Post # 1
DH and I are TTC. I had my implant removed 7/17 and got my first period since 8/7. I have not started charting yet as DH wants it to happen “naturally” without the planning and stressing. I am unsure of the length of my cycle or the exact day of ovulation, but if I go by an “average” 28 day cycle and ovulation on day 14, that would be the 21st. DH leaves Sunday night to go out of town until Thursday, the 21st. I have considered buying another box of OPKs, but they’re so expensive and there’s nothing I can do if I do ovulate when he’s gone I feel it would be a waste. Being as I’m unsure if I’m even ovulation on the 21st, if we BD tonight, Sunday night before he leaves, and Thursday when he gets back, do you think we might have a chance, or are we out this month? Thanks for any advice and input.
Post # 2
I definitely dont think you’re out…if your cycle is even one day longer or shorter, and there’s a good chance it could be, you’re in the running. Just give it a try. It will happen when it is meant to be. Best wishes to you.
Post # 3
IF you ovulate on the 21st, tonight/Sunday night probably won’t do you much good. Sperm CAN live for up to five days, but it doesn’t seem to be common. You could have some luck with Thursday, (couldn’t hurt anyway). But there is nothing to say you won’t ovulate early, or late….or not at all this cycle, since it’s your first cycle after your implant removed.
I would start at the very least tracking your period. You don’t have to temp or anything, (there seems to be some misconception that temping/charting is “stressful” but it’s really not! Pick up the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility if you haven’t already done so), but you want to at least pinpoint how long your cycle is, especially because if you just got your first period this month, it may take a while for your cycle to regulate, and even once it does, you may not have a “perfect” 28-day cycle, (mine was consistently 24 days before I got pregnant).
Also, OPKs can be expensive if you buy the digital ones. There are cheaper brands, though. Dollar Tree stores sell them, (obviously $1 each), and you can find even cheaper ones, (Wondfo brand, for example), on Amazon, (50 strips for right around $20). They are a little harder to tell when they are positive, (unlike a pregnancy test, ANY line is not considered positive, and you’ll want the test line to be as dark or darker than the control line), but are considerably cheaper. I know some women use the cheapies until they are pretty sure it’s positive, then pull out a digital to confirm.
Post # 4
WyoColo: thank you, you’ve given me hope! 🙂
Miss Apricot: thank you for the information, I am tracking my periods with an app on my phone so I will at least know how long they are. If we are unsuccessful after a month or so I probably will start charting/temping. I don’t think it would be stressful, but I guess DH just likes the idea of it happening when it happens, as he puts it. 🙂
Post # 5
I put off temping for a year and a half because I thought it would be stressful. It was far from it, it was awesome to actually see when I was ovulating (two days earlier than I thought!!!) and coincidentally, we got pregnant that very cycle I started temping. DH barely even noticed I was doing it because I did it right when I woke up and plugged it into the app on my phone and he slept through it. Having said that, I don’t think you’re out this cycle since you really are not sure when you’ll ovulate. I would try before he leaves and the few days when he comes back and just see what happens. Good luck!!
Post # 6
I agree with others, it is worth it to use OPKs to at least know your cycle a little bit better. It’s not a waste of time. That way you can pinpoint your ovulation a little bit better. Amazon Wondfo OPKs are the way to go, they are soooo much cheaper. You can use them 2x a day without feeling guilty. Amazon has some really quick shipping too.
As for having sex, just do it before he leaves and when he gets home. That way you have somewhat of a chance during your fertile window, especially if you don’t know for certain that you ovulate on CD 14.
Post # 7
Since this is your first “real” cycle it could be really wacky! My first cycle of the pill was 33 days and then my next cycle was 68 so you really dont know unless you track it in some way. I charted for about 6 months and then when itg t was time to TTC this month I knew when my fertile week was and we got pregnant on our first cycle trying
I dont think charting really stresses people out, all you do is take your temp while your still in bed and then record it into an app…If you have any questions about charting go to the Charters of the Hive group they are really helpful