Thyroids & Ovaries

Met with my new OB/GYN, Dr. Erin Lehman, last week. She’s great. We walked through our plans moving forward, talked about a handful of different scenarios, and I left feeling extremely hopeful. Blood samples to do some thyroid (hypothyroidism) and ovary testing (PCOS) were taken at that appointment and then I went back this morning for an ultrasound. I’m anxious to hear back from Erin and/or her nurse with results.

If you’re curious about PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) click here or if you’re curious about how hypothyroidism impacts pregnancy click here.

I have extremely irregular periods. (If any of this is TMI, you don’t need to continue reading. I’m going to share my journey openly here because it’s really important for people in similar spots to know they’re not alone.)

By extremely irregular I mean I stopped taking birth control on Christmas Eve 2016 and have only had 4 cycles since then. Quick math indicates I should be on my 6th post-birth control cycle by now. In that 6 month window, the shortest cycle was 35 days and the longest 66. Clearly this isn’t “normal”. So once my next cycle starts I’ll begin taking Clomid, a medication used to induce ovulation.

I’d love to hear about your experiences (no matter if you’re trying to conceive or not!) with irregular periods, taking medication to induce ovulation, or anything else you want to share related to fertility. We aren’t alone, friends!

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Babies

I’ve found that while answering questions about my desire to have children isn’t awkward the pause that occurs after, when someone is trying to figure out what to say next, is extremely awkward. God bless people for asking about our dreams.. but be careful with how you approach this, folks. 🙂

For those that have inquired: Do we want kids? Yes.

**insert the pause that almost always occurs after unless they have the balls to ask when or give me an intense eyebrow raise that non-verbally asks if I’m pregnant**

We’ve been trying to conceive for the last 6 months.. since December of 2015. I’ll be documenting future appointments, successes, road blocks, and other random baby things here. My hope is that if/when a gal in a similar boat stumbles across this page she’s reminded that she’s not alone, that she doesn’t have to fight her Goliath solo, and that God is walking alongside her through it all.