I haven't seen one of these threads in a while. What does pulling out all the stops mean to you while TTC? Legs up in the air? Various supplements? Sex during a full moon? Missionary only? Share them here!
We are taking a break from the RE after an unsuccessful clomid cycle. We're going to try on our own until the fall. For this cycle, I am trying to incorporate more of these:
-more frequent BD. Should be obvious, but it's hard with a toddler!
-Vitamin D. The RE prescribed these last time.
-Pregnitude/Premomma- myo-inositol for egg quality and ovulation. I'm borderline PCOS according to RE, and have weak ovulation
-RE recommended acupuncture
-Cinnamon for insulin resistance
-Vitamin X! Exercise. I completed the 20 in 31 March Madness Challenge at my local pure barre, and have almost reached 100 classes since September. I'm down 21lbs.
-metformin. Makes me too darn sick even at 500mg!
persimmon / 1281 posts
About 6 months before we started TTC I started seeing a naturopath for my irregular cycles. I got on thyroid meds (slightly hypo), started vitex, magnesium, multi vit, vit B complex, & iron supplements. I added ground flax to my diet for increased EWCM. I also started to exercise a little more frequently. Once we started ttc we BD EOD and I laid in bed for 20 min after sex. No legs up, just laid flat. We didn't have trouble concieving so I have no idea if all of that stuff really helped.
kiwi / 526 posts
I feel like we had to pull out all of the stops. We did:
A high quality food-based multivitamin with extra Vitamin C. I was convinced my thin lining needed a boost and eventually my period length was longer.
Sex in the AM, while on vacation, and every day and including O day.
Finally an HSG a few days before expected O I think helped. My RE had to push through the right tube a bit, and I heard the ultrasound tech note that I had ovulated on the right side when she was checking out our baby at 9 weeks. Maybe some gunk got cleared out?
I guess that was it, but it felt like a lot at the time.
grapefruit / 4770 posts
@Bibliolove: I got pregnant 72 hours after my HSG with my first! The right tube wasn't blocked, but the RE had to push the dye through as it didn't just flow back out. I also noticed the month I ate an orange every day I had a 14 day luetal phase for the first time ever. I wasn't even trying, I just bought a big bag of oranges. Maybe that vitamin C really does something!?!
@Portboston: I'm hoping the increased exercise helps balance out my hormones. I need to find a good naturopath.
pomegranate / 3895 posts
Pineapple core smoothies, Mucinex, lots of water, a cup of green tea a day, preseed, and temping / opks.
No idea what worked, if anything. We probably just got lucky.
kiwi / 526 posts
@dc yoga bee: I definitely count the HSG as the reason we got pregnant! Besides BDing of course. The Vit C was more for trying to lengthen my bleeding days ( I figured more bleeding, heavier flow equals better lining). Previously it was just a few smudges on a pad. My luteal phase was always about 15 days. Anyway, I think it is an all-around important vitamin!
persimmon / 1281 posts
I love my naturopath. She changed my life!
I forgot to add that I was charting and eating a pretty good diet full of veggies. I also made my husband take a multi vit plus B complex.
honeydew / 7622 posts
For me it was getting off depo for over 1 year before TTC then getting off the pill 8 months prior and charting starting then. Condoms as a back up.
Then we just DTD for every other day for 2 months. Stayed on my back after for a few minutes. I tried testing for ovulation but stopped after I was not getting positives around the expected time.
We would have done temping or regular testing kits if it had taken much longer.
grapefruit / 4361 posts
Staying in bed afterward
BD EOD or ED
We'd be willing to do injectables or IUI if thats what it took.
we took some supplements but I can't remember, that wasn't what did it though I think.
nectarine / 2176 posts
If we are talking without interventions like femera and progesterone and IUI my list includes:
legs in the air
temping charting and OPKs
pineapple for the 5 days following ovulation
grapefruit / 4455 posts
From past experiences, not currently doing this.. Just OPKs, vitamins, & sex usually about 2 weeks every day to every other day. Which is a feat after you already have at least one kid and at least one person on night work schedule!
I don't do the legs in the air thing because I am UTI paranoid after some crappy experiences!
pomegranate / 3355 posts
@dc yoga bee: good luck!!!