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post #41 of 109

Rosie - I think that my DH is going to be very careful for a couple months and then he's going to get cocky and think that he's got this cycle thing down and then we're going to have the oops.  That's my plan anyway (Insert devious smiley here).  I told him that I would chart my cycle on the family calendar and I always synch with the moon so he can pretty much figure that 5 days before and 2 days after a full moon is the danger zone.  It's not rocket science.  And I am just so done being the one to take care of birth control...it's been 11 years...I'm handing over the responsibility. 

 

To All - I never temped for my other TTC cycles as moon phase, CM and CP were always spot on predictors.  Does it really even work when still nursing?  If it is something that I want to start, is it even worth it?  I'm hot all the time when I'm nursing.  Wouldn't that skew the temps?  Together with the fact that I'm up every two hours at night?

post #42 of 109
Please add me to waiting to be ready
post #43 of 109

Hi LIF and AtS. I'm new here too. I'll be interested to follow your story AtS. I wonder just how careful your DH will be.

 

I couldn't stand it any longer and have been poas for the past two days. The first was last night and it was a BFN. So this morning I decided to do it right with my first morning urine. Also a BFN irked.gif. However, I've been crampy and spotty today. I am not expecting AF for another week so now I'm feeling really hopeful.

post #44 of 109

Hi ladies! May I join you here?  DD is 12 months, nursing a ton, cycles are all over the place.  I'm actually sort of surprised that I even have cycles at this point since she's nursing ALL night long.  But anyway, I don't know if I have it in me to jump on the TTC boat with both feet (soooo much anxiety!), but I'm open to a new life and feeling hopeful just the same.  

 

OK, so.  I'm CD 20 and still waiting to O (normal for me with nursing cycles, but annoying).  I started checking CP last month, which I think I'm finally getting the hang of?  Actually no, I'm still clueless.  All I know is that it is higher and a little softer and a little more open than it was after AF, but not very soft or very open.    

 

AndtheStars- I'm hot all the time when I'm nursing, too!  I do temp, and my temps are pretty regular despite nursing all night.  However, it really only confirms O (doesn't predict), which is helpful with my crazy nursing cycles, but unnecessary if other indicators work better.  If the other methods work for you, I probably wouldn't bother. :)

post #45 of 109

Please add me to Waiting to O thumb.gif

post #46 of 109
Hi everyone,
I'd love to join this list. My DS is almost 3 and I got my period back last November (a few months after his second birthday). We've been TTC since about December and I've been feeling down that it hasn't happened yet. My cycle has been variable - I have read that you are not fully fertile until your cycle becomes regular, but we try anyway.

I night-weaned a couple of months ago but he still nurses for a long time in the mornings, and also at nap and before bed. I am starting to fear that I will need to wean completely to get this to happen. I am 39 (older than I would have liked, but got a late start).

I haven't tried any supplements yet, and I haven't been to the dr. I've been tracking my temp and doing ovulation tests. My temp usually spikes a 2-3 days after the positive o test. Is this normal? It seems like a strangely long time. My LP is therefore hard to judge, but has likely been a bit short (9-10 days).

I am currently on day 10 of my temp spike, which is good news for a lengthening LP, but I just got a BFN, so I'm feeling a little down. You are all so positive here that you are helping me keep my chin up! Perhaps it is just too soon for the test. And, to be honest, it was expired so it could be a false positive.

Anyway, I would appreciate any tips of words of encouragement!
post #47 of 109

Hi emom!  You're probably seeing a + opk 24-48 hours before you actually ovulate, which is normal.  So a temp spike 48-72 hours later would be spot on! And yes, that's great news for your LP.  Last month mine was 5.  Days.  I have never, ever had that before.  :(  I think my body is having a hard time getting the progesterone levels right with all the nursing and newly cycling again.  But still, kind of a bummer.

post #48 of 109

tomtemom - if AF isn't due for another week. maybe your cramping and spotting are implantation.  What's your LP like?  I'd wait to POAS for 3 more days at least.  I didn't get BFP's on FRER's until at least 14-16 DPO but that's just me.  That's a pretty impressive TTC acronym string there, isn't it? orngtongue.gif

 

tolovemercy - Welcome!  I have noticed after the birth of DS2 that CP is a little trickier to figure out.  I think that my os is always a little open now and my cervix seems to be over to the left all the time though it does move up and down slightly. 

 

emom47 - Welcome to you also!  I second tolovemercy that a temp spike a few days after + OPK's sounds about right.  What kind of OPK's do you use?  I always used the ones that the line faded in to very dark.  Can you see a gradation of color in the lines or do they all look the same?  How's your CM?  Did it take awhile to conceive your son?  Sorry for the 20 questions, TTC is so fascinating to me.  It made it easier when I was younger and thought you got pregnant just by having sex. winky.gif

 

AFM - I've had spotting (brown with a little dark red, sorry if TMI) since Monday.  It started CD17 so I thought this was O time for me.  But I've never had spotting with O before.  Do you think it's O or just PP cycle wackiness?

post #49 of 109
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 TTC is so fascinating to me.  It made it easier when I was younger and thought you got pregnant just by having sex. winky.gif

 

AFM - I've had spotting (brown with a little dark red, sorry if TMI) since Monday.  It started CD17 so I thought this was O time for me.  But I've never had spotting with O before.  Do you think it's O or just PP cycle wackiness?

 

 

 Ditto.  I've mostly conceived easily, but man.  There is so much at play, I could stalk fertility forums all day.  It gets more miraculous to me as the years pass.

 

RE: Spotting- Sounds like PP wackiness to me, hormones re-configuring and whatever.  How's your CM?  Last month I spotted/bled lightly literally every other day until O.  So strange.  

post #50 of 109
Hi! I just wanted ti introduce- I am TTC and still nursing my almost 2 yr old. I was so glad to find this thread! We have only been ttc since May when my first PPAF returned.

I am preparing to O in couple days, doing lots of BD and hoping to get a BFP around Aug 10th! Could someone add me to your list so I can keep track with other nursing mamas?

I have been a little down feeling like I may not be able to conceive until we fully wean, which I'm not yet ready to do. My son still nurses before bed and nap.

I have read your messages and wish you all the best of luck!!
post #51 of 109
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Welcome everyone I've missed!  Sorry, been super busy as DS is 1 in a week and I'm party planning - yay!

Emom47, I've added you to 2WW based on where you are in your cycle.  Keep your chin up, I'm also feeling the sting of a later start in my childbearing years but then I remember that my parents conceived my 2 youngest brothers totally naturally when they were 38 and then 42.  It definitely does happen.  I'm going down the vitex route if you want to join me and fishywishy with it?  I'll be starting it mid August.  I'm also up every 2 hours at the moment thanks to some molars DS is cutting so I feel like my chances of my first PPAF appearing soon without a little push are slim to none greensad.gif

post #52 of 109
AndtheStars: I haven't been tracking my CM - I know I should, it will just take some research to figure out what to look for and I haven't put the time in. Regarding the o test, it is the Target brand with just two lines: control and test. You have to judge if the test is the same color or darker than the control. It only took us 2 months with DS, so I thought this time would be fast, too! Don't know if it is my age, BF, or perhaps just that we are too busy to DTD as often as we used to! Obviously, we do when I think I am ovulating, but if I don't judge correctly...

TheCrunchyBrit: thanks for the encouragement! My grandmother had my dad when she was 40, so I'm hoping genetics count for something! I'll check into vitex!
post #53 of 109
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Originally Posted by vivica2 View Post

Cd1 grr can you move me to waiting to ov. Sigh. Period starts 3 weeks into cycle. Aaaaaawesome. greensad.gif

vivica-Just catching up here- I totally had this happen last cycle! Urgh.

thecrunchybrit- Yay for babies turning one! How fun. My DD just turned a year on the 12th.

AFM- I actually think I ovulated. ? The last couple of mornings I've been thinking, gosh, why is my temp so high? And where'd my ewcm go? I guess I was waiting for stronger symptoms or something, but FF gave me crosshairs today. http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/1aad2c
post #54 of 109
Welcome, wengrin! August 10 sounds like a great day for bfps.
post #55 of 109

Can I be Moved to waiting to O  AF arrived this morning.

 

Other than the 1st cycle she seems to be pretty much back to normal.  O around CD 14  and a 12 day LP which is just shy of what it was before.  I'm also getting a lot more ewcm than I was before I had my son which is a good thing.  We had unexplained infertility and I am hoping not to have to go with the fertiliy treatment thing this time.  We shall see I'm 37 so  yeah. 
 

post #56 of 109
Thanks for the welcome , and thanks for adding me to the waiting for O!

BY THE WAY I am also a Vitex Buddy, for those that are using it. Although I just started and I heard it can take up to 3 months to kick in.

I'm also using Maca Root...in case that is something others are using.

My LO has two huge molars coming in so nursing a lot. I'm hoping to ovulate despite the prolactin from nursing! We will just see in the dreadful 2WW.

I had no idea that it was this difficult to get pregnant. Both of my children were oopsies...so it's sort of ironic that now that I am trying it has been difficult. I have developed a new sensitivity or empathy for my friends who I've known over the years ttc...I never knew exactly how frustrating and maddening it can be to watch and wait. It's like a watched pot never boils!! (Well I should say it takes longer to boil). It WILL happen. Praying for success to all!

So glad to know others who are nursing and dealing with same issues. :-)
post #57 of 109
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TCB - that makes sense. If you PM me your email ill send a vitex monograph that discusses both sides of the supply uses. (I think the difference is in dosage.)

Hi Rosie L- I am new to this and cannot figure out how to PM. I am really interested in your Vitex dosages and monograph. Could you send it to me? I can give you my email or you could PM me?

I can read PMs that have come in but don't see an option to compose one. Still trying to navigate this site....

I am currently taking Femaprin (250mgs of Vitex I believe once a day). Wondering if that's enough.

Thanks!!
post #58 of 109

PMed you. For future reference when you mouse-over someone's username under their avatar, there is a "Send PM" link. I don't remember what it looks like on mobile though.

 

Good luck to everyone wherever you are in your cycles!

post #59 of 109
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 Ditto.  I've mostly conceived easily, but man.  There is so much at play, I could stalk fertility forums all day.  It gets more miraculous to me as the years pass.

RE: Spotting- Sounds like PP wackiness to me, hormones re-configuring and whatever.  How's your CM?  Last month I spotted/bled lightly literally every other day until O.  So strange.  

Tolovemercy:
LOL on stalking fertility sites and I always conceived so easily before....but now between age, nursing 23 month-old, and hormones...I am all crazy whacked out!

I am obsessed with abdominal pinches and twinges, CM, and seriously need to limit my stalking of the various fertility websites. I can't help but google "calendar day12 symptoms ovulation", etc. Driving myself bonkers!

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post #60 of 109
Thread Starter 

List updated to here

 

Good luck for your next cycle stretch!

tolovemercy, is FF any use?  I'm considering charting as well as using o tests.

Wengrin, I think there are quite a few of us dealing with the molar 'issue' at the moment!  It seems a common problem that as soon as LO turns 1 and starts reducing their nursing, bam!  That's when the molars hit.  I think we feel it more though when we're TTC.

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