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    Default Ttc with 24 day cycles, down from 28, getting scared

    Hello, I'm starting to worry hard here, so seeking any advice at all!

    DP and I are getting on there in age (me 37, him 38) and we've been preg before.... all a long story. However, in the last six months I've been charting to ttc, and we've BD'd when I've thought was best..... but it hasn't worked.

    The big problem now is that my cycles have shortened to 24 days... so I could be ovulating earlier than the standard CD14 or thereabouts. Or worse I could not be ovulating at all, or I could have a too-short luteal phase.... arrgh, I don't know.

    So... a few questions:

    1) Where can you buy the cheapest OPK's online or in stores? Are they worth it here?
    2) Would you try EPO and/or vitex?
    3) What else to try? Other than more sex?

    I'm aiming for BD every 2 days. Dp works away a bit, but we do what we can lol.

    Really, with my age I'm starting to panic. Any advice, please? Hopefully?


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    Default Re: Ttc with 24 day cycles, down from 28, getting scared

    Hi, I am 39 and have a similar cycle tho I'm not ttc (hope you don't mind me replying). It shortened to 22 days at the shortest, and I took chaste tree (vitex?) Which got it out to 26 days. It was definitely the first half of the cycle that was shorter (apparently this is common at our age), and when we conceived dd2, we dtd on day 10, not day 14. Have you thought of using the Billings method to predict when you are ovulating, and seeing a naturopath to help with your cycle? good luck with it all

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    I'd highly recommend getting hold of some OPKs (I use the "David" brand ones from pregnancy-tests.com and they seem to be okay). Along with your charting, it will help you to pinpoint when you're ovulating and what length your follicular and luteal phases are. The charting will be a great help if you decide to see a specialist (whether it's a FS or a naturopath or acupuncturist).

    I found EPO helped increase my fertile CM, so that's worth giving a try. I can't give advice on Vitex yet - have just started taking it myself to try and reduce my follicular phase (too long). But everything I've read about it seems to be hopeful.

    I feel your frustration - I'm 35 and also have a DH who works away a bit. It certainly makes TTC complicated. So I've now decided to give anything and everything a go - OPKs, BBT, vitex, EPO, acupuncturist, booked in to start with a naturopath and trying to get hold of a fertility yoga dvd.
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    Thank you both, that's really useful and pretty positive info

    I'm going to suss out the opk recommended here... it sounds like the next best place to start.

    Money is an issue.... there won't be any visits to fertility specialists, etc. But there's a lot I can do myself here, so I'm hanging on to that atm. If more months go by and I get frantic, which is possible, I know a friendly OB I could see for basic advice free.

    Anyway, I do appreciate your replies, taa again


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