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DF and I are still WTTC but using FAM to be able to have fun a little after ovulation. We have been in the dating phase for 7 years and just started kind of loosening up on the rules, but I am still determined to wait until after I am married to conceive.
That being said, I was curious how much I can trust FAM, from your experience. If I normally ovulate around day 14 or 15 and we wait to DTD until day 19 or 20 then what are my chances of conceiving? I have been banking on the fact that I have no chance, but I also do not know for a fact when I am ovulating. Is there a chance I can ovulate on different days, or late, and what might cause that to happen? Should I be getting OPKs to make sure? Thanks for your help!
FAM is as reliable as the for of contraception you choose to use during your fertile window. If you choose withdrawal it is less effective then condoms, but condoms aren't as effective as abstinence or NFP. If you are using FAM and wait until you have a three day thermal shift and CM dry up you are in your infertile phase and shouldn't get pregnant unless you somehow really screwed things up. To use FAM for TTA, you should also use a fertility program that is more reliable then FF as FF jumps the gun on Ovulation and often misinterprets O. This isn't a problem for those TTC and many women still think its the best software in the world (not sure why as I use it and others), but you really should look into something better or even paper charting to TTA.