Thursday, March 16, 2006

Question: Should I delay my next cycle?

It seems I have a bit of a scheduling problem. If my forecast is correct, I'm going to be out of town - on my own - on and around O-day. Not good.

Since I don't really hold much hope anymore for Clo.mid working, it shouldn't really matter to me. But somehow it does.

I guess I could take the next round of Clo.mid on days 5-9 again (I asked about that before). It might give us some more time, it might not. I suspect it actually did last time.

But I can think of more extreme measures. I could take ... gasp ... BCP for two weeks, then start taking Clo.mid three days after the last one. I'm considering whether to call dr. Sunshine for her opinion, because I'd rather not mess around with my hormones on my own.
Has any of you ever done anything like this with Clo.mid? I know BCP are a much loved part of many more advanced protocols.

Delaying my next cycle is alluring, because then my appointment with dr. Albatross would be in the first half of that cycle. But I'll probably just stick with the 5-9 plan.

On more current affairs, I started temping again after slacking for a couple of weeks. Big mistake. My temperature has been going up the last two days, granted, in infinitissimal increments of 0.1°C, and starting from a disappointingly low number. But that was all it took for Hope to come storming in. WHY? For goodness sake, I've been here before, over and over. So now I'm glaring at her over a cup of tea, while there's a nice bottle of wine sitting in the fridge.

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At 17 March, 2006 00:16, Blogger Mellie said...

I'd definitely check with your doctor before going on bcps. You don't want to supress anything if you don't have to.

As for hope, well, it's probably good that she still shows up. No matter what we say, we need her to stick around.

At 17 March, 2006 08:38, Anonymous thalia said...

Many things.

1. A glass of wine will have NO EFFECT on whether or not you are pregnant at this stage - there is no way for it to affect either implantation or early growth of the embryo

2. I know it's unbelievably hard to let go of any one cycle, believe me I felt that pain every time I thought I saw travel coming up around O. But one month actually doesn't make that much difference, and it's much better to miss O than to mess with your body any more than it's being messed with already. Also, you know it's not about having sex precisely at O - a day or so either side won't kill you.

At 17 March, 2006 09:27, Blogger Lut C. said...

Mellie, you're right, without any hope at all it would be unbearable.
I anticipate the blow of pain too much of when she leaves again.

Thalia, thanks for saying exactly what I needed to hear. In my mind I know that one glass of wine won't do any harm, but to be honest, I guess I'm still bargaining. Though it seems I'm growing out of it, I'm no longer foregoing my coffee (thanks to a post of yours with many references to research).

And you're right, it is hard to let go of even just one cycle. I think I just needed to hear that it will be ok from someone who knows how hard it is.

I knew I could count on my friends in the computer. :-)

At 17 March, 2006 15:09, Blogger Robber Barren said...

Lut - I would not go on the BCP, for two weeks or even a whole pack, without talking to the doctor first. Either do the Clomid days 5-9, or else take the month off. (If it were me I'd probably opt for the former, but I can't say for sure.)

Thalia - Could you point me to some info re: alcohol and implantation? My RE told me no alcohol after ovulation until we can be sure I'm not pregnant, and implied it had to do with implantation, but I was never really clear on the facts.

At 17 March, 2006 16:29, Blogger Just another Jenny said...

I say drink the wine!

Missing a month of trying is frustrating but I just have to second what Thalia said (she's such a smart girl!)

At 17 March, 2006 17:25, Anonymous Lori said...

Missing a month is so frustrating but I honestly found I appreciated the occasional "am I pregnant or not?" 2ww nonsense when we missed a cycle. I probably would hesitate to mess with my cycle using bcp but maybe it's just because I hate those little pills.

At 17 March, 2006 18:39, Blogger N said...

The wine is OK. I read a lot about it too and think you should have a glass if you feel for it. About loosing a cycle...I don't know what to say...I have lost so many this past year (12 to be exact) that from where I am I would tell you that it is OK, and that you can maybe as Lori suggests forget about the anxious 2ww and focus on the next one instead (that sounds so much like assvice, sorry).

Whatever you plan to do, have a nice weekend!


At 18 March, 2006 01:00, Blogger Beth said...

Enjoy the wine!

I tend to agree that you shouldn't introduce more to the mix with the birth control.

At 18 March, 2006 05:51, Blogger Mary Ellen and Steve said...

I don't know anything about Clomid, but I would definitely check with your doctor before taking bcps.

Sorry to hear that you may have to skip a cycle. I know how difficult that can be.

I hope that you are able to figure something out soon. Enjoy your wine!!

At 18 March, 2006 19:45, Blogger Bronwyn said...

Who knows, maybe your husband will produce super-sperm which will hang in there for 4 or 5 days until you O. Just make sure to have a going-away shag, lol!

And enjoy the wine. Being slightly relaxed at this stage can only be a good thing :)

At 19 March, 2006 00:43, Anonymous Manuela said...

Ah yes... that Hope... she can be a crafty one! I swear the more we try to contain her... the more wiley she becomes...

At 19 March, 2006 06:04, Blogger Mony said...

I hate delays of any kind! So long as Clom*d doesn't make you too crazy...I'd stay on it.
What if your forecast changes unexpectedly & you are not alone during "O"?? That would be awful! The regret!

How many rounds of Clom*d have you done now?

At 19 March, 2006 12:04, Anonymous Kath said...

Dear Lut, I don't really know enough about Clomid to answer your question, but I tend to agree with what Thalia said.

I'm checking in after a rather long work-related absence. Glad you had such a good trip to Canada, though the weather gods might have been kinder to you! And as for your notes about being young -- I agree that it sucks when even the doctors won't take you seriously until just before they think it's getting too late... Anyway, I'm glad your doctors are giving you better treatment now, at least regarding scheduling.

At 21 March, 2006 16:12, Blogger Kitkat said...

Have the glass of wine. No harm in it. Admittedly, I had wine around O, and even in the 2ww with this pregnancy, and know enough for it to not have me even a touch concerned.

Personally, with the whole bcps and clomid issue, I'd just skip it all. Don't risk messing your cycles up with the bcps, and if you may be away around O, don't waste a Clomid cycle. It's always hard... but one cycle for a break isn't such a bad thing.


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