Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Pill & Time

Does anyone know anything about switching the time for taking birth control? I'm finding that the time that I chose 4 months ago (7pm) is really inconvenient. Usually I forget and then remember sometime during the night, or else I'm busy/away from home at that time and take them when I get home. I always remember to take them, but never right at 7pm.

So I wanna switch the time, but I don't know how one does this. I'd prefer to do it without having to use a back-up method either, but if that can happen it'll be just icing on the cake (so to speak).


PS: oh, and while we're kinda on the topic of reproduction, I read a few infertility blogs, and, for the life of me, can't figure out what they're referring to when they're using all those acronyms. Is anyone versed in infertility-jargon that can help me out? pretty please?


Kamie said...

O = ovulation

I don't really know what specifics you were looking for (of course there are a ton more), but there are some basics.

I don't know what to tell you about changing times. I was never good at taking it at the same time everyday. I don't think I ever took it at the same time. :P

Kamie said...

Okay, I had a huge list for you and I must have deleted it somehow. :P

But hey, at least I got ovulation! :)

I will write another one! Just a sec.

Kamie said...

2WW = two week wait (the time between ovulation and AF)
AF = Aunt Flo (your friendly monthly visitor)
BCPs = birth control pills
Beta = pregnancy blood test
BFN = big fat negative (on a pregnancy test)
BFP = big fat positive (on a pregnancy test - every infertile woman's dream come true!)
Clomid/Bravelle/Menopur/Follistim = different forms of fertility meds
DPIUI = days past IUI (see IUI definition)
DPO = days past ovulation
E2 = estradial or estrogen
FSH = follicle stimulating hormone (mine is slightly elevated which is bad)
hCg = human chorionic gonadotropin (human pregnancy hormone, given as an injection to cause you to ovulate in 36 hours)
HPT = home pregnancy test
IF = infertility
IUI = intra-uterine insemination
IVF = in-vitro fertilization
Lupron = a medicine that suppresses ovulation to control your cycles for IVF
MFI = male factor infertility
P4 = progesterone
PG = pregnant
PIO = progesterone in oil (given in the form of a shot in the hiney)
RE = reproductive endocrinologist (infertility specialist)
stims = ovary stimulating meds
TTC = trying to conceive
BBT = Basal Body Temperature
OPK = Ovulation Prediction Kit
CD = cycle day
CM or CF = cervical mucus or cervical fluid

Okay, if I have missed what you are looking for, ask away. :)

sarah said...

oh, kamie, thank you. I was reading an infertility blog today and COULD NOT even begin to figure out what TTC stood for....and what makes it worse is that in Toronto, guess what the public transit system is called?



Kamie said...

HA ha ha ha! Too funny. Guess that could make it a little confusing!

Kelly said...

Sorry I dont think I can be of any help with your pill changing thing. Maybe have a chat to your practise nurse or doctor about it? It's not something you wanna stuff up huh?!?!

Heather said...

Perhaps you could wait until your next period and change during that week to the time to what you want it. It isnt actually important to take the white pills coz they are just sugar pills (ie I had to throw those out and just take nothing for the week coz I cant take sugar pills). Since technically, you arent actually taking any hormones that week, surely adjusting the time during that week wouldnt do any harm?

Aside from the fab list Kamie gave you, I only know one that applies to me: PCOS=polycystic ovaries.