Post # 1
HAPPY DANCE!! FI and I are officially TTC.
Last month we only tried once during our “magic week” but this month he wants to go all out. FUN FUN!
Since we are just getting started in the TTC process I do not want to take my temp every day or use an OPK just yet. I was thinking of just checking my CF throughout the month to get a better idea of when I am ovulating or close to ovulation.
Has anyone just checked fluids with good results?
Also, I saw a kit online where you can test your spit. Has anyone seen this or tried it? I was instantly skeptical.
Post # 3
Checking my fluids was the one thing that ended up working for me! We were not trying not to get pregnant (i.e. i went off bc) for about 5 months, and then i was taking my BBT and doing opks for months 6 and 7. I would check my fluids every once in awhile but never saw anything out of the ordinary. During month 7, I finally checked it in the middle of the night the day before i expected to ovultae and WHOA! it was so stretchy i could barely believe it. we had sex that night…and not again for the rest of the month and voila! i got pregnant that month. im sure that was when i conceived because we only did it twice that month and the other time was at the beginning of my cycle (it was a busy month…lol). So i recommend checking your fluids cause it can really tell you alot!
Post # 4
@panterapeach: If you are talking about your ahem down there fluid b/c it is a different consistency when you ovulate, then you are correct- it is VERY accurate. My OB professor just lectured over it two days ago. She says she has not been on birth control for over 10 years and has never had an oopsie baby. She has one child and when she decided she wanted that child the only day she had sex that entire month was when she was ovulating, and she did this by checking her mucosa. As long as you stay abstinent that couple of days it is impossible to conceive, and if you are TTC then to have lots of sex the 2 days leading up to ovulation and the day of. There are alot of websites that’ll help you learn how to check your fluids to determine when you’re ovulating. It is called Natural Family Planning
Post # 5
Yes ma’am! Taking your temp only CONFIRMS that ovulation has ALREADY happened. The OPK’s etc… only tell you the same thing that your “fluids” tell you.
The book taking charge of your fertility and various resources online will tell you all about how to do it. There are many methods of NFP/FAM and they all analyze CM but not all use the other signs. I want to say that it might be the creighten method you should check out?
I only take my temp from the last day of my period to safety 2-3 days past ovulation. We are trying to prevent though so it’s very important to know when it’s “safe” again, lol.
Post # 6
so to answer your question – YES!
i had been using OPK and an iPhone app to tell me ovulation. i was supposed to ovulate on the 1st and since we were out of town for the holidays, i didn’t have an OPK and therefore was just following the iPhone. we got back from vacation on the 2nd. i was walking around on the 3rd and my “fluids” felt weird. when i got home, i took the OPK and saw the happy face! so we got busy as soon as hubs got home from work. and now i’m pregnant! first sono confirmed that i did ovulate on the 4th. so if it wasn’t for fluids, we definitely would not have conceived in january. i always thought i was very regular (opk agreed with iphone in december) but apparently my O day can vary. definitely worth it and certainly cheaper than using a whole bunch of OPKs (although have that confirmation of my feeling was great).
Post # 7
Thanks ladies, it is really comforting to know that so many of you have had success using just this as indicator.
I know there are a million things with NFP and OPK that one could be doing. I wanted something that was easy, non evasive and cheap while we are first starting out. FI and I have discussed that we will go with a CBEFM (the video game as another bee put it) in a few months if we haven’t been successful.
This month I’ve only been checking every other day during the O week and I haven’t really noticed the stretchy fertile mucus. I have only really noticed a change in the cervical softness and position but it’s honestly still so new to me I could be totally wrong.
Next month I will try checking it more frequently and seeing what happens. Hopefully I will see the stretchy stuff
(sorry if it’s TMI but it just a bodily function)
Post # 8
The thing to remember is that with NFP/FAM – The CM is the best and most important indicator. The others are just confirmations, so really the CM is the key… So you are doing FAM… just a stripped down version called the Creighton Model… which has been around since 1980 🙂
If you are TTC, I can’t stress enough how frequent checking will be your key. Every other day you indeed did miss it. The super fertile stuff comes and goes quick! But don’t also forget that the sperm can live up to 5 days… so while there is an optimum time… there is also the possibility to do the deed Monday and get pregnant Thursday 🙂
But yes, check the CM EVERY time you use the restroom, before taking a shower, in the morning, at night, if you wake up… pretty much whenever you can (EXCEPT for after some play… arousal fluids and semen can mimic fertile ones so you need to check before any activities 🙂
Post # 10
Yep! I’ve been following it all week. Totally works. I’ve watched it change as I’ve read it would. No need for the temperature thing (for me anyway). It has changed each day this week (supposed to ovulate tomorrow!!) and I can tell from yesterday and today that my ovulation should definitely happen in the next day or so. I also did buy OPK’s and have been using them daily as well the past 5 days. I’m hoping/thinking it will show positive today. 🙂
Post # 11
@all bees — Super promising others are doing this too!
@KLP2010: — whoa, thanks for the info and confirmation! I bet I totally missed it by checking every other day. I just thought that I didn’t really know what I was looking for. But based on what others have said you will know the super fertile stuff when you see it!
Post # 12
oh and fyi, mine wasn’t really ever “stretchy” – it was just very liquid-y. sorry for the tmi! but i was worried it was never stretchy like the book says, but clearly it was good enough…..one you start paying attention to it, you’ll learn what’s normal for you.
Post # 13
@secret119: Oh nothing is TMI in my book LOL
I did notice it was more watery but not mega stretchy like Ive seen in books or whatever.
Post # 14
i agree with pantera and secret, mine is more just liquidy and watery than stretchy, sometimes i get ONE day of stretchy eggwhite, but it isnt very common. some women have it for 3 or 4 days! everyones differnet so you just have to see a pattern and know that everyone is very different!