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Thursday, October 27, 2005

Not pregnant yet

Hi Dr Amy,
My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for over 9 months. I am 25 and he is 28. My periods have been very irregular since I went off the pill in January. When I was on the pill I had a normal 28 day cycle. Now I have 35 and sometimes 42 day cycles. My husband has only one working testicle so we decided to try having sex just on the day that I was ovulating. I purchased a home ovulation detection kit. Every morning I dip the stick into a cup of my urine to determine if I am ovulating or not. Well so far I've had not shown a positive test of ovulation. I had my last period on October 1st. Shouldn't I be ovulating by now? How can this be??! I don't understand what's wrong with me.

Very Frustrated,
Melissa

Dear Melissa,

When you stop the Pill, it can take months for your periods to return to normal. During that time, you may not be ovulating regularly, or you may not be ovulating at all.

Everyone is regular on the Pill. It's more important to know what your cycles were likely before you took the Pill. Did you always have irregular cycles? If that's the case, the underlying cause of the irregular cycles is still there. You should talk this over with your gynecologist to find out if you have a hormonal problem.

The fact that your husband has only one testicle should not limit his fertility. Every drop of semen contains 10s of millions of sperm and all you need is one. You do not need to restrict sex to the day that you think you are ovulating. In fact, it's probably better to have sex regularly since you can't predict when you are ovulating.

Sincerely,
Amy

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