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Sorry if this is redundant/something she’s doing already, but you could tell her that you did some research and wanted to know if she wants to try using ovulation predictor kits (I got these and they are cheap and easy, and come with much cheaper pregnancy test strips too [link] ) also highly recommend tracking on the fertility friend app.
I’m a data nerd so having all that information to go on really helped me not to stress too much.
Good luck to you both, it seems like you are heading in the right, supportive direction!
I'm TTC #1 this month! I went off the pill in April (March was my last full month), and I had been on HBC for about 6 years. I tracked all my cycles since then on the Glow app, and tracked with OPKs during May to see if I was regular (I was) and to test it against the accuracy of the app (pretty close)!
I bought a bundle of cheapies on Amazon and have had good results (nothing faulty that I've noticed).
So long story short, YES! -- get some cheapies (testing is addicting and could be expensive). Use an app to track your cycle, and I'd start OPKs from about cycle day 8/9, in case you ovulate early and keep at it until you get those positives (which is a line as dark or darker than the test, see r/tfablineporn for examples and guidance).
The fun (and awful) part of birth control is that it gives you symptoms that are near identical to that of ovulation or pregnancy, because that's how birth control works. It tricks your body into thinking it's already pregnant.
The mini-pill is the only* pill that will allow you to ovulate while taking it. This happens when you miss a pill since the mini pill is basically the smallest possible dose of hormone to keep your ovaries in check. Miss it and it thinks it's party time. The combination pill is a much higher dose (generally) and will supress your ovulation even if you miss one pill, usually.
If you were on the mini pill, the information you got would be correct. But your body thinks its pregnant, and so it's not going to ovulate, because that's just a silly thing to do.
If you're worried, you can buy OPK's (Ovulation Prediction Kits) on Amazon (Bonus Amazon Smile link!) for about 20-ish bucks. If you take an OPK twice a day, every day, you'll see that you're not ovulating.
Go on Amazon and buy some Wondfo test strips. They should be blue.
Wondfo Combo Ovulation and Pregnancy Tests (50 LH + 20 HCG) [link]
Welcome to the sub!
I got two from CVS (dog ate the first one -_-) for $7-$9 and they worked just fine. No need to wait for an online order if you have a CVS nearby.
As far as the ovulation tests, I'd recommend this kit from Amazon. [link]
When you order, make sure to check the shipper against this list of authorized retailers so you don't get duds: [link]
Haha my OBGYN said the same thing!! I told her I was trying for a specific window and she was like okay get an ovulation kit asap (done - got this one at my mom friend's rec: https://www.amazon.com/Wondfo-Ovulation-Test-Strips-Pregnancy/dp/B00RY8UBNC/ref=sxts_sxwds-bia-wc-drs1_0?cv_ct_cx=ovulation&dchild=1&keywords=ovulation&pd_rd_i=B00RY8UBNC&pd_rd_r=9da1f936-6e29-4796-90fe-5c740fca6d25&pd_rd_w=cx4f5&pd_rd_wg=r4ySt&pf_rd_p=055f7364-94db-4b93-80d6-346300592c66&pf_rd_r=3KD3K1ST6K6QZ5B43ZAK&psc=1&qid=1595790529&s=hpc&sr=1-1-f7123c3d-6c2e-4dbe-9d7a-6185fb77bc58 ).
I also think she could tell I was feeling a bit apprehensive and she was really reassuring. She told me everything would be fine, she also had kids in this career, and that it's only going to get harder and harder.
The way my school works we have an condensed/accelerated curriculum so while we still have a few weeks for summer between M1 and M2 we basically jump into clinicals during M2 and then don't really stop, though M3/M4 is more flexible. I still feel like clinicals are more like a 45 hour work week like I would have even if I wasn't a medical student, and this is more manageable with an infant than residency, and you know, if I fail to conceive or want a second child, then I have a second window before the dreaded residency.
I asked r/MedSpouse about timing ( https://www.reddit.com/r/MedSpouse/comments/hbetlw/have_any_of_you_been_a_stay_at_home_mother_or/ ) and seems like intern year may the absolute worst time to be pregnant to give birth (that would be my last chance before turning 36), which was then confirmed by a friend's sister in law with.. THREE kids currently finishing her residency who was like.. yeah happy I started in med school, don't do it intern year.
Anyway all that to say... BABY DUST AND SOLIDARITY TO YOU. Also happy to know someone is as crazy as I am!! Same re messaging me - any time!
these are my repeat purchase: Wondfo 50 Ovulation Test Strips and 20 Pregnancy Test Strips Kit - Rapid Test Detection for Home Self-Checking Urine Test (50 LH + 20 HCG) [link]
I love Wondfos. Bonus for this set because it come with HPTs! ([link])
A lot of us buy the HPT/OPK combo pack of Wondfos