Thursday, January 21, 2010

Getting out the "big guns" for Cycle 5

After 6 days of disappointing spotting, AF decided to arrive after 52 days! At first, I was excited. Finally I could get on with TTC and stop wondering (for at least a couple of weeks) what was going on with my body. Then, I felt kind of like this:

Perhaps because AF had been away for a while, it was not a very pleasant visit.

This is Cycle #5 of TTC since my miscarriage. So, now we are getting out the "big guns".

I started using the ClearBlue Easy Fertility Monitor this week. I was very excited about this, much like Lillysaur has mentioned in her recent post. I was also in a hurry to get my monitor so I could begin using it ASAP. Since my previous cycle had been 21 days, I hoped the monitor would get to me in time to start using it for my next cycle. Ironically, the monitor sat here for several weeks while I waited for AF!

Using the CBEFM feels like a new beginning for me. It is my understanding that the monitor tracks 2 hormones, both estrogen and LH, instead of just LH like the traditional OPK tests. This could give me the heads up on up to 6 fertile days per cycle as opposed to 2 with the OPK strips. Well, that is the theory anyway. I'm not sure what my body is actually doing or not doing. I hope the CBEFM will help to clarify this for us. I feel like I have access to more information about my cycle now. This gives me renewed hope that we really can conceive again.

Since I am not sure if I am really ovulating, I have gotten out another "big gun":

I was against taking my BBT for the longest time. I now think that this information is too valuable to ignore any longer. So, my alarm is set for 5:45 a.m. each day to do this deed. I've only done this for 2 days now so it isn't too bad yet. I am also toying with the idea of setting up a Fertility Friend account. It seems like this is another "big gun" in the TTC arsenal that has helped a lot of women conceive.

I am drinking a cup of green tea and pomegranate juice every day faithfully. I am considering purchasing some PreSeed in case Mr. Pharmasaur and I need a little help with the BD process. And of course, BDing needs to be a very regular activity in the next week or two!

If I do appear to be ovulating, I will stock up on pineapples and munch on those daily. Luckily, I love pineapple!

I have no idea how long this cycle will be. My longest cycle recently was 52 days and my shortest cycle was 21 days. This is why I am pulling out all the "big guns" for TTC on Cycle #5.

Does anyone else have any other tried and true TTC suggestions they'd like to share? I'm all ears!


  1. Sounds like you've covered everything! I highly recommend starting a FF account. I know it's really helped me to feel more in control of my cycle and takes the guess work out of charting. Blessings to you this month for a BFP!!

  2. You go girl! Those are the same big guns that I used the cycle we got our BFP! They work! Lots of BFP dust to you!

  3. I suggest a FF account too. Yeah it's a big gun.. but you take your temp.. put it in there & let FF keep up with it. It makes you feel like your actively doing something but after you put your temp in you can basically forget about TTC till the next morning. I took alot of the stress off me. 3 cycles with FF & 1 cycle with clomid did it for us. :)

  4. Be careful with the pinapple..I just found that that you are only supposed to eat the core..that the meat of the pinapple can cause a spontaneous m/c...I am considering taking bromaline supplement tablets instead...I don't want to risk it w/ the pinapple...this is currently my 5th month and next month I really am ready to bring out the big guns. I think I'm going to start acupuncture. I have heard it has really great and amazing I'm up for anything. I might buy the CBE fertility monitor also. Do you think it's worth the money? Hopefully you can let me know! Oh ya..and I pefer my monthly cycles to fertility friend. I like that it e mails you before you are supposed to O...

  5. Jen - Thanks for the warning about pineapple. I'll definitely look into it. After going through one m/c, I don't want to do anything that could possibly risk another.

    Thanks everyone for the comments. I'll keep you posted on the fertility monitor and how that works out.