Not Giving Up
I have been trying to conceive for more than a year but have wanted to start trying for 4 years and was waiting for my partner to be ready. I am 35 and he is 43 so I have been feeling pressure to not wait but also just want to be a mother and have a family so bad. I have PCOS with symptoms of irregular cycles, hirsutism, and many follicular cysts on my ovaries as seen through ultrasound. I am very thin unlike some with PCOS and after going to acupuncture, I get my period every month pretty regularly.
I had my hormones tested before conceiving and they were all in the normal range. My midwife told me to test on day 3. But I have heard that testing on day 21 is good. When should hormone testing be done?
I had my first miscarriage 8 months ago after TTC for 8 months. It was just at 5w3d. It might have been a chemical pregnancy, the pregnancy test line was so faint. I was able to conceive again 5 months later and was so excited to make it to 9 weeks. At 9w3d, I miscarried again. The miscarriage was horrible and despite my pain and sadness I was able to look at the baby and it looked to have normal development and to be the right size.
My bleeding has stopped now after only four days. I feel like this might mean my uterine lining was not adequate. My periods have been very light but my estradiol level was normal.
I am also worried that I am progesterone deficient despite testing "normal". I scored a 30 on the progesterone test through your site. I also had long cycles (35 days) that shortened to 28 after taking Vitex. I have been taking Vitex since before my first pregnancy and began taking Maca and Dong Quai before my second. I am going to add COQ10 now.
I am wondering how often, on what days, and what type of hormone test do you recommend? Are there any tests that don't have to be sent in? Some of my research says that progesterone cream is less effective than suppositories but is it worth it to go to a practitioner (which is expensive) to get a prescription when I can monitor myself?
Should I use progesterone cream just in case to prevent another miscarriage?
Thank you for being a resource. I feel so heartbroken and confused.