Window when it's impossible to get pregnant?

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

When you first go off the pill and your hormones are regulating, your body can do some crazy things. I wouldn’t 100% trust the “Family Planning” method (tracking ovulation and only have unprotected sex when there is a very slight chance for pregnancy) until your cycles have regulated (at least 6 months off hormonal BC).

However, any way you slice it, the human body loves to play tricks on us, so personally, I would never consider any time 100% safe to have unprotected sex without the chance for pregnancy.

 

 

 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Read Taking Charge of Your Fertility before you start listening to the internet about NFP. You really don’t have enough information to start having unprotected sex!!

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Just because you have a positive OPK doesn’t necessarily mean that you did ovulate.  The OPKs detect the surge in hormones, but not whether or not the egg actually dropped… so hypothetically you could have had a surge, a positive OPK, then not ovulated, then ovulated later and could be fertile right now.  

I agree with @MrsRugbee:  to read TCOYF and maybe do charting as well as OPKs to make sure you’re catching your fertile dates.  Even then (and maybe because I’m paranoid) I would still use a condom the whole time, every time, just in case.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

if you are very regular, 14 days after the first day of your last period.  coming off of bc may alter your hormones too.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@mypinkshoes:  But you can be regular and have anywhere between a 28 day cycle and like a 34 day cycle. Not every perfectly regular woman will ovulate on day 14. And even if you have perfect 28 day cycles, one month you could ovulate on day 12, one month you could ovulate on day 16. It’s not an exact science.

OP, Especially since this is your first month after stopping the pill, you should be using some form of birth control (condoms, etc) if you don’t want to become pregnant. The pill messes up your hormones and your cycles, so it could take months for you to get back to normal.

If you don’t want to become pregnant, what are you planning on using as birth control? If you’re planning on natural family planning, you really need to learn more about your body and your cycles. Like other posters, I recommend “Taking Charge of Your Fertility.” If you want to use this method, you need to be taking your temperatures, checking your cervical mucus, charting, etc. You can’t just rely on ovulation predictor tests and dates.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@cmbr:  I agree with your statement to @mypinkshoes:  I was very regular, 28 day cycles. But I didn’t ovulate until day 18.

 

@christineandjohn:  Read TCOYF like the other ladies suggested. If you are going to TTA for a while you need to be temping. Not just using OPK’s.

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@cmbr:  @RoyalLime:  of course not everyone is the same but this was known to be the typical method years ago.  i am sure a lot has changed since i was pregnant.  (i did conceive exactly by that method).

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I’m sorry, but as an Oldtimer, and having seen too many women who have said “I didn’t think I could get pregnant” in their lifetime

I am one who goes by the old adage…

IF YOU ARE HAVING SEX… THEN YOU CAN GET PREGNANT

Our female bodies are incredible things… and our hormones unpredictable (NO ONE knows this more than someone at my age going thru Menopause) so altho books and technology will tell you that there is a “window” to getting pregnant, in reality, the window can just as likely be a door next month… or a HUGE frickin GARAGE DOOR the next month

If you don’t want to have a baby… use birth control.

Lol, and if you really really don’t want to have a baby, either double up on your BC, or don’t have sex.

That has worked for me for decades…

Including now… I mean really, you’d think that at 50+ with “old eggs” and irregular cycles and all we know about our bodies and pregnancy from experience… that pregnancy wouldn’t be a HUGE concern, but it is.  Believe it or not women my age still manage to come up pregnant !!

 

 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@MrsRugbee:  

@DaneLady:  

@cmbr:  

+1 to all you ladies!

 

OP, read TCOYF and start temping. temping gives you a clear answer as to when you ovulated. DH and i are TTA right now and i don’t use OPK’s. i just temp.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@This Time Round:  it’s true that our cycles can change from month to month (i know mine do!) but for women who are charting, we can see when we’ve ovulated. for most women, it’s very obvious from our temp post-ovulation. so to say there’s never an impossible window is false if you’re charting. obviously, for women who are not charting, your advice is correct but i just wanted to point out that some of us are very aware of what’s going on with our bodies. i’m TTA and charting to avoid getting pregnant. we take precautions until it’s clear that i’ve O’d.

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@christineandjohn:  I am now 15w1d pregnant. I was also on Clomid and conceive on our second cycle of clomid, 12th cycle TTC. I would get a positive OPK 3 days before I would actually ovulate. Does that answer your question?

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

TO @calibee79:  At 50+ and someone who believes in the adage I do

IF YOU ARE A FERTILE WOMAN AND HAVING SEX THEN THERE IS A CHANCE YOU CAN GET PREGNANT

THEREFORE I USE BIRTH CONTROL

To be honest, I cannot say that I understand 100% how this whole Charting thing is done (as a method of BC) as I’ve been one to always rely on alternative methods than natural family planning

BUT IF it is a case where one charts (or tests) up until what is understood to be Ovulation and then stops, I cannot say that is necessarily a safe method as per medical studies

(Which is WHY I said, the window can look more like a Door, or a Garage Door at times)

Studies (2003) in Canada confirmed that indeed some women ovulate more than once a month, or that perhaps many (all ?) women do this on occasion depending on their cycles and hormones.

New Scientist – Women Can Ovulate More Than Once A Month = http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn3927-women-can-ovulate-more-than-once-a-month.html#.UidwzItzbIU

 

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