(Closed) I'm sort of TTC stupid.

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
3170 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Really, charting doesn’t make it more stressful. If anything it makes ttc less stressful. Actually knowing when I ovulated is so helpful instead of wondering each month if we had sex at the right time or not. I use an app on my phone and its super easy. 

Post # 4
3688 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Maybe the test was so faint because you were already miscarrying?

Post # 5
1026 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Lines on pregnancy tests can be light because of the dye lot used, the concentration of your urine etc.  A light postitive could be a test that didn’t get a ton of dye on it in the factory. You also could have ovulated at the regular time but gotten a light result because your urine had to much water in it, or you had a lower then normal hormone level because something was already going on in your body that resulted in the miscarriage.  Your best bet to get a clear idea of whats going on its to chart for a few months, or try using OPK’s.

Post # 7
2450 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

if you sign up for fertility friend, all you really have to do is enter your Basal temp and it does all the work for you. not stressful at all, but kind of fun and interesting to see how your body pattern works. 

i think it’s the only real way to know if you are ovulating (aside from going to the doctor, though they just might have you chart too).

Post # 8
268 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@MrsSunshine:  It’s really hard to say when you O’d based on that info.  It sounds like you would have been ~7 days late when you got your faint BFP based on previous cycles.  However, it is possible that you O’d late that cycle.  It is also possible that you weren’t producing much hCG at that point, since levels can vary for every woman and pregnancy.  Check out this link where they say at 5 weeks your hCG level could have been between 18 – 7,340 mIU/ml.  If you were on the low end of that range the test would show a faint positive even at 5 weeks.  With a 32-33 day cycle and assuming an average LP of 12-16 days you should BD between ~CD13-22.

If you are not interesting in charting your temp or using OPK’s you could casually track changes in CM.  Not everyone has clear changes, but if you do it can be an easy way to tell that you are in your fertile window.  I check just by using a little TP when I use the restroom – easy and noninvasive.

I hope that helps!

Post # 9
11384 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

The lines were probably so faint because your HCG levels were low. Pregnancy tests detect pregnancies through HCG levels and when you start MCing your levels drop.

Sorry for your loss. I too suffered a MC in 2011. Good luck with TTC! I am a TTC newbie as well. 🙂

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