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Old 10-09-04, 12:39 AM
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Hi ladies. I'm new to this board. My name is Rebekah (23) I'm married to my wonderful dh Jimmy (30) and we have a 13mo dd Joey Nikole'. Dh and I are not actively ttc #2 yet, but we aren't taking any preventative measures now either. We do plan on actively ttc probably during Nov or Dec as we want Joey and #2 to be close in age, but want for Joey to be around 2yrs. When we became pg with Joey we were not trying, and actually had been using condoms but forgot once or twice and boom- no af and bfp.
 


So, anyhow, now that we are soon going to be ttc I have a few questions. In regards to charting and figuring out when you O, how exactly is this done?

Also, I hear some of you mentioning the liklihood of having a girl over a boy due to bd dates. How does one figure this out? (ie If we were trying for a boy when would the best time be to bd in relation to O.)

Also, since I had an easy time, apparently, getting pg the first time, do you think I should spend the money on a O test kit or wait and see if ttc works the first time or two and if not then proceed to check out this avenue?

Thanks and sorry if these seem like stupid questions.
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Old 10-09-04, 01:46 PM
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To chart you'll need to take your temperature at the same time every morning before you get out of bed. The day after you O your temp should rise at least .5 degrees. I recommend getting a digital oral thermometer. You can pick one up for 5-10 bucks. But charting temperature will only tell you after you O. You'll also need to check your cervical mucus. To get the full scoop on charting I highly recommend getting
 
by Toni Weschler. She explains every little detail on temping and checking your CM. I purchased the software from their website but you can get free charting software from fertility friend.
In answer to your question about OPK, I couldn't make heads or tails out of them but some women have success with them. They're also pretty expensive and if you have irregular cycles it's a guess about when to use them.

 
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Old 10-09-04, 02:06 PM
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Oh, TCOYF also describes how to choose the sex of your baby, but going on the methods described in the book I would have had a boy and I had a daughter. So take it with a grain of salt.
Here's the theory. Boy producing sperm (Y) are faster and weaker than girl sperm (X). So if you're trying for a boy you would want to time BD as close to O as possible. The Y sperm are fastest so should reach the egg first. If you're wanting a girl you need to BD 2-4 days before O. Then most of the Y sperm will have died off leaving the hardier X sperm to fertilize the egg.
I wanted to show you my chart but Ovusoft's website isn't letting me login.
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Here is another great link for ya...ALL about charting...
 


 
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