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Puzzled oh.. I do have a friend who's mom swore by this trick.. and it's worked for her every time (3 kids later).

They say.. if you want to keep the sperm where it belongs (at the cerix) then put a condom over a tampon and insert it. It acts like a barrer and holds the sperm up there. But you have to find ones that DON"T have sperm acide on them.. and that's harder now days!

But I figured I would share thier "trick". They sware by it.. and my friend says it worked EVERYTIME she wanted to get pregnant in the first 3 months.

I myself have never tried it.. then again.. I never tried to get pregnant! Tongue

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Happy Friday!

Marie thanks for the tips, I have always been a night owl, so getting to bed is hard and getting up is even harder!! Unfortunately I think my cats have been a big part of the waking up at night problem. I keep thinking they are just training me for when we have a baby! They love to chase each other up and down the hall at like three in the morning and then climb all over me. Ugh. I swear they're wearing steel toed boots or something they are so loud! Luckily we don't have a TV in our room, or I would be up all night! I have heard the staying laying down thing too and I figure it can't hurt! I tend to get bladder infections and so before we were TTC I would always immediately go pee right after, so unfortunately my UTIs have increased with TTC since I don't get up anymore and stay in bed all night! Lisa (Lishwa) another gal on this site is a big proponent of the BITA (bum in the air) method, which is BDing with DH behind and leaving his deposit this way, and then staying in this position, head down on the pillow, BITA for 20 min.! Laughing out loud I'm going to try it!

So I take back my recommendation for Kroger brand OPKs! I have had really good luck with them until this box. The control line has been super faint, so then I wonder if the other line will even show up! Today's looked like it might be getting a little darker but it was really hard to tell. Based on my past cycles it should be getting darker today or tomorrow so we're just going to BD anyway since I don't trust them this time!

I am curious about using the Mucinex Shannon. I have not heard of doing this, but I never can tell any difference in my CM. It always seems about the same to me. My doctor said not to worry about that and that doesn't nessisarily mean anything, but it does worry me a little. I'll be curious to hear what your experiance is with it. I get back pain, especially lower back, sometimes after we've been BDing a lot so hopefully yours is just from that and nothing serious.

Katy - I've sometimes had some spotting just after having sex. It usually happens when I'm getting closer to AF, but it could just be from BDing. I also get spotting for a day or two before AF, which now I'm starting to worry could mean there is a hormonal imbalance. Do any of you know anything about this?

Well, happy weekends to you all filled with baby dust and lots of fun BD!

Jayne

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Jayne, the only time in my life I had spotting before AF was suppose to arrive she ended up not showing up and I was pregnant with my oldest, which turned out to be twins. (I lost one a 6 months gestation) I know now it's not implantation spotting or AF (because it to early).. so I'm conviced it's ovulation spotting. I can't wait for the girls to go to bed tonight so we can BD! LOL Big smile

I have never heard about the mucinex thing... ya'll will have to let me know if it works for ya.
Well it's 8:30.. I can send them off to bed now!
~Katy

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Well, like I said, I have been laying down all along, but didnt know if it was really making a difference. My husband laughs at me because I lay on my back with my legs in the air for a while. How long do you guys normally lay there? Ive been doing it only about five minutes, but if I need to do it longer.... I know some of you said you stay in bed all night, but this generally isnt an option for me. Like Jayne, I am a night owl. This is probably because my shift at work is until 3 am every night. Normally when we BD, its in the morning, or at night before he goes to bed at about 9:30, so staying in bed all night isnt an option.

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Marie, if you'ld like a little insurance there is a "soft cup" you could insert after the BD to help keep his little men where they belong. They aren't very expensive and most walmarts carry them. They would be in the Fem. Hyg. area.
You do the baby dance, just slide that up inside of you, and then leave it for a few hours. Might be something worth looking into for ya!

I generally keep baby wipes near the bed. so I wipe up a little without actually getting out of bed. Then I have a small bolster pillow i put under my hips. Bend my knees for comfert (this tips my hips back) and then I watch TV for a while. If you don't want to watch TV you could read a book. I know some Drs recommend you stay on your back for 15-30 mins. Just long enough for the Sperm to seperate and head up. It's suggested that once they are past the cervix they aren't affected nearly as much by gravity.

Something else to make sure you avoid when TTC... no oral for either of you. I know it takes a little fun out of things at times, but during the days you are fertile, yours and his saliva can kill off some of the litte guys.. (I'm sure ya'll knew that.. but just wanted to make sure!)
~Katy

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Jayne & Katy...I started the mucinex this week...I am not seeing anything yet but I did mention it to my doctor and he says he has heard of women using it..here is some info on it & Jayne I think you are right abou the back pain. We have been BD'ng all this weekend..and I also lay on my back or hold my legs in the air, all that..not sure if it works but I will try. I know this says Robitussin but Mucinex has the same stuff..my girlfriend used it along w/Lydia Pinkhams pills when she got preggers.

Robitussin and it’s Effect on Cervical Mucus
Robitussin works on the cervical mucus and increases your chances of getting pregnant
Robitussin is a popular brand of cough syrup and it might be surprising to consider its relation with fertility. But the fact is that this expectorant is used to loosen and thin mucus of a different kind too, called cervical mucus, in women. Robitussin is only a specific brand and any expectorant that contains guaifenesin as the only active ingredient can be used in its place. Generic versions are most likely available as well. Be sure to carefully inspect the ingredients list to make sure the ONLY active ingredient as guaifenesin. Any other ingredients can diminish the effect you are looking for.

What is the recommended dose of Robitussin?
The recommended dose for improving cervical mucus is two teaspoons (200 mg) taken orally three times per day. Recommended dosage is two teaspoons (200 mg) taken orally three times per day. If mucus still appears thick, you can take as the maximum dosage as listed on the label of the cough medicine. Water intake should be increased to encourage cervical mucus production and a full glass should take with each dose of guaifenesin.

If you re taking Clomid (clomiphene citrate, Serophene) as an ovulation inductor, it may help to know that it can cause hostile mucus in 30 percent or more of women using it. Higher doses of Clomid tend to be more associated with less cervical fluid and a thinner uterine lining, than the 50 mg dose and Robitussin can help to reverse this.

What cycle days should I take Robitussin?
Most doctors suggest taking Robitussin five days before and including the day of ovulation for a total of 6 days during your cycle.This helps provide the optimal environment to help the sperm survive and get to where they need to go.If you take Clomid, waiting until the day after the last Clomid pill is taken before starting Robitussin is suggested.

Is Robitussin available in pill form?
Guaifenesin is also available in pill format, but this format usually requires a Doctor’s prescription. The actual cost of the pill format can be less expensive than the OTC liquid format but when you figure in the cost of the doctor’s visit, there may not me much of a savings.

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Hello everyone, I hope that all is going well. I have been working a lot this past week, I teach English as a Second Language Classes (ESL) and have recently started teaching child care classes to people through a non-profit organization.

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Allie, that is so awsome! I wish I could learn another language! My husband is Puerto Rican, and we lived there together for 9 months.. I couldn't even order and McD's alone! LOL I COULD shop at walmart and pick up my WIC at the WIC store but that was it. I was completely dependant on someone else!

Well on a happy note for me I got a POSITIVE OPK test today! We BDed just a lil while ago and will again before we go to bed. Here's hopen we catch the egg. I will find out at our marriage retreat! LOL
~Katy

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My husband is from Mexico, we actually met when he was interested in going to english classes! I hope that you have good luck while you are positive, and have a grat time on your marrige retreat. Marie, my husband laughs at me too, so I am glad to hear that I am not the only one who lays on my back with my feet in the air.

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Hi Ladies,

Shannon, that is interesting about the Robitussin and Mucinex. Since I've been since I've been sick I've taken some cough syrup so maybe it will help in more ways then one!! I had no idea it could have that effect too.

I don't know if the OPKs this round were defective or if I haven't ovulated because normally I would have gotten a positive yesterday, but I didn't. I didn't even have a fade in so far, so I'm not sure what's going on this month. We BDed the last two nights anyway, so I'm still keeping my FX that we time it right. I tried the BITA technique for about ten minutes the first night, but it was really hard, so last night I just made sure to put my legs up for about five minutes but I was falling asleep, so I didn't do it for as long as maybe I should of. I stayed in bed though so it did feel like everything stayed in for the most part! My DH is so supportive, which is always helpful. He laughs when I do all these crazy things, but he just lets me do it and doesn't make fun of me.

Allie that is awesome, I think teaching ESL would be so hard! I am a social worker so I definately get my share of hard days, but that would be something that I would find that really difficult. More power to you!

Katy - I know what you mean about having to rely on other people when in PR. When we were there on our honeymoon, I guess we naively thought that most people spoke English. But there were times that we really struggled with communication because I've never taken any Spanish and my DH only knows a little bit. It was fun though and we did manage, but it would be very difficult to live in a county where you basically didn't speak the language! Did you go to the rainforest when you lived there? It was so beautiful!!

Jayne