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A period* arrive on Friday marking the end of the first cycle of… - Elizabeth Unexplained
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A period* arrive on Friday marking the end of the first cycle of trying for a second baby. If you're wondering why we are trying for a second when our first is still so new that we are occasional startled by the realization that she really did happen, it's because we are sure we want more and medically speaking sooner is much much better for me. We aren't in treatment yet so we doubted it will actually work (note to self: buy lottery ticket so that my chances are literally better at winning the lottery), but if the nigh impossible should happen before we start up the IVF process again I might get to breastfeed a bit longer.

I would say it doesn't hurt to try, and I did do a fairly decent job of not making myself too crazy, but there is always a small hint of dashed hopes with the blood in the toilet. Having Margaret helps a lot.

*I say "a period" rather than "my period" because I clearly came home from the maternity ward with some other woman's cycle. This is why it took me three periods to be sure I was having one. I just hope that some other woman didn't go home with my seven-day-gore-fest-preceded-by-cramps-that-make-active-labor-look-good-by-comparison because I'd have to really hate someone to wish my period on them.
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chenoameg From: chenoameg Date: November 24th, 2008 03:51 am (UTC) (Link)
but there is always a small hint of dashed hopes with the blood in the toilet

Vouch. Probably not pregnant is infinitely better than definitely not pregnant.

(I'm probably not pregnant at the moment, and that's helping me survive my sister's pregnancy announcement at my family's Thanksgiving yesterday. I definitely understand the difference, even though probably not pregnant is extremely similar to definitely not pregnant as far as most other people can tell.)
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: November 24th, 2008 12:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ouch. It's tough when a sibling is pregnant when you have been trying for ages, no matter how much you love them.
jaedian From: jaedian Date: November 24th, 2008 06:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow! You have your menstrual cycle back already? Mine took forever, 15 month this last time!

Your cycle may change, mine did. You body changed in a lot of ways. Kind of used that system now, so maybe it is working a bit differently. And it is worth trying anyway, but even in a fertile woman, sometimes it takes 3-6 cycles to get all the bits working again. I know you can menstuate without ovulation at this stage.

How soon can you start the IVF roller coaster post partum?
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: November 24th, 2008 12:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
How soon can you start the IVF roller coaster post partum?

Six months. That's when Grace (my RE) said I could come back and see her. Of course I will have to schedule an appointment, and redo the day 3 blood work. I need to not be breastfeeding anymore for that. :( She also mentioned that she might make me do the Clomid challenge first, to make sure I can still ovulate. All told it could easily be spring before I start a proper IVF cycle.

As for the period, I am eating a high fat diet at the moment with lots of Omega-3, so I am not terribly surprised. I am also still carrying about 8 extra pounds (down from the 25 extra I had at the start of IVF #4, but still). I think those two things contributed to it coming back so soon.
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