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20/07/2013 at 11:09
I'm new to all this and have spend a couple of decades trying not to get pregnant. My husband says we don't need to focus on getting pregnant, if it's not happened after 6 or 8 months we should start taking it seriously.
I'm a little bit less laid back... Once a decision or commitment is made I like to give it my all. If we've set a goal I want to be going after it!
My usually-28days-to-the-hour cycle went weirdy last month leading up to the wedding. But based on my most recent period I expected to ovulate Thursday. But I'm pretty sure it's just happened (discharge) and my boobs are so painful (very rare for me).
I have never watched out for any of this stuff and am very green actually. That stuff just didn't exist for me, and I never thought I'd be trying to have more kids.
What's the best way, in your opinion, for me to track and be as sure as I can of ovulation? Because H works shifts there can be short spells where we might not be able to dtd, so I want to be sure of what we're doing.
Thanks for any help. Much appreciated!
20/07/2013 at 11:13
I have just started taking temperatures, It's the best way to pinpoint your day of ovulation.. Take a look at www.fertilityfriend.com it's easy to use and takes only a few mins in the mornings. Other ladies who are experts in this will be able to help more, I am only on my 3rd day so it's still pretty new to me!
It provides you with calender and a chart, it will automatically put your predicted Ovulation dates in from data you have entered, so you can DTD on those ovulation days the next month.
It will also show if you are ovulating and a good piece of information to take to your GP if you are having problems!
20/07/2013 at 16:39
If your cycle is regular then I think OPKs work well, but temping would be more precise. I tried OPKs but got frustrated with them cos of my messed up cycle. I've not yet started temping but waiting for my thermometer to arrive from amazon, haha! Others here will have had more experience in the pros and cons of both.
20/07/2013 at 16:44
I chart using something called the Creighton Model. You just check what mucus is on the paper when you wipe. I found I could stick it much longer than temperature charting. You pay a small amount but you get the support of a practitioner who reviews your charts with you.
22/07/2013 at 13:30
ANother vote for temping here...if you combine it with mucus checking then all the better!
22/07/2013 at 13:49
hiya ! im totally OTT on ovulation watch haha !
i temp using fertility friend!
i use a clear blue fertility monitor
alongside clear blue digital OPKs
and i use IC OPKs
this month im even paying private for a follicle tracking scan for the ultimate ovulation test haha !
for a newbie starting out though i think the most laidback and less interfering way would be with IC OPKs ( Internet cheapy ovulation predictor kits)
any questions let me know - i use them all haha !
27/07/2013 at 14:10
I only use OPKs. Mainly because I'm lazy and can't commit to getting up at the same time to take my temperature each morning. I think its amazingly rewarding if you can though.
Only issue with tempting is that is retrospective and not helpful if you are trying to pinpoint the correct time to have sex BEFORE you ovulate. You need OPK's to give you some forewarning, then the temping would confirm if you actually ov or not.
I use OPK's only, I get a positive then I get AF 14 days later so I know that I'm ovulating without temping. I like to know when ovulation is near so that I have a fair shot at it. I also check my cervix and recently I've been keeping a better eye on cm and recording both in my phone app.
Different things work for different people though.
If you are new to TTC I would say don't get dragged down with all this so soon and would kinda agree with your H. Best thing to do would be download an app for your phone - I use Period Tracker, loads of ladies use Fertility Friends and just track any feelings, symptoms, cm etc and when you had sex and watch a pattern unfold.
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