Post # 1
Darling Husband and I have pulled the goalie 🙂 However, I haven’t started to track anything yet. We have sex every other day or a little more often anyways, but I was wondering if other bees started down this same path.
Did you immediatley start to “hardcore” TTC? Did you casually try for a certain period of time, if so how long? or Do you have plans to just always casually try and if it happens it happens?
Darling Husband and I are currently debating this topic so answers would be much appreciated. Thank you!
Post # 3
We casually tried for 2 months, then I discovered charting, and by extension, TTC got a lot more serious. Darling Husband is really eager to get me pregnant (as I am) and I wanted to make sure we were giving ourselves the best shot each month. At the moment it’s just charting/OPKs (since January). We haven’t had to go down the fertility aid path yet.
Post # 4
We had an unspoken if it happens it happens rule for a few months.
Then we switched to full blown TTC. I still do not chart my temps but I do OPK’s. We just got even more hardcore where we are going to do it no matter what every day during our golden week during our next cycle.
Post # 5
Well, we had used NFP as a method of BC for 3 years so I already charted and knew my fertile days when we decided to take the plunge. We weren’t going into it blind, and I love your phrase “pulling the goalie” 🙂
Post # 6
We took a pretty casual approach. I’ve never taken hormonal bc and we rarely used condoms so all we did was stopped our own offshoot of natural family planning. We usually have sexy time every day so we didn’t feel any need to alter anything. We got pregnant right away but if not I think I probably would have started charting after a couple months to try and see what was going on.
Post # 7
We pulled the goalie mid February and the plan is to take it casually until about June – July and then maybe start charting if we haven’t had any success.
With all that being said we’re about to head into my fertile window so we’re planning to go at it like rabbits for the next week or so!
Post # 8
This is cycle 4 and so far all I’ve been doing is using Fertility Friend to know when I’m ovulating. Besides that we’re taking it pretty lax for now.
I think mentally I’m thinking if it hasn’t happen by cycle 6 I will start all the taking temps, ovulation predictors, et etc.
For now we want to just let it be.
Post # 9
I thought I would be more casual about it, but I’m such a planner that it didn’t work for me and I started charting right away.
Post # 10
We started NTNP in November of last year, surpised I wasn’t pregnant by December (lol) I started looking up our real odds in conceiving. I’m turning 34 this year – it doesn’t look good!
I thought we were actively trying by December (BDing when I thought I was fertile), but back then, I never checked my BBT – looking back now, I think we were a little off. Darling Husband has been away for work a lot lately so it gets a little tricky.
We started charting (checking BBT) in Febuary and this is when Darling Husband thinks we truly started trying. He gets up a little earlier than me so his duty was to stick the thermometer in my mouth every morning I wanted to start charting right away to see if I really do ovulate every month and to see if I had a luteal defect or not, that way we wouldn’t be wasting any time correcting it.
So I’ve been counting since December, which makes us on our 5th cycle. Darling Husband thinks we’re on our 3th cycle. I choose the second option “casual approach to serious” but I guess it really depends on when you count us really actively trying versus a more casual approach.
Post # 11
My OB recommended I give it 6 months w/o worrying too much. I did track my menstrual cycle on fertility friend (still using goalie but not the pill), since I hadn’t been w/o BC in 10 years. It was helpful when I decided to TTC but didn’t ever do OPK or temps. That would’ve come by 6 months if we hadn’t gotten “lucky” early.
Post # 12
We started off a little casual. I was charting, but my husband didn’t fully understand when we were supposed to be trying harder :o)
After the casual approach for a few months, we sat down and I explained to him how it all worked. That’s when we started hardcore trying. We’re in cycle 7 now, and still nothing unfortunately. I’m hoping that things start to look up soon!
Post # 13
After the first two cycles with no BFP I started charting. About 5 cycles later I added in OPKs (clear blue easy fertility monitor). On our 10th cycle we finally got that BFP.
Post # 14
at first we weren’t going to start ttc until march (last month) or maybe June 2011, but we thought, “why wait?” So we’ve been seriously trying (bd every other day the entire month) for 6 months.
Post # 15
We aren’t TTC yet but right now the plan is to pull my goalie (IUD) next July or so (conceiving in August would be ideal) and I’ll try and keep track of my fertile days but probably won’t temp. If we’re still going after a few months I’ll probably start charting in earnest.
Post # 16
Thank you for the answers. I felt like taking a more relaxed approach and Darling Husband has other plans. He is baby crazy. I watched my sister really struggle to get pregnant. It consumed her entire life and caused problems within her marriage. I would rather just see what happens and not stress out about it for as long as possible, although I know I’m not getting any younger either.