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I've been TTC since January of 2012. 3 of the months I was sick or husband was, so we didn't really TTC . 2 more of the months we had family thing going on and again didn't really TTC. So I guess it hasn't been a full year of TTC.
Husband has diabetes and his sisters have either had miscarriages inbetween kids or had to do IVF.
No one on my side has had problems.
Should I see a fertility doc.?
Last edited by Sarah_K; March 9th, 2013 at 02:53 PM.
Do you do shift work or have anything that could drasstically affect you temping at the same time every morning if you set an alarm for it? That has been the biggest help to me in confirming O and showing me how long my luteal phase is and stuff like that. OPKs are good but O time can vary between a few hours to a few days after a + OPK and you can sometimes even gear up and not O. Maybe a few days closer to O might help a bit more than every other day? Maybe try and get in a few more times in the three days before O, they are the best.
set up an account on a site like fertility friend and buy a basal body temperature thermometer. You can get them online or you can get them in the pharmacy. They are different from regular fever thermometers and will say basal body thermometer and/or something referencing fertility and ovulation. You take your temerature orally or vaginally (I recommend vaginally because there are less variables that can mess with your temps that way) as soon as you wake up and before you even get out of be every morning. You should also take your temerature at the same time every morning. I know many ladies set alarms because a couple of hours can make a big difference in some women. I keep my BBT on the bedside table and as soon as I wake up I reach over, put thermometer in and lay still and quietly until I hear the beep before getting on with the rest of my day
You can use Fertility friend to record other things apart from temperature such as cervix position, cervical mucus, OPKs, ferning stuff and symptoms. It is great to have a quick reference point and visual representation of your cycle. The only way to confirm ovulation (that we can do at home anyways) is by the sustained thermal shift after ovulation due to the production of progesterone in the luteal phase.
I use fertilityfriend so that is the one I know the most about. Their basic membership is free but they have a fee for their VIP membership. It's pretty small and they have specials on all the time. You get I think 5 days of the VIP features when you sign up and randomly they will give you another 5 days free trial I think I got 2 free trials before switching to VIP. I had the basic membership for about a cycle and a half but liked the VIP features too much to look back. They have lots of information on how to chart properly and a free charting course that teaches you about all the different info you should know
Last edited by bella88; March 9th, 2013 at 05:17 PM.
I'm not by any means a professional, but at least I know a little now. I am also going to take Soy Isoflavones next cycle if I don't end up pg this cycle. I took them for a day this cycle, and noticed a big difference in my cm.
It would not hurt to go to the GYNO to have blood tests ran for different hormones and for your DH to have a semen analysis. If the blood work comes back normal maybe try some supplements to help like Soy Isoflavones and charting. It is best to know if there is an underlining problem up front IMO. I had a laproscopy to see if my tubes were blocked, if i had endometriosis etc. DH had a semen analysis and everything is normal on both of our ends. We are classified as "unexplained" so we continued another year on our own and decided to seek medicial help beyond that of my gyno with a RE. Our insurance covers all treatments as long as they are timed intercourse so we thought it could not hurt to have a bit of a boost each month.
When we first started TTC I was so clueless that their were so many factors in the process of getting pregnant. Once I started charted I have been able to see a nice pattern in my ovulation times and now a bit more than I did even 3 months ago
Taking charge of your fertiltiy is the main thing Knowing more about your cycle, if you are regular or not, is something as well.
Knowing that sometimes light periods can mean a thin lining whereas really really heavy periods can be something that also needs to be looked into.
I hope this helps and remember you need to do what is best for you and your DH I am in my late 20's very close to 30. So my age is not a huge factor at the moment but could be down the road. We did the NTNP for about 3 years then started TTC fulltime in Dec 2010. In 2011 we went to the doctor for the first time to get tested so all in all we had been "trying" for about 4 years with no luck. Once we were tested and everything was clear, we did another year on our own.. so in total we are about 5.5 years into our journey.
I was the reluctant one with going to the doctor and my DH wanted it. I am glad we were able to come to an agreement =) We have a plan and it feels good to have a plan