Post # 1
For all you women who are already pregnant…
First off, congratulations!
My husband and I are TTC. Went off pill in Nov 2012. It’s just been a few months. I don’t want to get TOO wrapped up in the process (temping, charting, buying ovulation kits) that will just stress me out. So, did you kick up your frequency when TTC? I read online that trying every other day is sufficient if you aren’t doing all the other stuff. Do I really have to do it that often? haha!
I am 32 and this will be our first child…if that matters to anyone.
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
If you are serious about ttc then yeah, it makes a difference if you are having sex every other day. We don’t do it that much normally but during that week we definitely do!
ETA: Nice username!
Post # 4
We didn’t BD every other day, I just charted my period for a few cycles before and then used OPKs to predict when I was ovulating. When it was around the time I should be ovulating (before the positive OPK) we BDed just about every day(skipped one) and then we did it again when I got the positive OPK. So it was O-5, O-3, O-2, O-1, and O and I guess one of those times did it! 🙂 We only TTC one cycle but I’m the opposite of you, I felt like I had to use OPKs or else I’d be going nuts not at least having an idea of when I was ovulating. I didn’t temp, though. Best of luck to you!
Post # 5
@dreamocracy- I guess I am curious and have considered trying out an ovulation tester. But it seems difficult. Is it? I don’t want to test on the wrong days and basically waste the $. My periods were very regular before going on the pill (when I was 16!!) Didn’t go off until this year at agr 32. So, I have been on the pill half my life. First period off of pill came on day 35. Next one came on day 30. Do you think an ovulation kit may be helpful? I am tracking online (just by days of when I started period and when I SHOULD be fertile) but I do wonder if I should just go buy a kit and try it out.
Post # 6
You can buy ovulation strips on amazon for pretty cheap, a lot of bees use them. The brand is called Wondfo. They make cheap pregnancy tests too, so you can buy them as a bundle if you want. I think it worked out to about 25 cents per test? You do have to use a few ovulation strips normally before you catch your surge, but when they are only 25 cents apiece you don’t feel as bad checking more frequently. The tests in the stores can be pretty expensive and don’t allow you to buy in bulk.
Post # 7
@birdie724: No, actually. In fact we only BD once that month LOL! Our schedules are insane so sometimes it’s difficult… I got a cheapo thing of ov pee strips and the one day we BD was during O and shabam… we got pregnant! My miracle baby…
Post # 8
@birdie724: You won’t test the wrong days. I got an off brand I think it was $7 or less for a pack of 15 or 16 strips. You start after your period and you should O within that time….
Post # 9
@birdie724: You don’t necessarily need an expensive “kit,” you can buy just the ovulation predictor test strips (if you get the Wondfo brand on Amazon, they are SUPER cheap!). If you are willing to do ovulation tests, then maybe a good thing to try is the Sperm Meets Egg Plan, commonly abbreviated SMEP. You have sex or BD (baby dance) every other day starting around cycle day 10, and do the ovulation tests starting around then, too. It’s best to do the ovulation strips twice a day, most people try for afternoon and evening, but I always did morning and late afternoon (they measure an LH surge, and it can be pretty short, hence the testing 2x a day). The tests aren’t positive until the control line is AS DARK or darker than the test line. Once you get a positive ovulation test, then you are supposed to BD that day, and for two days after (so three in a row), take a day off, then once more for good measure. Then you can have a little break. 🙂 Haha. Supposedly you ovulate anywhere from one to three days after the LH surge, and the best chances of getting pregnant are actually when you have sex BEFORE ovulation, which is why ovulation tests are pretty handy. If you google Sperm Meets Egg Plan, there’s a lot more info on it.