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<p>Hi Mummas :)</p>
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<p>How we all doing?</p>
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<p>So I have just read about Sperm Meets Egg Plan or SMEP, and (if AF shows up this round) we are going to try it next cycle!</p>
<p>I just have a few questions about it that maybe you can help me with?</p>
<p>According to CM, Ov pain and OPKs I ovulated this month at CD 19/20.... (I dont temp- too stressful for me )</p>
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<p>SMEP requires you to BD every other day starting from Day 8 if you O around 14 like "normal", and to start testing OPK Day 10..</p>
<p>But if I am ovulating so late should we start BD around maybe CD 13? and start OPK testing around day 14/15??</p>
<p>I just dont want to run out of gas before the days when we need it! Haha</p>
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<p>Thoughts/Advice/Suggestions/Experience/Stories welcome!!!</p>
 

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<p><a href="http://www.pregnancyloss.info/sperm_meets_egg_plan.htm" target="_blank">http://www.pregnancyloss.info/sperm_meets_egg_plan.htm</a></p>
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<p>That is the link to the original SMEP... I have not had a miscarriage, have just heard that plently of women have had great results, and wanted to do it partly to show DH how much BD is required!!!</p>
 

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<p>Just my take:    Start taking your OPK as suggested or a couple of days earlier. (CD8/10) Some women can ovulate around the same cycle day every cycle, however some women ovulate at different times every month.    This way, if you have a OPK spike earlier than you expected, you can start the two day cycle at that point.   If your ovulation days are fairly regular and you don't ovulate till 19/20, then not starting the BDing till CD13 makes good since to me, because the sperm life of 3-7 days and all that.  Best of luck to you!!!!  I have heard many people talk positively about this approach.  </p>
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<p>Side note:  if you aren't already, I always suggest fertility friend charting online, if you don't already have a favorite.  </p>
 

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<p>Anyone else??</p>
 

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<p>Personally I'm a big fan of charting, so I would recommend temping, but if that is truly too stressful for you then I would just DTD every other day you see creamy CF and every day you have EW plus one day after your last day of EW.  I personally would not bother with OPK's, but that's me.  If you want to use them I would start testing as soon as you get creamy CF and possibly twice a day when you have EW.  Always keep in mind that without temping you cannot confirm O.  So even if you've gotten an OPK+ followed by an OPK-, if you get more EW after this, test again and DTD again.  You never know when O will be delayed.</p>
 

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<p>Have decided to start temping.. I am already on FF and charting CM too..</p>
<p>I will be starting to chart this Friday which will be my CD 7 ... is that too late to start temping this month??My cycles have been 29/30 days for past two months (when i came off pill)... and OPK gave me a positive CD 18 last cycle..</p>
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<p>But basically am i too late to start temping on CD 7???</p>
 

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<p>PS do you always O 14 days before AF? or is that a generalisation?</p>
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<p>So confused and just want to know when I O</p>
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<p>Let me know if my FF chart would be helpful even tho I havent started temping yet</p>
 

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<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>travelmumma</strong> <a href="/community/t/1346960/sperm-meets-egg-plan-questions#post_16909611"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><p>PS do you always O 14 days before AF? or is that a generalisation?</p>
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<p>So confused and just want to know when I O</p>
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<p>Let me know if my FF chart would be helpful even tho I havent started temping yet</p>
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That is just a generalization!  The cycle I got pregnant I O'd on day 16.  I typically would O around CD 16 or 17.  I charted my waking temperature and cervical fluid...I would recommend at least that for anyone!  I did use OPKs because I was having a horrible bout of insomnia and would often wake up at various times throughout the night/morning or just not sleep at all.  It's important to take your temp at the same time each morning, so if you can do that, then I wouldn't mess with OPKs.  Anyhow, if you haven't already, check out Taking Charge of Your Fertility, it's an excellent TTC resource!</p>
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<p>Travelmumma- you can start charting at any time.  If you haven't ovulated yet (and you have a few days of temps before you O) you should still see a definite shift in your temp the day after you ovulate.  Good luck with your SMEP!  My DH and I are also doing the SMEP this month.  I generally O on CD 18-19 so we started our every other day on CD11.  We will see how this goes.  I will keep my fingers crossed for both of us!</p>
 

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<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>travelmumma</strong> <a href="/community/t/1346960/sperm-meets-egg-plan-questions#post_16909611"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><p>PS do you always O 14 days before AF? or is that a generalisation?</p>
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<p>So confused and just want to know when I O</p>
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<p>Let me know if my FF chart would be helpful even tho I havent started temping yet</p>
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<p>You can start temping at any point, though it is most helpful to have at least a week of temps prior to O.  So you should be good.  And no, you do not necessarily O 14 days prior to AF.  The average length luteal phase (LP) is 12-14 days, but many women have shorter and some longer LP's than that.  Mine averages 10 days.  Your O day can vary greatly from cycle to cycle based on what is happening in your life at the time, but your LP will generally vary only by 1-2 days.<br>
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