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Postby leeann34 » Sat Aug 14, 2010 09:01 pm

I would also agree with every other day. Got pregnant with my first child that way after trying to have intercourse every day. Just didn't work for us although I know each person is different. It also helps so you don't get "burnt out" with trying. It's get tedious after awhile. I also don't like facebook when talking about my issues with preeclampsia. I've also had some hurtful comments so I just prefer to come to the site so that I can pick and choose what I want to talk about and with whom. Good luck on your TTC journey. My husband and I are on that journey too!

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Postby amandamm » Thu Aug 12, 2010 08:27 am

Chart! It is worth it! And it doesn't take long AT all! Every time I got pg it was when we had sex every other day.

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Postby riehlism » Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:44 pm

While we were on the subject of monitors, I forgot to ask if any of you have heard about ferning. I have a ferning scope for ovulation.

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Postby lisacarmel » Thu Aug 05, 2010 09:24 pm

I'm with the rest of the bunch, every other day. But it never worked for me because I needed extra assistance.

Thanks for the facebook invite but I try to stay away from it. Too many people have made unintentional hurtful comments. People who have not experienced Pree or the loss of a child just don't get it. I will continue to support you on your journey through this forum.

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Postby leeann34 » Thu Aug 05, 2010 06:06 pm

Every other day worked for me as well. Started about day 8 and went to day 18.

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Postby riehlism » Thu Aug 05, 2010 00:13 am

Thanks for all the fantastic help and advice.

Jennifer, I have a lot of PCOS info including what actually happens to produce the cysts.

Angie, that's some morning routine. I have to be at work at 7 and I am not a morning person. I'm gonna have a lot of stuff to figure out for my morning routine. I've heard about analyzing cervical mucous, but I don't really know too much about it.

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Postby angieb » Wed Aug 04, 2010 11:19 pm

I went to four different fertility specialists from April-July (finally liked the 4th one who was willing to be aggressive with treatment and also wasn't outrageously priced.) The consensus was that *FOR NORMAL SPERM COUNTS*, you should have sex every day possible in your fertile period. (Two-three days before ovulation and the day of ovulation.) Every other day is really only ideal for couples dealing with male factor infertility or lower sperm counts. You want to get as many sperm in there as possible and taking a day off to refresh the count isn't going to do you any favors. Some people can still get pregnant with the every other day sex, but every day that you are fertile is probably going to get you pregnant a lot faster. This month I took a trigger shot to make me ovulate within a specific time frame and my reproductive endocrinologist wanted us to have sex as much as possible.

I'm a big fan of charting (either fertilityfriend.com or tcoyf.com, I personally like TCOYF better but either will do.) I'm actually not a fan of fertility monitors, they cost money up front and then you usually have to buy sticks for them. Charting will tell you when your peak days are just the same as fertility monitors (PCOS will not/should not mess with your temps, it might mess with ovulation tests but they've always worked fine for me.) With charting, you can get an idea of when you usually ovulate. I would highly recommend you start charting now as long as you aren't on birth control pills (if you are on the pill than that will mess with your cycle so it's pointless to chart). That way you can get a headstart by figuring out when you ovulate without meds. I normally ovulate between day 30-40--even on fertility meds-- so the doctor advice for me to have sex every other day between days 6-20 would do me no good whatsoever, but if I didn't know when I ovulate, then I wouldn't even know that that was crappy advice. (It's not bad advice for someone who ovulates in the normal time frame although not really the best advice.) Also, if your cycles are completely out of whack and you can bring the paper in to show them (all of the fertility specialists except for one really appreciated and used my charts to help them plan out how they would treat me), they can more easily see what the issue/issues are and fix it right away instead of making you wait months and months.

ETA: Charting takes less than 5 minutes a day. I only chart temps, very obvious cervical mucus (if it's there when I wipe then I'll note it, but I won't go "digging for it"), and intercourse. To temp, you just get a basal body thermometer (around $5) and take your temperature every day the first thing before you get up, which takes about a minute. Then as part of my "get ready for work" routine I get online and check my email while I'm still waking up and I enter my temp and if we had sex the night before. (I stay logged in to the website so it's a click and then typing the number into the software.) That's seriously all there is to it, the software does all of the work for you. Charting will tell you when you ovulate, if your progesterone levels are okay (and when to get your progesterone levels tested to make sure), and if you have a luteal phase defect (that's the time between when you ovulate and when your next period starts, if it's too short, than you will most likely miscarry. And low progesterone can cause miscarriages too.)

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Postby frogibe » Wed Aug 04, 2010 10:15 pm

Well since you have PCOS it is really more and more about the timing. I would invest in a fertility monitor instead of charting...or use OPK's. And a really good way to look at it would be like Kellibock said with the every other day scenario.

I will be TTC sometime next year January or February most likely..so I will be joining you on the FB timesuck! I'm still searching for a great MFM and getting all the info I can on PCOS and Preeclampsia...I want to be prepared before TTC!

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Postby riehlism » Wed Aug 04, 2010 09:16 pm

See, I knew there was some reason why you shouldn't do it every day. Thanks for reminding me. The charting method seems a little time consuming. But maybe I'll change my mind come january.

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Postby kellikbock » Wed Aug 04, 2010 08:19 pm

Yes, waiting and then doing the deed every other day during the fertile time of your cycle gives you the best chances of conception! I read up on this a lot when it took me so long to get preggo with #2. Each cycle, you only have a 20% chance of getting pregnant, so if at first you don't succeed, try try again!


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