Post # 1
We decided we are going to start TTC next months. And my question is, what is the bare minimum we should do? I know there are hormonal tests for ovulation and basal temperature measurements, but I was going to stay away from these more involved methods for a bit to not put too much pressure on us. I tend to get obsessed with something like that and I would like to avoid stressing myself out. I have fairly reguar cycles and know roughly when I’m ovulating, so my plan was to just have sexytimes a lot during these days and see what happens.
I should mention that there’s a small voice in my head that is a bit worried. I’m over 35 and I’m borderline underweight. So if it turns out that we are having problems concieving, I don’t want to wait too long before getting more scientific.
What would you do? Is there something I can do already that is not too involved? Any other tips?
Post # 2
Bare minimum trying I would say just sex at least every 2-3 throughout your whole cycle or take note of your fertile CM and focus on frequent sex around the time that you see that.
You don’t say how you roughly know when you’re ovulating?
If you want to go next step up I would recommend OPKs. I don’t think they are as stressful as temp taking.
Post # 3
I have been tracking my periods for a few years and my app calculates a fertile window. This fertile window usually coincides quite well with egg white CM. I know this doesn’t guarantee that ovulation is actually occuring, but it also doesn’t point to any problems.
I’ll look into OPKs. Thanks!
Post # 4
Sex at least every other day during a very generously calculated fertile window, and you should be fine! 🙂
I’m 35 and one of the reasons I’m temping etc is that if we DO have problems, I want to be able to have those data to show a doctor. You can tell if you’re ovulating or not, if the luteal phase (2nd half of your cycle) is too short for good implantation of the egg, etc. Just something to think about.
Post # 5
mahi : It’s great that you’ve been tracking your cycles and have a rough idea of when you ovulate. Some people notice that their cycles change when TTC, so I’d extend that fertile window by several days at least so that you don’t miss it if you ovulate late.
I’d actually recommend temping over OPKs based on my experience, so if you do decide you want to do more, look into both and see which one seems better for you.
Post # 6
Thanks everyone for weighing in! It feels good to talk to someone who is in the same boat (or slightly further along).
After looking into it a bit more, I’m considering temping. We already have a suitable thermometer and it seems easy to just measure my temperature every morning and log it.
I also need to pick up some pre-natals. But I think I’m going to hold back for three month from doing more or getting too obsessed.
Post # 7
In my opinion temping is the best, easiest way to start or prepare for TTC. OPKs intimidated me and seemed very confusing. Temping is super easy and let’s you know if you actually ARE ovulating. I temped for a few months before we started TTC just to figure out my normal ovulation window. Then the month we decided to actually TRY, I didn’t so anything. We just had sex around when I noticed I had been ovulating each month prior. And it worked! Currently rocking my 3 week old baby boy in his bouncer right now 😊
Best of luck to you!
Post # 8
mahi : You should definitely start prenatal vitamins early! A friend who is a doctor shared recently with me that there are some new studies out about morning sickness. People who had been on prenatals consistently for a few months before conceiving overall had less nausea than those who started prenatals closer to conceiving (or after conceiving). There’s no published study yet and without seeing the data it’s hard to say how accurate this is, but there’s certainly no downside to taking them early!
Post # 9
Thanks for the advise. I’ll go out and get them first thing tomorrow.
Post # 10
mahi : I second chicagold : about starting the prenatal early. I honestly had motion sickness for a few weeks after I started prenatals. If I had started them when I got pregnant, I would have had much worse nausea and would have attributed it all to pregnancy!
I started temping right when we started TTC. It was a nice way to confirm ovulation… I’m a very data-minded person, as well. I started OPKs around our 4th cycle TTC. I hope your journey is short!
Post # 11
Thank you everyone. I took my first prenatal today. Hopefully it’s not too late to reap the benefits.
I’ve also started temping, just to get used to it. My new cycle starts in about a week and I’m going to try to take my mind off it.