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Hello! I am new to the boards, and new to TTC. I never would have thought that I'd be disappointed to see a negative HPT, but here we are!
I mentioned in my initial introduction post that my husband and I have been unofficially trying since late June. My first month off BC was very good - 28 day cycle, all predictable. Since then my cycle has been nearly 40 days, and my doctor suggested taking some hormones to force AF to start so I'd be able to better chart my cycle for family planning. After being on BC for ages though, I am not in the mood to take any more hormones, since my body has been a roller coaster this past month trying to readjust.
My question is about the ovulation kits - how soon should I start? It appears I'm ovulating, based on timing and symptoms, but with these weird erratic cycles, I can't be sure. I've never had a reason to chart these things and started taking BC in college. Before that, I wasn't sexually active and had no use to even think about my cycle length, so I can't compare my current state with my pre-BC state. My doctor told me to just relax and enjoy the process, but I'm too much of a planner to just completely leave things to chance. Even if it's just a lil' bit of planning to ease my mind. But I want to be reasonable and not waste money or get my hopes up/become too obsessed.
(Disclaimer - I took two HPT this week and I'm due for AF tomorrow/Friday, if my body follows any kind of clock. I just couldn't not take them, since they were in my house! BFNs obviously)
Hi mel, if your a planner you may find that charting helps you with figuring out your cycles. You would need a basel body temperature thermometer (bbt) and take your temp as soon as you wake each morning, as lot of us use a website called fertility friend which hlps with the charting. You will see a consistent rise in temperature after you ovulate. However this won't help you to know before you O, only afterwards. OPKs (ovulation predicter kits) come in here. They can be expensive from the supermarket so a lot of us buy IC (internet cheapies) from amazon. Like ashley said, try testing from CD10 but be prepared not to see a positive test straight away if your cycles are longer.
Thanks for the advice, ladies - I will see what happens this cycle and if it's like last time, I think I will try the charting thing. I feel like getting in front of things, just keeping track of the day to day will feel better than testing for something that may/may not happen. BTW, it seems so strange to me after such regular 28 day cycles on BC that maybe my natural cycle is super long!
hello, welcome to the world of TTC and charting. I highly recommend the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility, it's a dry read but I learned a lot and have referenced it multiple times when my cycle gives me trouble.