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"worth it" is relative - you can get a 50 pack off amazon for practically the same price as a 2 pack at the store, definitely worth it at that price point. Last cycle was my first time using them and I started on day 8, tested daily for over a week, sometimes twice a day because why not, definitely nice having more info.
What you do next depends on a couple of things. If you're 35 or older you should schedule an appointment with a reproductive endocrinologist (RE) after 6+ months of trying without success. If you're under 35 the recommendation for seeing a RE is once you've tried for a full 12 months or more without success.
The other scenario in which you may want to see an RE sooner is if you've been tracking your cycles and temping and you've noticed some glaring problems that have persisted several months after discontinuing hormonal birth control. These issues would include: having most of your cycles be anovulatory (where you're not ovulating), having a luteal phase less than 10 days, having a significantly amount of luteal phase bleeding/spotting more cycles than not or having cycles that are 60+ days. In those situations you may want to get checked out sooner since it's far more likely that there is a problem.
Assuming you're under 35, if you haven't been temping and charting I'd suggest you start doing that. I've seen ladies on here say how they started temping and realized that they don't normally ovulate when they thought they did so they'd been fairly consistently missing their fertile window. Just being a couple of days off on timing sex around ovulation can make a huge difference in how likely you are to get pregnant. To this end if you want/need a little help timing sex and you're not already using OPKs I'd suggest trying those. Most ladies around here like Wondfo OPKs off Amazon.
Also, all the abbreviations are over on the sidebar. :)
It took us 4 months, using ovulation sticks the whole time. These are the ones I used. They come with instructions so it’ll be pretty clear how to use them. I also was on the pill before we started trying.
I get a pack of 50 opks for $15 on amazon :) there’s a lot of expensive ones out there but the cheapies seem to work the best!
Wondfo One Step Ovulation (LH) Test Strips, 50-Count [link]
Do you use ovulation prediction kits? I believe those should still work with a Mirena. You can get a pack of 50 Wondfo 's pretty cheap on Amazon. I am actually really glad I started tracking, it's helped me understand my body much better.
> I've been afraid of wasting them because it's been so unpredictable.
That's why we all bulk buy Wondfos! When they're that cheap, you don't mind using lots of them :)
Personally, and I only just started, but I bought Clearblue OPK's and they're okay but I get the impression that it's much easier to deal with test strips. Maybe I am wrong, and other people can weigh in, but that's the impression I get and when/if I run out of CBs, I'll probably get Wondfo.
But I think it's really up to personal preference.
It is totally possible to ovulate but not have a period. In a woman with 100% normal function, she'd ovulate somewhere near the middle of her cycle, conceive, and then not have the next period two weeks later. So, yeah. You could have gotten pregnant. I would go get a blood test ASAP. And, depending on your type of PCOS, I would recommend using ovulation tests for a month to see if you have significant fluctuations in your Lh levels. A significant spike would indicate ovulation. I use these to see if/when I will start ovulating (I don't currently, but I am on meds and dieting so that may change!) [link] Good luck, OP! And congrats - maybe? - on baby and your engagement!
No success yet, my dear. I miscarried again with my second pregnancy in early November. I'm taking a break on trying to get pregnant for a year or two and just focusing on my health and my career. I've still not have been in the optimum health during each pregnancy. When we're ready, we are going to try naturally one more time and if that pregnancy fails, we plan on going to a reproductive endocrinologist.
Check on /r/keto, /r/xxketo, or if keto isn't for you, /r/paleo works just as well, but they focus on whole foods, eat a bit more carbohydrates, and take out all dairy.
Personally, I stick with keto because my insulin spikes reeeaaallyy hard if I don't stay in ketosis, and I crash and burn after each spike. I turn into an incredibly tired bitch (my poor husband). Keto at least keeps my levels balanced and I can feel normal every day. I want to try the cyclic keto diet when I get back into lifting, hopefully that doesn't turn into a disaster.
ANYWAY, back to you: Have you tried temping your cycle? Also, ovulation sticks are pretty awesome. I definitely was NOT ovulating until I started eating low carb. Sugar messes with your cycle. I wish I could explain why, but I'm not that smart. ;)
Also, there is a ton of information on conceiving on /r/TryingForABaby. Seriously, love those ladies and gents. I avoid it now because I don't want to get the baby rabies again for awhile. Lol.
Please, if you have any more questions, I am willing to help you out. Send me a PM - let's be friends! :D
Amazon sells these in bulk for cheap.
But they also have tests at almost any drug store, in an easier read format but they're fewer tests for the money. Amazon sells bulk pregnancy tests too that are very similar!
OPKS (Ovulation Prediction Kits) are used to let you know when your body is producing more LH. LH ramps up in the body shortly before you ovulate. These kits are often a dip test that you use with urine you have held for 3-4 hours. Unlike pregnancy tests, these strips are only positive when the test line is as dark or darker than the control line. Having a +OPK does not guarantee you are going to ovulate. Instead, it says that if you do ovulate it will be within the next 12-48 hours. Though some people ovulate as soon as 6 hours, and some as late as 72, most people ovulate 12-48 hours after a positive OPK. Many women do not surge until the afternoon, so it is a good idea to test in the morning and early evening when you are getting close to the day you normally ovulate. Many of our users purchase bulk packs of Wondfo Ovulation Prediction Kits as a cost effective and reliable way to test during the cycle. Here is how to tell if your Wondfos are counterfeit. Sometimes your body gears up to ovulate and then decides to abort the ovulation for whatever reason. If that happens you will have a positive opk, however, if you keep using them you will find another positive opk in a week or two. If you are not expecting this, it may seem like you are late for your period, when really you are not.
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