Post # 1
Long time lurker, first time poster.
My husband doesn’t really understand the whole timing thing. He thought we could get pregnant at any time during the month (silly men 🙂 ). After 5 months of being off birth control, I explained everything yesterday and he says, “you mean we only have like 5 days a month??” So hence, we are going to start tracking down ovulation. My periods have been pretty regular since getting off the pill, so that’s a plus. Any recommendations on what OPKs to use? Any tips in general? I have heard working out helps with fertility and then I have also heard that it hinders. I don’t drink regular coffee (only decaf) and I plan to cut down on the wine consumption 😉
Thanks ladies! Hope we all get our BFPs soon
Post # 2
Welcome! I use the clear blue digital opks and they are very easy to use.
Post # 3
Wondfo off of amazon are a good cheap way to start. They offer a combo pack with pregnancy tests too.
50 Ovulation Prediction Strips & 20 Pregnancy Test Strips for about 22$. Good luck!!
Post # 4
My dh didnt understand either lol.. Now i share my fertility friend charting with him to get him to better understand lol! My tips – order wondfo pack off amazon (The opk strips are great for detecting ovulation), download fertility friend and ovia apps .. Its nice to have two to make sure they align
Post # 5
Welcome! I am going to be using Wondfo OPKs this month for the first time. I also use Fertility Friend to track my cycle, but I haven’t gotten into temping yet. Good luck!
Post # 6
doxiedog1088: Welcome! My Darling Husband was like that too. He thought if we just did it anytime, that meant something could happen. Unfortunately, that is not the case. I started charting the month I went off BC so that the stats could start up – although myfirst month off was longer so it messed up the average. Regardless, it was still nice to get a good sense as to when my fertile week would begin. Fertility Friend, andupgrade to the VIP for more information. I followed them on Twitter, was in a contest they had, and got a code for some free months of VIP.
I also recommend the Wondfo’s OPK and HPT combo pack. They will help immensely in trying to know when you O. I would start taking them 2 days after the last day of my period until I knew that I O’d (based on charting and my temps). But, also started BDing EOD after my period ended because sometimes that time just sbuck up on you
Post # 7
If you haven’t already read it then ‘taking charge of your fertility’ is great. I like kindara app to track.
Post # 8
thanks everyone! this is very helpful!! I am due for my period in the next day or two so I will order the wondfo combo pack off of amazon tonight 🙂
Post # 9
UK-bee: I use Kindara too! And I really like it expect that I can’t ‘set’ a cycle length. Have you had this problem? i haven’t heard too many people using it either.
doxiedog1088: opks are wonderful, I would also in general try to be healthy as you said and have fun 🙂 don’t put pressure on yourself with expecations because every woman is different. Also, join the POAS boards! 🙂 good luck xx
Post # 10
doxiedog1088: Lol your husband seems sweet and innocent, same like mine. He thought I ovulated one day after my menstruation. But I explained it carefully to him and now he understands the cycle. Now he just says: Let me know when we need to BD! 🙂
Enjoy yourselves in those first cycles, it’s so exciting and a little nerve wrecking but hopefully in a good way!
Post # 11
I second reading “Taking Charge of Your Fertility.” After reading that I temped with Fertility Friend and sometimes used Wondfo OPKs. Good luck!
Post # 12
Men are silly….my engineering husband told be several months back “Did you know there’s a window where you can get pregnant?”. His best friend who is father of 3 was explaining it to him.
What really helped is we took a NFP (Natural Family Planning) class together and he’s really informed now and actually helps/does the charting/tracking. The class was a 3 month class (1 night a month) taught by a couple who also use it and it was part of our marriage prep (Catholic church). We are so glad we did it….there’s a lot of science behind it and we’ve found out some things I have to see a dr about (that we would never have known about if we were not charting). I have a short luteal phase which means I may not get pregnant or cannot maintain a pregnancy…but should be not a huge deal.
Post # 13
doxiedog1088: That’s pretty typical of guys. It took me explaining it to my Darling Husband *twice* before he finally understood. I’ve been off BC for over 2 years and using the PinkPad app to track my cycles/ovulation. We are TTC for the first time this month and it literally took me saying “this week is my window” for him to get it..haha.
Post # 14
littleeskimo: thanks! you’re right. where are the POAS boards? 🙂
sfp: haha he is…when I explained the fertile period he was like you need to tell me when this period is!!
thanks everyone else for your input! greatly appreciated 😀
Post # 15
doxiedog1088: just look on the TTC board for POAS and the month. July is here: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/july-2016-poas-board/ it’s fun to follow and be there for each other 🙂