Post # 16
Thanks for all of the responses, ladies! I also meant to ask if I’m supposed to ovulate with an IUD, I had heard mixed responses and still have no clue. My temps seems to be all over the place and I’m not quite sure if I’ve gotten a positive OPK. Also, I don’t really know how temping is supposed to work- when is supposed to spike and dip? I’m a newbie here!
Im also a teacher (and a planner at my core) so I would LIKE to have a baby around early spring 2020 (that way I can use my 12 weeks of maternity leave and then spend my summer home with baby as well) and I also know that things do not always go to plan (especially when trying to conceive a human!). I appreciate everyone’s insight and stories so much!!
Post # 17
you definitely ovulate with mirena, UNLESS you have something else going on like PCOS that would cause ovulation issues.
As far as temping, in order for it to be accurate you need a basal body thermometer (bbt) that measures 1/100th degree (ie 96.06F or 37.35C). You need to take your temperature at the same tome, every day when you first wake up before you move around or get out of bed. Ideally it’s after 3-4 h of undisturbed sleep. There are several apps to plot your temps, the most popular ones on the POAS (pee on a stick) boards is Fertiity Friend. Your temperature is lower during the follicular phase when your ovaries are growing the dominant follicle, then after you ovulate the empty follicle becomes the corpus luteum which produces progesterone. One of the many effects of progesterone is that your temperature will shift and be higher after you ovulate. It doesn’t predict when you o (ovulate), more that it confirms it actually has happened. Right before your next period is due, if not pregnant, most people see a substantial temperature drop (note I didn’t temp when I had mirena and since there is progesterone in it, I’m not sure it temping before you have it removed will help you…). I found using bbt with oral thermometer challenging since I work shift work, so I splurged and got the Ava bracelet and it measures skin temp (but still accurate at showing the temp shift).
As far as opk, that measures the Luteal Hormone (LH) surge from your pituitary gland telling your ovaries to release the dominant follicle. Until you know when you o, you may just have to start testing at CD7 and test 1-2 times per day until you get a positive. Once you get a positive you should ovulate within 36-48 hours.
You should get the book taking charge of your fertility. Good luck!
Post # 18
I actually got my Mirena removed 4 weeks ago. I got a 6 day period 4 days after the removal. It was one very similar this those I had before my Mirena was inserted 2 years ago. My husband and I are TTC, so we will see what happens this week. I expect my period to show up on Friday, and if it does, this will only be the first month we’re trying. I’m not too worried about it.
Post # 19
I took OPK’s this cycle just for fun to try and get the hang of my cycle and I did get a blazing positive while on Skyla. I assumed I ovulate as I have many other fertile symptoms but it was nice to see a positive OPK. My understanding is that you should be ovulating while on a hormonal IUD.
Post # 20
I had 2 IUDs over 11 years, I had it removed for my 32nd birthday and ended up pregnant almost exactly 1 year later. I found out we were expecting the day of my 33rd birthday (2 weeks along) lol
Every woman is different and you could become pregnant right away or it could take much longer. We found it helpful to get genetic testing for peace of mind and I had an HSG preformed along with my husband having his sperm tested at the 6 month mark.
What worked for us getting pregnant was doing daily fertility pee strips and temp testing, the temp testing was so helpful. Also if you use lube make sure it’s sperm “friendly”
Post # 21
Following! I have a Jaydess IUD (similar to Mirana), and am planning on getting it taken out right after the wedding.
Post # 22
I do shift work as well and have been interested in the Ava bracelet since the ads are all over my social media (yeah, i’m the target consumer, i get it). Do you just wear it when you sleep during the day the same as when you have a normal night time sleep schedule? Are your stats all over the place or pretty consistent? Wondering before I spend the money…
Post # 23
I wear it whenever I go to bed, it measures how much sleep you are getting and uses the data if it’s more than 4 hours. I prefer the ff interface so I put my temps and HR into FF but I do find the data quite accurate. For me, I always have a pre-o dip and my HR jumps up a little right before I o. The temps are lower than “normal” since they are skin temps. Here’s a pic of what the app looks like.
If you are interested in buying it, you can get “referred by an Ava user” and get $20 off. Although there is a promotion until dec 17 and I have a coupon for $30 off (if you’re interested you can pm me for the link). I got Ava in May and I wild never bother taking my bbt any other way now.
Post # 24
Thanks for the info! I’m going to hold off on buying since I’ll likely have my mirena in place for another year and I’m sure they’ll be updates to Ava by then
Post # 25
oh yes if it’s that far away definitely hold off (plus they may come down in price hopefully!).