Trying To Conceive

by Lotus
(tn)

Question

I was on the iud birth control Mirena, and I had it taken out last December. My husband and I have been trying since then to conceive. I have been all over the internet trying all the tips I have found, and I know when i'm ovulating. This month, I got "my period" four days early, and it lasted for a day and a half. That's it. What's going on, and is there anything else that you could tell me that may help? Thanks!

Answer

Hi and thank you for your question.

I'm assuming you've checked out my tips for conceiving?

I know that with these different forms of birth control, including the Mirena, your body takes a while to get itself back to normal, and usually at least 3 months is advised before you start to try for a baby.

My advice to you is to try not to worry or get stressed out that you haven't fallen pregnant straight away. Many women take up to a year to fall pregnant, so this is perfectly normal.

You say you know when you are ovulating, this is helpful, but my advice about this is not to be too hung up on when you ovulate and having sex around then.

I recommend having sex as often as you can throughout the month from the end of your period to the start of your next one. That way, if you were to ovulate at a different time to what you expect you would stand a better chance of the egg being fertilized.

Obviously try to keep yourself as healthy as possible. If you are overweight then it's a good idea to start a healthy diet and exercise to lose excess weight.

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is a must. You shouldn't be eliminating any of the nutrients that your body needs, ie proteins, carbs, vitamins, iron, calcium, healthy oils etc. (Some diets will eliminate completely fats or carbohydrates, however, I feel strongly that this is not balanced or condusive to a healthy, fertile body)

I believe that for many women who are in good health but are struggling to conceive, it is as much to do with the mind as anything else. Stress or worry can really make a difference, so it's important to try to eliminate stress as much as possible and relax.

Many women have tried to conceive for years, eating their heart out about it and then, when they finally give up and let go they suddenly fall pregnant! It just shows how much being stressed about it affects whether or not you will conceive.

Having said that, staying chilled out about conceiving is easier said than done. But if you can focus on getting on with things in life, enjoying what you have and also enjoying the experience of trying for a baby that can help.

As far as your period starting early and being shorter than usual, it is difficult to say what is going on.

It could just be your body having a blip. But if it was anything to do with being pregnant then it's not too early for a pregnancy test to tell you.

I really hope that you are successful in your goal to conceive soon. If, after a year of trying you still haven't got anywhere then I would advise you to see your doctor and start the process of finding out why it's not happening.

All the best

Jojo
Pregnancy Friend

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