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Old 10-16-2006, 06:20 PM   #1
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Hi Im new here so forgive me if my short words are all wrong.

Im 28 and my DH is 27. We really want to get pregnant. Stopped using Birth control in January of this year and have just been using ovulation calculator to predict ovulation but my AF is fairly erratic so hard to predict when I cant tell if my cycle is 28 days or 35.

So heres some questions

Are those LH strips effective? they seem like the most cost effective option to try and predict ovulation.

Does lubricant effect sperm ( i read it somewhere yesterday?)

Can I just take my temperature with a normal thermometer if I want to use temp calendar as well?

Anything I can do to give myself a better chance of concieving other than trying on ovulation days?

Anything OH can do to give his side of the deal a better chance?

Oh and I have has some health issues with an eye problem but im not on any medication for it. I take EPO everyday and a multivitamin.

I have read through the boards. I just dont understand alot of it.

Thanks in advance. Any Suggestions would be appreciated.

 
Old 10-16-2006, 06:46 PM   #2
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Re: Newbie seeking advice on TTC

I can only answer a couple of your questions...so here it goes.
Most lubricants will affect his sperm. If you must use a lubricant they have some that are "sperm friendly". I think one kind is called Preseed.
As far as when to try, I'de say start up to a week before ovulation day and a couple days after. Spermies can live 3-6 days in fertile cervical mucous. Some say it's better to do it everyday while others say only every other day. My DH and I are going to be following the every other day thing from now on.
And here's my personal advice: Don't tell DH when its ovulation time because that puts tooo much pressure on him
As far as your other questions I cannot answer them!
Good luck!

 
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Old 10-16-2006, 07:13 PM   #3
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Re: Newbie seeking advice on TTC

Are those LH strips effective? they seem like the most cost effective option to try and predict ovulation.The LH strips (most of us call them OPKs or ovulation predictor kits) are effective, however they are difficult for many women to read. You have to compare the darkness of two different lines and sometimes it's impossible to tell!

Does lubricant effect sperm ( i read it somewhere yesterday?) Some people will recommend Preseed as some research shows that it is sperm friendly. Most people order this off the internet. My doctor specifically recommended the brands Astroglide and Replens as lubricants that are fine if used in moderation.

Can I just take my temperature with a normal thermometer if I want to use temp calendar as well?If you are going to chart your basal temperature, there is a link at the top of the page in the Sticky labeled TCC information archive. It gives more information about basal body temperature charting. You do need to use a basal thermometer. Digital is easiest.

Anything I can do to give myself a better chance of concieving other than trying on ovulation days? Definitely have sex the 5 days leading up to ovulation. Since your cycles vary some, you might try having intercourse every other day from cycle day 10-23 until you figure out your cycles (cycle day 1 is the first day of your period).

Anything DH can do to give his side of the deal a better chance? It is really important that he ejaculate at least once every three days. I feel gross saying this, but my fertility specialist really stressed the importance of this. He should also be taking a multi-vitamin.

Oh and I have has some health issues with an eye problem but im not on any medication for it. I take EPO everyday and a multivitamin. EPO and a multi-vitamin are great!

Hope this helps!! Best wishes!

 
Old 10-17-2006, 02:19 AM   #4
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Re: Newbie seeking advice on TTC

Hi there - as ever you got excellent advice already in this thread! I just wanted to add that for a comprehensive understanding as you are new to this whole TTC business you could get a copy of "Zita West's Guide to Getting Pregnant: The Complete Programme from the Renowned Fertility Expert", or other Zita West pregnancy guides - she has a few I think as well as a clinic in London which I think you are near but I cannot reccommend as I haven't been, just heard good things in general and really found the book excellent. Good luck on the journey! xxx

 
Old 10-17-2006, 10:57 PM   #5
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Re: Newbie seeking advice on TTC

Thanks so much for all of the advice!! I'm going to get some LH strips a basal thermometer and STOP using OTC lube. Fingers crossed that this helps. I think I was just hoping Id be one of those people who can just "get pregnant". 7 months later I realise I might actually have to work at this.

 
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