What are your TTC essentials

posted 2 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

For fertility apps I use Fertility Friend.  I take my BBT every morning, or I try to, and chart my temps using Fertility Friend.

I just use the Wondfo opk’s.  They are cheap on amazon.  You go through a lot of them.  

I take prenatal gummies, iron supplements, vitex (to help lengthen my LP), Vitamin E.  I’m not really picky about supplement brands.  

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

A penis and a vagina – not necessarily ours 🙂

actually, i second everything auggiefrog suggested. I started with the clearblue advanced digital OPKs, and really liked them. if you can afford it, I’d start with those and switch to Wonfos if it ends up dragging on for a while. FX for you!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

MrsM914:  I pretty much agree with auggiefrog. The fertility friend app is the best. It’s easy to share your chart so people here can help with questions. It also tells you when you ovulate by taking multiple factors into account. I also use the Ovia app as a second app. Yes it is double charting but it doesn’t take long. And the Ovia app gives you advice about the things you chart. 

Definitely the wondfo OPKs. I am in my 4th cycle trying and I’ve gone through a LOT.

Make sure to get a basal body thermometer and temp every morning when you first get up. I kept forgetting so I put the thermometer right on my phone so that when I go to look at my phone to either see what time it is or turn the alarm off, it’s there and reminds me. 

As far as supplements, definitely prenatals. I take the gummies. Just make sure you take the recommended amount. Many prenatals you have to take two pills to get the correct dose of folic acid (mine included.) I take Vit E to thicken my uterine lining. Then I take a B complex, B6, and vitamin C to lengthen my luteal phase. I was going to start vitex but my dr started me on femara so I can’t take both. 

We use preseed when needed. I have adequate CM usually but sometimes a little extra lubricant helps and that one is sperm friendly. 

And finally I use the instead softcups inserted immediately after BD and left in for 12 hrs. These are actually for AF but I use them to keep the sperm up there where it needs to be. I got a BFP (sadly ended in chemical) the cycle I started using those so idk if they made the difference or not but worth trying again for me!

Check out the POAS threads. This is one of the questions on the roll call so you can scroll through and see what everyone uses. If you don’t use anything else, use the FF app and chart. I know many people say they want to try casually at first but if you do end up having problems, if you chart right away then you have that data to take to your doctor. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I’ll pretty much second PPs – I used Fertility Friend and Ovia, like Ellie85.  FF gives you better control over your your own data analysis, but Ovia gives you nice info and advice.  If you want to use OPKs, I think Wondfos are the way to go – easy to use and cheap.  OPKs actually drove me nuts though (I obsessed over whether the line was getting darker, whether it was really positive, etc.), so I just charted and it worked great.  My CM gave me pretty clear signs of when I was approaching O, and my temps confirmed it.  We also used Preseed occasionally (with the applicators), and we still use it as just a regular lube because we like it.

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