Post # 1
Hoping to get some help/clarification. We are officially TTC next cycle after a long year of waiting. I have been tracking my cycles using FF however not checking my temp or CM. My first CD will be August 31st so my predicted fertiles days are Sept 8/9/10 and predicted ovulation day is Sept 11/12/13/14/15. According to this we should be doing the BD the 11-15?
Which brings me to my next question….should we just BD all those days to increase my chances?
Hopefully I don’t sound like a fool!
Post # 2
Since you aren’t tracking your temperature, I’d suggest BDing every other day from the time your period ends until you can’t take it anymore (or AF shows up) 🙂
the predicted ovulation dates are averages of what’s normal for all people, so it may or may not be true for you. I ovulated anywhere from CD12 to CD23. My cycle length was normal but my LP was just really short (which I only found out about because I was charting my temperature).
So I’d suggest BFing as much as you can , and I’d also start tracking your temperature as well. It takes less than a minute a day and provides SO much information!
Post # 3
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I agree with PP. FF is making this prediction based on statistical averages rather than on data that has any relevance to your particular body. Because of this, you may ovulate at a different time, and thus have a different fertile window. for that reason, I would start BD every other day from CD 6 until AF shows up. I also agree that temping and tracking CM and CP are really easy, fast, and inexpensive ways to gather accurate data about your cycle that can help you better time BD in the future (assuming that you TTC for more than 1 cycle. hopefully that won’t even be necessary. 🙂 )
Post # 4
If you aren’t opposed to it, I think it’s really, really helpful to track more than your cycle days. For me, tracking my CM really helped me to have a clear idea of where I was in my cycle (rather than just relying on averages). You don’t have historical data yet, so you don’t know what’s normal for you, but you can get a good idea of when you’re most fertile by tracking your CM. When we were TTC, our plan was to try to BD every other day, but really focus on making sure we did as much as possible once I started seeing eggwhite CM – I knew I would likely O within a few days at that point. If you don’t want to track CM or temps, I agree with PP, try to BD every other day, and don’t stop at CD 15 just in case you O later (on my cycle I got pregnant, I O’d CD 18, which was my average).