Feeling a bit down after a negative pregnancy test today - we’ve officially passed the six month mark of TTC. I’m 33, progesterone, prolactin, and thyroid all look normal but my cycles suck. They will regularly stretch into the 40 - 50 day range but OB seems really unconcerned. I keep getting the “it’s totally normal to take this long” 😕 I’m scared we’ll waste a year just to find out there is a problem.

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Recommend ditching your OB for this part of the journey and head to a reproductive endocrinologist who specializes in getting you pregnant

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Agree 100%. A standard question you’ll be asked is if your cycles are normal 28-30.

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OP I strongly suggest finding a new OB if they’re not taking you seriously! I am 31 and actively tried for about 6 months before going to see my OB and we immediately started a new plan. I also was having wildly long/irregular cycles so she said best case nothing is wrong and it’s just hard to time ovulation or else let’s get going with a new plan.

She put me on Femara (like clomid) which would help me time ovulation because it helps suppress your hormones that makes you ovulate and then they surge to help you ovulate around day 12-14. We tracked my follicles days 12-16 and they were growing but ended up giving me a trigger shot to make sure I ovulated on day 17 I think (I was still a bit sluggish even with the Femara).

Along the way, found PCOS while doing my ultrasounds for follicle tracking which likely explains my irregular cycles and means I probably wasn’t ovulating every cycle.

Now 17 weeks pregnant from that cycle 😊 I’m so glad we moved quickly to trying to a new plan that would (best case) get me pregnant or (worst case) give me more information about my fertility. It felt so much more empowering to at least be trying something and not just remain confused on when I was actually ovulating and feeling like every cycle was a lost cause.

This is just my experience but so glad I advocated for myself. Best of luck!!

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I had met a similar OB who said “you were still young and it’s normal to take this long . You should just keep trying. If all Americans start doing unnecessary tests and procedures our health care system would break”. I ditched that OB and went to another one who recommended the right tests (turned out low AMH) and referred to a fertility center where I started my IVF journey. Although I am still unsuccessful after three cycles, I’m glad I started trying and didn’t wait!! If you think you are ready for something, you should do the right thing for yourself. Not all doctors think from your perspective unfortunately

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You may wish Do you consider seeking the opinion of a physician specializing in fertility.

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