Trying To Get Pregnant?

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    l

    Is there anything else that I can do to increase my chances of getting pregnant?

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    Courtney

    Hey there, other than tracking your fertility to know if and when you ovulate, and timing intercourse around the fertile window, you'll want to prepare your body for pregnancy. First and foremost, doctors recommend that you start taking a prenatal vitamin as soon as you decide you want to conceive. If you smoke, you should quit smoking ASAP, and cut out alcohol and caffeine as well. Being significantly overweight or underweight can also affect your fertility, as can exercising too much (as in, more than 7 hours per week of aerobic exercise). If you're on any antibiotics, antidepressants, painkillers, or other drugs, talk to your doctor about whether this may affect your fertility. Finally, it's a good idea to reduce your exposure to environmental toxins as much as possible. If you're able, use all-natural cleaning and bathing products around the house, and eat organic food if possible. 

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    gibsmoe

    I keep hearing that breastfeeding affects fertility. I have a 12 month old and she is still nursing, but my husband and I want another. I have been charting and from what I understand I am fertile. My family keeps telling me I won't get pregnant until I stop breastfeeding. Is this true? Any advice in regards to nursing and fertility?

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    Courtney

    Hi gibsmoe, while breastfeeding can suppress fertility, if your cervical fluid and temperatures indicate that you are ovulating, then yes, it is possible to get pregnant! My advice would be to track your fertility signs each day and time sex when it appears ovulation is approaching (before the temperature shift, and when wet, fertile cervical fluid is present). 

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    ashmaxwell

    Hi, I'm wondering if someone could tell me if there are any signs to look for in a chart to indicate pregnancy? I've heard that continued temp rise could be one. Is that right? Are there any other things to look for?

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    siabh

    Is there a way of differentiating between EWCM and sorry if TMI... old semen?? I don't know if it's a bit of both or just semen 8/ thnx love the app x

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    Courtney

    Ashmaxwell - Some women who become pregnant may experience a triphasic temperature pattern ( see this article for more info), but others will not. Some women may have light spotting at the time of implantation, but again, others won't. If your temperatures remain high for at least 18 consecutive days after ovulation, however, this is a very good sign that you're pregnant! But ultimately, the only way to truly know if you're pregnant is to take a pregnancy test.

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    Courtney

    siabh - no worries, no such thing as TMI here :) Because semen can obscure your cervical fluid readings, it's a good idea to do Kegels exercises after sex to push any extra semen out. ( Click here for more info about what Kegels are and how to do them). If you're trying to get pregnant, wait at least 30 minutes after sex before doing Kegels. 

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    katycordell

    If you're trying to conceive a boy, what day is optimal to have sex? I know we need to time it as closely to ovulation as possible. Any tips?

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    jing_wen01

    I just came off of birth control this month and posted my chart. People told me that I didn't ovulate. I just want to make sure...you have to have a low temp followed by a temp spike AND watery CM to say that you have ovulated, right?

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    Courtney

    katycordell - There are a few varying theories out there on how to time sex in order to have a boy or a girl. Unfortunately, there's no conclusive evidence that any of them are accurate. This article has some more information: http://blog.kindara.com/blog/choosing-the-sex-of-your-baby-a-history?rq=choosing%20the%20sex

    jing_wen - In order to confirm ovulation, you need to see a sustained temperature shift from a lower range to a higher range. You'll likely also see a cervical fluid pattern in which your CF goes from dry/drier in the beginning of your cycle -> wetter around the time of ovulation -> back to dry/drier for the rest of your cycle. This article has some more info about temperature shifts: https://kindara.zendesk.com/entries/23880036-Temperature-Shift-FAQs

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    hindwalker

    What does it mean when it says "if you ovulate", I thought that was a given. Is there a solution to that?

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    marybrogers

    How long should temps stay elevated when pregnant? I'm approaching the end of my first trimester and wondering if they will come down or stay elevated throughout pregnancy.

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    tupalob

    I recently had a LOOP procedure to remove cancerous cells from my cervix. I'm afraid that if cancer spreads in the future it could affect my chances of getting pregnant. My husband and I are ready to start a family but would my recent surgery prevent pregnancy?

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    cbutler.ucm

    This might sound like a silly question, but it is one that I am seriously curious about. If I urinate immediately after sex, will it decrease my chances of conceiving? I had been putting a pillow under me to help the sperm stay in there, but I just got back from the dr with a nasty UTI AND BV infection :( I don't want that to happen again but i also don't want to hurt my chances of conceiving. Help??

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    megrblum

    What if my temps prior to ovulation range from 97.9-98.1? (Vs under 97.7) My cycle's pattern definitely has a rise in temps and I also have ovulation discomfort, so I know I am ovulating. But do my high temps before ovulation affect my fertility at all?

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    shinodafalcon

    Hello, I had a mc in January. I'm not sure if I'm ovulating according to my chart. This is the first time I'm charting temps and on this site. I've been having normal periods since March. Last month I was 4 days last though. I did have cervical fluid though last weekend. When do you think I would start ovulating? Should I start taking something to ovulate? I'm 34.5yrs old, I'm just worried about waiting because of my age. Thanks

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    Sam

    Hi Shinodafalcon,

    I'm sorry for your loss.  A period is unfortunately not enough to know if you're currently ovulating.  That being said, if you have a chart, you can email me at Feedback@kindara.com and I'll take a look at your temperature patters to see if it looks as though you've ovulated or not.  Every woman is different following a miscarriage, so it's very possible that you've started ovulating already.  Charting will help you confirm this.  Please let me know if you have any other questions.

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    wikudswifey.kb

    How can increase my chances I'm getting pregnant after coming off of implanon? I started taking prenatal about 3 weeks ago too...

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    Sam

    Hi Wikudswifey,  Generally you'll need to wait for your body to come back to its normal cycle.  If you start charting you'll be able to confirm ovulation and this will help you time intercourse to get pregnant!  Prenatals are a great idea, best of luck!

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    veit_ariel

    I have noticed my pass two charts have shown higher temperatures during my period and sometimes I have major dips in temperature during this time as well. Is this normal? Before the start of my fertile window my cervical fluid is watery which last usually 1-2 days however I usually don't even ovulate until cycle day 17 and then get my period on cycle day 28? What is going on with my body!? ?

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    Sam

    Hi Veit_Ariel,  Thank you for writing.  Sometimes your temperature is still dropping during the beginning of your period, I don't think anything too strange is going on here unless the temperatures stay high during your follicular phase.  Additionally, watery CF is fertile cervical fluid, so having it right before and during your fertile window is a great sign.  Also, ovulating on day 17 and getting your period on day 28 gives you an 11 day luteal phase, right in the normal range.  Based on what you said, I don't think there's anything strange going on with your body, I hope this helps!

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    tegan.braithwiate

    Hi I am trying to get pregnant but I'm not sure if I've been ovulating or not the chart says I did but I got told my temps barely shifted for it to be and opk test said I wasn't but I had the slippery cervical fluid my one other thing is this will be my second child but with my first I still had a period throughout my whole pregnancy can you tell me what that means for me will it make it more complicated to get pregnant

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    Sam

    Hi Tegan,

    Thank you for writing. Can you please send in your chart?  It would be easier to try and answer your question if I could see the temperatures that you're talking about. You can send it here: Feedback@kindara.com.

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    pacificnwsoul

    Is it safe to have sex during the two week wait after ovulation? I'm worried an orgasm could harm the chances of implantation but would love some intimacy during this time!

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    Lauren

    Hi pacificnwsoul, thanks for your question!  Yes, it's perfectly safe to have sex during the two week wait after ovulation.  Having an orgasm won't affect your chances of getting pregnant, so go right ahead!  Let me know if you have any other questions :)

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    gaalovata

    I am breastfeeding my 9.5 month old all through the night, which means that I never sleep for more than 2-3 hour stretches throughout the night (and that's on a good night). I heard that BBT is only reliable if you sleep for at least 4 hours in a row before taking your temp - is that true?

    Also, what is a peak fertility day? When would I check that box while charting? Thanks!

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    imknown4mybeauty

    Hello ladies this is my first month temping and I think I O cd23 today I am 13dpo and BFN. This is my second cycle taking clomid. I would really appreciate if someone can look at my chart at tell me for sure if I O

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    laurieaweaver

    Hi, I've had a similar experience. I came off the pill just over 3 weeks ago and had some yellowish sticky CF today actually. Based on my BBT I think I ovulated a couple of days ago, but I'm not sure about how to interpret my chart. If I did ovulate a couple days ago it would make sense that my CF is getting thicker and drier. So maybe the same thing is happening to you. Can any of you ladies help us out?

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    gakiikibs

    Hello. Is it safe to use a lube while trying to conceive?

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