January 17- Back to POF Status?

I had stopped writing on this blog once I had the twins, as I switched over to my other blog. But it just occurred to me now that I'm no longer pregnant and my body is done healing, I still have more I can write about on here in regards to POF and my cycle after having the babies, if in fact I get it back at all...

So here it is 11 since I had the twins  (whew, does time fly!). Since I'm not breastfeeding, I was told I should get my period back between 6-8 weeks. But since I had POF before I was pregnant I've have no idea what to expect. The only time I ovulated since getting off birth control a year and a half ago was the month I conceived so I never even had a period. I know it was because of all the herbs and supplements I was taking along with castor oil packs, fertility massage and acupuncture that got my body working again (and then some!). But I'm now at 11 weeks postpartum and nada. Zilch. Nothing. No sign of Aunt Flo as of yet. I don't know if it's because of POF or if it's just delayed or what. And it's not like anyone can tell me. It's really just been a waiting game. 
The hubs and I joke that once I do get it, since it's been so long it's going to be holy hell and be like Poltergeist meets Lizzie Borden (my head spinning as I go ape shit with an ax... Sorry, had to give you the visual). But truth be told, I may not get a period again. I'm certainly not going to start the crazy regimen again that got my hormones back to normal. That was expensive and excessive and only for the sake of trying to get prego. Don't get me wrong, it was beyond worth it in my mission to have a baby but as far as just to regulate my hormones, it's way too intense. 

Which brings us to my birth control dilemma. I had decided a few weeks ago that I should just go back on birth control (because I do NOT want to use condoms like we're awkward teenagers, I feel like that is so impersonal and they suck when it comes to feeling). But when I went to pick up my pills I suddenly started thinking about how being on the pill messed up my hormones and was most likely the culprit behind my ovarian failure in the first place. I just think I'd be doing myself a disservice not giving it a chance to even see if my body will actually go back to working properly. So I didn't get them and we've been using spermicide, waiting to decide if the hubs should get a vasectomy now or wait just in case. In case of what I don't know.... I'm pretty sure we're done with babies and he's all for it, but something has made us a bit hesitant so we're just waiting a bit before the big snipsnip. But as for taking the pill, I just couldn't bring myself to do it again...at least right now.

I would definitely love to know my hormone levels though. And as time progresses, if I still never surf the crimson tide I may just have to go and get tested just to see what's going on. Not because I want to have more kids, but if I'm not producing hormones that could eventually wreak havoc on my body. And if that's the case I may very well end up back on the Pill anyway. Every so often I get a twinge here or there and sometimes this it feels like I may get cramps, but then nothing. I'm not Sahara desert dry like I was before with POF but occasionally I'll have night sweats and I don't know if that's hormones coming back or going away. All I can do is wait and see what happens and take it from there...

I'll definitely keep you posted!




11 comments:

  1. What an odd place to find yourself after working so hard to get pregnant in the first place, to now have to wonder about prevention. I can't even wrap my head around it! Take your time for sure. No need to rush into anything permanent just yet.

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  2. Thank you for sharing your story. It will be interesting to know how your body responds after pregnancy with POF. I have POF and really appreciate your blog. I have started following some of the things you did to get pregnant. You give us hope!

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  3. Cole,

    First off, congratulations on your twins! They were truly a miracle.

    I am 23 years old, and had gotten diagnosed with POF 2 years ago at the age of 21. The last time I had my FSH levels checked, they were at 88!... After reading your blog, I decided to try some of the stuff you have been doing. I went off of HRT a couple months ago, and started acupuncture, wheat grass, vitex, COQ10, DHEA, Vitamin E, Vitamin D, Dong Quai, B complex, Maca...

    I am so desperate to get my body back to normal. I have noticed a decrease in night sweats and hot flashes, so something must be working right! I also wanted to mention that I am newly married and want to start trying for a family soon. My first goal is to get my hormones back to balance though.

    Is there anything else you would recommend that I do? Your story has given me a lot of inspiration.

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  4. I'm glad you have continued your blog with how things are after the mission to get pregnant and the pregnancy. You hardly ever hear this side of things once the mission has been accomplished, so to speak, but there is the after story and I'm very interested to hear how you get on. It would be good to see medical experts taking an interest in this too rather than just writing us POF ladies off. It seems they still know so little about it.
    It is weird to start thinking about prevention after trying for so long to get pregnant. Like you I would be very reluctant to go back on the pill again. I believe that it contributed something to my POF. Of course, the doctors deny it.
    Good luck with the babies and your new family life. Keep us posted!

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  6. Hi All, I am new to all this and wanted some support/advice/guidance/shoulder to cry on!

    I was diagnosed with POF yesterday and told the only way is an egg donar; I dont even know what to think about that, my Hub is not up for the donar route tho and we really want kids!

    I was 32 last month and finding this really hard to believe.

    In Oct 13 I can=me off the pill and had a withdrawal bleed but nothing since, they tried me on Provera and no sign of a period; I had other PMS like mood swings, cramp etc but no period.

    My FSH was 72 in Dec and 90 in Jan which I know is super high (I haven't has another test) My AMH IS <4 and my ovaries are small, .5ml and 1.ml (not sure they they are different).

    I have read about woman who have used Chinese medicine, Acupuncture and supplements and its worked for them! I am now trying a load of these things and wondered if anyone has some advise or would share their experience with me?

    I am trying to book a second opinion as surely if there are small follicles and I have eggs, there is hope?

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  7. Hi there, I would say that there is hope for you..! My FSH was 130 when I was given my diagnosis; honestly, I've read about women with FSH levels similar to yours get pregnant. My husband and I were also told that egg donation or adoption would be the only way for us; after two years of trying acupuncture, eating healthy, exercising... it just didn't happen for us. But God turned our hearts toward adoption; we have a precious, absolutely perfect baby boy. Our son is nine months old, and we can't imagine life without him. I do know that adoption is not for everyone; just wanted to share our story. I'm 32 years old, my husband 31. Good luck to you and your hubby; really wish you guys the best..!

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