Post # 1
Such as charting, OPKs, etc.? I know I sound absolutely silly right now, but I’ve tried figuring it out on the boards and I honestly can’t figure it all out.
I’ve got my copy of Taking charge of your fertility en route now, so maybe that will help, but other than that, I’m clueless!
FH and I want to TTC again a bit after the wedding, but I didn’t know if I needed to begin charting NOW or just wait, or what.
We just recently lost our little one at 6 weeks, so we’ve decided to wait until Jan-Feb to actively TTC, but I really want to know the most effective way to do so. (We have been NTNT for over 1 year, and each month/cycle has been neg until the most recent which was positive, and then we lost the baby). So I want to begin TTC this time and actually know what I’m doing.
Thanks! You can PM me if you’d like, if that would explain better. 🙂
Post # 3
fertilityfriend.com has been a great teacher for me in charting. it’s also got a phone app, but i prefer this other one called OvuView for my phone.
i’m still learning. this is my first month with all that stuff, and i think it will all be clearer next month when i can look back on all my info and find a pattern.
Post # 4
@rosworms: I was just about to suggest fertility friend. Their tutorials will teach you a lot, and it will be a lot faster than reading the book– though I would still read TCOYF too. I use the FF app and find it very helpful, but I had read TCOYF before I got to the app.
Post # 5
@AcheneMalefic: I used fertility friend and only fertility friend. It definitely can’t hurt to start charting now! I would say go ahead an join them and start to take their tutorials. TCOYF will then reinforce and further explain everything for you =)
For a thermometer, DO NOT get the Walgreen’s BBT. I’ve heard okay things about the Walmart one. I would not get the Target one either.
Here’s one people like:
Here’s the older model, but people still way like it.
Here’s the thermometer I use:
I like it but some people don’t, because it takes a long time to read the temp – but it’s super accurate. 1/100th accuracy! That’s awesome!
I would recommend charting because it will help you to get a good idea of when you REALLY ovulate in your cycle =)
For OPK’s, most of us use Wondfo OPK’s. You can also pick up a pick of digital clearblue easy ones, because if you’re not actively TTC, you would be fine with testing once a day.
GL!!!!! So sorry about your MC again…
Post # 6
The PP have mentioned some great resources. Here’s a quick basic overview to help until you get a chance to explore more in depth.
When you are TTC its important to know where in your cycle you are. Women have a very small (2-3) day window in the middle of their cycle where they can get pregnant. Every woman is different on exactly when it is/how long it is. Basically you could have sex 26 days in a months, and if the 4 days you didn’t have sex match with your fertile days you wont get pregnant.
Your 2-3 day window to get pregnant is when you ovulate and right after (when the egg leaves the ovary and moves down fallopian tube). You can figure out when this is a few ways. The first is charting. You monitor your temperature or cervical mucus to determine when you ovulate. This method is only as effective as you make it- if you are lazy about temping at the same time each day, recording temps etc, you may have a hard time getting a good idea of what your body is doing. OPK’s are a little different. Instead of seeing exactly when you ovulate (like you do with charting) you are checking for a surge in hormones that occurs before ovulation (can be a few hours, to a day or two before depending on the woman). It also gives you an idea of when to try for a baby, but is a little less accurate.
I would start charting now so you are comfortable with it by the time that you are ready to seriously try. Whether you chart online, or write it down on paper keep a hold of it- if you end up needing medical help to get pregnant, having that information will make the process at the doctor a lot easier.
If you have more questions feel free to ask, or PM me- I’m not a doctor/medical anything, but I did a ton of research before when we started trying. I’m 18 weeks pregnant now, so something worked lol.
Post # 7
@AcheneMalefic: The only other thing – if you do start charting, it seems like the first 2 cycles are kind of a wash. You’re still getting the technique down, figuring out what things affect your temp, figuring out if you mouth breath, getting up at the same time every day, etc. I can’t tell you how many times people begin charting, and within 1-2 cycles, they think they don’t ovulate or they have an LPD or something. Definitely by the second or third cycle, it starts to look more apparents. Charting is GREAT for pointing to things like that (helped me for sure!) so I’m 100% for it!
Post # 8
@ChuckNorris: may i ask what’s up with the walgreens thermometer? it’s what i’ve been using and my temps are all over the place. it’s my first cycle temping so i know i’m still getting the hang of it, but a lazy thermometer probably wouldn’t help.
Post # 9
@rosworms: I used the Walgreens thermometer for like 7 cycles. I seriously think it only knows like 7 temperatures and it randomly picks one kind of close to it. My O date was NEVER clear. I always had to have O polls and everyone’s votes would be allllll over the place. It was so frustrating!!! Look at my charts June and May vs July and August. Those are the best charts I’ve ever had – I got them that way after my new thermometer.
Post # 10
@ChuckNorris: ack, yeah your oldest ones look a lot like mine. guess it’s time for a new thermometer.
Post # 11
Wow! Thank you guys for all the wonderful information and resources. I had NO idea there was so much thought put into actually ‘trying’ for a baby, but it’s great! I think it’ll also make me feel a little better, because I’ll know FOR SURE if I really should talk to a doctor about fertility issues.
Post # 12
FYI, the Fertility Friend book, Charting Your Way to Conception, is free on Kindle to US and Canadian Amazon customers right now. I don’t know if it usually is or not, but if you are like me and prefer a book to online tutorials, could be good. I never read it– I had purchased TCOYF before discovering FF.