible said...

No HCG-nothing at all actually except for Metformin.

Any other ideas? ;)

Sarah said...

Faith - stress? Have you experienced any acute stress this cycle that could delay ovulation? That is a very common reason for a longer cycle, especially if you think you may have just ovulated around the 3rd.

For me personally, I had a very long cycle (long post-peak and longer pre-peak), when I had what looked like LUFs. I also think stress affected that cycle.

Regarding Dr. H - I was told 2 months of charting is all that's necessary? Once you have that, you can submit your info for him to review, and he'll likely respond with recommendation in about 2 months. That's how it played out for us at least.

imusthaveprayedforpatience said...

Are you on any progesterone supplementation? I am on that, and I find that I wake up sweating in the week before AF arrives. I think the progesterone has something to do with it.

Patiently Waiting...... said...

Yes, you need two months of charting and then it will take about six weeks to get a response. From there it seemed like things start moving more quickly. I decided to go with Dr. Keefe instead of Dr. Hilgers due to the decreased wait time. Dr. Keefe is great and I have no regrets not waiting it out for Dr. H. However, I am sure he would be EXCELLENT. I am praying for you.

Lisa said...

Metformin gives me LONG cycles, but mainly when I start back up on it. Come visit me and go to the Vitae Clinic here in Austin if the wait for Dr. H is too long!!

Rebecca said...

No answers, sorry :( - just prayers! :)

Grace in my Heart said...

Oh I'm so sorry. Hang in there, hun! Hot flashes are the worst...I get them too. Mine are caused by low estrogen...not sure if that's the case for everyone, but I feel your pain! Prayers!

JellyBelly said...

It took Dr H almost three months to get back to me after receiving all the info from my local Napro doctor. I also was given the choice of who to see in Omaha and I chose Dr H. It would've been quicker to see one of his associates. I could've had my surgery in September, but I couldn't with school starting (and I couldn't get my pre-op stuff done in the summer, it was too crazy).

It would be so awesome if you went to Omaha! Praying for you!

"All in His Perfect Timing" said...

I am seeing Dr. Keefe at PPVI (along with Patiently Waiting). I do like her. I get WAYYYY more answers at PPVI than at my local NaPro doc ... PPVI tries more treatments as well. Obviously nothing has worked for me yet, but others have been helped.
No suggestions as to what's going on. I have had a LUF (no ovulation) a few months back ... and this last cycle used up ALL the day markers in a line of the Creighton Chart ... I swear I had a double peak, but my bloodwork shows not (I must be crazy!). It could be stress bring it on ... this month I have been crazy-stressed about my SIL's PG & my MIL's comments.
Your quote at the end ... VERY beautiful! I haven't heard this before. It makes for a great mindset, doesn't it?!? Thanks for sharing!