you know what i love? pro-active doctors. like mine.
i want to go through the whole appointment here so i don't forget a single detail, haha. i got to the appointment at 3:28pm and they immediately led me to a room, apparently i was the last patient of the day. the doc asked what was going on and i told him i'd been charting and thought i had a short luteal phase. he asked to see my charts. first he took one glance and said "how old are you? these don't look like the cycles of a healthy 25 year old girl!"
then he asked when i'd gotten off the pill and when my periods came. i said august 11, september 12, october 13, november 14, and december 11. he was ecstatic by these dates. i said they were annoying because they were generally 32 days apart, but he was just glad that i was having regularly timed cycles so soon after getting off of birth control. people always say it'll take time for your body to adjust and cycles to figure themselves out but nope, my body jumped right back on the wagon.
then we looked at each chart individually and i gave him the low down on each month. he said that it was really good i came in, because i have delayed ovulation and an inadequate luteal phase. just as i suspected!! he didn't seem to think it was based on stress given that it pretty consistently occurs on day 23. he said we could try progesterone to increase my luteal phase, but since i tried b6 last month and it didn't help, he didn't feel we needed to go that course.
instead he said "what you need is clomid."
i've heard the term "clomid" before. my friend laura has a ttc blog and i've seen the name there. i also saw it in a few forums when i was researching short luteal phases. my doc explained how it works and thinks the clomid could help trick my body into producing the chemicals it needs to sustain a pregnancy. he said they typically start the treatment on day 3 of the cycle and as luck would have it, yesterday was day 3! if they hadn't had an opening yesterday i would've had to wait another month to start treatment. thank science that all worked out.
if i don't get pregnant this month, i will go in again around cycle day 1-3 next month and we'll look at my charts to see how i'm progressing. if nothing happens in 3 or 4 months, i'll have the hsg test and hubby will be tested as well. if after 6 months the clomid hasn't been effective, we'll look into something else. but that's all down the road and right now we're going to focus on being positive this month!
i'm hoping to blog again later this week about one of the possible effects of clomid... TWINS. it's definitely something of interest to me since they run in my family.