(Closed) TTC, need some encouragement- frustrated with OPK and waiting!

posted 5 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

First question to get out of  the way; do you chart your basal body temperature?

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Given your concerns about whether your ovulating or not I definitely think it would be really beneficial not only for timing but also for confirming that you are in fact fertile (It really made me feel better).

I use fertility friend with an app on my phone to keep track of my fertile window. They have a couple of videos on their front page on exactly how to start charting & what to look for. I took their whole online course/quizzes & then read Taking Charge of your Fertility & The Impatient Woman’s Guide to Getting Pregnant cover to cover.

If you go this route you’ll want to pick up a basal body temp thermometer from your local pharmacy that goes to 2 decimal places if it’s in farrenheit (97.00F).

By The Way, ovulation tests are notoriously difficult to read. Unless you test twice a day you can miss your surge never have a positive test despite ovulating.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Don’t panic yet!  Those OPKs are hard to read and you might miss it if you are aren’t using it twice a day!  I second the PPs about charting.  It isn’t as hard as it seems and you should have the basics down in a month or two.  Until you feel comfortable deciphering your chart you can ask the lovely ladies of the Charters of the Hive thread.  They are very helpful and really know what they’re doing!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Seriously, after my first month charting I felt so much better about everything. I have always had irregular cycles (27-46 days) and I had convinced myself that there would be something wrong. Seeing all the fertility signs match up & confirm ovulation(FF gives you crosshairs!) is the biggest relief!

Post # 9
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Helper bee

You say according to the internet you should’ve ovulated two days ago, so I’m guessing you’re on day 16 of your cycle (16 days after the first day of your last period)? Not everyone ovulates exactly halfway through their cycles, so that’s something to keep in mind. If you’re roughly two weeks into your cycle, assume you’re fertile and try to have sex every other day even if you don’t get a positive OPK. It’s possible to miss your surge and never get a positive, or you could’ve started testing too early or too late.

Like PPs, I recommend charting your BBT. It’s the best way to confirm ovulation. Since you’re going to start charting in the middle of your cycle, a pattern might not be visible yet. However, it sounds like you haven’t ovulated yet, so you might still catch your temp shift (you should see a jump in temps). Make sure you take your temp at the same time every morning AS SOON AS you wake up. After a few cycles you’ll be able to see how your temps are affected by waking up early, waking up late, etc, so you might not have to be so strict. Until then, read the tutorials on Fertility Friend and maybe get a copy of Taking Charge of Your Fertility.

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@MrsRugbee:  This is great advice.

You could also try having sex every 2-3 days for 6 months before getting stressed out and making TTC a job. Just enjoy having unprotected sex without the fear of an unwanted pregnancy for a few months. It isn’t uncommon for a healthy woman to take up to one year to get pregnant.

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