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    TTC Basics you need to know
    mommab89 posted:
    Ask yourself the following questions:

    What steps are you using to concieve??
    Are your cycles regular?
    How long have you actively been trying?

    If you just have sex each month when you think you could be ovulating you are kinda swinging at a ball blindly hoping to hit it. There is actually a sciene to concieving many are unaware of.

    If you have a regular 28 day cycle, it is likely you ovulate on the 14th day of your cycle. I have a 35 day cycle and usually ovulate on CD 21. BUT your ovulation day can be different every month.

    After TTC for 3 months (when my ex and I were together) I spoke with some ladies on a discussion board and they gave me wonderful advice.

    -Go to
    -Sign up (It is FREE)
    -Buy a Basal Body Thermometer (can be bought at nearly every drug store for under $10.00. I got mine at Walmart)
    -Set it next to your bed before going to sleep.
    -At the SAME TIME every morning, before you sit up, talk, eat, or even move too much take your temperature.
    -Log it on Fertility Friend.

    You will do this every single day from the day your period starts until it ends. Then all over again if you do not get pregnant. When you ovulate you have an estrogen surge causing your temperature to drop. The very next day your Progesterone spikes causing your temperature to rise. Your temperature will stay elevated until your period starts.

    On CD 10 start taking Ovulation Tests. (Since I have a longer cycle I start on CD 16.) Once around 12 noon and again around 6 pm. Do this until you get a positive. Once you get a positive you should ovulate 12-48 hours later. This is why temping is valuable, If you do not see a temp shift within 2 days of the positive test it is likely you havent ovulated and should keep having intercourse until you see the shift.

    I highly suggest buying the book taking charge of your fertility. It is amazing and breaks down everything I just told you.
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