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post #1 of 16
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Out of curiosity, is there anyway (apart from the obvious) to find out whether or not your are fertile, like a home test? Or do you need to go to the gp. I'd like to know if so, what do you have to go through.
post #2 of 16
I don't know other than what our Sexuality teacher told us. If you have regular periods you can bet your fertile.
post #3 of 16
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Originally Posted by EnzoLeya View Post
I don't know other than what our Sexuality teacher told us. If you have regular periods you can bet your fertile.
I don't think so..my friend has been trying for years to get preggo and she has regular periods..
post #4 of 16
do you mean like ovulation predictor kits? They do make such a thing. Try typing it that way into a search engine. And good luck with whatever you are looking for and trying to do.

Edited to add, and I do not know that much about it, but if you do natural family planning there is a way to chart your temperature and other things (probably tmi here) and it can help you guess when you are fertile.
post #5 of 16
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No not for timing or anything, but to see if all my bits and pieces are actually working and capable of producing a baby one day.

Just a note. This is not for now lol. Still alot of things and years to go through before a family is started. I just wondered. I do know i need to lose weight, but am hoping everything is in tact anyway.
post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by Dragoriana View Post
No not for timing or anything, but to see if all my bits and pieces are actually working and capable of producing a baby one day.

Just a note. This is not for now lol. Still alot of things and years to go through before a family is started. I just wondered. I do know i need to lose weight, but am hoping everything is in tact anyway.
Oh, I would guess that you have to go to the doctor for that.
post #7 of 16
Sure! There are kits that you can purchase at the store. They're in the same aisle as the preggo tests.

There are also web sites that can give you a rough idea of when you're most fertile. Here is one for example.

http://www.healthatoz.com/healthatoz...te/entfert.jsp
post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by EnzoLeya View Post
I don't know other than what our Sexuality teacher told us. If you have regular periods you can bet your fertile.
Mmmm I don't know if I'd agree with that. You can be getting regular periods and not be able to conceive.

I imagine a teacher would say that to make you realise that there's every chance you can get pregnant if you're having sex so that you don't go sleeping around.

Dragoriana - I would recommend just going to your GP to find that out. Maybe ask at your next pap smear?
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by EnzoLeya View Post
I don't know other than what our Sexuality teacher told us. If you have regular periods you can bet your fertile.
That definately can't be true. I know of a few ladies that are regular that cannot concieve. You'd have to go to a doctor to have them run tests to make sure everything looks okay.
Thats something I'd want a doctor to check out though, and not something from a box.
post #10 of 16
Many years ago when I was trying to get pregnant, & couldn't, I went to a gyno & he did a curette. My tubes were blocked (as were my mothers). I was pregnant 4 weeks later. I always had irregular periods, so when trying for next babies I took my temperature each morning b4 getting out of bed to see when I ovulated. I have 3 adult sons.
My nephews now wife, went off the pill after 8 yrs b4 they got married as they were told it would take a while for her system to get back to normal. She fell pregnant almost straight away & was 12 weeks when they were married in April.
post #11 of 16
It's pretty impossible to tell, until you try to get pregnant. I had no idea that I had severe endometriosis until I had surgery, I didn't have any pain or other symptoms. (Endometriosis can greatly impact the ability to get pregnant.)

If you want a baby someday, my advice is to try on the "sooner" end of sometime, rather than the later. I have several friends who waited until their 30's and were no longer able to have a baby.
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by EnzoLeya View Post
I don't know other than what our Sexuality teacher told us. If you have regular periods you can bet your fertile.
I know that is not true, after having two miscarriages, we decide to wait a couple of years and try again, no success, I have always been regular,and still are.the last miscarriage I had caused permanent damege to my tubes, that is why my three kids are adopted.
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by SwampWitch View Post
It's pretty impossible to tell, until you try to get pregnant. I had no idea that I had severe endometriosis until I had surgery, I didn't have any pain or other symptoms. (Endometriosis can greatly impact the ability to get pregnant.)

If you want a baby someday, my advice is to try on the "sooner" end of sometime, rather than the later. I have several friends who waited until their 30's and were no longer able to have a baby.
It might well be later though. Neither Tristan or i are financially or emotionally ready for a child. We've been together 2 years, engaged for almost 3 months. Both live at home with our parents. He works but i dont, am going to councelling and will be a while before i can go and mentally be ready to have a full time job. Also we are still young, he's 26 soon and i'm 24 in feb. Both our mums were around 24 when they were pregnant, but it's different for me now than it was for them. It may well be another 6 or 10 years before anything happens *shrugs*
post #14 of 16
If you aren't thinking about getting pregnant for 5 to 10 years, save your money and your time right now. So much can happened over a few years to make any results from now irrelevent.

The first test they will likely do is check the hormone levels. Quick and easy, before they move onto to checking the physical condition of the uterus, tubes and ovaires.

Another point to consider, our bodies don't read the medical textbooks. I was advised to adopt because one of my ovaries and the right side of my uterus never developed properly (instead of heart-shaped, the uterus was half a heart). They didn't think I could get pregnant, but if I did they didn't think I would carry to full term. So I had three children, the last one being 10.5 lbs.
post #15 of 16
I have practiced the sympto-thermal method of natural family planning/fertility awareness for two years now and it is incredibly accurate. I use it to prevent pregnancy, but it's also used to plan pregnancy. Basically you buy a basal body thermometer and chart your temp at the same time every day, check your mucus several times a day, and check your cervix- chart everything. We took a class, but you can self-teach, especially using the "Taking Control of Your Fertility" book. We took a several month class that we found through our Catholic Diocese, but the book I mention is non-religious and will in no way push a religious based view.

One of the most simple signs of fertility for any woman is her mucus- any indicates the possibility of becomming pregnant, but runny, eggwhite mucus indicates ovulation.

The nice thing about fertility awareness is that it's super cheap and extremely accurate and it does not matter if you have "normal" cycles, of if like me, you have endometriosis.

I use this software, but you can order charts as well (for like $1.50):
http://www.ovusoft.com/
post #16 of 16
if you want to get tested you also need to get the partner tested, you could be fine but his sperm might not be.

Also there are many factors contributing why you couldnt get pregnant such as high stress levels and depending on the amount of work you do.
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