(Closed) Frequency of "trying" ??

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
2622 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

How long are your cycles?

Assuming you are ovulating (which not all women do so I would suggest temping or OPKs for just one cycle to confirm this) you are likley not going to be fertile the week before or after your period.

Therefore, focus on the days between and do it as much as you can. Every other day is a good start if you dont know exactly when you are fertile. 

Post # 4
11747 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

well we haven’t started trying yet, but I’m going off BC in late March and we plan to just NTNP and see what happens. We aren’t the most “exciting” couple in terms of frequency since wedding stress has taken over, but we’ve talked about stepping up our game for a few months and hoping that works before we get into the nitty gritty of tracking, etc.  Our general plan is going to do every day/every other day around from like CD 10-CD 18 or something.  We’ll see what happens!

Good luck to you!  

Post # 5
43 posts
  • Wedding: November 2012

We have been every other day and then 13, 14, 15 day of cycle.

Post # 6
436 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Honestly, we had terrible timing! Did it two days before and the day of my last + OPK.

Post # 7
827 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I used OPKs for a couple of months and then found that I got positives when the online calendar I was using said I should ovulate. So, I stopped spending money on OPKs and used the online calendar to find my most fertile days and we would try about 3 of those nights. We did not necessarily do the every other day thing, we just made sure to do it a few times during that time period. It took us about 6 months, but there were a couple of the months in there that our timing was off (sickness/travel/etc.). I got pregnant this last month and we only tried once during my fertile days because I was sick! As long as you know you’re ovulating and have regular cycles, then I wouldn’t spend the money on the OPKs. Good luck!

Post # 8
4582 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My baby is proof that it only takes one time! The month I got pregnant, we had sex once within a period of weeks (we were early in the TTC process so we weren’t trying very hard!)

Now, I was charting but I actually assumed, based on previous cycles, that I had already ovulated and I was out for the month so imagine my surprise when I got a BFP a few weeks later.

Charting isn’t all that complicated but if you really want to avoid that and just have fun with it, I’d think every other day is sufficient. Good luck!


Post # 9
9053 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I had pretty irregular cycles so we did every other day from day 10 of my cycle till my period arrived. We were pretty solid 3x per weekers to begin with so doing 4 some weeks wasn’t a big increase. 

Post # 10
416 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

If you’re having regular periods, it’s a safe bet you’re ovulating.  You just can’t know exactly when unless you’re charting in some way.  Every other day is usually fine (gives the sperm time to build back up), and you’ll probably ovulate sometime around day 14.  So going every other day or so from day 8 to day 18 should definitely give you chances in that window.  Good luck!

Post # 11
4575 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

It is recommended to “try” EOD for 2WKS after your period is over, but that also depends on how long your cycles run.  GL

Post # 12
296 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

We did EOD at the very least during our possible fertile window (Jan 7-18th) and then bumped it up when symptoms arose. I didn’t temp, so the window was just a large estimate. I tracked my CM and position, as well as being able to feel O pains (mild the day before, strong the day of and mild again the day after–for me, at least). We ended up BDing O-3 (just part of the EOD), O-1 (Could feel the mild O pains starting, so we bumped it up to ED), O, O+1 and O+2 (to be safe, in case my O date was off by a day) and I got my BFP at 12 DPO (based on what I’m pretty sure my O date was). I’m actually measuring at exactly what I thought I would be, given the day I thought I O’d, so I think I was dead on. 🙂 We also BD more that month, but those weren’t really relevant, so I didn’t include them.

Post # 13
4803 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I was told by my doctor to do it ever second day from shortly after the end of my period until the next one.

It’s kind of tough to do it that often for me…I’ve gotten lazy…so I’m probably going to start charting just so I can relax on the every other day action!

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