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5 Responses to Trying to Conceive Naturally: What Are The Next Steps?

  1. TopHat  

    I don’t agree that if your cycles are regular that Breastfeeding doesn’t affect fertility. After both my kids, my periods came back at 5.5 months postpartum and were regular, but because of Breastfeeding, I didn’t have outran phases long enough to conceive until 18 months postpartum with my DD. It was about 15 months pp for my son before my LP was long enough- and I was tandeming! Regular cycles don’t guarantee fertilty while Breastfeeding just like they don’t guarantee fertility while not breastfeeding.

    • Lani

      Absolutely, Breastfeeding can and does effect fertility. In the case above she had previously conceived while breastfeeding, so we do know that she has ovulated while BFing (but may not be every month). She was also detecting the LH surge which indicates impending ovulation but there may not be a releases of a mature egg. The only way to know if it was an ovulatory cycle would be a blood tests at different stages in the cycle in order to measure the levels of LH, follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and progesterone. I believe if there is a rise in progesterone a week or so after the LH surge is detected that is an indication that it was an ovulatory cycle, because it is the corpus luteum (which results from an egg being released)that starts to produce progesterone. There are so many factors that play a role in fertility.

  2. Crunchy Con Mommy  

    I just wanted to recommend checking out “NaPro”, as they are the only fertility related organization I know of that promotes natural family planning and seeks to treat causes of infertility rather than encouraging IVF etc (they are Catholic based, so that does color their views and recommendations). If you’re interested, this site has more info: http://www.naprotechnology.com/
    Good luck

  3. Missy

    Breastfeeding definitely affects ovulation and progesterone in an older mom. You will not ovulate every cycle AND when you do get pregnant, your body can not sustain the pregnancy due to low progesterone. Hence your miscarriage was probably due to low progesterone.

  4. Anna  

    Great responses! For people in a similar situation, in addition to eating a clean, whole foods fertility diet, you should carefully reduce and eliminate fertility harming toxins from your home and personal care routine. Phthalates, parabens, and other chemicals hurt fertility and are found in all sorts of everyday products. Start by eliminating plastics as much as possible from your kitchen and throwing away anything that had the ingredient, “fragrance” or “parfum” in it!