I had my IUD taken out February 1 of this year. I had a paps at the same time as my removal and everything seemed to be fine. Its now November and I have been ACTIVELY trying to get pregnant with no results. I don't know what to do. Should I have the docs take a closer look. My husband does smoke heavenly though, but he has for the entire time we have been together. We have 2 children right now and we are desperate for another. Sad and confused. I had my Mirena IUD for 4.5 years. Was that to long?
It can take up to a year to get pregnant sometimes. It is a matter of precise timing. You are only fertile about 34 days of each month. If you are not pregnant after Feb then you can have your gynecologist look further. Smoking marijuana can decrease the sperm count especially a daily smoker. It may help you to get an ovulation predicting kit. Not an app on your phone or ipad. Those are pretty much worthless. They are guesstimates at best. They are based on averages, the only problem is that most women are not average! lol If ovulation predicting kits are too far out of your budget (and they are pricey) you can try charting for a bit. Read up on the "rhythm method". Basically, you need a basal temperature thermometer and you want to take your temp every morning as soon as you wake before you do anything, even pee. It also helps to learn to look at your cervical mucus. You have to be comfortable and knowledgeable with your body for this. Wash your hands well with soap and water, dry on a clean laundered towel and then insert two fingers high into the vagina until you can feel the cervix (it will feel like a firm bump about like the tip of your nose) scoop the fingers around the cervix circumference and then look at the fluid on your fingers. Most days it will be not much, maybe a bit of cloudy moisture but when you ovulate, there will be a good amount of sticky clear mucus that looks like raw egg whites and it may "string" between your fingers. THIS is when you are fertile and need to be engaging in sexual activity. Watch your basal temp- Usually a woman's basal body temperature rises by only 0.4 to 0.8 degrees Fahrenheit. and this is why you need a special basal thermometer. There is a very good article on a we site called Rxlist.com. Go to the "diseases" section and go to "P" and look for Pregnancy: Trying to Conceive. It is a very good article about several ways to determine fertility and describes these methods in detail. It has the Calendar method, cervical mucus method and basal temp method and it is best to use more than one method for best accuracy.
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