TTC Primer with Chart

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For many couples seeking to become pregnant, the words trying-to-conceive (or TTC) can sometime bring up mixed emotions, especially when you have been trying, and trying, and trying – and after another 2 Week Wait (the weeks following the date you ovulate), another BFN (big fat negative on your pregnancy test). After a while, it can be a bit vexing – every day waking up to your basal thermometer and viewing saliva samples through a ferning scope, collecting a urine sample or peeing on a stick (using ovulation tests).

Here are some facts for trying to conceive couples that may let them know that they are not alone.

• It may take, on average, 6 to 12 months for TTC couples to become pregnant.
• The average age of TTC women is around 30 years (we’re much older now, so its not as easy).
• 15% of trying to conceive couples will face some infertility issues during their ttc efforts.
• In infertility issues, men are just as likely as women to be the cause.

Here is a list of some potential issues and strategies you may face on the ttc path. And there are plenty of tools and methods to help you increase your chances of becoming pregnant. Most of these topics we deal with on our TTC Info and Articles section of the site.

• Preconception nutrition, health, and diet.
• How to predict when you ovulate.
• Knowing which days your are fertile.
• Knowing how long you are fertile.
• Sperm motility and sperm count (male fertility).
• Cervical mucus changes during your cycle.
• Potential infertility causes.
• Infertility medications and fertility supplements.
• Recognizing natural fertility signs.
• Using a basal thermometer & charting your BBT .
• Complete fertility charting methods.
• Using an ovulation calendar.
• Mittelschmerz pains.
• Sexual positions to get pregnant.
•.Knowing when to time sex for conceiving.
• Ovulation predictors.
• Dealing with irregular cycles.
• OPKs, ferning scopes, and ovulation monitors.
• When to time intercourse after an LH surge.
• Identifying pregnancy symptoms.
• Knowing when to pregnancy test.

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