Hi all -
DH and I are TTC our second child (first DS is 5-years-old) and we're about 18 months in. I took us 18 months with DS too, so we FINALLY started getting tested and found out that DH's sperm quality and motility are lower than normal (not bottom of the barrel, but lower). He's on a bunch of vitamins to help, but in the mean time, I have a few random questions regarding all sorts of TTC stuff for you wise ladies - and please don't feel overwhelmed by my questions - even just replying with one little tid-bit is helpful. TIA :) ...
1.) This month was the first time I used an OPK. Everyone always says how unreliable they are, but I am a bit shocked because I feel like I am the one that's been unreliable! Normally, when my ff is gone, I think that I'm done ovulating and we don't BD anymore. I always thought the last day of super ff is the day of ovulation. Well, when I did the OPK, the day I got the LH surge, I didn't have very much ff (if any) at all, but I had it the days prior. So, if the OPK is accurate, all this time, we have probably stopped BD too early and never done it right on ovulation day! I swear nowhere in any books does it say that you can have low ff on the day you actually ovulate - they always tell you that ff is the key. Has anyone else had experience with this?
2.) Also, if OPK is right and I ovulated around day 16 rather than 14, is that considered late ovulation? And is there anything wrong with ovulating later? I read that after 20 days the egg can be older or something like that, but I wondered if anyone had any thoughts (or facts!) about that.
3.) Let's talk Pre-Seed. We used it this month when I had the aforementioned realization that O was coming within 24-36 hours and I had very little (if no) ff. I always thought Pre-Seed was something to help you get pregnant, but the box really didn't talk about that at all. It said it was the only lubricant that was babymaking friendly, but it didn't tout itself like the magic stuff I thought it was! But perhaps we used it wisely since I needed a little boost. What has your experience with Pre-Seed been?
4.) When I inserted Pre-Seed (this is gonna be TMI - warning!), about halfway in, the applicator felt like it hit something and then kept going. My past midwife told me I have a low cervix, so I'm wondering if the applicator bumped my cervix and then slid to the side. And if this is the case... when DH and I BD after the Pre-Seed, wow, it felt so much deeper than usual (which makes sense with it being so lubricated), but then I started wondering - if the penetration is deeper, does that mean that he probably slides to the side and a little bit above the cervix? And if so, does that make a further path for the sperm to have to swim to get back down and around to my cervix? Because if that's the case, maybe we don't want to go so deep. Thoughts??
5.) I am taking B-complex to help lengthen my luteal phase. I usually have one that's somewhere around 11-13 days and I would like to boost my progesterone to make it longer. I started taking the B-complex only about three or four days ago and am on CD 17 - is there any way the B vitamins could make a difference in my luteal phase this cycle, or do I need to be taking it the entire way through my cycle (before O) for it to work? And any thoughts on progesterone cream?
6.) Yesterday - CD16 (which is the day I think O occurred), I had a headache all day that I couldn't shake. I wondered if that is ever a symptom of O. Is this common for anyone else? I never ever feel the mittelshmerz (or whatever it's called), so it would be nice to have some sort of indicator - even if it is a crappy headache.