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#1 JillianLindsay

 
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Posted 16 October 2011 - 10:55 AM

So, I'm sure there is a lot of information on here & other discussions about this... but I'm really needing some encouragement to stay positive and be patient more than anything.

My husband and I have been trying to conceive for 3 months now. I've been charting my cycle & we've had very regular sex (every 1-2 days) before, during, and around the time of ovulation.

I haven't been on any birth control for 2 years & 3 months (since my celiac disease dx). I'm extremely careful about gluten and cc, and haven't been glutened in a very long time. I'm taking prenatal vitamins, I've abstained completely from alcohol, and have kept my caffeine intake down to either one cup of coffee per day, or two mugs of tea per day maximum. I am active, eat healthy, exercise regularly, don't smoke, etc. My husband is also healthy and we're both relatively young (I'm 28 and he's 31).

I know these things take time, but each month I've been so "sure" I'm pregnant, and then the HPT is negative and I'm seriously disappointed. :( I can't figure out what, if anything, we're doing wrong ... or if I just need to relax and be patient (which is probably the most likely thing).

But if anyone does have any tips for increasing fertility, I'm all ears!! (or eyes :ph34r:)

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Edited to add: My last test of ttg levels were nil, so I haven't had any contact as of that time, and my last vitamin panel (which was right before we started trying to conceive 3 months ago) was perfectly normal.

Edited by JillianLindsay, 16 October 2011 - 11:01 AM.

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Posted 16 October 2011 - 10:58 AM

Robitussin. Check and see if it's gluten-free.

Take it as you approach ovulation, stop after you know you ovulated. Increases cervical mucus.

And 3 months really is just the beginning - I hit it on 11 months. When I gave up. And took Robitissin.
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Posted 16 October 2011 - 10:59 AM

And have a drink.

Just 1.
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Responsive to iodine withdrawal for DH (see quote, above).

Genetic tests reveal half DQ2, half DQ8 - I'm a weird bird!

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Posted 16 October 2011 - 11:07 AM

Interesting! When I googled Robitussin & cervical mucous, I found this: http://www.fertility...org/faq/cm.html

I wonder if this product is gluten-free! http://www.early-pre...vicalmucus.html

Has anyone ever taken it?

Thanks for the info :)
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Posted 16 October 2011 - 11:14 AM

3 months is a very short time. I would not start to worry until it's been a year or more. Are you using the methods in the book "Taking Charge of your fertility" to chart your cycle? You can learn a lot from that book if you have not read it yet.
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Posted 16 October 2011 - 11:19 AM

3 months is not long. IIRC, it takes about 6months for 60% of couples to conceive. (90% by 9 months of trying.) So be patient. If you're just using OPK's for checking ovulation, do try charting to help you see if you can learn any more - and get more advanced notice on ovulation, for many women.
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#7 JillianLindsay

 
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Posted 16 October 2011 - 11:21 AM

Thanks, a friend just recommended that book for me and it is on order from chapters online (I am at a conference right now and can't go shopping for it). I also have just started to track using their online calendars at http://www.tcoyf.com

Thanks

Also, what about charting basal body temperature?
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Posted 16 October 2011 - 12:55 PM

I charted bbt, watched mucus....

In the end I knew the cm was the problem (if it wasn't endometriosis).

I also had TCOYF. Great book.
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Genetic tests reveal half DQ2, half DQ8 - I'm a weird bird!

#9 JillianLindsay

 
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Posted 16 October 2011 - 02:08 PM

Thanks! I'll start tracking my bbt too when I'm home from this conference ;)
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Posted 16 October 2011 - 06:09 PM

Also, got a helpful & quick response from service@early-pregnancy-tests.com

"Hi there,

Thank you for your note. The Fertilaid for Women is gluten free, however the FertileCM is deemed as not.

Please let me know if you have any further questions!

Thanks,

Pat Phillips
Customer Support"
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Posted 05 November 2011 - 05:14 PM

Everyone I know who struggled to get pregnant (3 mos, 6 mos, 2 yrs+ of trying) all had a lot of success when they just said, F*** it, I'm not going to think about it this month. I'm just going to relax and not chart anything, etc etc.

And yes, have a drink. Or two. ;)

The month I gave up (it was a December) I thought, what the heck, and had me lots o' eggnog with rum. Also had some wine with dinner. Found out shortly after Christmas I was preggers.
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Posted 05 November 2011 - 06:14 PM

Yep, there is such a thing as 'trying too hard' ;)
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#13 JillianLindsay

 
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Posted 14 November 2011 - 08:01 AM

Thanks folks. Another "miss" this month, but I have purchased some Robitussin and a digital ovulation kit. I also relaxed and had a drink and plan to have more fun with it this month!
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Posted 14 November 2011 - 08:16 AM

Oh yes, try to have fun! I know it's ridiculous to tell you to relax, so I won't. But DO have fun!!!
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Posted 14 November 2011 - 12:58 PM

Thanks folks. Another "miss" this month, but I have purchased some Robitussin and a digital ovulation kit. I also relaxed and had a drink and plan to have more fun with it this month!

You too? I was just coming on to say that we didn't either this month...period started overnight last night. :(
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