What is the best way to track ovulation??

posted 3 weeks ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Blushing bee

I tracked for 6 months with temping only. I had very clear ovulation from my temps and didn’t see a need to add OPKs unless I was struggling to conceive. I initially used it to avoid pregnancy then to get pregnant.

It’s tough to know what to do if you’re not having periods. Maybe just start taking your temp every morning to see if you can identify a pattern? You should have a clear lower range of temperatures before ovulation, then a sustained range of higher temperatures after ovulation. And maybe you should use OPKs for a while too just to help establish what’s going on.

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

nowmarriedgirl :  well if your AF hasn’t returned your cycle isn’t really doing anything…hormones from breastfeeding are still supressing ovulation and egg production. You can only (potentially) ovulate ONE TIME before AF shows back up (not all women will ovulate before their first AF).  So there is only one potential egg to catch.  Unless you want to take OPKS daily (I wouldn’t) for maybe months on end I would just try to have sex when you have cervical fluid (if you’re hoping to catch that egg…).  But otherwise, I would just wait until AF comes back and then you can use OPKs or what I did was I just started temping/charting when my first AF showed up. I suppose you could go ahead and start temping but you might be doing it for a few months with no O in sight.  So just depends if you want to put in the work.  In short, yes, you are jumping the gun smile  

Post # 5
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Busy bee

I think you have to wait. My DD is 11 months and we are trying again. I had to completely wean her from the breast and then it still took over a month for AF to come. I used OPKs my first cycle and never got s positive so I think I didn’t ovulate right away either. This cycle I’m using OPKs and did get a positive. I’m hoping we conceive. I’m not temping because I never had any luck with it last time (my temps were just all over the map) and with a baby under 1, it’s not likely I’ll get consistent uninterrupted sleep.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

nowmarriedgirl :  Just an FYI, if you’re still breast feeding, your prolactin levels may be too high, preventing ovulation unfortunately. Otherwise, I’d say that temping your BBT is the best way to track ovulation. With OPKs, you’re just detecting a surge in the LH hormone, but it doesn’t mean that you’ve absolutely ovulated. You could have several surges of LH in a cycle with/without ovulation. Good luck!

ETA: With OPKs you can also miss your surge if it’s short! I think they’re a great back-up tool, but the best way to know for sure is charting your temps :).

 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

According to fertility friend, which I just started using, temperature and cervical mucus are the two primary signs of ovulation. Anything else is a secondary sign and can give clues to help if your primary signs are not that clear. THat would be including opk strips. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

nowmarriedgirl :  sure, some women do need to wean to get their cycles back but the majority of women can get pregnant while breastfeeding. It is all personal to your body but it depends in number of feedings and length between sessions. Since you want your cycle back you can start with night weaning and then continue to reduce sessions until it comes back.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

nowmarriedgirl :  It might fluctuate a bit, especially right now if your hormones are still a bit out of whack, then after you ovulate, you will see a rise in your temperatures. If it stays consistently higher for 3 days than the previous 6 temps, your app with give you crosshairs which indicate that you ovulated. The sucky thing about temping is that it doesn’t predict O, it just confirms it. So you want to look for fertile signs before ovulation. You’re most fertile O-4 to O+1 (4 days before you ovulate to the day after you ovulate) so if you’re waiting until after you see the rise, it’s probably too late. That’s where things like OPKs, cervical mucous, and cervix position are going to help alert you that it’s time to get it on!! The best days are O-2 and O-1 in my opinion because the sperm should be waiting for the egg for your best shot. If you download the fertility friend app, they have a fantastic course on temping which is free and helps you learn everything you need to know. Also, the charters threads on here are a godsend! Best of luck 🙂

ETA: Also I second what Kes said, most women can still get their cycles back while BFing, but some don’t. I didn’t mean to scare you with that tidbit, just wanted to provide some extra info which could give you a clue as to some possibilities of what’s going on with your body.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

i love temping, but i have found it harder to do because of my work schedule. I work late nights and early mornings so sometimes i only get 6-7 hours of sleep and sometimes i sleep in and get 8-9 hours. Which ultimately screws with my temps. Ive been strictly just tracking by cervical mucus this month. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Kslim13 :  As long as you’re getting at least 3 hours of sleep, the length of sleep isn’t important (ie. it won’t affect your temps if you’re getting 6 vs 9 hours of sleep). What is important, is that you’re temping at the same time every day. On weekends, I would wake up at the same I would normally get up during the week, take my temperature, then go back to sleep.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

MrsMellyBean :  that was mainly my issue. I work late nights, so some nights i wasn’t going to bed till 2am so getting up at the same time every morning wasn’t working very well. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Kslim13 :  haha not the same thing, but on nights when I would go out for drinks with friends I found the same thing- I knew my temps would be skewed because of the wine so on those occasions I just wouldn’t bother 😉

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

MrsMellyBean :  Idk I found that my chart would become super jagged when I would temp at different times in the morning. Regardless if I went to bed at 2am or 10pm, I just chalked it up to lack of sleep or to much sleep. 

My period was suppose to show up two days ago, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed. Me and DH were very dedicated to bding every other day to every two days. 

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