I received my product a few days after my peak OPK. I thought about waiting until the next cycle but decided to go ahead and test for the current cycle I was on. I reached out to Amy and she told me that you can confirm ovulation without doing a baseline. A baseline is just for reference since the tests are new and women aren’t always 100% sure what they need to look for. So as a beginner, I would do a baseline if you received your product at the beginning of your cycle.
The topic that I see discussed the most is that dreaded first appointment with a fertility specialist. Everyone wants to know what they can expect, if they should bring medical documents, if your partner needs to be there, etc. Well, buckle down and read this blog post to find out exactly what you can expect!
Being a “Type A” person, I made a list of questions to ask the doctor at our first appointment so naturally I want to share those questions with all of you! I am also sharing with you the important questions that I asked (or wish I had asked) after we had a diagnosis and a plan in place!
I thought that my body was broken. I was so angry at my body because I had done all of the things that I was supposed to do. I cut out all of the bad things months before I was even pregnant. I was just so upset with myself and it wasn’t until our actual physical miscarriage that I realized that my body was actually working really hard for me. It had my best interest in mind, as morbid as that seems looking at the situation. So today I wanted to share five reasons why I’m thankful for my body after all that I’ve been through.
I understand that you have the room in your house that is designated to be the baby’s room. I understand that sometimes when you are home on a rainy Saturday, you imagine what it would be like to walk into that room to find a sleeping baby in their crib or quite the opposite, you imagine how incredible it would be to even hear a baby cry because that meant that you had your baby.
When we first started trying to conceive and a few months went by where our pregnancy tests showed only one line, we sat down and talked about what this could mean for our marriage. One thing that you may not know about me is that I am a planner. I think ahead, sometimes to a fault, I make my husband talk about scenarios that haven’t happened just in case they do happen. So trying for “Baby C” was no different. We set some ground rules I guess you could say. We both agreed that we did not want sex to become a “chore” and that we didn’t want to force anything. Of course there are months when you probably aren’t in the mood but know how important it is to try that day but we basically just didn’t want to conceive a child out of anything but love.
In case you aren’t an avid Netflix watcher like myself, they recently released another one of their Netflix Originals and this one is one you won’t want to miss. It’s about a married couple in their 40s who go through a lot of trials while trying to conceive. They have done multiple IUIs, a few unsuccessful rounds of IVF, had to do ICSI during their IVF cycles, and ended up needing an egg donor (the doctor says because of the wife’s age).
First, I’m going to be totally honest with you (per usual) I used to Google these questions ALL THE TIME because I just didn’t get it. Luckily, the community of women that I have met from this blog are all so incredible and got me started so now, I can share what I’ve learned with you! If you are a newbie to trying to conceive, look no further, here is your guide to tracking your BBT.
My OBGYN told me to start using progesterone cream at my annual physical where it just so happened that it was also around the year-mark of trying to conceive. She explained to me that the cream will help strengthen and lengthen my luteal phase which was 9 or 10 days before using the cream. Most websites define a “short luteal phase” by less than 10 or 11 days. I’ve been told by my OBGYN and Reproductive Endocrinologist both told me that they would like to see my luteal phase at least 12+ days so that was our goal when we started the progesterone cream.
If you are someone who wants to send a care package to a dear friend to let them know that you are thinking of them, this blog post is for you! Or for my #InfertilityWarriors, forward this blog post to your friends and family to show them what you would appreciate getting. I've put a lot of thought into this that way you don't have to!
Let's be real, having to do something as personal as masterbation in a public place is nerve wrecking. I had secondhand anxiety FOR my husband, so I tried to do everything I could to support him and show him that the staff at the fertility clinic aren't judging him. If you think about it, it's just a medical exam.