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Update on trying to get pregnant

By August 4, 2011 - 8:17am
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Hello, Im 28 years old, have two children and I am trying for another. I wrote a post yesterday stating my 6 day late period, well today it's here! :( I was told that I may obtain better conception odds by taking birth control to regulate my period(which is not too irregular, just a day or 2 off some months). I have taken the first BC pill today on day 1 of period. I am so confused as to how this works. My pregnancies before, just happened. I guess what I am trying to figure out is, if I continue this pack of BC and stop, could that actually delay my ovulation? Or is it better to just stay off and start fresh by monitoring my BBT charts etc. I really want to do it the safest way possible. I am aware that everyone is different in these matters, but any advise will do. Unfortunally, my insurance doest start to next month. I just need an opinion because Im starting to feel like a baby wanting lunitic!!!

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Absolutly! Thank you!

August 4, 2011 - 10:22am

Thank you kindly for your advise, I agree, I think the old fashion way is best, but I do have one question about the bbt charting. I dont really get how to read ovulation days, I have been charting for about a week and now that im on my flow, what should I be looking for? A drop in temperature? A rise? Confused. Any suggestions?

August 4, 2011 - 8:42am
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What you're looking for in a BBT reading:

During the first part of a woman's menstrual cycle basal body temperatures will be lower. The first half of your menstrual cycle is called the follicular phase. Right before ovulation you will have a slight drop in temperature followed by a sharp rise in temperature. Not all women will have a drop in temperature before ovulation but if you notice your temperature drop, you should start having intercourse then.

Around the time of ovulation, you will see a rise in temperature. By the time you notice this rise in temperature, you have already ovulated. That is why charting works best when done for a few months. What you are looking for is a rise in temperature of about .4 degrees or more after ovulation. If you have ovulated your temperature will remain higher. If your temperature remains higher for three days or more, then you can assume you have ovulated

Here are some do's and don'ts on BBT charting:
Do take your temperature at the same time every day. You may want to set your alarm clock to wake you up each morning.

Do take your temperature consistently. You can take your temperature orally, rectally, or vaginally. Whichever method you choose, make sure you are consistent.

Do keep a chart beside your bed. Keep your chart beside your bed at night with your thermometer and pen ready. It is important that you take your temperature while your body is at rest and rummaging around the house looking for your thermometer or pen may be the best way to get your temperature rising.

Do take your temperature after at least three hours of restful sleep. Try to get a good night's sleep before taking your temperature. If for some reason you did not get a lot of sleep or you woke up frequently through the night, you should still take your temperature. Just make a note of it on your chart.

Don't get upset if you oversleep or forget to write a temperature down. The purpose of charting is to help you determine when you ovulate and to hopefully help you have a baby! If you forget to chart one day, just plot your temperatures anyway. Make a note of what time you took your temperature or if you skipped a day.

Don't drink, smoke or eat anything before taking your temperature. Hopefully, you won't be smoking if you are trying to conceive. Eating or drinking can affect the temperature in your mouth if you are taking your temperature orally.


Hope this helps!


August 4, 2011 - 8:51am

Hi allpisces,

Thanks for your question! If you are actively trying to conceive and your period is only off every month by 2-3 days, then I would suggest getting off the birth control pills. If you are on birth control purely for regularity issues, then a two or three day difference won't really matter. You will not be ovulating while you're on birth control so this will eliminate your chances of pregnancy. Get off the birth control and you can begin trying to conceive. There's no saying when you'll begin to ovulate after getting off the pills, it could be right away or it could take a couple of months but it certainly doesn't hurt to try immediately.

Wishing you the best,


August 4, 2011 - 8:37am
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