(Closed) I cant temp… so what else!

posted 5 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@MeeShell:  You’ve got it right. Start using OPKs at CD10, OPKS are a big help if you can’t temp. That’s what I did the last 2 months (I’m PG now). You tend to ovulate 24-48 hours afte a positive OPK. Good luck!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

If you are pretty regular, I think you can just use any fertility/period tracker app and go about it that way. We didn’t chart but I’ve been tracking AF for almost 2 years before TTC and I was mostly regular (always a 29-31 day cycle). The one I use on my iPhone is called Period Planner and all you do is list the day you get AF and how long it lasts. Based on historical data, it averages out your cycle days and from that it charts the general BD period and the likely date of ovulation. Since it’s based on historical data, the longer you use, the better it is.

This is the only fertility-related tool I used and we got our BFP in cycle three.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

The only thing I have to add is that it’s actually best not to use FMU (aka the urine right after you wake up when you are in a shift work pattern) with OPKs so that shouldn’t have a negative impact on you

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@MeeShell:  that I am not sure about! I know usually you should use them mid day, but I am not is ure if you should still try to use them midday for reals or mid day for you! Sorry can’t be more help.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Chart your cervical fluids! Best indicator of fertility throughout your cycle!!! Lots of info out there and you csn still use opks. You can check internally or externally as well. Im on my phone now… but if you look at some of my prior posts in the charters thread and one other (someone asking about the dif types) I put up links 

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I agree with the cervical mucous.  And really, if you pretty much just do it every other day from CD9 till your period shows up, you’re bound hit ovulation assuming you’re ovulating.

I did shift work (911 call taker) and used OPK’s.  I did them in the middle of the day when I was up in the day, and would use them when I woke up from my day sleep on night shifts.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@MeeShell:  I use OPK’s with FMU and again in the afternoon/ early evening. If you have a short surge this will be necessary. So as long as you are testing twice a day you should be fine. TCOYF will also explain how to track your CP and CM. These are both signs that will determine ovulation. Unfortunately the only way to confirm ovulation is with temping. If you aren’t able to do that, then the other 3 things will get you on your way. A positive OPK does not mean you are actually dropping an egg. GL

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@MeeShell:  Yeah, it’s pretty rough.  My husband was an officer on the same watch as me, so it was actually kind of “normal” in our house.  Come home for “dinner” at 7am, watch a little TV then bedtime, and 4 day “weekends” together every week. 

We TTC for quite a while, and I did end up applying for a straight day job after about 8 months of unsuccessful attempts.  I’m now a volunteer program coordinator, and work Mon-Fri 8-4 and got pregnant 3 months after the switch.  Luckily Darling Husband also got promoted to an investigative section that also works mostly days/early afternoons, so I still get to see him, AND it’s way easier on my body now that I’m pregnant.

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