I did ovulate this cycle, which is good news I suppose. However it was pretty late. Like Day 22 or 23. I think we had sex the day before the temperature spike or maybe two days before (I'm so good at this, right? It's a total shock I haven't gotten pregnant with this accurate measuring!), so I'm not sure if we caught it or not. I'm not feeling very good about this cycle anymore, but I'm okay with that.
Next week I'll start playing sand volleyball two nights a week and softball one night. Summer is very busy for us, because Bobby also plays on a men's softball team, in addition to a co-ed team we're both on. So that means we're playing something four nights a week. It's a good way to get outside, and a fun distraction from infertility (I think I will have ZERO pregnant teammates this year--probably the first time that's happened in four or five years!). The summers do go quickly, and we're not able to vacation much. And then it's right back into coaching in mid-August for fall volleyball pre-season. But I love it. I'm a crazy competitive person, so I'd much rather be playing sports than just going running or lifting. Plus, I'm more likely to run and lift because it makes me stronger and faster for the games--which motivates me more than anything else.
Last summer, I was convinced it would my last year for softball. I thought I'd at least be pregnant by this summer, and I feel way less confident about playing softball pregnant than volleyball (of course, my mother often reminds me that she played softball when she was pregnant with both me and my sister--why? I don't know. My mother is basically identical to Ross and Monica's mom Judy Geller in Friends. But she treats me waaaay more like Monica than Ross. I am not the favorite). The base running that makes me nervous. Or more specifically, the opposing team's infielders' ability to accurately throw me out and not hit my stomach. I've been hit in the arms and legs while running; and while painful, it doesn't do much damage. But I'd be very nervous about hauling around a pregnant belly. Do you see how crazy I am? How much I've already over-thought this simple hypothetical. I annoy myself.
It's been raining nonstop here for a few days, and the forecast is solid rain for the rest of the week. I'm antsy to get out and hit some bp. At a park near our house, there's a decent batting cage where Bobby and I like to hit. It's where the high school's JV baseball team practices, so the cage is a little short for slow pitch softball, but still effective. It's a great option when just the two of us want to hit, because we don't have to spend 90% of the time chasing down balls. Neither one of us is a great pitcher, but it's a fantastic stress reliever. I know many of you have success with massage and yoga or whatever, but I'd seriously recommend pounding the crap out of a bucket of softballs for an afternoon if you're looking to release some stress.
So, I have a few questions for the more experienced infertiles out there. I'm not ready to go to an RE yet, and apparently according to my GP, that's the next step. She won't refer me to an OB at my local clinic, I'd have to drive at least an hour to the nearest RE. Should I try to get a (local) OB referral first? Or just wait another six months or so until we're ready to seen an RE--if we decide to even go that route? My GP said she didn't want to put me on Clomid or Femara because she's worried about multiples. Is that a serious concern when I haven't been consistently ovulating at all, and I haven't conceived on my own after trying for almost two years?
What can I do about my late ovulation and short LP (outside of prescription)? Are there any supplements/teas/herbs/diets/exercises I should be doing? This may not be the issue, but if there's something harmless I could try, I'd be willing to give it a shot. Or is a slightly shorten LP not that big of a deal anyway, as long as I know I ovulate late and adjust our scheduled coitus (thanks, Jane) accordingly?
Any other advice that's better than bundle up and go hit the cover off some softballs?