new to TTC – start charting in first few months?

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Sunnysally:  It’s really up to you and your husband. I’d just go with it and have lots of sex, especially in your fertile window for a few months, which should be fairly easy to pinpoint if your cycles are very regular. If you don’t get pregnant and start to feel anxious about it, you could ramp up your efforts with charting or ovulation predictor kits. Either way, happy baby-making and best of luck!

PS we tried about 4 months and then I used an ovulation predictor kit and got pregnant that cycle.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Sunnysally:  I think it was First Response? It came with a pregnancy test, I remember that. It was NOT the digital kind. FWIW, I never got a true positive, but I also drink a lot of liquids and didn’t follow the directions perfectly. I used it because my cycles were a bit irregular (24-31 days) and I wanted to be sure to have sex a few days in a row before ovulation. I am glad I used it, because it helped my figure out that I ovulated on cycle day 16, so a bit later than would have been predicted if my cycle was a normal 28 days (or a short one at 24 days).

Post # 7
Hostess
8725 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

Charting will tell you when to have sex and when you ovulate so it could make your TTC time shorter!  If you want to try without charting go fit it! The OPK can get confusing. The test line needs to be dark as or darker than the control. Then you will ovulate 0-48 hours after the +OPK. Sperm is only alive 5 days in fertile cervical fluid so you’ll need to have sex 4 days before ovulation up until the day of! if you chart, feel free to join the Charters of the Hive thread on the TTC boards!

Post # 8
Hostess
8725 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

Also you can get wondfo OPKs from amazon for cheap!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church

We’re gonna give a couple of months before charting. I’m pretty good at knowing when I ovulate, so I think we’ll try the combination of me tracking my cycles for the last four years and my intimate knowledge of my own cervical mucus before doing anything else.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

You can NTNP by having sex every other day.  I feel mixed about charting.  I think it’s good information to have, but at the same time, it can add a lot of stress.  If I were you (especially because you’re so regular), I’d probably wait and see how things go before charting or using OPKs, etc.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Sunnysally:  I think charting honestly depends on what kind of person you are. At first I wasn’t charting and I would get soooo disappointed at the end of every cycle, mostly cause I didn’t know what was going on. With charting I can SEE what’s happening with my cycle, whether I ovulated, seeing my temps go up and then go down at the end tells me that AF is coming. Again I’m very visual so it helped me and I wish I would have started sooner.. We’re going on our 6th cycle TTC and I’ve only started a cycle and a half ago. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@octoberbaby:  Agree with this, depends on your personality.  I started charting four months before we started TTC (used alternative contraception).  I enjoyed it and found it fascinating finding everything out.  I got pregnant second cycle trying, and charting may not have made any difference but it certainly did no harm! I can see why it would make some people stressed though.

I bought cheapie OPKs and pregnancy tests off Amazon, both worked fine for me.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I think if you might get stressed at all by charting then just enjoy the first few months and don’t chart. I think a really important reason to chart would be to make sure your EDD is accurate based on your ovulation date, but if your cycles are consistently about 28 days that it should be pretty accurate anyhow.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Sunnysally:  I started using OPKs during cycle 3 and starting charting my BBT in cycle 4.  I have had long cycles since coming off BCP, and after a few months of odd spotting and confusion on when AF was due, I started using OPKs and temping to verify I was actually ovulating.  Charting my BBT actually calms me down since I know what my body is doing.  If it stresses you out, dont do it – then you will delay ovulation!

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We anticipated that we’d have some difficulties TTC due to some health issues I’d had in the past. For this reason, my doctor told us to only try for six months before we came to see her (I think they usually say give it a year before you seek help). Anyhow, we did one month of just having fun, but started charting and using OPKs after that. I wanted to have several months of data to bring to a fertility specialist if needed! But I also agree with the PP that said if you think charting is going to stress you out, don’t do it yet. And I also agree with the PP that said it’s fascinating – it really is!! Amazing how our bodies work!

 

Good luck!!

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