Hang in there. Even if the scale isn't changing, you are doing good things for yourself. Remember, you don't see the weight you would have gained if you weren't exercising.
Cynthia Tucker, MD
My friend has taken abortion pills which is causing heavy bleeding. Does this mean she requires a D&C or is it normal?
If she is having bleeding where she is soaking through a regular menstrual pad in an hour and it goes on for more than 2 hours, she needs to be seen and evaluated. If the bleeding continues for more than 1 week without decreasing, then she needs to be evaluated.
If you are having regular predictable periods, that usually means you are ovulating. You can check this with over the counter ovulation tests (but don't use those to decide when to have sex - the egg is only viable for 12-18 hours and you may miss your window). If your periods are more than 32-34 days from start to start, you may also have difficulty conceiving.
Remember that the connection of ovulation to period is not from the start. Once ovulation occurs, the ovary produces progesterone for 12-14 days and then stops if there is no pregnancy. The drop is progesterone is what triggers the period. You can estimate when you are likely to ovulate if you are having regular periods. Back up 2 weeks from when you expect your next period, that is likely when you will ovulate. You want to spread your focus time at least 5 days before and after. During that time you want to have unprotected sex at least every other day but not more than once a day. If your periods are unpredictable, this is hard to do.
If you have been trying actively to have sex during your fertile time and have not conceived, it may be time to see a gynecologist who has experience in treating infertility or a reproductive endocrinologist (a specialist in fertility treatments). There are pills that can help some women ovulate before having to look at IVF.