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Old 10-29-2006, 04:31 AM   #1
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Question Irregular Periods & TTC

Hello everyone!

My husband and I have just started ttc. I stopped bcp in September and it took 37 days for me to have a period after stopping the pills. I had irregular periods before taking bcps so I just figured it would go back to being irregular now. But anyway, like the rest of you I want to make it as easy and quick as possible to be come pregnant.

So what do you guys suggest? I have a basal therm. was thinking about using it.. and those ovulation test sticks, I've saw them but don't know alot about them..How do they work? Worth the money? Just any suggestions would help. Thanks so much! And lots and lots of baby dust to all of you!!
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Old 10-29-2006, 08:32 AM   #2
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Re: Irregular Periods & TTC

Hi Cherr1e-
I have irregular AF's as well so I can understand your frusteration. If you are unsure of when you ovulate each month I would definately chart you BBT and use the OPK's. I am not the best person to ask because I do not use them though. I determine when I ovulate by ovulations pains and CM, which you can also do and if you have any questions about that I'de be happy to answer them!
Best of luck to you and welcome to TTC!!

Old 10-29-2006, 09:28 AM   #3
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Re: Irregular Periods & TTC

Charting your BBT can be beneficial, but only to confirm that you are ovulating. After several months of charting you could get some idea of approximately when you ovulate, but for the first 2 or 3 it can be difficult to see a predictable pattern. I love to chart and still do even though I don't need to. I get personal satisfaction from knowing that my body is working correctly.

The ovulation predictor kits detect the LH surge that occurs before you ovulate. The majority of women have success in using OPKs, although a few will get an LH surge but not ovulate. It can give some women a false sense of their body working correctly. With that being said, I have had good luck with them. They will give you a 24-48 hour warning that you are going to ovulate soon. I prefer the Clearblue Easy Ovulation tests, that are about $25US. (BTW: They work by peeing on a stick -- you look at the lines about 5 minutes later and determing if you are ovulating based on the darkness of the lines that you see. The instructions included with the kit will be quite thorough.)

Better than an OPK is to have regular sex! I think it's a good idea to have sex every other day until you get a positive surge on the OPK, then have sex 1-2 times daily for the next 3 days. My fertility specialist specifically recommends having sex 2 times daily during the most fertile time.

Wishing you the best!

Last edited by GoldenMom; 10-29-2006 at 09:30 AM.

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