Post # 1
Ok so Darling Husband and I are officially TTC!!! **Cue happy dance**
Back story: I don’t temp or chart (I will start this cycle,) but I do use an app that tracks my cycle and it gives me what is supposed to be my FW and O date.
Here are my questions:
– I’ve seen posters mention using Mucinex and RRL tea. What is the purpose of this, what affect/effect does this have with TTC and what are usage instructions?
– When temping, is there a certain type of thermometer I should use? I have a regular digital thermometer that we use to take temps orally when we feel sick, but is that the same kind of thermometer to use when takin temps vaginally? (I’d purchase a different one to temp with vaginally. lol.)
– Lastly, in regards to CM, on Friday my CM was really watery and plentiful. Does that mean I ovulated? It was also the day that my tracking app said I was supposed to.
Thanks in advance for your help :o)
Post # 3
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Try out BDing every other or every third day for the first few cycles and just have fun with it first. As for temping, it’s easy to do and a digital basal thermometer that goes in your mouth is just fine for charting. Happy BDing!!!
Post # 4
The Mucinex thins our your Cervial Mucus which helps the sperm get where it needs to go! A BBT thermometer is usually suggested but you don’t need to take it vaginally. Just like normal. I use the target brand one. Watery CM is ideal but egg white CM is what you want to see for ovulation.
Check out Fertility Friend. When I signed up I got 18 or so emails with details about all of this. It helped me understand it all so much!
Post # 5
@MrsDiddles: Welcome and good luck!
To answer your questions:
1) Mucinex and RRL are used to generate more CM. Specifically, the fertile kind, egg white cervical mucus or EWCM as we use on the boards. EWCM is the same consistency as semen and helps the sperm get to the egg. That’s why you see more of it when you ovulate.
2) A regular thermometer isn’t good for charting. You want to get a basal body temperature thermometer or BBT thermometer. You can find those in the family planning section of any pharmacy.
3) EWCM is a sign that ovulation is coming but can’t confirm that you actually did ovulate. Charting your temperature is really the only way to confirm ovulation as there is a clear post ovulation pattern to your basal body temperature.
The cycle trackers that people use go off of an “average” woman’s cycle and aren’t exactly accurate if you have cycles that aren’t average and they can’t predict ovulation to a day because it’s only taking into account the averages for someone with your cycle length.
Post # 6
@AstoriaK: <— This.
As for temping via mouth or vaginally, I started temping orally, but noticed that my temps were much clearer when I switched to vaginally. I tend to mouth breath a lot at night and that affected my temps.
Post # 7
Thanks for the info ladies!!!
@AstoriaK: Is there a specfic brand of Mucinex tho use? (I know there are like 6 different versions.)
Post # 8
@MrsDiddles: Get the plain old Mucinex and just make sure that the only active ingredient is guaifenesin. 🙂
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