OPK or BBT or Both

posted 1 week ago in TTC
  • poll:
    Tracked LH Surge : (4 votes)
    15 %
    Tracked BBT : (4 votes)
    15 %
    Both : (18 votes)
    69 %
  • Post # 16
    Member
    611 posts
    Busy bee

    caitlinbee :  I just picked up the thermometer at my local pharmacy so not sure of the name but I do recommend getting one that remembers the last reading. I used to take my temperature half sleeping and take the thermometer out of my mouth once I heard the beep and input my temperature later in the day. 

    Definitely pick up TCOYF because it’ll explain everything in so much detail and it’s so empowering learning how your body works. 

    Post # 17
    Member
    55 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2018

    caitlinbee :  I use Ovusense.  I was having a hard time remembering to temp every morning. I also wake up within a 2 hour window so my temps are not as accurate with a traditional thermometer.  The cost of it was worth the convenience for me.

    Post # 18
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    1871 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

    caitlinbee :  I was using OPK’s but funny enough, the cycle I got pregnant I never got a positive OPK. I am now 17 weeks 🙂

    Post # 19
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    2142 posts
    Buzzing bee

    caitlinbee :  I used a cheap one from Amazon. I’m not sure the brand matters too much. Most charters want it to go to 2 decimal places, but techinically, you don’t need that.

    There’s also a charters thread on WB. They’d be a great resource if you do want to jump in. They’ll help you understand your chart better. TCOYF is also like the BBT bible, so if you really want to understand it, definitely read it. If you’d rather just get the basics down, I’m sure there’s some shorter internet resources that walk you through how BBT helps track your cycle.

    Post # 20
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    1219 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

    caitlinbee :  I used the Ava bracelet mostly because I’m lazy and bad at waking up at the same time every day- but really any thermometer with the correct # of decimal places that you can pick up at Walmart or wherever should work just fine!

    Post # 21
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    1245 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2018 - Location

    caitlinbee :  I went through 3 thermometers and the Femometer was my favourite https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07JB8BG7W/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    reasons: no backlight (so it wouldn’t activate my brain, I could easily roll over and go back to sleep), SUPER quiet beep that didn’t wake up my husband, and synced to my phone. I would then take the data and plug it into FF because their app isn’t the best for interpretation. 

    Post # 22
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    301 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2019 - City, State

    I don’t BBT anymore, but when I did, I just used whatever Walmart sold.

    Post # 23
    Member
    384 posts
    Helper bee

    I would say start fertility charting with BBT and cervical mucus. It will help you get a good handle on what is happening with your cycles, then you can time properly. Baby dust to you!

    Post # 24
    Member
    384 posts
    Helper bee

    Also to add – if reliably taking your temperature is hard for you, consider a TempDrop, it’s a wearable that you can also use for avoiding pregnancy after you have your baby, as well as for charting to concieve 🙂

    Post # 25
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    1754 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2019

    I’m currently doing BBT and CM checking. I will use an OPK test every now and again just to confirm the other results. I am mainly charting my cycle right now as I have been on BC for the last 18 years, and we just got married in March. I came off right after we got married. I’m older and wanted to come off before that, but I also get fibroids and my Dr. and I were worried they would get worse if I came off BC, so I stayed on it until the wedding to keep those under control.  (She was right, my fibroid is back, so another surgery is scheduled for when I get back from our honeymoon). We are waiting until our honeymoon to actively start trying (right now we are actively avoiding during the fertile window, but if it happened we wouldn’t be upset. I just don’t want to be pregnant on our honeymoon!) but I am a data freak and wanted to see how regular my cycles would be. I just use the [email protected] thermometer. It works best for me! 

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