Post # 1
I just want to point out that after spending the last 10+ years actively preventing pregnancy, I honestly expected to get pregnant during my first or second cycle off birth control. I guess I didn’t expect to have to “work” at getting pregnant. I might break down and get one of those kits.
Anyone else experience this?
Post # 3
@crissycakes: I haven’t experienced it, but I had the same type of thought the other day. My biggest fear is fertility issues! We’re going to start TTC soon, and though I don’t expect to get pregnant right away, I think back to all of those times that we tried to prevent pregnancy. And if I did have fertility issues…how much money I could’ve saved to help put towards resolving those issues. It’s a hindsight is 20/20 type thing.
About how long have you been off BC and TTC?
Post # 4
@2PeasinaPod: I stopped taking BC after my period in April right before the wedding. I’m pretty sure I ovulated the week of our honeymoon, but we didn’t pay attention and start trying to “hit the nail on the head” until after we got home. So far, may june and july were a no go. The good news is my cycles are pretty much 28 days exactly.
Post # 5
It is crazy that it takes a bit of effort/timing/planning. You kind of feel lied to when you see all those pregnant teenager shows.
I’d just like to quote Samantha: “If it’s so hard to get pregnant, how do you account for the number of crying children on planes?” (I’d add restaurants to that as well) 🙂
Post # 6
All I did was track my temps. But my cycle was WAY out of whack after only 2 years of BC. I was getting ready to combine tracking the temps with ‘ovulation tests’ as our next step when we found out we were expecting.
Crossing my fingers when my ‘friend’ comes back after this baby my cycle will have sorted itself out. I will NOT be going on BC ever again 🙂
Post # 7
we pulled the goalie, i’m tracking temps, and when i get closer to ovulation i will be using opk’s
Post # 8
pulled the goalie, tracked cycles only
Post # 9
We pulled the goalie after the wedding, and I try to keep track of ovulation based on my thankfully very regular cycles and the fact that I tend to have pretty noticible ovulation pains (an annoyance that’s now a blessing).
We’re only on our second month, but we’re both getting impatient. Plus, since we’re teachers, having a baby in June would be ideal as far as time we can spend at home. So I will begin charting temps next month (unless the “do the deed everyday for a week” plan we were apparently going with this month worked better than I think it did).
Post # 10
No personal experience to add, but my friend just told me that they pulled the goalie a year ago and just had their regular frequency of sex (1-3/week I think she said), and nothing happened for a year. As soon as she put some effort into it and bought some OPK’s/started tracking, she got pregnant. So even though some people make it sound easy, I think others indeed do need to work at it 🙂
Post # 11
I think I’m going to go out and get one of those kits. Hopefully that will do the trick.
@Camrie – when you said you feel lied too, that’s exactly it!
After being told all those years how important it is to take your birth control correctly and sweating it out over the random pregnancy test here and there, I just thought it would happen alot quicker!
Post # 12
We practiced NFP throughout engagement & got pregnant practically on our wedding night(!) which would have been the first cycle we’d be trying. If your up for an informative read, Taking Charge of your Fertility is great & lets you know that it’s the 3-5 days before ovulation that get the job done, since, upon ovulation, our bodies “seal up the passageway”, so to speak. Good luck!
Post # 13
We did almost all of it. Pulled the goalie, tracked cycles, temps, and threw in a fertility monitor. It still look a long time. Everyone is different.
Post # 14
I stopped BC pills a few months before we wanted to start trying, then thanks to a very regular cycle I just keep a calendar and mucus watch. I also started taking pre-natal vits as soon as we started trying.
Took us 5 months, the month we finally conceived we’d gone from doing it every other day during o-week to daily. Of course hubs thinks that made all the difference, *lol*
There are some great TTC books out there, I skimmed What to Expect Before You’re Expecting and it had some good tidbits in it.
Post # 15
We are just now waiting for my BC to wear off (my depo shot would have been due last week) and we are just having sex like usual, about every second day. I went off BC before and we used condoms – and my sex drive off of the hormonal BC for those 6 months was insatiable – so we think that once BC is worn off we will naturally increase to 1x per day intercourse, and really you can’t do much more than that LOL
Post # 16
@crissycakes: definitely get a kit. i wasn’t charting, taking temps, none of that. I just bought an ovulation predictor kit (store brand, 20 strips) and started using them 10 days after my last period. As soon as the kit told me I was surging we had sex every day for 7 days straight. Yesterday I had a positive pregnancy test.
Yes, everyone is different and no, it’s not always that easy. But I’m 34 years old so infertility was a big worry of mine so I’m happy it happened so quickly. We tried a few months with no kit and didn’t get pregnant, one kit did the trick.
It can’t hurt, so why not?