So recall that I am fairly certain that I had a stupid annovulatory cycle last month, so taking matters into my own hands I tried using vitex (chasteberry) this last one. The good news is that I am certain I ovulated on CD 14 on the nose, and my period started exactly 14 days later, on CD 28. The bad news is that this period is weak. Light but crampy and virtually over, today on day 3. According to Dr. Google this points to an estrogen deficiency as women approach menopause.
Ok, so you all know I am "only" 41 - elderly in fertility years, but still not a deal breaker for many many women who would like a baby. And if you saw me you'd probably have the same WTF reaction of a few others out there, who blithely assume I am a spring chicken in my thirties.
But at the end of the day, I think I am approaching menopause. And yes, while perimenopause is less a hard date than a length of time, I think I can safely say that I am deep in the midst of that length of time.
Aside from the fact that I have been dealing with this bullshit for almost four years now, comes the stark reality that time really is about to run out for me. I have now gone six consecutive cycles of ttc without a pregnancy. And as I approach the self-imposed end-date of this madness (which was heartily endorsed by my therapist), I have to decide how I want to end this run.
The question of the day: Do I take my unused packs of clomid? Ehhh, Not sure. On the one hand I have nothing to lose. On the other hand, I am worried about fucking up the already delicate balance of my hormones, which are clearly on the fritz right now.
There's also the fact that I went down this road before. As a matter of fact, I got pregnant on my third clomid cycle (with an IUI). I also miscarried. I also found myself with a dangerously high FSH when I emerged from it. While my then-RE said that one had nothing to do with other, I am not so sure.
Interestingly, my acupuncturist doesn't view taking the clomid as a bad idea. Lots of AMA+DOR women use clomid on mini-IVF cycles.... but not a whole lot of them are walking around with five rings on their middle finger representing lost babies.
While in theory I am not opposed to exploding my ovaries to increase my chances of pregnancy, a tiny little part of my brain is screaming "Stop that madness. YOU HAVE DONE THIS BEFORE." It's a little nagging voice that lives in the wisdom of my experience and and for some reason it's telling me this could do more harm than good.
I am a strategist in my day job. People pay me first to research things and then to use that research to come to a conclusion on what steps to take next.
I'll admit it now: I was completely stumped on this one... that is, until my pathetic period a day ago. My lining is thin. Clomid is well known (over time at least) to have a bad effect on the uterine lining, thinning it, actually.
Bam. There's my answer. My disappointingly thin lining means that clomid is a non-starter. At least this month.