Post # 1
Hi there, Hubsy and I are approaching the 6 month mark of TTC with no absolutely no luck. I know they say that it can take up to a year for healthy couples, but I have been using OPKs and we’ve had good timing for most of these past 6 months, maybe give or take a month. I read somewhere that if you know when you’re ovulating, it should take 3-6 months. I was just looking for some insight….when did you go for testing?
Post # 2
first, how old are you? that will influence answers.
Second, I would recommend charting for a few months to verify that you are actually ovulating. OPK’s are great in that they tell you when you are about to ovulate, but it is still possible to not ovulate after you get a positive OPK. So by doing OPK’s and temps, you get a much more accurate picture of what your body is doing.
Also by charting you can see what your luteal phase (LP) looks like – that was my issue. I was ovulating, but my LP was short, basically meaning that even if an egg got fertilized, AF would start and “flush” it out before it could implant. Once I had the charts to see that, my doctor put me on oral progesterone supplements and I got a BFP that cycle (I’m not 28+ weeks).
Post # 3
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PakiBee03: OPKs were always wrong for me and I knew that because I was charting and using them at the same time. My chart would show a clear temp shift for ovulation but I never got positive OPKs. I highly recommend charting along with OPKs at this point. It could still be a timing issue if you are solely relying on OPKs to schedule BDing.
I would also recommend BDing every other day or every 2 days starting around CD 10 and continuing on until you get your period or BFP for the next few months. It oculd be that by the time you see the positive OPK it’s too late for BDing and you should have BD’s the day or two before seeing the positive OPK.
Post # 4
we thought we had great timing with no luck. we had our consultation during the 7th cycle and did preliminary test during our 8th (current) cycle. i had a few concerns and wanted to make sure there were no issues. after meeting with the RE yesterday to go over our results, we decided to give it a few more months before we start IUI.
so i would say wait a little while longer. you didn’t mention your age, but DH is 36, i am 32.
Post # 5
Oops! I forgot to mention, I am going to be 29 in August, husband is 36….
I have a hard time charting, because my husband works nights, 7 days on, 7 days off, and I pick him up/drop him off. Also, my cat wakes me up at all different times during the night. I am going to figure something out though, it sounds like OPKs alone are not enough. Any suggestions on how to wake up at the same time to temp?
Thank you both for your replies!
Post # 6
I vote go for it, there’s no harm in testing and just seeing where you stand. If there’s some obvious issue, you’ve caught it early and can plan next steps. At worse, you’ve spent some time and money on tests. Preliminary tests would just be blood tests on CD3, 10 and 7pdo, SA and maybe a HSG. If your insurance will cover it or cost isnt a big concern, I think it’s a no brainer to do it. I started getting blood tests done after 6 months (but I’d also only ovulated twice during that time).
Post # 7
DH and I have been tyring for over a year with no luck. Our insurance would not even consider testing us until we had reached the one year mark. Check with your insurance and see what they say.
Post # 8
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
PakiBee03: Set an alarm and take your temp at the same time everyday. It only takes a few seconds and then you can roll over and go back to sleep. Most thermometers will “keep” your last temp so you can check it when you do actually wake up. If you have a shifting schedule then take it before getting out of bed. There will be some fluctuation but you should still be able to see a clear temp shift when you ovulate.
Post # 9
PakiBee03: According to this article by a statistician, OPKs are more accurate at predicting when you ovulate than taking your temperature. But I agree with other posters who said to start having sex well before you get a positive, so you don’t miss it (sex two days and one day before ovulation is the most likely to fertilize the egg, from what I’ve read). I would just ask your gynocologist and see what she/he says about the 6 month vs 1 year mark. Best of luck to you!!!!
Post # 10
I would try to find a Dr. who will start doing tests. Most wont until you have been trying for over a year. Im only 25 and my husband is 26- last May I went to my normal family Dr. for my PAP. I asked themy to run test and refer me to the OBGYN I wanted. They ran the tests no problem but it was a hassle for them to agree to transfer me. The OBGYN was really nice but he told me more than once that he was no a fertility specilist and didnt feel comforable doing certian things. Whith that Dr. I had my Progestrone levels checked twice and both times were low, but he said normal. I also had an HSG done in Feb. It took forever to get anything done with him so I went to another DR. He listened to what was going on and didnt shrug off everything due to my age, he said my progestrone levels were not in the normal range. After 19 months of TTC if finaly feels like we are making progress.
To sum it up, Yes you should seek help. Hopefuly you have no problems. But if you do, its better to know about them and address them and not have months of heartbreak.
Also, when you have your blood test done, request to have your progestrone checked. Its a bigger cause to infertility and miscarriages than I ever knew.
Best of luck! Let me know if you have any questions
Post # 11
Thank you all for your advice!
Post # 12
I am not TTC yet, but I recently went to the doctors due to reading a post here about painful periods and sex and the other poster being told to go to the doctors. My doctor ordered a blood test and an ultrasound and I was diagnosed with PCOS. I feel that I am glad I know this now and can treat it now rather than waiting to TTC, waiting a year after that and then getting the bad news. I would go to the doctors now, they shouldn’t refuse a simple blood test and internal ultrasound.
Post # 13
You’ve all helped a lot 🙂 I think I’m going to call my doc next month and start the process if our insurance okays it…
Post # 14
I just wanted to throw it out there that six months isn’t a long time to be TTC, particularly if you’ve only been off BC for those six months.
Personally, I would be trying other options like charting, multi-vitamins for both you and your DH, improving your lifestyle factors (diet, exercise, sleep etc) and using Preseed before proceeding with any medical tests or interventions.
Post # 15
PakiBee03: At 29, you are probably not going to have a hard time conceiving. Still, there may be no harm in going to a fertility expert (find someone who specializes in this). It does not mean you have to go forward with any treatment, but they could conduct some tests.