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    purpley Guest

    Unhappy Really irregular cycles

    Hi everyone

    I am really starting to get a bit concerned.

    I went off the pill in June after being on it for close to 10 years. Since then I have had only three cycles... they are 80 days apart, right now I am on day 82 and no signs...



    I have been to the GP who said to just wait 12 months and we can go from there.

    Does anyone else have experience with this, is there anything natural I can do that might help?

    Thanks for your help!

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    The waiting 12 months thing is crap! GPs seem to be stuck on the need to wait 12 months thing, but gynecologists are much better at investigating things... in fact, most are happy to start investigating and treating as soon as you realise there is a problem.

    I stopped taking the pill 12 months ago and had one cycle of 35 days, since then I've been hitting 70 or 80 days pretty regularly. I'd always been irregular before being on the pill, so I knew it wasn't something that was caused by the pill and would correct itself over time. Of course, I had a nasty false positive pregnancy test in there as well, which was utterly devastating, but it was the one thing that made my GP start investigations and send me to a specialist. The specialist I was sent to turned out to be hopeless, but I've now started seeing a new one, and feel really frustrated that I wasn't referred to him back in March!

    I know this is a lot of waffle, but regardless of what your GP says, if there's something not right, you can start investigations regardless of how long you have been TTC. Demand that referral to a specialist! You have every right to have things investigated now, and if one doctor refuses, find another doctor who is willing to take you seriously!

    BW

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    Hi Purpley,

    I would try a different GP. I agree with BW, 12 months is way too long to wait. IMO a GP should at least send you for blood tests and an ultrasound.

    In the meantime you could try Maca powder. It comes in powder and capsule form and you can get it from most health food stores. Apparently it helps with cycles and libido.
    I've just started taking it again.

    I have polycystic ovaries (Went without my period for 12 months before TTC) but also have a beautiful DD and we are currently TTC #2.

    Best of luck and don't be afraid to join us in the TTC threads. BW and I are in the
    TTC 6+ months one.

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    Hi Purpley,

    I agree with the other ladies. Perhaps you need to see a new GP.

    I came of the pill now over 12 months ago and like BW I got one short cycle and then after that I didn't get another period until after 80days and that was only with the help of a drug called Provera. My older sister was diagnosed with PCOS a number of years ago and I thought with this happening to me (the irregular cycles) I might have the same thing, so I told the first GP I went to what my situation is and that my sis has PCOS and all she could say to me was that it was just coming off the pill. Didn't look any further into it. So I found myself a new GP who was very thorough and straight away she sent me for a blood test and ultrasound and what do you know I also have PCOS. Just tell them that you want a referral to a Gyn and perhaps go and see them for some advice. I hope it all sorts itself out very soon for you

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    Hi ladies, thanks so much for your responses.

    I am now on 89 days... no signs at all.

    I have had a laparoscopy two years ago as they thought I might have endometriosis but all came back well. I am wondering if I need to go one some kind of medication as things seem strange... I will definitely check out that maca powder too. It is scary, I worry there might be something wrong with me? I will see if I can get another referal to a gyno.

    Thanks again!

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    Do not wait 12 months. If your cycles are irregular it is something that needs to be sorted out. It was 8 months before I got referred to a gynie to sort out my cycles and after being diagnosed with PCOS we fall pg the second cycle.
    You have the right to a referral for a second opinion if that is what you want. The GP cannot deny you that.
    Good luck and let us know how you get on.

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    Thank you I will make an appointment and ask for a referral to a gynae to see where we can go from here. Thanks for your support ladies!

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    Off to the GP this morning to ask for some hormone tests, referal to gynae! thanks for your motivation ladies.

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    Good luck!

    BW

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    If you don't get any where with the GP or gyno then go to a natural therapists. My dr told me just to wait and see what happens after having DD but I have since seen a dr who is also using natual therapies and my cycles have improved dramatically (even though I have different issues to you). Good luck

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    Well I have an appointment on the 2nd Jan to get blood tests to test hormone levels so that is good! I told him about the irregular cycles, oily pimply skin, excess hair and testosterone etc and he thought it would be good to do a blood work up since the laparoscopy I had about 18 months ago came back with no polycsitic ovaries so it is a start.

    Thanks again everyone!

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    Hi Purpley, just saw this thread and was wondering how you went with your appointment? I'm in the same situation (came off the pill the same time as you, first cycle long, next one even long, now no period at all!) and am hoping to make an appointment with the Dr next week to get it sorted.

    Looking forward to hearing how you went

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    Hi there, thanks for checking in with me!

    I went on Tuesday and he has done a full hormonal test (blood tests) and I get the results Saturday so will definitely let you know if it sheds any light on things.

    Sounds like we both have the same thing happening!

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    Hi Purpley
    I just wanted to let you that I tried many many many things to ovulate regularly and the only thing that worked for me was TCM..(Traditional Chinesse Medicine).. There is a guy in Chinatown Sydney at Ginsing & Herbs that is AMAZING - I swear I saw him for two cycles and after cycle two I ovulated on Day 14.... And got pregnant with my beautiful baby girl on that day... the herbs STINK, but they work.. I highly recommend it... if you want more information you can email me (as I often don't check this thread that much)... good luck honey.. keep trying everything... you will get there!

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    Purpley, I'm a bit late, but just wanted to say good on you for not waiting.
    I went to my GP after 6 months of TTC, and took all my FF charts along to show her. Because she could see that my cycles were long (60-90 days) and my temps showed that I probably wasn't ovulating, she was happy to refer me to a gynae there and then.

    I think the 12 month thing is probably valid if everything looks like it's functioning OK, as it can take normal, fertile couples 6-12 months to conceive, but if you're concerned about irregular cycles, then that's a good reason to not wait the full 12 months IMO.

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    Hi Alley!

    I am based in Sydney and am very interested! how would I go about emailing you? thank you so much!

    Cherie,

    I hope that the trip to the gynae shed some light on things for you?

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    Cherie,
    This is CeeCee, my daughter is Ally! :-)
    To email me just click on the "y" (for Yahoo) under the number of posts on the left hand side of my signature...

    From memory the guy I saw is Kevin Lui at Chinesse Gingsing and Herbs it is the biggest Chinesse shop in Chinatown, you can't miss it.. there is no making of appointments, just walk in and wait in line... take your temp charts with you so he knows what your body is doing and he will give you herbs that you need to boil (you need to buy this special pot called a Pokra? (spelling?) but it is only $15 and the herbs cost about $60 for two weeks... you boil them then drink them.. tastes disgusting, but you can feel them working... totally amazing... I'm on vacation so I dont have his card with me, but just go to Chinatown, you will see the shop and the 'clinic' is at the back. Good luck, but email if you want more information.
    luv
    CeeCee

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    Hi Purpley,

    Just saw this thread, but wanted to add my support for TCM. I came off the pill after more than ten years and had very long/irregular cycles (120 days was the longest!). My GP was pretty proactive, but all my blood tests came back normal, as did the ultrasound - no PCOS. So I went to a fertility naturopath who suggested acupuncture and chinese herbs. My acupuncturist said he thought it would take between 3 and 6 cycles to fix my cycles and on the fifth cycle I O'd on day 18 and our baby is due in March!

    It took two years from stopping the pill, six months on TCM. Good luck, and I really recommend TCM. I'm in Melbourne though, so I can't give you any useful contacts.

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