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Ivf affecting periods

Hi not posted for a while as most of u know we are now going through the adoption process it's going well.☺

just a quick question.

Have any of you suffered from a change to periods since ivf? Our cycle was nearly a year ago but since I seem to get a long period-sometimes up to 10 days of spotting before it comes. Is this normal?

I am going back on pill to help regulate it. Does anyone know do you have to wait for start of new cycle to start pill or can u start anytime? Xx

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I'm afraid I can't help answer your question but wanted to wish you the best of luck with adopting xx

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Thank you xx

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I just wanted to say good luck with the adoption too. We're going to an adoption information evening in a couple of weeks to keep our options open x

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Good luck with it as well thank you. Def a good idea to find out more about it xx

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Your pill packet should tell you whether to start on day one. My understanding is that if you don't start on day one, you won't be fully protected against pregnancy for the first few weeks (I'm sure this sounds very ironic to you) and also that it will be less successful at regulating your periods for the first month or so. So it would probably be better to start on day one of your cycle if in doubt xx

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I had this before ivf. I saw a homeopath and she sorted it out straight away using a tincture and supplement. I would really recommend this as you're not adding more hormones to the mix. Xxx

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OK thanks xx

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Good luck with everything xx

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I started taking maca when my periods were all over the place & now they are perfect again!

Good luck with the adoption process, I hope everything goes well for you both xxx

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Thank you. Can I ask what's maca?

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It's completely natural and helps to balance hormones & supposed to be amazing for fertility & libido. Some people say that they just don't get on with it & have some side effects like really long cycles but others swear by it. I have found it absolutely amazing, no unwanted side effects at all. After my ectopic I stopped ovulating altogether & my cycles were 21 days long. I started taking the maca (in capsule form as I've heard it doesn't taste very nice) and I ovulated that month on day 14 & had a 28 day cycle! Now my cycles are generally between 26-29 days. Obviously these things don't work for everyone & the advice is not to take the full recommended dose to start with but I just went ahead & took the full dose from day 1 - my theory was that things couldn't be worse!! I may not be pregnant but the maca has definitely worked on my cycles so am more than happy. Obviously have a look at it online before deciding whether it's right for you. Good luck xx

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Hey Katya, my periods have pretty much gone back to normal, all be it Ive done treatment every few months so who knows if that's "normal" Lol. As for the pill, you dont have to start in line with a cycle, however if it is for contraception they do suggest it as you wouldnt be protected.....oh the irony! Urrghhh! So its up to you really, hopefully it will sort your periods out just being on it for a short time! Best of luck xx

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You can start it whenever and it will just regulate your cycle for you I think.

How's the adoption process going? Is it a long haul?x

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Thank you. Its going good. Yea it is a lot of waiting but feels lot more positive than ivf. Should be a year from our initial visit to panel then waiting to get matched .xx

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