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    Quote Originally Posted by HillDweller View Post
    @safam sorry if I've asked you before and forgotten - do you take vitex all cycle long? My luteal phase is the part of my cycle that is ok, it's O that is delayed for me. The weirdest thing is, I'm quite sure I don't produce enough estrogen (hence no EWCM and delayed O) but produce more than enough progesterone. So, vitex ups your progesterone, yet gives me EWCM and earlier O. So, unless I'm completely wrong and I'm progesterone deficient instead, I don't understand it!

    I was intending to just take it in the first half of my cycle, but I'm not sure if I should continue right through?
    I do take it all cycle. My understanding is that it acts on your brain (pituitary gland maybe?) to encourage a sort of "balancing out" of hormones. It's supposed to help your body produce the right amounts at the right times, and get them all working together properly. Since it takes a few months to work properly, my fear with taking it only before O would be that it would just start to do its thing, then you'd stop taking it and undo all the improvements, then have to start all over again. I don't think I'd ever reach full effectiveness that way.
    BUT that is just what I've decided is best for my situation. I have a short luteal phase and low amh. I'm also overweight (dammit!) But working on it before we start ttc in January :-)
    Good luck, I hope you find the right combo for you!

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    Thanks @safam !

    I think I'll try that this month then and see what happens, unless my test results show something that indicates not to

    I am interested to find out if I have issues with my thyroid that could be causing problems with my pituitary gland - I have all the classic symptoms of hypothyroidism, except I'm not overweight. Then I have some of the symptoms of hyperthyroidism too.. Stupid body!! It could explain why vitex is helping me with EWCM etc if it is evening out the hormones produced by my pituitary gland, not just upping progesterone. Thanks again for your help!

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    Awesome, good luck!

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    Numbers are still low. A whole 5 points up from Saturday. D'oh!

    Bumping up my dosage from tonight with repeat BT on Wednesday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shrillian View Post
    Numbers are still low. A whole 5 points up from Saturday. D'oh!

    Bumping up my dosage from tonight with repeat BT on Wednesday.
    Oh hope it improves for you @Shrillian good luck for the blood test on Wed!

    I just got a call from the wellness cente (the place doing all my testing) and she said she just got my blood tests back and wants to see me ASAP. We had an appointment for next Tuesday but she said we need to get onto this quicker than that. The blood tests were mostly thyroid related and I can't remember what else at the moment! She said there's nothing that's not fixable but stuff that needs to be addressed right away. Gulp. Kind of trying not to freak out.

    I told her I had started taking vitex again and so far my acne sewed to be ok. She said that was excellent and if I could stay on that it would be a godsend. So now I have to just wait until Wednesday night to find out exactly what's going on..

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    @Lizard, I don't think I have been Oing, so I am hoping these will help, thats providing I remember to take the damn things lol
    @HillDweller, a little different I think, they say they help with Oing and stuff which is why I'm trying them this month

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    @HillDweller - I hope all is okay. Though sounding by her response, at least it's not something that's not a major issue (that is, it can be fixed). Hopefully a thyroid imbalance is all and you get your BFP soon after!

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    "Nothing that's not fixable" so not bad news then HD, hopefully it's something easy fixed and you'll be on your way to a BFP! At least it's steps in the right direction Hun x

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    @HillDweller hope everything ok x

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    Thanks guys I caved and emailed her yesterday to ask for more info before my appointment tonight. She knows I like to research everything myself so she was totally cool with it. Turns out I have quite high iron levels. Depending on how high they are, it could point to me having a genetic disease called Haemochromatosis (Iron overload - basically your body doesn't absorbs all of the iron you take in instead of only a small portion, and doesn't get rid of any of it).

    If that's the case, there's a good chance that is why I'm not getting pregnant. Left long enough, high iron can affect your pituitary gland, heart, liver etc and even cause arthritis. Left untreated it's very bad news indeed! I've been having heart palpitations for a few years (unexplained) and the hormonal issues I've been experiencing had made me already suspect my pituitary gland wasn't working properly.

    Interestingly enough, my Mum has some unexplained issues with her liver that no doctor has been able to figure out....this could be it. Because it's genetic, if I do have it, my Mum and Dad will need to be tested too.

    The treatment is to basically let a whole heap of my blood out! eep! By donating blood a few times a week at first until my iron levels come down to normal, then giving blood 4-5 times a year to keep on top of it. Infertility (due to the issues with the pituitary glad) is a side effect. Hopefully one that will be able to be reversed for me since I am still O'ing on my own so my case might not be too bad. I will find out tonight just how much iron I need to get rid of!

    And here I was thinking I was doing the right thing taking Elevit, when it was actually making things worse for me. After a fair bit of research, it turns out there's lots of recommendations saying you should never take supplements with iron in them (including pre-natal stuff) without having your iron levels checked first. If they are normal or already a little higher than normal, you can actually cause this disease in yourself by taking the supplements, especially if you are already susceptible.

    So, I'll get more info tonight - I'm hoping very much that my levels aren't too high and some blood donations will sort things out for me! ...


 

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