Trying to Conceive: Worries Big and Small
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Does it seem like everyone but you got pregnant on the first try? Is something wrong, or will it just take time? We discussed what to worry about and what's no big deal with Amos Grunebaum, MD, medical director of the WebMD Fertility Center, on June 7, 2004.
The opinions expressed herein are the guests' alone and have not been reviewed by a WebMD physician. If you have questions about your health, you should consult your personal physician. This event is meant for informational purposes only.MEMBER QUESTION:
For how long do sperms retain their fertilizing capability once deposited in women's tract? Is this different from their lifespan?
Sperms usually die within minutes in the vagina. And most sperms die within one to two days inside the cervix and uterus. But a few sperms can survive for up to five days inside the uterus.
I am TTC since January 2004. I recently got pregnant but miscarried right away. I was wondering if it might be because my menses is usually two to three days of moderate bleeding? My cycles are regular, 29-30 days, and I ovulate regularly.
Your cycles have little to do with a miscarriage. Most miscarriages are due to chromosome anomalies, and these have nothing to do with the cycle length.
I don't seem to ovulate until day 20-21 of my cycle and my period comes one week later. I am doing OPKs and charting BBT. I read that 11-17 days should elapse between when I ovulate and the first day of my period. This is a reason for infertility, correct?
The corpus luteum phase is the time between ovulation and the next period. The CLP should be at least 12 days. If it's less than 12 days then you have difficulties getting pregnant. You should see your doctor and find out whether and how you should get treated.
So is it not a concern that my menses are only two to three days?
A short menstrual period is usually not a major concern. What is important is that you ovulate regularly and have a normal luteal phase.
How soon after a miscarriage can you begin trying to conceive again?
Ovulation can happen as early as two weeks after a miscarriage, and usually happens two to six weeks after a miscarriage. Most doctors usually suggest waiting for at least one period before starting to try getting pregnant again.
We have been trying since January 2004 with no luck. I had two periods in February. The first one was at 28 days and the second was at 25 days. The next one was at 28 days. Then in April it came on day 30. In May it was on day 37. I am very confused because I have never been this irregular before. I had one live birth 10 years ago and two miscarriages in 2000 and 2001. During the month of May I had several symptoms of pregnancy and then my period was very light and spotty for three days only. I'm not sure if it was really a period. Home test was negative two times. Help!
Irregular periods are usually a sign of an ovulation problem. You can check your ovulation by doing a basal body temperature chart. The chart will help you identify when and if you ovulate, and within a couple of cycles you should find out if this is a problem needing treatment. You can chart your temperature at the WebMD Fertility Center.
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