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    Sorry you're out Vivre

    Nat...I have taken temps for exactly 2 days...haha. I will be no help!

    I'm not sure I even understand why it has to be done in the morning immediately after sleep. I'll get the hang of it I guess. I can totally understand you all being over it!

    AF due tomorrow for me and still getting BFN on frer so I am just awaiting it's arrival now! Your recent posts made me laugh as I have been eyeing my wine rack all week and once AF comes I am cracking into a bottle.

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    How's the wait going ErinR? I hope you're continuing to have hopeful symptoms!

    NAT- I take my temp about 6 - 6:15 each day. On weekdays the alarm is set for that time, but I seem to wake up at about 6am each day anyway (even weekends, which sucks - too many years of getting up at that time have been habit-forming.)

    I've got my thermometer and a booklight on my bedside table so I can take the reading then go back to sleep (if it's a weekend). If I wake up early, I just try to sleep more till temp-time - as long as I don't get up to go to the toilet or do anything other than doze, it doesn't seem to affect my temp. And if I think a temp reading is crazy-high or crazy-low, I'll just ignore that day's measurement.
    I've noticed (in FF) that some people don't bother temping till about day 10, then stop once O's been identified (only the important window).

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    Sorry, ErinR - just read your post. I hope AF doesn't show, but if it does then enjoy your vino - after two weeks of holding off, you deserve it!

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    Erin, it ain't over til it's over! I haven't had the discipline to give up wine yet - its hard enough too restrict myself to just one or two drinks at a time. (obviously as soon as I get a bfp I'll give it up!).

    Nat, I've been temping for ages now. I have to get up at 6am during the week to get to work, so I have a 6am alarm on my phone all week and go back to sleep afterwards at the weekend. That said, I have tried taking my temp throughout the day and it doesn't seem to vary all THAT much. It might work if you temped just before you fell asleep every night. I've found it tremendously helpful for pinpointing O day.

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    I'm out....AF reared her ugly head last night so I got to enjoy a bottle of wine :-)

    On we go to July.

    Can anyone recommend a reputable seller of OPK's and HPT's on eBay? Who do you normally buy from?

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    Oh bad luck MrsErinR. Hope the vino was a nice consolation though!

    I buy my OPKs from pregnancyshop.com.au
    I have no idea how they really compare to others but they seem reasonably priced and they work really well for me. I only uby the First Response tests for HPTs. Expensive but I rarely seem to get the chance to use them these days. I tend to just wait until AF is due and maybe use one if it's a day late. I just buy these in a chemist or supermarket (when I'm away from my home town!)

    Speaking of OPK's I'm heading into the fertile days now so it's our last chance before we see the specialist at the beginning of July. All being well I'll be 2 days til AF when we go to see him and perhaps he'll give me good news instead!!

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    I hope that Murphy's law is on your side this month, NAT256, and you score a conception right before seeing the FS!

    I've heard that here in Perth it's getting ridiculous to book an obstetrician. And all the books say that you should "shop around" till you find someone you're comfortable with. So, being a serial planner, at lunch today I wandered in to the office of a local obstetrician, armed with a list of questions, hoping that they'd be able to answer a few of them. Didn't quite go as planned, though....

    When I said why I was there, the receptionist looked at me incredulously, then told me that they don't give out any information until you book, and that this ob is booked out for new clients till September anyway, so wouldn't be suitable if I got UTD before then. "What!" cried mere mortal me. "How can he already full until September if people can't possibly know yet whether they'll get pregnant in July or August!?!"

    And so the receptionist proceeded to enlighten me on the mysteries of private obstetric practice. Many obs also do some gynaecology consults. And when you do finally get a BFP and ring up asking to become a patient, existing patients get precedence. Between his gyno patients and previous patients likely to ring up to be an ob patient, he's decided to stop taking new patients for a few months - so good luck getting in with him. Ever.

    I'm by no means wedded to the idea of seeing this particular ob, but I'm now left wondering - is this the case with all good Perth obs? Should I be getting a referral and making a booking for a gynaecology consult (which I currently don't think I need) just to "get on the books"? I have a feeling my GP would (quite rightly) tell me not to waste the ob's time if I don't actually have a problem that needs diagnosing, but I'm now wondering if it's the only way to avoid getting lumped with the OB dregs.

    What's even more frustrating is that it seems there is no way to actually talk to and vet the OBs about their pregnancy management style or their fees until you've signed up with them - so no chance to shop around and find someone who fits. Doesn't seem to be much in the way of "choice"!
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    Wow! Who would've thought you'd have to think like that Gentoo. Now I'm wishing I studied obstetrics at uni all those years ago!!!

    A good friend of mine told me all the questions to ask etc when I was booking in to see our ob. Then I discovered that there was only one in our whole area (within 350km of home) so I was wasting my time anyhow. It's him or no one. Be a pity if I don't like him...geez. Anyway, he's the guy we're seeing in July so I suppose that makes it easy to get in when our big day comes that we need him for pregnancy. When I first booked I couldn't get in for months and I wondered the same as you, how can he know he's booked?? And if he's the only one, what do people do??? Hmmm...odd. Anyway, when I rescheduled my appointment date the receptionist was great and told me that there were a couple of other obs in the practice at the moment but neither will stay long term so I'm still better to go through him in the hope that he'll be with us in pregnancy in the future too. It's certainly a worry for me though that I wouldn't have a choice if I happened to not like him.

    Anyway, I hope you find some friendlier ob clinics that are more open with their information. If you have private health, they have preferred obs too, might be worth a look.

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    I hadn't previously thought a lot about the lack of access to obstetrical services outside of capital cities, NAT256. It's certainly a problem, though. In one mining town I worked in, pregnant women had to fly down to Perth or drive a few hundred kms to Kalgoorlie for checkups and then, when they were about 36 weeks, move down to Perth and temporarily set up house here for 4 - 6 weeks till the baby arrived. I really hope that you "gel" with your OB/FS when you meet him next month - it's important to feel "supported" rather than just "treated".

    As it turns out, the receptionist I spoke to at the nearest OB may have exaggerated the situation in Perth. I called another OB (highly recommended by a couple of friends) and spoke to his very helpful receptionist who assured me that while you do need to get in early (by about 5 weeks), the OB she works for keeps plenty of spaces open for new patients.

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    Its crazy isnt it? Ive heard its the same in Melbourne but Im almost too scared to check it out in case I jinx anything. I cant however believe that every person around is that organized to book in so quickly and BTW was I supposed to go a gyno all this time..

    Im off to the FS tommorow for results of Day 21 test and boy tests so fingers crossed for good news..


 

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