Charting, Temping, and OPK's?

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Charting, Temping, and OPK's?
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Thu, 06-03-2010 - 11:10am

I was talking to a friend who was TTCing for a year before getting pregnant with her son. She (like me) got pregnant with her daughter while taking birth control pills, and (like me) assumed it would be really easy to get pregnant again. For her it wasn't. We're on cycle 3 and I really expected to get a BFP on cycle 1 or 2.

I'm wondering what everyone else's experience is with charting, temping, and/or OPK's. Did you find one was considerably more reliable than another? Did you find that you *thought* you knew when you were ovulating based on charting or temping, and when you tried OPK's realized you were wrong?


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Registered: 11-27-2007
Thu, 06-03-2010 - 1:02pm
I am only using OPKs right now. I got pregnant (w/ my m/c) the first month of trying because I got a +OPK. I find them very easy and fairly cheap to use. I got a pack of 50 from babyhopes.com for $32. They say not to use FMU, so I do mine starting on CD8, once a day around 1pm. Then when the second line starts to get darker, I do it two or three times a day until I get an actual positive ("as dark or darker than the control line"). Like I said, it worked in March when I got my BFP. It didn't work last month, but it was accurate because I got AF right on time according to when I ovulated.

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Lilypie Trying to Conceive 21 to 37 day cycle tickers


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Thu, 06-03-2010 - 1:09pm

Hi Devin-


I currently don't temp, mostly because I think that would totally drive me over the edge into TTC obession! That and I don't want to wake up at the same time every day.

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Registered: 12-04-2007
Thu, 06-03-2010 - 1:14pm

I've had trouble with opk's not working. Temping obviously does not tell you when you're going to O. But if you have a fairly easy time keeping up a good BD schedule (dh and I always BD EOD, so it's never been a problem...) I don't think you really need to know when you're about to O. Also, cm and cp are fairly decent indicators impending O.

The reason I prefer temping over opk's is because then you have all this data to look back at. And if you aren't successful you at least have some more data on what you're body is doing, and sometimes it can help you pinpoint if there are any problems, etc.

Good luck, sometimes it takes a little longer than we expect but that's totally normal. I wouldn't worry. Are you sure you're out for this month? It looks like you're only on cd 21?

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Thu, 06-03-2010 - 1:23pm
I have no idea if I'm out or not for this month, we DTD steadily when I had eggwhite cm, as well as the days before and after, but I guess I'm just getting discouraged already. I figured that since we got pregnant when I was taking birth control correctly that we were just super fertile and it would just be a one try thing, so when it wasn't it was really disappointing. I guess I'm just getting ahead of myself a little.





 

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Registered: 12-04-2007
Thu, 06-03-2010 - 1:32pm

I gotcha. Well, try not to worry too much. Obviously the birth control didn't work that month or you wouldn't have gotten pregnant, so that pregnancy probably had more to do with things lining up just right than super duper fertility :-) Even with everything timed perfectly most couples will have some months where pregnancy doesn't occur. I tend to have a fairly easy time getting pregnant. (staying pregnant is a different matter...) But in the year where we were trying for my son I think we had three or four well timed cycles where we did not conceive, so it's pretty normal. A normal fertile couple has like a 25% chance of conceiving each month or something.

I'm sure it will happen for you soon. If you want to have more info on what's going on you might want to try temping, it helps to look back and see how you did. And keep up a steady BD schedule ;-) Good luck!

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Registered: 11-27-2007
Thu, 06-03-2010 - 1:38pm
I can second that notion about healthy couples. The first time we were TTC, I wasn't ovulating, so obviously not getting pregnant. The first cycle I ovulated, on Clomid, we got it. This time, again we got pregnant on the first try but I miscarried. Then I thought we had it for sure last month cause we timed everything right I ovulated but it didn't work out. I'm hoping it doesn't take us long either, but it's bound to take a few months for any normal, healthy couple.

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Lilypie Trying to Conceive 21 to 37 day cycle tickers


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Registered: 05-11-2010
Thu, 06-10-2010 - 12:05pm

Devin, can you link your FF chart to your ticker so we can check out your chart?

Anyway, I agree with everyone else--probably the easiest thing is just to BD when you have EWCM and you'll probably hit O.

I charted for a LONG time before I started using OPK's on my doctor's rec. I guess the OPK's showed me that we might often not be BDing for "long enough" (like we start out strong but get tired of the BDing by the time I actually O). Using OPK's I think helped me cover all the fertile days.

However, I had more serious fertility issues--I needed to stop eating gluten, take Glumetza 3 times a day and use progesterone suppositories in order to get and stay PG. I doubt that you have any issues since you got PG easily with your DD. Sometimes it just takes longer.

For instance, Kelly took 3-4 cycles to get pregnant with Elena, and Kim took, I think, 5 cycles to get pregnant with Megan, when she got pregnant on the first or second try with her two (older) sons. Then with the baby she is pregnant with now, she got it again on the first/second try, even while nursing! So I think it is just different all the time, and be prepared for it to take up to 6 months even though it was easy last time.

Hang in there, girl! Are you going to test soon for this cycle?

Silly Expecting Siggy


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Registered: 06-08-2010
Thu, 06-10-2010 - 12:19pm

I don't temp so my FF page doesn't really show anything. I don't know how to make it show my charting for CM.

We've been DTD every 2-3 days when I don't have EWCM, and every 1-2 days when I do have EWCM, so we should be covered. We don't use lube so that can't be slowing down his swimmers. I haven't been on birth control since I got pregnant with Roree, so my cycles aren't still adjusting from that. As far as I can tell there's no reason why we shouldn't have gotten pregnant this cycle ... but I just don't feel it, and I knew when I was pregnant with Roree, even though I wasn't expecting it since I was on BCP. Maybe I'm just wishing for it too much and guarding myself too much so that I don't get as bummed out as last month.

I'm going to test either tomorrow or Saturday if AF doesn't come before then. I'm expecting her to visit tomorrow or Saturday, Sunday or Monday at the latest, but my fingers are crossed that she's starting a 9 month vacation.



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Registered: 06-08-2010
Thu, 06-10-2010 - 12:22pm
I just linked my FF ticker though so you can still go look if you want to. I don't know how helpful it'll be.



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Registered: 05-11-2010
Thu, 06-10-2010 - 2:14pm
Yeah I mean if you want to be sure you are O'ing, I would recommend temping and/or using OPK's. But otherwise I would just hang in there and I'm sure it will happen in a couple months!
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