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Intro-TTC #1 at 37

Hi everybody!

I'm Jenny and I have been lurking for a couple weeks. My husband and I just got married in May and started TTC right after the honeymoon. We did the same as everyone and just got off birth control hoping for the best. Three months later I'm all in on BBT tracking, using OPKs and FF.

When I got off the pill my system was crazy-3 periods in that first month but now it seems to have regulated but I haven't gotten CH on FF.  I bought the Clear Blue Advanced kit and after 8 strait high days and no peak, I gave up for this month.  We did BD EOD during the beginning of the high days but DH got frustrated so who knows if we were even close. FF thinks i possibly O'd on CD16 so if that's the case we BD'd on -1 and 1 and I'm 7 DPO.  AF is due later this week and I'm trying my hardest not to get my hopes up since I may have not even ovulated.

So, although I'm frustrated at this point, reading on this forum has been very helpful so thank you!  I look forward to chatting with you all.

p.s.  That was A LOT of abbreviations!  Hope I got them right!

Re: Intro-TTC #1 at 37

  • Hello and welcome!   Just wanted to wish you lots of luck and share an experience I had with the Advanced CB OPK.  I had just started going to the RE, I was supposed to use OPK to tell them when I got a positive and then I would go in for a blood test/ultrasound to confirm ovulation.  I used the advanced and I got a bunch of highs but never the peak.  They told me to try the regular CB digital OPK, where it just tells you surge or no surge.  I used that the next month and they worked just fine, and many months have also been confirmed with the RE tests in addition to the positive OPK.    
    Me: 41
    Husband: 40
    TTC#1 since 9/2014
    Unexplained Infertility - Trying naturally
  • Thanks @jennh75b.  I just ordered Wondfo tests and a new BB thermometer because my temps were completely inconsistent this month with the cheap one I bought at Walmart. I might double up and get the regular CB kit to confirm. I'd atleast like to confirm that I'm ovulating at all!
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  • Welcome @JennyV56!  Hope your stay here is short and sweet! 

    The TTGP board is another resource that is very active, in addition to here.  Please do keep hanging out with us "geriatrics," but there is helpful info over there for any age.  Just make sure to read the newbie thread that has this week's date on it (the one pinned at the top is outdated) and lurk awhile before jumping in, should you decide to.

    One thing I learned over there is about Wondfo OPKs.  They are really cheap and work very well.  You can order them on Amazon...just make sure to check out the dealer's reviews to make sure they are legit.  They also make very inexpensive HPTs, BTW. 

    And you managed the acronyms very well!!

    Me: 45 OH: 42
    Beloved SS: born 12/2011
    TTC my bio #1/our #2 since January 2016
    **TW** June 2016 had CP **end TW**
    August 2016 - dx with DOR
    Somewhere in here received recommendation to do IVF with donor eggs, elected not to; OH dx with Low T
    May 2017 - began freezing sperm
    June 2017 - OH began treatment for Low T
    July 2017 - began doing 1 IUI via a midwife and 1 at home insemination each cycle
    July 2018 - exhausted frozen sperm, officially NTNP since OH is probably shooting blanks

  • Welcome and I wish you all the best and that your stay with us is short!!!
    ME: 44 / DH: 46
    DD conceived naturally, born 1/9/14
    Consulted RE after trying for #2 for 1 year, 9/16
    RE diagnosis: DOR, poor egg quality
    1/2017: IUI #1, Femara, failed
    2/2017: IUI #2, Femara, failed
    3/13/17: started IVF + ICSI + PGS cycle #1, antagonist protocol (menopur/follistim/ovidrel)
    4/19/17: ER, no embryos survived past morula stage, poor egg quality given as reason
    5/3/17: started IVF + ICSI + PGS cycle #2, antagonist protocol (menopur/follistim/ovidrel)
    6/7/17: ER, 1 egg retrieved, mature but did not fertilize, poor egg quality given as reason
    7/21/17: started IVF + ICSI + PGS cycle #3, antagonist protocol (menopur/follistim/ovidrel)
    8/24/17: ER, 11 eggs retrieved, 10 mature, 7 fertilized, no embryos survived past morula stage, poor egg quality given as reason
    9/17: started IVF + ICSI + PGS cycle #4, antagonist protocol (menopur/follistim/ovidrel), started organic, non-processed, no white sugar/flour, diet with unscented/nontoxic personal care products 4 weeks before ER (books suggested it takes 2-3 months)
    10/11/17: ER, 5 eggs retrieved, 2 fertilized, 1 arrested at 3 cells and the other arrested at 5 cells, poor egg quality given as reason, doctor suggested it was time to move on to donor eggs but I asked to give it one last chance and kept on my diet/unprocessed/unscented/nontoxic products
    12/28/17: started IVF + ICSI + PGS cycle #5, microdose lupron protocol
    2/1/18: ER, 9 eggs retrieved, 6 mature and 6 fertilized, 3 survived to day 5 blastocyst, 2 PGS normal
    7/12/18: FET #1, negative
    9/21/18: FET #2 scheduled

  • Welcome! I got the CB and wondfos and used them together for a few cycles just to confirm they were consistent. Once I got the hang of it I switched to wondfos alone. I can actually see the line getting darker now, so it's a good "get on it" indicator :) 
    Me: 39 SO: 36

    Dx: low progesterone, possible DOR - officially "unexplained"

    TTC#1 since November 2015
    9/16/2016 IUI#1 - BFN
    10/12/2016 IUI#2 - BFN
    1/21/2017 Clomid/IUI#3 - BFN
    March 2017 IVF: BFP! (beta#1 191, beta#2 378!) - it's a boy! DS born 12/6/2017

    TTC #2 since July 2018
    May 2019 IVF #2: BFP! (beta#1 346, beta#2 646) - vanishing twin at 8 weeks. Baby B still going strong - due 2/8/20!
    Pregnancy Ticker
  • Welcome @jennyv56!  You and I are on a similar timeline.  I also got married in May and we have been actively trying ever since.  OPK's are tricky so I also recommend a combo of digital and wonfos to indicate FW.  I hope your stay here is short!
  • Yup, what others said about using both CB and Wondfos until you get the hang of finding the positive on the Wondfo. I was sent the knock-off Wondfos once too and I've found those work just as well (I did many experiments). And when a Wonfdo expires, throw it away! It won't show a positive anymore.

    Oh, and welcome! The TTGP board is a fantastic resource!

    Me: late 30s | H: early 30s
    TTC #1 since April 2015
    RE Dx: Fibroids, surgery Jan 2016
    IUI #1 and #2, Nov/Dec 2016, BFN
    IVF March 2017: ER - 5R/3M/3F, 1 PGS normal
    Polyp removed May 2017
    FET May 2017 - BFP!
    Baby boy born 2/2/18

  • Welcome!  I'm new this week too.  I got married in July but have been trying since May.  I get lost in the acronyms too!

    Me: 36  DH:35
    Married: 7/10/2016
    TTC#1 - May 2016
    BFP 9/6/2016 - Missed MC 10/20/2016  
    BFP 5/5/2017  - CP
    IVF #1 - June 2017  - Transferred 1 fresh 4 AA embryo.  7/9 Beta #1 - 161 
    <3 Adam <3 Born on 3/18/18

  • Here is a link to the glossary if that is helpful to anyone:

    You catch on quick.  
  • Welcome! I'm also 37, recently married and TTC my first. I feel like there aren't many of us, so it's good to hear from another is the same boat! Hope you get your BFP soon!
    Age 39, H 38

    Married 8/15

    Pregnancy #1, MMC, D&C November/December 2015
    Pregnancy #2, Dx with Triploidy at 12 weeks, MMC, D&C May 2016
    Pregnancy #3 BFP 10/20/2016- EDD 7/01/2017
    DD was born on June 26, 2017
    Pregnancy #4 CP 4/2018
    Pregnancy #5 BFP 9/13/2018, EDD= 5/27/2019
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