Post # 32
I started cahrting and TTC this month. Granted, I should have known I would go overboard and and obsessing and using OPK. It helps resuce stress (for me) in some ways but because my temps and even OPK’s are all OVER the palce, now I am thinking we should have just NTNP for three months and then started all this.
But oh well, I am 33 and want a few so why not chart.
*I will say, I have charted CM only for a few months and when I added temping and OPK and trying all at the same time, I stressed myself beyond belief. Not only I am trying to figure out if I am pregnant but also if I have a normal cycle, and if I ovulate. I wish I would have taken a few months to figure out my cycles, find out if I was ovulating and THEN tried full out to get pregnant.
Post # 34
We used the ovulation prediction sticks. It was very easy, and not expensive and worked after a few months.
Post # 35
I had irregular cycles coming off bcp. I charted because I wanted the best possible chance to get pregnant as quickly as possible. I got pregnant my first time trying. Whether or not I would have had the same success without charting, I don’t know.
Post # 36
I didn’t chart with temps, I just used FF to keep up with AF after stopping my BC (my cycles were long and very irregular). I tried to pay attention to CM and while I did notice changes, I never really figured out a pattern. We aimed to BD at least every other day the cycle we started TTC…and what do you know? Got pregnant immediately. I probably would have started being more intentional about charting if we hadn’t been successful in 3-4 cycles.
Post # 37
I used the clearblue easy fertility monitor and got pregnant our second cycle…it’s idiot proof and definitely does not involve 300 pages of reading.
Post # 38
@lealorali: We tried for a few months by just having lots of sex. Then I used an OPK and got pregnant that cycle, even though I never got a true positive and didn’t really follow the instructions that well. I’ll admit I was a little anxious and sad the months it didn’t work, and would’ve liked to know exactly when I ovulated, but I didn’t want to have to wake up at the same time every morning to take my temperature, and my husband absolutely loved having so much sex (I did, too). I think knowing when you ovulate is beneficial to concentrate your efforts, but if you’re up for having lots of sex (or being patient), it certainly isn’t necessary.
Post # 39
I tried it the month we concieved but I only charted my period, ovulation pain and OPK results…plus it was the fist te I used OPK. I got pregnant….before that we just kinda went with the flow, i only charted my cycle and tried temping from time to time but found it to be impossible to remember to do in the morning.
Post # 40
Stopped BC in February, started temping in July / August, got our BFP in January (2012). Temping / charting was a must for us because I don’t ovulate until CD 21-22.
Post # 41
Charting helped me a lot, because it helped me see that I was not ovulating and needed to be prescribed Clomid. On my first round of Clomid I got pregnant! Also…I was able to confirm through charting that I did ovulate with the medication.
I know many women though that became pregnant without charting, OPKs, etc…and much prefered going with the flow…I think that’s great for them! But I am really glad I charted- it helped me get pregnant a LOT faster than if I hadn’t.
Post # 42
Hey, was it temping that made you realise you weren’t ovulating?
Can I ask why the OPKs worked after a few months – was it a case of getting used to the pattern?
Post # 43
Yes it was! I went to my OB/GYN with a year’s record of my period schedule, and also 2 months of temping. He saw my irregular periods, and that for 2 months I was not ovulating. That information, along with an ultrasound that confirmed my PCOS led him to prescribe me Clomid immediately.
So I am really glad that I became educated about my body and went to my doctor prepared. My doctor wasn’t as strict about ttc for a whole year before getting help, as it seems the doctors are in the States. We had only been trying for 5 months…but hey, when you aren’t ovulating, it’s pointless to keep trying without meds!
Post # 44
- Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY
Oh man!! Those spermies can live for a while!! Congrats!!!!!
I’m not really patient or into having tons of sex lol so I better get used to charting!
Post # 45
I didn’t need to chart because we have sex a lot. (I know everyone is different) but our sex lives are very much alive. December we had sex about 15 times within a 19 day window (after my period was over). That did the trick for us.
Post # 46
Hey, I’ve been charting for a year, to begin with just so I could better predict AF. I’ve learnt a hell of a lot. I’ve only used OPKs once, but am going to again this month. I don’t temp but understand from @Evie19:
and others it’s key as there might not be an ovulation. I might go and look how much thermometers are now.