That's actually not too bad. The one I was referring to is the ClearPlan Blue or ClearPlan Easy??? It's a digital monitor, made by the same company I think, for $200. I think you can only buy it online, and in addition, you have to purchase the test strips separately...I think I've seen those in the stores though.View Thread
I have looked into them, even checked out craigslist, they are just...expensive, but each month AF shows up, I am more inclined to purchase. I know it doesn't make a ton of ton of sense, b/c children are quite a bit more expensive than a $200 digital monitor, it just seems...I don't know, I guess I'm afraid of being frivolous. The test strips I am currently using were actually sent to me from a friend who got a tummy tuck a few months after pruchasing them. On the up-side, the reviews/ results that I have read about those monitors are phenominal! A lot of them stating positive results after 1-2 months of use. I have also been afraid though, that those "reviews" have been padded, so to speak. It seems I am rambling quite a bit today, sorry about that. Long story short, each month the digital monitor becomes more and more worth the expense- as I'm sure most can relate. Ty for the reply Best Wishes! ~ErinView Thread
Hi, I'm new to this board. I am 33, and have 1 child who is 8. I also have Fibromyalgia. I stopped taking BC Pill in Mar., after being on it (or the patch) for 7 years. I started charting my cycle in Apr. It has been 27-33 days, never the same. I started BBT in May, but not always every day. I had been smoking for the past 5 yrs, but quit in June. I was 174 lbs (I'm 5'3") and taking several meds for the Fibro. One was Cymbalta which can cause birth defects, not to mention when doing some research online, I found many stories of women abruptly stopped taking it upon a positive pregnancy test, and having miscarriage within days. I weaned off of it by the end of June. I was also prescribed Phentermine to aid with weight loss, and am now finally down to 142 lbs.-still slightly overweight, but much better. I am still taking a few prescription meds in the morns for my stiffness & pain( Ibuprofen & a muscle relaxer, and the Phentermine). I am also taking several supplements in the morns.(Pre-natal with DHA, CalciuIm, Gingko-Biloba, B50). At night I take a Melatonin and either an alprazolam or 1/2 of a Zolpidem in an attempt to get more rest. I also have hydrocodone for those times when my pain is more than the Ibuprofen can help, but it's not something I need everyday. In Aug. I began using OV tests, that did yield positive results on the 17th day of my cycle, and we acted accordingly. I had found out our lubricant was not sperm friendly, so we used water. No conception. In Sept. I OV tested again. I started to get a pink line on the 13th day of my cycle, so we began acting accordingly. The line was a little darker on the 14th day but not yet positive. On the 15th day the pink line was much lighter than the day before. So I took that to mean ovulation had probably occured, and just prayed that the timing was right. I started my period today . We have been using the OV tracker tool here on WebMD from the beginning as well. I'm terrified that I am going to be one of those women who has 1 child and then "unexplained infertility". Up until March we had been decided against having another child due to my health, but my daughter became seriously ill in March, and for some reason that changed my mind. Now I'm desperate for another one.View Thread
I have heard this, and think the premise is that by taking them you are ensuring that your body is getting all of the nutrients it needs, creating optimal body conditions. In addition, if you are already taking them pre-conception, when you do conceive, your baby will be reaping the benefits from day 1, as opposed to going without until you suspect that you might be pregnant, and/or your HCG is high enough to yield a positive pregnancy test, which for some is after a missed period... a couple of weeks after conception has taken place.View Thread
From what I've read recently, 1.)Yes, it can take 3 months off the Pill for your cycle to regulate. I know this is not what they tell us when promoting the Pill. I had always read (before TTC) that you could become pregnant immediately after going off of the Pill. That was the beauty of the whole idea for me. I don't know if it takes longer for your cycle to regulate if you have been on the Pill for a long time or not, but that is probably something to think about as well. Everyone is different so unfortunately...we have no garauntees, or hard facts to rely on. Another bit of information I only discovered recently, reading an article online is that, 2.) Women do not always ovulate every cycle- this was news to me. I guess you still have your period, but may not neccessarily release an egg every cycle. I don't know why, the article didn't go into that much detail on it. I'm pretty sure we do ovulate more often than not though. I got the feeling from the article that it's something that occurrs (or does not occurr) occassionally. 3.) Not every woman has a detecable LH-Surge. This was also discouraging to me. I don't think it means that you are not ovulating for certain, just that possibly, when you do ovulate, the amount of LH is not high enough to be detected by the OV test that you are using. Some OV kits are definitely more sensitive than others, and this is something to consider. ClearBlue/ ClearPlan has a digital OV test that comes highly recommended but it is around $200 (may only be able to get it online), and the test strips are sold seperately (in stores). I want it so bad, I'm just not able to designate that amount of $ towards TTC yet. I will tell you, that I found a couple of them listed on Craigslist in my area. The women who posted them were asking very close to retail price because: 1 woman said she only had to use it 1 month before becoming pregnant, the other woman said she only had to use it 2 months before becoming pregnant. So the monitors were still very new. I think it's probably a great investment, especially if you want multiple children. Omg! I just realized that there is an ad for the silly thing just to the left on this page where I am posting! lol! It's at the bottom of the column that lists: Home, Discussions, Tips, etc. I'm sure the ads change periodically, but at least it's available for you to check it out. I have been TTC since April. I came off the Pill in March. I had NOT been diligent up until the last couple of months. I started with the basal body temp method, then started to get discouraged, so I began buying the OV kits in August. My cycle has run the gamut of 27- 33 days (started today:( ) in length. First I used a 7 day OV kit from Wal-Mart, Equate brand, they were negative every day, no second line at all. I then purchased the Answer Ovulation kit with 20 days of strips (they expire after 30 days), and to my amazement it showed I was having an LH-Surge on that 8th day! (It kept showing the surge for almost 3 days though??) My only child is 8. Before I got pregnant with her, I had been on the Pill for at least 5 years. I was told that after 5 yrs you should give your body a break from the Pill. I was not TTC, in fact we were using condoms and the withdraw method. I had been off the Pill for 7 months before I got pregnant with her. It doesn't hurt to use the Basal Temp method WITH the OV kits. The OV kits indicate the beginnng of ovulation, while the BBT, indicates it has already happened. If it will help put your mind at ease there is a First Response Fertility Test in stores, that measures FSH level to assess ovarian reserve (egg quantity and quality)-one of the leading single indicators of a woman's ability to get pregnant. Remember there are many other factors to consider that can either increase or decrease the odds for both the man and the woman. I hope this was helpful, and that everything works out great for you!View Thread
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