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    Ants, yep, I got a few suggestion for OPK as well. I think I will try that later for sure. Where can you get it?

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    7 months and still TTC so each month I have increased my monitoring.

    First up I brought some ovulation sticks off Ebay to try work out when I was ovulating. pee on them every day and see when you get a dark second line the same as the test line. Easy to do, non invasive but can be a bit hard to interpret- for example, my line never gets as dark as the test line.

    Second I started temperature tracking. Brought a thermometer and use fertility friend app on my phone (I use this app to track everything, write notes, check last month, count to next month- it's my everything!). Not really useful to find out when you will ovulate but can help confirm you have most likely ovulated if you get a sustained temperature shift. Need to remember every morning and other factors can affect temperature but mixed with the pee-sticks will give you a pretty good indication of ovulation.

    Thirdly, I started monitoring cervical mucous and cervix position (a great site is called - my beautiful cervix). I was starting to get my sticky mucous 7 days before ovulation and then it dries up 2 days before (this can be normal) so it was hard to monitor alone (too much BDing if it was for 7 days!) but the big thing I notice is your cervix goes high (almost can't reach it) and really soft. When it does this I know ovulation is very very close! A bit yucky, but I just check each morning in the shower.

    Finally, despite all of this i've ended up with a fertility specialist getting blood tests every second day to try work out what is wrong but that is another story. At least I know that what i've been able to worked out through the above aligns perfectly with the blood tests, but only when I combine all the things above can I really pinpoint ovulation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessie1 View Post
    May, do the apps work if the cycle length differ each month?
    Yep as far as I'm aware - the longer u keep track the better as it works out your averages ect

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessie1 View Post
    Jesska, don't worry, I do not think it is gross. I have read some articles about it and it seems to be a cool way how to keep track together with measuring BBT. I never though about the connection for making it easier to get pregnant, makes sense, haha! But my cycle is long as well and not really regular. Do you think it will make it harder for me to keep track?
    My cycle is irregular and long too, the apps may work for you, but I found the cervical mucus was the most reliable and accurate way of knowing

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    wow, thanks!! So much information, great! I am sorry it has been so complicated for you and it seems that it is not as easy as I though but that's life I guess. Good luck with your TTC journey!

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    Jessie1 it's about 5 days. The app tells you the days most likely to ovulate etc

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    Most of the apps give you an average to predict your next O and period. I use OPK's and Fertility friend combined as I find the results for each alone are hard to decipher.

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    Read "Taking Charge of Your Fertility". That book helped me understand my cycles better and assisted with interpreting charts. I used a free iPad app called "My Days" to actually chart rather than using a paper chart.

    I went by temperature and cervical mucus to predict ovulation. After tracking for several cycles, you do get to know your body well. I soon worked out that as soon as my breasts were tender later in my cycle, it meant I'd already ovulated.

    I did try OPKs, but for me found charting was a much more accurate. After about 2 months of flying blind, I started charting and got a BFP about 4-5 months later.

    Good luck!


 

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