She Says… Normal Again?

Something exciting happened yesterday.

Side note: If you are a friend or family reading who doesn’t want to know about the inner workings of my body, you probably want to skip this post.

As I was saying, something exciting happened yesterday. It was both expected and unexpected at the same time.

I got my 1st period since January of 2009. And if I ovulated (like a normal person), then I ovulated for the first time since I was, like, 17 (since the birth control that I was on made it so I didn’t ovulate for the decade that I was on it). That’s a LONG time.

I have heard that pregnancy can sort of “reset” your body after struggling with infertility. For the last 10.5 months since Owen was born, my fingers have been crossed that my period would come back. (For those who haven’t been reading long, I went off birth control in January of 2009 and my period never returned, so I had to see a slew of reproductive endocrinologists and take Clomid to force my body to ovulate in order to get pregnant).

Prior to January of 2009 I would’ve killed NOT to have my period (such a pain, no?). But this time, it was the most welcome surprise. Also, about 2 weeks prior I think I remember seeing some other signs that indicated that I was actually ovulating. Go, body!

It’s awesome, awesome news. Maybe the next time we try to make a baby we won’t have to try quite as hard. And I don’t even mind that it happened while I’m at the beach. Perhaps my fertility luck is changing, and I can be a normal babymaking person for the next round.



20 responses to “She Says… Normal Again?

  1. Awesome news! Now, go enjoy some ice cream

  2. Awesome news! I’m pregnant now after infertility due to ovulatory issues and this gives me so much hope for next time 🙂

  3. This is awesome news! It gives me hope that my body will respond in the same way!

  4. It feels kinda weird to “congratulate” you on getting your period but, congrats! haha

  5. Woohoo for vaginal bleeding! 🙂

  6. Woohoo congrats! Owen wants a buddy 🙂

  7. YAY! congrats!! very happy for you! [and sooooo appropriate you got it while at the beach. like i got mine while on my honeymoon, camping in alaska. where even gas stations have outhouses with plywood toilet seats. nature can pick the worst timing].

  8. That’s fantastic news!

  9. Yes, definitely not something I congratulate people on every day, but oh so very happy for you – congrats! 🙂 May you, uh, need many, many sanitary napkins and tampons in the future? 🙂

  10. YAY!! From one non-ovulating clomid-pregnancy momma to another 🙂 Isn’t it amazing how happy you!?!??!? Yet another reason to love Owen that much more! Pregnancy and childbirth reset my body – so well we had cute, adorable, fun loving, identical twins – with no fertility meds at all. Yay for the power of the period!!! enjoy your vaca and congrats on the new house. Joanna

  11. wow I was just thinking about this the other day (not about you specifically, about whether it might happen to me once I get there). nice to see some hope! I also asked my RE about all the spotting I have and he said “well, probably nothing is going to fix that except a full-term pregnancy”. it’s amazing how it can regulate you right back where you need to be on all your hormone levels!

  12. I saw the title of this post as was hope-hope-hoping it would be about exactly what it is about. 🙂 SO AWESOME and YIP that this bodes VEEEEEERY well for a much much much easier road in conceiving Owen’s little sis or bro!!!!! I’m gonna email you offline about it b/c I want all the details [not to sound totally creepy but y’know]. This gives me so much hope that maybe, someday, my body will work again too? Only time will tell. xoxo

  13. That’s great news! The same happened for me 2 weeks ago and it most definitely explained the week leading up to it! It feels so promising 🙂

  14. I just stumbled across your blog. Thanks for blogging so openly about your infertility. We are currently in the throes of it and trying to decide what to do. Your blog made me feel a lot more confident about trying Clomid.

    Congrats on the period!

  15. Oh yay! I don’t have many opportunities to celebrate menstruation, so – Go periods!
    That’s great news. I hope it bodes well for future baby-making plans!

  16. Michelle Horvath

    Congratulations! I’m in the same boat! I stopped taking birth control in November 2008. That was the last time I had gotten my period without the use of progesterone and/or clomid. I stopped breast feeding my son 2 months ago. Well my husband and I were on vacation last week, our first in a few years, and our son stayed home with my parents. On the last day (thank goodness it was the last day since I was not prepared at all!) Aunt Flo decided to visit! I couldn’t believe my eyes! My fertility specialist told me my body might re-set after having Noah, but I wasn’t so sure it was going to happen for me. So here is to hoping our bodies have done the unthinkable and that we continue to welcome Aunt Flo with open arms every month!

  17. Yay! I’ve read your blog for awhile, and have been meaning to e-mail you with encouragement for the 2nd time around. I also was not ovulating and needed clomid to get pregnant with my daughter. I got my period when she was 11 months, just when we were beginning to start thinking about a 2nd baby. We took the attitude of ‘let’s just see what happens’ and I got pregnant IMMEDIATELY. It was planned, but we were still both totally shocked. Sometimes I still feel surprised by it and I’m 6 months pregnant! 🙂 Hope things go well for you when the time is right.

  18. That is great news!!! So happy for you! And fingers crossed that that is a great sign of an easier road to come for you down the road.
    I just got mine a week or so ago for the first time in a long time too. I almost forgot what it was like!

  19. With my first round of clomid, I got pregnant and then miscarried. My body apparently had a near ahhh ha! Moment with that and tried to ovulate, but the hormones were still wonky. I’m 33 weeks now and hoping it gets the message for this little girl’s sibling! I went 10 months without a natural AF after stopping the pill. I’m not sure I will ever use hormonal birth control again because of it!

  20. Great news! Congrats! (It does feel funny to say congrats, but it’s true!)

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