Post # 16
We are currently NTNP, but I have been on BC since I was 18 and I have a history of fibroids. So I am tracking a lot of stuff right now as it is my first month off the pill and I have no idea how my body will react! I am not putting everything in, but I do my temp first thing in the morning (when I remember), and then after my period I did ovulation test strips mostly to kinda gauge how I felt, what it looked like, etc. when ovulating. After ovulation, I stopped with the test strips and just do temp and put in some symptoms as they come up. It is more for me to learn about my body and my cycle, and to see how I will behave off of BC. We are older, so we are going to start trying at the end of summer, so I kinda dove into tracking so I can start to recognize if something is off.
ETA: I am a scientist, so all the tracking, doesn’t bother me! I am mainly just trying to collect as much data as possible, so I am ready when we are ready to TTC!
Post # 17
If you have a fairly regular cycle and have never had any reason for concern, NTNP is a good way to start! If you want to take it a step further, just start to be more cognizant of your CM around the middle of the cycle.
We didn’t want stress, at least not at first. And we didn’t want it to seem like a chore or a job. So we decided to NTNP for 6 months and then if nothing, reevaluate. Welll I got pregnant on the first month (more like the week after this conversation took place). I would also suggest BD as often as possible, or at least every other day. But if you don’t even want to go that crazy, no worries!
Post # 18
I have been using FAM and charting to avoid successfully for the last 6 months, but this is our first month switching to TTC. I love charting and having all of the details. I like knowing that we will be hitting the right days so at least that part won’t be unknown. But I am an engineer so I love the data and knowing exactly what is going on! I agree with some others that I would find it more stressful not knowing what is happening.
Post # 19
I scienced the shit out of it from day 1 with temping and OPKs. Part of that is my personality and part of it was a fear we’d have issues. I wanted to be sure I was ovulating, had a healthy luteal phase, and that we were hitting our fertile window every time. I figured that way I’d have lots of data to show a doctor if we wound up needing help.
Also though I just kinda loved knowing exactly what was going on with my body. I found it so fascinating.
Post # 20
I got pregnant first cycle off BC, then had an MMC. We NTNP for 5 cycles after that. On the 6th cycle I went full in to the science experiment – temping, OPKs, CM tracking, timed intercourse. Got pregnant that cycle and am currently 9w (fingers crossed stays sticky!).
So for me, 6 months was when NTNP stopped being fun and I was ready to be pregnant so took as much control as possible. It turned out that I was O’ing later in my cycle then I thought so the previous cycles were likely unsuccessful due to poor timing of unplanned BD.
Post # 21
peekaboobs : Assuming you have general awareness of your cycle and fertile days and/or you have sex daily or every other day… thats really all you need to do to start.
If you dont get pregnant within 6 months or so then maybe start tracking temps/ovulation.
FH and I will be starting TTC in October after my half marathon. We have daily sex so I dont plan to really track. For my own type A personality I am sure Ill be hyper alert to fertile CM and I generally know when my fertile days are… but we will just have sex like usual
Post # 22
Funny story – FH told me on a first date one time a girl told him she was tracking her ovulation! Needless to say he was weirded out and found that really inappropriate for a first date!
Post # 23
I stopped the pill last Feb and we were NTNP for the first 6 months because I thought I’d get pregnant right away. By the time it was 8 months and nothing has happened I started using OPKs to get a better idea of my fertile window because I was starting to worry. It ultimately took us 14 months to conceive. So you may find that the longer it takes the more you’ll start to want to track your cycles.
Post # 24
peekaboobs : we just had sex for a few months and then I started paying attention to cervical mucus. I never temped. After about a year I think we tried adding in preseed lube. We have diagnosed fertility issues so we ended up pregnant via IVF 2 years after we first started trying.
Post # 25
I had my IUD when it expired and didn’t replace it. We didn’t prevent for 2.5 years, and then started actively TTC. I tracked my cycle using an app from the day my IUD was removed so I already knew when I ovulated, etc. A few months into actively TTC I started using OPK’s. It took us a year to finally get pregnant, then two losses, and finally a third pregnancy that was viable.