Pregnancy: Trying to Conceive: Ovulation Issues (cont.)
My doctor prescribed me Provera to jump-start my period; however since then I haven't had another cycle. I have been off birth control pills for the last eight months and have only two cycles. What would be the next step in terms of conceiving (i.e. taking meds)?
If your menstrual periods won't come then you likely don't ovulate. Taking Provera does not help you ovulate. You first need to ovulate so that your regular periods can come. Your doctor should try finding out why you don't ovulate and treat you. Once you ovulate then you can get pregnant.
I've been using one of those digital ear thermometers to take my temp. I've been using it for a year and it seems to give me the up and down you look for when ovulating. Feeling stupid, I recently found out there is a digital thermometer that is specifically for BBT. I feel like an idiot, but the one I am using seems to be giving me results that I see other people's charts giving. Have I been charting in vain for over a year?
I have no idea what your charts look like, but it all depends on the pattern. An ear thermometer can sometimes be accurate. But internal ones like in mouth are usually better.
The actual temps don't matter, right Dr. Amos?
What matters is that you take your temperatures correctly in the morning before you get up and don't change thermometers in the middle of your cycle. And also you should plot temperatures on a reliable site. At the WebMD Fertility Center we provide you with all the help to make sure you know what to do.
So it sounds like you haven't been charting in vain. But if you want to switch to another kind of thermometer, you should do it between charts/cycles.
Is there any value in keeping a BBT chart if you are on a fertility drug already?
Yes, keeping a chart is especially helpful when you are inducing ovulation. It shows you beyond any doubt whether the drug worked and whether you ovulated or not.
My cycles were very regular (28 days) while I was taking the pill and even up to three months after I stopped taking the pills. However, now they are erratic. Any reasons why this might be happening?
Likely there is a problem with ovulation. As I mentioned before, keeping a BBT chart helps identify the issue.
Unfortunately, we have to wrap up for today. Dr. Amos has to run to deliver a baby. Let's all wish him and the new mom good luck! Thanks for joining us.
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