56-Day Cycle

After Molly’s last cycle was 80 days, thus pushing our first possible insemination date further into the future, we were hoping for a normal cycle the next time…with no such luck. She just got her period, and the cycle starting in October was 56 days long. It’s just so weird that she had five normal cycles, beginning immediately after stopping contraceptives, then right before we are ready to start inseminating in September, her cycles started getting wonky.

She’s talked to her PCP about it, and he decided to run Day-3 lab work, which included:

  • CBC
  • Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH)
  • Estradiol
  • Testosterone (free and serum) and DHEA
  • Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) and Thyroxine
  • Prolactin
  • Insulin

He told her that if the next cycle is excessively long, to call him and he would give her a medication to start the cycle over and begin anew. We really wanted to begin inseminating after a normal cycle, but since this is the second abnormally-long cycle in a row, and all of this bloodwork was normal, we’ve decided to go ahead and do the first insemination on this cycle.

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