Post # 1
We plan to ttc soon, and I’m already starting to chart my periods and have ordered ovulation kits. I feel a bit strange doing all this beforehand but I want to maximize our chances–considering we’re in our 30s and my husband is experiencing some physical problems as well (which makes me feel that we won’t be able to be intimate nearly as much as we need to be in order to conceive). So I’m planning on getting really good at knowing my ovulation time so that we can focus during those times.
Do any of you ladies have suggestions or care to share your experinces? Would love to hear!
Post # 3
@temporary: Try to BD EOD for 2 weeks once your period is over, most MDs recommend this. Everything that you are doing to be more accurate is great. Sorry about your DH’s physical problems.
GL and wishing you the best!!!
Post # 4
@MrsR4ever: Thanks for the tip–super helpful 🙂
Post # 5
I charted for a few months before we started trying, which was really helpful as I learned I don’t ovulate until CD18-20. I didn’t use OPKs right away, but was open to using them after the first month or so, but we got super lucky and our first month we got a BFP!
Post # 6
Initially, I was super methodical but that didn’t work out too well. I think it was because it caused me to be stressed out and a nervous, anxious wreck. It worked out much better when it was spontaneous and sporadic BD, although it is helpful to keep the general window of when you ovulate in mind.
Post # 7
We skipped ovulation week because my husband was sick… ovulated late and ended up pregnant. Ooops!
Post # 8
Our first two cycles we just BD’ed A LOT! Then I started temping and using OPK’s. I don’t ovulate until CD 18 or 19 and we would BD as much as we could as close to O. But I had a consultation yesterday and my new doctor gave me a new BD schedule… so starting at CD 14 we do EOD until CD 22. Hope this helps!
Post # 9
We executed TTC like a military op. It worked quickly though! However, not terribly romantic…
Post # 10
We are planning on hitting it hard (pun intended) around ovulation, but we are going to stop the rest of the month either. I am not ttc yet for another couple of months, but I am charting, so I know when I ovulate.
Post # 11
We are BDing more than usual around ovulation (like, every day). The rest of the cycle is just whatever we feel like doing. Typically it’s not very often because we wear ourselves out during O!
Post # 12
Charting and OPKs are great for getting to know your cycle and learning when you ovulate. If you have no idea when you ovulate, then EOD after Day 10 is a good idea. If you do know when you ovulate then you can be more focused on your efforts, starting at about 3-5 days prior to ovulation. It might help you to know that my fertility specialist told us to BD about 3-5 days prior to ovulation to flush all the old sperm out of his system. Then, BD the first day that the OPK turns positive and then 24 hours later. She recommended not BD-ing more than 1x in each 24 hr period to make sure Darling Husband has a chance to recover. Good luck to you!
Post # 13
Methodical? More like psychotic. We were having so much sex leading up to O (and a few days after JUST IN CASE) that during the luteal phase I was just like . . . well, we were both thankful for the break, I think.
Post # 14
@MsKeee: same for us! And I agree with the poster a few below yours, too, really tired ourselves out in that week and then not much happened for a week or so afterward! In fact the implantation bleeding I had after sex the night I realized I probably conceived might have been our first venture back to the bedroom, post-TTC sex, haha. Definitely not very sexy or romantic (like I had .. somehow? .. imagined that it would be!), I’m really glad it worked out for us fast. I don’t know how much longer I could have kept up that routine, sex every day even if you don’t really feel like it is exhausting!
Post # 15
We are going to stop using protection after the wedding (3 weeks time!), but then i guess we will be NTNT
we will BD when we feel the urge and if it makes a baby – wonderful. If it doesn’t, better luck next month. We might start charting etc if nothing happens after 6 months
I think *only* trying around ovulation time would end up not feeling very romantic, and too clinical for us
Post # 16
@araneidae: ha ha ha! I hear you! At one point my husband asked if we could do it in the morning so we could just “get it over with for the day”. We def couldn’t have kept that up for more than a couple cycles!