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I did not take Fertilaid so can not comment on that product. Although I think it has vitex in it and I took vitex independently. The vitex I took did balance out my hormones so that was positive.

I think with any of these things they should not do any harm and going natural is best when you are TTC (in my view) so worth a try for sure. You may need to stick with them for a bit as many ladies on here seem to report positive benefits only after about 3 months of taking supplements.

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To check temperature you need to buy a special BBT thermometer which measures your temperature to 2 decimal places. Then every day of your cycle you take your temperature with it at the exact same time of day and as soon as you wake up and before you sit up in bed or move around. If you normally wake at 6.30am, for example, this would be the first thing you would do when you wake so the thermometer would sit on your night stand. The temperature is effected by a few things so to really help this method work you need at least 3 hours uninterrupted sleep before you wake and take your temp. You chart the daily temps here and we can look out for patterns that confirm when you likely ovulated.

For the ovulation predictor tests you would buy a bunch of cheap tests (they are available with Fairhaven health) or on Amazon or other websites. You start taking them approximately 1 week before likely ovulation, which you work out from your average cycle length. You simple dip a stick into a sample of urine from later in the day and read the results based on the instructions. These sticks will normally show a surge in your LH hormone about 12 to 48 hours in advance of ovulation so you know it is coming. You chart these results here also.

Finally, your cervical mucus will change in its appearance at various times in your cycle. Earlier it starts off sticky then it gets wetter and slippery closer to Ovulation and a few days out from ovulation in many women it becomes clear and stretchy like egg white. When it is like egg white this signals ovulation is likely a few days away and you are most fertile. After ovulation the cervical mucus normally goes creamy or drier. Some women find they can track and chart this easily just by observing their cervical mucus and feeling it with their fingers. That can be charted here.

There are a few other methods that you can use as well but the 3 outlined above are the 3 that are most commonly used because they are cheap and reasonably easy.

To chart it all you would go into the My Cycles tab at the top of the screen and set up a new cycle which would start on the day you get your period as this is cycle day 1. You then just go in everyday and enter the data and save it each day. Ovagraph will draw the charts for you from this data and give indications of when it thinks you may have ovulated based on the patterns and then the people on this site can also look at the data ( if you wish, although you can keep these private also) and help you interpret the data so you can have intercourse at the most fertile time and increase your chances to conceive. When a new cycle starts with menstruation coming, you close off the existing cycle and start a new one with cycle day one again so that over time you have a number of cycles to look back on. You seem to be doing well at starting new charts and recording details of bleeding so now you just need to collect some other forms of data to add to the chart next cycle.

I hope this is helpful. Apologies for the long response and you may already have been aware of some of the above but I thought I would spell it all out clearly incase this charting is completely new to you. Happy to answer any follow up questions.

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Re temperature, the actual temperature is not what is important but the trend. What you will see over an entire cycle is temperatures between your period and the day of ovulation that hover around one level. They will go up and down a bit but should be fairly consistent as you approach ovulation. Then the day after you ovulate your temperature should jump up higher by 0.4 degrees or even more. It will then remain at the new higher level until your next period arrives or a few days before it or after it. Again they will still fluctuate a bit daily but will generally stay higher than your pre ovulation temps. So as soon As the temp spikes up this is a good indication you may have ovulated and then you watch for it to stay up to confirm. By the end of the cycle the chart will look biphasic with a line of lower temperatures in the first half of the cycle and a line of higher temperatures in the second half. Ovulation is usually seen quite clearly then as the point where the chart changes.

Ovagraph will help by populating some markers to tell you when it believes your temperature shows ovulation and of course the first month will be the hardest since you won't know your trends. After a couple of cycles you will find you can tell when ovulation has happened quite quickly as you will be used to your patterns.

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If you use the urine test ovulation predictors you can wait until they show positive for ovulation approaching and then have intercourse for the next few days until ovulation has finished.

If you are unsure about ovulation time for the first few cycles then if your cycles are regular you can estimate ovulation as being about 10 to 16 days before your period starts. But once you have charted your temperatures for a full cycle or two things should become clearer and you will be able to pinpoint it much more accurately.

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But if not then just start charting your temperatures and have intercourse every second day and over the period of a cycle or two we should hopefully see an ovulation pattern emerge which, if you are regular with your cycles, will give us a good idea when you are ovulating in future cycles as well. At least using the temperature method we would hopefully be able to tell you when you have already ovulated so you can relax and not be so focused on such regular intercourse while you wait until the end of the cycle or until you get your positive pregnancy test. Fingers crossed that is soon for you.

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Just to confirm, when you say 20 days I assume you are counting from the first day you start bleeding until the first day you start bleeding the next month? Is that correct.

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Good luck and fingers crossed for a quick positive pregnancy test.

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