TTC & Irregular Cycle: any words of encouragement?

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

my best friend is TTC right now… she used the ovulation sticks for a whole month & didnt ovulate at all. shes pretty upset about it- but i actually looked up an article about irregular ovulation and periods, and there are medications out there to correct your hormones so that you ovulate regularly! They say ovluatory issues are the easiest to fix (which is probably whats causing your irregular cycle). So use the ovulation sticks to see if or when youre ovulation, track everything, then go see your OB with your results! Good luck!!! 🙂

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Did you get the Wondfo’s from amazon?  They come in like a pack of 100 (80 opk, and 20 preg) for only $30 bucks.  MUCH cheaper than the clearblue or whatever other one they have and works just as well.  Right after coming off BC, I used the wondfos… for 2 months straight before I finally got a positive opk.  It sucks, but at least with opk and temping, you have some idea of what your body is doing.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

@trebleclef:  honestly, i dont know the ins & outs. i googled “what if ovulation does not occur” and found a ton of articles about it. I google everything lol

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@trebleclef:  yea, check out fertilityfriend.com.  I think when you sign up for an acct they send you an article a day for like a week or two about TTC.  It was really helpful – that goes into detail about temping.  But basically you take your BBT at the same time every morning and it can tell you when you’ve ovulated.  It’s not useful to time sex, since it only tells you AFTER you’ve ovulated, but still good to know. A lot of people recommend reading  taking charge of your fertility, but I haven’t done that so I can’t comment on it.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@trebleclef:  I have irregular cycles (range between 32 and 46 days). Charting has been amazingly helpful in learning what’s happening and when.  Don’t freak out. having irregular cycle does NOT mean that you don’t ovulate. There are plenty of women with irregular cycles that conceive naturally and quickly.  The key is learning your body’s signals and confirming with temps.  OPKs can help confirm, but they can also be confusing to read.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

How long have you been TTC? Have your periods always been irregular? 

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@trebleclef:  Jumping in here. A lot of people are really overwhelmed by the thought of charting, but as someone who’s been charting for almost a year now (TTA, mostly) I can say it is super simple! 

 

In a nutshell: 

 

1. Buy a basal body thermometer

 

2. Make an account at Fertility friend, and download the app to your phone. Spend a few minutes familiaring youself. 

 

3. Set your alarm for the same time every day (mine is 7am), put your phone and thermometer by your bed. 

 

4. As soon as your alarm goes off, take your temperature. Don’t get up or move if you can avoid it. 

 

5. Input temperature. 

 

 

 

That’s basically it. Once you ovulate, your temperature will spike and you know you’ve ovulated. It’s most helpful for TTC if you also keep track of your cervical fluid (it will tell you when to start using OPKs). 

 

The whole charting thing takes about 2 minutes on the average day. I’m guessing you’ll find out that you ovulate at different times of the month which is making you have different length cycles. The time between ovulation and your period is almost always the same. 

 

Good luck!

ETA: You only have to do steps 1-3 one time. The rest is just “take your temperature, input data” every day.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Dont freak out there is some many advances in fertility that a simple solution could be around the corner.  Learning your body is a huge factor.  I never charted because I was spot on with my period but in order to see when I was ovulating I would start peeing on those sticks the my period ended (I didnt want to miss it lol).  I also kept track of everything from a slight cramp to OMG I am going to die period cramps.  I had a calendar in the bathroom and all the days were marked.  If you dont happen to get pregnant on your own then all this info will help your DR. 

Since you have only been trying for 2 months I would take your time and not let it super consume you yet.  Try to track your ovulation but just have fun with it for a bit. 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@trebleclef:  I had several irregular cycles after my miscarriage this summer. I was really stressed that I didn’t know when I was ovulating, but decided to just relax about it. We picked a two week period that we thought ovulation might occur and just had sex every day. It worked! Obviously this approach may not work for everyone, but worth giving a shot!

ETA: If it had not worked last cycle, then I was planning to buy OPKs to try to get an idea, but I never wanted to be too serious about it because I can get obsessive about things.

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