New to boards and new to TTC

posted 2 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
7749 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Welcome to the TTC boards! Yeah I’d recommend downloading Fertility Friend – it’s the most user-friendly, accessible app for temping in my opinion. The fact that Clue has been able to accurately predict your periods means you must have pretty regular cycles, which is great! But yeah Clue has no “clue” (sorry couldn’t resist) when you’re actually ovulating, which is why temping and OPKs are useful. For example, someone with a “perfect” 28 day cycle could ovulate anywhere from day 12 to day 19 or so; if you aren’t temping or using OPKs, you have no real way of knowing when you’re ovulating and could miss your fertile window entirely unless you have unprotected sex at least every other day throughout the majority of your cycle.

The “TTC bible” around here is the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility. So if you want a true deep dive into charting your cycles, I’d pick that up – you can read the key chapters in under an hour and it’s very accessible. Good luck!

Post # 4
701 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2019

Yes, download Fertility Friend & the Ovia app…love those two!!

Post # 5
3135 posts
Sugar bee

Just wanted to welcome you to the boards and wish you luck! 

I just had my little guy 5 weeks ago, so transitioning into new parenthood! These ladies are amazing and great support. I still pop on the boards because I miss them, and am totally invested in their journiss. 

The amount of knowledge on these boards is astounding. 

Definitely second the suggestion about reading Taking Charge of Your Fertility. It really helps getting the basics down and starting to understand all the different moving parts.

Post # 6
1372 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Looks like everyone has covered everything. Just wanted to welcome you to the tcc boards! 

Post # 7
9824 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

heartandstars :  I prefered Fertility Friend for charting, I thought the charts were easier to read than some of the others.  TCOYF is a great read and will help you understand everything. Without temping, the app can guess at ovulation but it can be off enough that you might struggle getting pregnant witout temping.  By “not trying hard”…what does that mean?  Not to scare you either since it could be a very simple thing like missing ovulation (easy fix) but also if you’ve been off birth control that long I wouldn’t wait more than 6mo after this before contacting your OB if you don’t get pregnant after this (at 35, 6mo of trying without a pregnancy is enough to be seen).  Good luck!

Post # 8
31 posts

I definitely recommend Fertility Friend! I was using Clue before I started temping and apparently my cycle was just irregular enough to not show an accurate FW. (My cycle length ranges from 26-32 days, on average.) I did that for about 7 months with no luck. Because it’s not meant for that. The nice thing about FF is, it tells you how long your luteal phase is, which is the same every month, so as long as you know when you ovulate, you’ll know when to expect your period (or test for pregnancy). That to me, is the biggest blessing, because it’s never a surprise when I start, and I’m always prepared now. 

Also, keeping track of your cervical mucous can be beneficial in predicting when you’re going to ovulate. Temping will only tell you afterwards.

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