Post # 1
Okay so me and Darling Husband have been TTC since July/Aug. Any who I downloaded and app to my phine that helps me keep track of my cycle and it lets me know when I am ovulating. I feel like it says that i should be ovulating a week before i am actually ovulating. So i looked up signs for ovulation, some sites say to check Cervial mucus and your cervix, i am not down for that so much, so I just went with noticing when I am have the Mittelschmerz pain and for brest tenderness. I also took and ovulation test whcih said that I an ovulating ( the second line was very faint). So we had intercorse last night because of the symtoms that I was having and we will go again tonight. my cycle isnt due until next week. is it possible for me to get pregnant this month? I am becoming tired of trying, I feel like its all we think about and I am starting to feel pressure! Advice
Post # 3
@June232012: I recommend doing some reading about your cycles so that you can identify what’s going on with your body – a great resource is Taking Charge of Your Fertility.
It is difficult to pinpoint ovulation without charting your basal body temperature (BBT), but you can try to determine when ovulation occurs by using ovulation prediction kits (OPKs). However, the test you’re describing had a negative test result. There is always a second line on OPKs – they are not positive unless the second line (the control line) is darker than the test line.
As far as other symptoms like ovulation pain and breast tenderness, those things can occur for various reasons throughout your cycle and can’t be used primarily to pinpoint ovulation, but may help when paired with BBT charting and OPKs.
Post # 4
@hardtoconcentrate: Thanks… I feel a little discourage…maybe its because I was expecting to be pregnant on the first or second try. To be honsest its very confusing to do all of this charting and calculating. I feel like I am preparing myself every month (not drinking, taking prenatals etc.) just to find out that I am NOT pregnant.
Should i count the fisrt day of my cycle when I spot? I usually spot for 2 days and then my cycle will start and last about 5 days?
Post # 5
@June232012: Most doctors say to count the first day of full, red flow as CD1, I believe.
Post # 6
I got a very good idea of when I was ovulating just by charting my BBT. I didn’t check CM or use OPKs or anything. Are you opposed to charting your temps? It really only takes a minute or two each morning and you can easily keep track with the Fertility Friend phone app.
Also, I wouldn’t count spotting as the first day of your cycle. I would always spot for 2 days or so before my period would actually start and I always counted cycle day 1 as the first day of red flow.
Post # 7
@June232012: I’m a bit confused. What type of ovulation predictor are you using? Many of the ones that have lines have to be the SAME darkness as the control line to be considered a positive. A faint line is not a positive on an OPK.
Also, when you say your period is due next week, how many days are you referring to? If you’re expecting your period in a week, it’s likely you already ovulated. You should count your first day of your period as the first day with full red flow.
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Here is an easy way to do it:
Wait one week after your period ends.
Have sex EVERY OTHER DAY for 15 days.
This is what my OB told me. Odds are you will have sex around the time you ovulate and you don’t have to do all the charting.
Post # 10
@3xaCharm: that would work for many people, but perhaps not those with very short or very long cycles. For instance, if your period lasts for 6-7 days, and you wait another week to start having sex, then there are quite a few people who would miss their fertile window.
Perhaps better to start having sex every other day from a few days after your period ends?? Then I think this is quite good advice for those who don’t want to chart.
But, OP, PLEASE don’t rely on downloaded apps that claim to predict your ovulation!!! They are only based on the ‘average’ cycle, and barely anyone is ‘average’!
Post # 11
@3xaCharm: Yes, I agree with @hamikay: – if I did this, I wouldn’t have a chance of getting preagnant because I ovulate around CD12 with CD10 being the earliest I’ve ovulated.
OP, @3xaCharm: provides a good method without having to do the charting – the only adjustmen I would make is to start having sex on cycle day 8 (instead of a week after your period endts) just in case you’re an early ovulater.