Newbie TTC

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Registered: 09-13-2002
Newbie TTC
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Tue, 12-20-2011 - 1:45pm

This is my first time here! My first baby came right away, but trying for a second one is taking a lot longer. I thought it was suppose to be the other way around. We have been trying 8 months now and it is frustrating. My periods were regular before the first was born, but now they are all over the place from 26-34 days and really light (1 day or so). I did have a thyroid imbalance (under medicated) that was regulated in July, so I thought things would work out after that. This is my second month with my periods looking more like they used to. Anyway, my question is do I have to chart etc if I just try to have sex every day during the important days? We have been having sex every day or every other day from around day 5-30 or so. Do you think that is adequate, or should I be doing something different? Thank you!

  ~Jen
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Registered: 04-21-2010
In reply to: gb_girl
Tue, 12-20-2011 - 4:35pm

Hi and welcome to the board.

Charting your temps is the only way to know whether you are ovulating or not. It will also show how long of a luteal phase you have.

Your cycles were probably effected by the thyroid imbalance. Hope they continue to get more regular.

If you are not ready to chart, you could keep trying the "sex every other day" method for a few more cycles. I am not sure I would do sex every day unless you are certain there are not problems with sperm count.

Wishing you all the best and hope to get to know more about you. Feel free to ask more about the charting if you are interested.

Vickie

My Ovulation Chart <img      

  

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Registered: 09-21-2009
In reply to: gb_girl
Wed, 12-21-2011 - 1:05pm

Jen,

Welcome to the group. How old is your first? My 4th is 17 months and I have had wonkie cycles since I stopped BFing her at 8 months. My RE said that this was normal and it could take up to a yr after birth/stopping BFing for your cycles to regulate.

I would strongly suggest temping at this stage. Once you get use to it it is really easy to do and it gives you so much info. Like Vickie said, temping is a good way to know if you are ovulating or not. The only other way is to do OPK's and go in for a progesterone check 8 days after you get your first pos. Temping is much cheaper. You also need to know how long your lutinel phase or time between ovulation and AF showing. If it too short, >10 days, this can be a huge problem because you may be fertilizing an egg, but it doesn't have time to implant before AF starts. Also, I have found it invaluable to bring my charts to my OB and RE appointments....they can see exactly what is going on, when we BD'd, when I had fertile mucus and for how long, if I was sick, what supplements I am taking, and anything else that might be affecting my cycle.

Your light cycles could be a problem. They could be a sign that you are not building a good uterine lining which would me the egg couldn't implant. You should have a cycle day (cd) 3 FSH, estrogen, and prolactin done and a days past ovulation (dpo) 7 progesterone done as this will tell you if it is caused by a hormone imbalance.

I understand your pain. I had now problems conceiving my 3rd

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In reply to: gb_girl
Wed, 12-21-2011 - 1:50pm
Thank you for your quick response Vicki! Could you elaborate on your statement "I am not sure I would do sex every day unless you are certain there are not problems with sperm count." Are you saying that the sperm will not be as strong if we are having that much sex and there should be a day of "build up" to be more effective?
  ~Jen
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Registered: 09-13-2002
In reply to: gb_girl
Wed, 12-21-2011 - 1:53pm
Thank you Mel! I did try checking my temp first thing in the morning, but I wake when my son (22 mo) wakes between 5:30-6, and I thought it wouldn't be an accurate reading if I wake to something talking/crying. Wouldn't my temp be higher instead of waking calmly? Also, I have always had two day periods, so I don't know if that is the problem. They were not full on bleeding up until two cycles ago, so I am hoping things have changed. Thank you for so much information! I might start temping.
  ~Jen
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Registered: 04-21-2010
In reply to: gb_girl
Wed, 12-21-2011 - 5:42pm

Sorry I didn't elaborate on that further. I'm not saying your DH has a problem with sperm count, but for a man that does (and some men do have a drop in quantity of sperm simply from age)

My Ovulation Chart <img