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WIll i have trouble conceiving?
An_241258 posted:
My husband and I are hoping to start trying for a baby in about 2 or 3 months time. I'm really concerned though as I dont have a 'normal' period and I'm worried that either I wont fall pregnant easily, or if i do i wont have any idea I am or not.

We both agree we dont want to be checking pregnancy tests and stressing, we just want to have a normal relationship and whatever happens happens.

My period is really irregular though. I was taking vitex for a couple yrs but stopped to give my body a break. My cycle over the past year has been anywhere from 27 days, to 61 or so days pattern whatsoever!

I guess my questions are
1, have others out there had irregular periods and conceived ok?
2. what are some things I should do to increase the chances? does quitting coffee help?
3. Although i dont ovulate as much, is there still a chance of falling pregnant or is it mainly only a certain time of the cycle?
thanks in advance
Haylen_WebMD_Staff responded:
Hi Anon and welcome! I've found some information for you that might be helpful. Click the links below to access the articles referenced.

Irregular or abnormal ovulation accounts for 30% to 40% of all cases of infertility . Having irregular periods, no periods, or abnormal bleeding often indicates that you aren't ovulating, a condition known clinically as anovulation. More here: Irregular Periods and Getting Pregnant

Many experts now recommend that women start seeing an obstetrician before they become pregnant for something called pre-pregnancy or preconception care . If you check in with a doctor and write down all of your questions, it might help alleviate some of your worry. FYI: A gynecologist is a doctor who specializes in women's reproductive health. Obstetricians care for women during their pregnancy and just after the baby is born. They also deliver babies. An ob-gyn is trained to do all of these things .

Additionally, here's a link to a comprehensive health center with many features, tools and resources you can explore with your health care provider: A Couples Guide: Trying to Conceive .

And finally, please try to many any fertility-related stress. Not good for you or your relationship! (I found that gentle yoga was a life-saver before, during and after pregnancy)

Please check back in and let us know how you are doing and any recommendations you get from your doctor. I'm interested to hear what he/she says about coffee!

annony01 replied to Haylen_WebMD_Staff's response:
Thanks for this infro Haylen!

I was mainly curious about coffee because I've noticed one of my friends who was pregnant, didnt drink coffee and said she had also read that you should stop drinking coffee while trying to conceive too??

WIll try remember to check back in if I learn anymore from Dr about what can help the chances.
Joel Bernstien, MD replied to annony01's response:
200mg or less of caffeine is considered safe in pregnancy.... since you may not know when you are early pregnant, I would stick to that.

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