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should i visit a GP to get hormone levels checked?

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Hi, i am a young generally healthy 25 year old woman whom has been trying to conceive for approx 11 months with no success. I had 1 shot of depo provera in november 2010, since then my menstraul cycle has been all over the place making it hard to conceive. We are having sex at least 2-4 days per week when im not menstruating. My period first returned april 2011, one month im spotting the next its almost normal flow. Last month in October i spotted for one week then had a menstraul flow of 2 weeks.
I am wondering what I can do to help things along, should i visit a GP to get hormone levels checked? Do you think its is the depo that has caused the delay in trying to conceive? If so how long should i wait to recieve medical help?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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replied November 20th, 2011
Getting Pregnant Answer A28719
Hi,
Welcome to ehealthforum,
Sometimes use of hormonal contraceptives can disrupt your hormonal pattern completely and cause complications affecting your menstrual cycles due to ovarian suppression ovarian failure, other hormonal derangements etc. These in turn can also cause difficulty in conception. The irregular periods could also suggest that you are not having regular and periodic ovulation (egg release from ovary). If you are not successful with your pregnancy plans, you should consider visiting your doctor/gynecologist (preferably gynecologist/obstetrician) and go ahead with getting infertility work-up done for you and your partner to see if there are any underlying causes for the infertility/inability to conceive. Treatment as needed (based on examination and investigations results) would be started to help you get pregnant. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately. Take adequate rest. Drink plenty of water. Maintain healthy diet and lifestyle. Have diet with foods rich in zinc content to ensure better maturation of egg and sperms. Monitor cervical mucus changes and the BBT (basal body temperature) charting to predict your ovulation and time your intercourse for having fruitful results. Have intercourse in positions that allow for deeper penetration for high deposit of semen. All the best.
Take care.



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