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AlishaTrying
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Hey, sorry to pipe in, but just a word on the opk's from this site...I know lots of ppl on here have had great luck with them but I don't put to much stock in them personally just because when I used them with my first pregnancy the ones from this site said I never ovulated and the ones from the store said I was ovulating for 7 days straight....I don't know if it was me or I just had really bad luck with tests but I got pregnant that month! So just keep BDing cause you never know Big smile Wink !!

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Alisha! Feel free to pipe in anytime! This is my blog, I love hearing from all of you!!

I've never used any OPKs before, so this us new to me. I'll keep testing to see what they say, and keep BDing everyday to be sure. It'll be interesting to see if they don't tell me I ovulate if I know for sure that I did. We will see!!

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So, I'm sitting here bawling like a baby. I'm so upset.

I took did an OPK yesterday and it was negative. There was a line, but it was lighter than the test line. I thought that was a teeny bit weird because Im supposed to ovulate tomorrow. Whatever though. So I just tested again, it's only about 30 minutes later than yesterday's test, and there was no line at all! NONE. What does this mean??? There's no way I O'd already... is there? I'm so scared that I missed it Sad I feel heartbroken and writing this is just making me cry more. I don't know if getting these strips was such a good idea, maybe I should have just left well enough alone and continued to listen to my body to know when I ovulate. Now I have this stupid f*cking strip of paper will my pee all over it telling me I'm not getting pregnant this month. My husband has no idea what to do or say, he's hiding in the bedroom away from my blubbering. You guys are the only ones I have to talk to...

We just got back from the mall, we were looking at baby stuff :'( Now I just feel awful... I know you guys must know what this feels like, I know I'm not alone here, but I feel so... I don't even know. Sad, I guess.... so sad.

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Hmm OPKs never worked for me (I am clearly special haha) when did you BD last? Because when I got pregnant with DD it was when DH was away for a few days so we missed O date completely but obviously some of the guys from a few days before must have stuck around because voila knocked up (really p-d me off after aiming for O day all the time that the time I missed it was when I finally got knocked up!)

Do you know for sure that you ovulate around that time? Because I have always been way off what most the calculators estimate. We were a good few months into trying before I even knew that there were people that didn't O on CD14 on the dot!

I found that doing temps was the only way that I was able to work out my exact cycle. It doesn't tell you when you will O (although I could tell after a couple of months) but it confirms when you did so you know for sure. If you are interested have a look on fertility friend. It charts it all for you and is free.

I really hope that you haven't missed the O date. I am with Alisha, just keep doing the deed until you can't be bothered any more.

TTC is such an emotional roller-coaster!

AlishaTrying
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I also read online that if you bd every day your chance of getting pregnant is 37 percent, if you bd every second day it's 35 percent so I'd just keep it up every day or two and you'll for sure hit ovulation at some point! Also, your fertile window is 5 days before O so unless you didn't bd for a week you don't have to worry if you missed a day!! Don't put too much stock in those test, cause like I said I never got a positive from them and I got pg so they might just not work for you!

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I don't know girls. We didn't BD at all until Thursday, so if I O'd without knowing, I likely missed my chance. Every single calculator I can find says O day should be between the 19th and 22nd. I'm praying its just late and ill O tomorrow or the next day, but the negative tests aren't giving me much hope. I took another one today, there was a super faint line. Negative. I've had this dread floating around in the very back of my mind for years that I might not be able to get pregnant. I had endometriosis when I was young and cysts and polyps. Though when I told my doctor that we wanted to start trying for a baby, she wasn't concerned at all, she didn't even mention my past. I guess I shouldn't worry if she's not worried. And I haven't been worried, except for that tiny bit in the back of my mind. But now I'm starting to really wonder if I can even get pregnant. Of course the doctors won't even look at you until after a year. But I feel that these strips were a bad buy. I shouldn't have gotten into this whole thing. Last month I had EWCM for 2 days, which is how I knew I O'd, it was cd13/14. Tough even BDing on those days didn't do anything... I don't even know! I'm so damn sad. How can all of these people all over the world get pregnant so easily? Without even trying? Accidentally?? I don't understand. I honestly don't understand how being fertil for 5 days out if the month can lead to so many unplanned pregnancies but when you do everything right, nothing happens. What the actual f*ck.

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*hug* your last post sounds so much like me when I was ttc #1. Ttc is such a strange thing really.... it used to get me so p***ed off that people who don't "TRY" magically end up preggo. Sigh. Then I did loads of research.... found this board (tremendously supportive & helpful) and after what felt like 'forever' (9 mon ttc) I got a sticky bean! Smile some ladies here have been ttc for YEARS. They are inspiring, and helped me gain perspective. I think its normal to always have doubts & fears. Just part of this process. Do what works for you. You dislike opk's & know your body, so toss the strips (they are very "subjective" and can mess with you mind, unlike a pregnancy test which gives you a yes or no). The only opks I used that seemed to work were the digital ones with a smiley face when you O. The month I got pregnant, I had a different brand that was negative the whole time! I just did a 10 day BD marathon (with preseed) before, during & after my 'likely' O day. Hang in there....This is a very emotional process that many (especially husbands) just don't understand. This board is wonderful.... so come here, post away Wink we are all in the same boat (or have been at one time) Smile

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Hey CC, thanks for the support Smile

I'm at the point now where this month will be what it will be. I never did get a positive opk, but I did start testing late, and I might just be one of those people they don't work for. I also didn't have ANY EWCM this cycle. I don't know if I have it every single cycle normally to be honest, I feel like maybe I don't get it every single time. It's possible that this was just one of the times I didn't get any. We did use pre-seed everyday from the 16th to yesterday (twice yesterday, for good measure lol), and we'll try again tonight, just for that extra oomph. I'm only a little concerned that I missed O because I was having the slippery wet cm (not ewcm, just wet and slippery) at the beginning of last week, like the 14th/15th and figured O was coming, but since I didn't get anything after that, I'm wondering if I o'd early and that was it. It would have been super early since AF only stopped on the 11th. Ugh I hope not! We didn't start BDing till the 16th Sad I wanted to start on the 14th or 15th, but I thought I was being a little obsessive and I was super tired, so the 16th was the first time, and we used a teeny bit of saliva because my pre-seed hadn't arrived yet.

But I'm not gonna stress about it anymore... It's now completely out of my hands. I don't know if I'll use the opk's next month if this month doesn't work, they stress me out and don't seem to work well for me. I'm also 100% I shouldn't temp, I'll forget to do it everyday and I'll drive myself insane with the numbers. I'm not a number person. After reading all of the different forums on BBT, the general consensus is that you can easily miss O because your temp might not do it's thing until after O has happened. I'd rather just BD everyday and let nature take it's course. So I think I'll just keep up with the pre-seed and maybe look into some other natural stuff. The bottle of pre-seed says to contact a doctor if you don't conceive within 6 months of using it. That seems fast, so they must be very confident in it. I'm crossing everything on my body and praying that this is our month though. I so want a fall baby! Oh pleeease!!!

Today is officially the start of my 2ww (though some calendars say tomorrow is, whatever), so we'll see how it goes. Prayers please!

Laters Babymakers xo

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Hey Lindsay! Trust me when I say I understand your frustration. There was a couple months the OPKs didn't work for me and I was freaking out. It turns out that I was ovulating really late and not testing long enough. I have a 28 day cycle and would only ovulate around CD17-19. But then weirdly enough last month I O'd on CD14. I found that the until you start to get an idea of your body's pattern its good to do 2 OPK's a day. And also, the fact that the line was lighter than the day before doesn't mean anything...could just be that you drank more liquids that day so your hormones were more diluted. I know it's a frustrating process but you'll get the hang of it after a few cycles...if you're not already pregnant Wink

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Lindsay, as everyone else said, TTC can be very frustrating. I found myself getting so obsessed with it. LIke many other ladies said, the OPKs didn't work for me either. I found that I would get positives a few times a month, so I never new when I was ovulating. I kept track of my BBT and after a few months I had a window of when I was ovulating. I highly recommend keeping track of it. Even though it won't tell you when you will ovulate, after you do it a few months you will be able to see when and if you are ovulating. There is a great website that is free called countdowntopregnancy.com. It helps you keep track of your BBT and tells you when you ovulate based on your temperatures.

I tried pre-seed and it seemed to work well. However, the month I actually conceived, I took a break from everything. It also turned out that I ovulated 10 days later than I normally do.

Good luck to you. I hope you find a method that works for you.