Hi there! New member of the forum and second month of TTC, so forgive the ignorance and the wordy posts!
Last month (March) we really started to try, and I have to say I was a little (irrationally) disappointed that it didn't already happen! So I immediately went online and bought a bunch of ovulation urine test sticks on amazon. I then cut out coffee (okay, almost) and alcohol (okay, mostly), and made myself some yarrow tea
I also started testing the CM.
The basal thermometer approach doesn't seem like it would be very effective (for me, anyway), but maybe it's because it seems like it would take way more organization and patience than I'm capable of?
Which method of ovulation prediction do y'all find to be the most reliable/easiest?
I'm on day 16 of my cycle but I don't know if I've ovulated. The calendar says I should have ovulated on day 15 (cycle around 30-32 days). On day 14 I started using the test strips (although partner and I have been DTD every day or every other day for the last ten days anyway). The strips on CD14 showed the dark control stripe next to a pretty
dark test stripe, but according to the instructions, the test stripe should be as dark as
or darker than
the control stripe. So I assumed I wasn't "O'ing", since on top of that, my CM was not anything like thin, egg-whitish, stretchy, etc.
But then I thought my CD14 test strip may have been a sign of O'ing because on CD15 and CD16, the test stripe was way lighter! Still, the CM is just not at all like an egg white. Not tacky, but there's not a lot of it and liquidy but not stretchy...
Which - and I know this post is rather long but it's hard to abbreviate this neuroses - brings me to another point of debate that me and partner often have: do you think you can tell you're ovulating? Partner read some Michael Pollan book once that had a section mentioning that human females have hidden ovulation. I said, yes, it may be hidden compared to baboons, but there are still some signs. For example, I usually get a little pain in my abdomen where (I think) my fallopian tubes are. I definitely have mood upswings. And my CM is noticeably "wetter". Like, I'll be walking around and feel like I peed myself, just a little. Then I check and it's CM.
The point is, I haven't had any of those signs this month yet and I'm on CD16! So maybe I just have a late ovulation date, like I've heard some women do? Or did I blink and miss it? I guess we'll just keep DTD and see what happens...